James Fergusson was minister of Kilwinning. He was the author of very highly regarded commentaries on Scripture. C H Spurgeon described them as those of “a grand, gracious, savoury divine”.
Fergusson had many fears concerning his own state at his death. Alexander Nisbet urged him to depend upon God’s promises. Fergusson began to say “Into thy hand I commit my spirit” and stopped without going further. Nisbet said, “Say on, brother!” “Oh, may I say, for thou hast redeemed me?”, Fergusson replied. “It’s a great matter for me to say it”.
A staunch presbyterian, he preached faithfully against government domination of the Church. He wrote in defence of presbyterian principles and the spiritual independence of the Church’s government from civil government.
How ought we to pray for ministers? James Fergusson draws out a number of illuminating comments from some of Paul’s requests for prayers.
Some avoid dealing with others in relation to their sins and faults; others are quick to respond with extreme severity. Neither of course, is biblical. How do we restore Christians with love, wisdom and humility?
Even good people are in danger of straying from the truth and undermining the gospel. How did the apostle Paul approach this?
James Fergusson gives practical help as how we can run well and avoid running badly in the race to heaven.
Help which is brief, plain, practical and richly devotional.
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