A professor of theology whose writings are both plain and concise. He wrote commentaries on many different books of Scripture. Dickson was a helpful counsellor to many in their spiritual difficulties. The Stewarton revival took place during his ministry in Irvine. Many from the parishes around attended his weekly exposition of the Scriptures. There were multitudes of converts during this time. He opposed the unbiblical worship and church government foisted on the Church in Scotland. As a consequence, he sentenced to exile in Turriff for several years.
He refused allegiance to Charles II’s claimed supremacy over the Church. This cost him his post, but his final days were drawing near. On his deathbed he said “I have taken all my good deeds, and all my bad deeds, and have cast them together in a heap before the Lord, and have fled from both to Jesus Christ, and in Him I have sweet peace”.
We must never forget that Christ’s deepest sufferings were infinitely greater than the physical pain. As someone has put it, the soul of His sufferings was the sufferings of His soul. What do we mean by His soul sufferings?
The Church faces a deluge of secularisation making further tidal advances. How far will it go? What does the future hold? Here is a message of hope in the midst of such fears.
People may call themselves blessed when they feel happy about something but David Dickson shows from Psalm 1 that there is no true blessing without godliness.
Repentance is not only about sorrow for sin. It means turning from it and being transformed in our lives by the renewing of our minds. We need this constantly.
A true disciple is blessed when they suffer persecution for righteousness’ sake.
God’s free and hearty invitation to sinners in the gospel is attractively explained.
The implications of this are virtually all-encompassing. There are few things we must take more seriously in the Christian life than the sin of stumbling others.
Effective discipleship is central to the Church’s purpose. Historically, the Church has always been engaged in making disciples. It has also been clear about the best way to engage in this.
It’s easy to shape worship according to our own personal preferences. But what standard of beauty does God have when it comes to His own worship?
We may know many things, but do we know the right things? More than this, how well do we know the right things? This is our own and our children’s greatest need.
Why have many churches stopped confessing sin in worship? This is not merely an important omission but something that empties worship of its reality.
Marriage has been redefined–will it be redefined further. How do we know that group marriage is wrong?
The full extent of this transformation as described in Psalm 22.
Conversion for “all ends of the earth”.
“Missional” is a vogue word for contemporary evangelicals. But what mission did Christ give to the Church? Does it allow us to “reinvent” the Church in order to be relevant?
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