Book Review – Letters of Samual Rutherford

Letters of Samuel Rutherford by Samuel Rutherford & Andrew Bonar

Review by Timothy Denning
Every letter in this fine book is just like a sermon, Full of Christ and full of Scripture particularly the Song of Solomon.
I quote from the book:
Christ is a well of life, but who knows how deep it is to the bottom? This Soul of ours has love, and cannot but love some fair one. And oh, what a fair one what an holy one, what an excellent, lovely, ravishing one, is Jesus Christ Put the beauty of ten thousand, thousand worlds of paradises, like the garden of Eden in one, put all trees, flowers, all smells, all colours, all tastes, all joys, all sweetness, all loveliness, in one, oh what a fair and excellent thing would that be! And yet it would be less to that fair and dearest well-beloved Christ, than one drop of rain to the whole seas, rivers, lakes and fountains of ten thousand earths. Christ is heavens wonder.
Buy the book and you can read the full version of a glorious hymn:
Oh! Christ he is the fountain, the deep sweet well of love ! The streams on earth I’ve tasted, more deep I’ll drink above, there, to an ocean fullness, his mercy does expand, And glory-glory dwells in Immanuel’s land.

Sussex Conference – Saturday 12th March

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Join us for this years Sussex Conference. Here at Ebenezer we are looking forward to hosting this excellent event on Saturday 12th March. The conference is a joint endeavour between Ebenezer and Hailsham Baptist Church and has been going for a number of years. We look forward to having Pastor John Benton Chertsey Street Baptist Church come to speak to us on this very useful and practical subject.

Everyone is welcome and the cost for the day is £7/£5 conc including lunch.

Testimony – Rachel Bickley

1614290_10153212024752051_3947591859006999184_oWhen I was young I was always a bit of a worrier. I used to worry that I had a brain tumour or scarlet fever. Looking back I think it was because I knew I wasn’t prepared for what would happen when I died. My parents spent hours explaining how to become a Christian. Repent of your sins, and believe in Jesus Christ. Trust that your sins can be forgiven because of His death and resurrection. 

I can’t really pin down the exact date of becoming a Christian, I just remember reading my Bible when I was about 12 and realising that I did believe. Jesus really had died for me and now I had to live for Him. I was baptised later that year, and soon after my 13th birthday my family made the move from Birmingham to Brighton.

 When I was sixteen I started work, and found myself starting to drift away from God. It happened so gradually that before I knew it I was living a life that was not in obedience to God. I somehow believed that because I went to church and had tried to keep the rules that I should be given all that I desired. Money, friends, relationships. I was looking for comfort in earthly treasures.

I lived my life with this attitude for several years, and found myself growing more and more depressed with the way things were going. I kept wondering why God wasn’t doing what I thought He ought to do – I was trying to get by in my own strength. I made a lot of really bad decisions during this period, and it took me a long time to realise that things weren’t really working out. It took me even longer to realise that the fault was with me and not with God.

By trying to be good and obey God in my own strength I had developed a very bad attitude. Because I was doing certain things for God I thought God was obligated to do certain things for me. Things came to a head when I was in my early 20’s. It had been several years since I had felt really close to God. I still believed in God, still went to church, still knew that I was a sinner saved by grace. Despite knowing all this I was caught in a spiral of self gratification. Things reached a low ebb and I finally cried out to God and asked Him to show me a way out of this cycle.

He did just that. Through the preaching on Sundays, reading the Bible and speaking to God in prayer, God led me out of the mess I had made, and showed me a better way. He showed me the freedom that can be found in seeking to live for Him. My goodness doesn’t depend on the good things that I do, it is the perfect life Jesus lived and in Jesus’ death and resurrection. I am freed from bondage to sin and free to live for God. It is by God’s love and grace toward me that I am able to please Him. Because my Salvation is in Jesus I know that I am eternally secure and will see Him face to face when I die and go to Heaven.

Proverbs 3:5&6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make strait your paths.”

 Ephesians 2:8&9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not the result of works, so that no one may boast.”