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David George Mullan

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269977

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198269978.001.0001

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A Ministry of the Word

A Ministry of the Word

(p.45) 2 A Ministry of the Word
Scottish Puritanism, 1590-1638

David George Mullan

Oxford University Press

God revealed himself in two ways—the book of nature, and the Bible. It was this latter that was decisive in that it taught the way of salvation, and ministers understood that it was their task, under the influence of the dynamic Holy Spirit, to preach its contents unto the conversion of hearers. So preaching must be done on a popular level, and in a plain style, which eschewed grandiose rhetoric and impenetrable divinity. Scottish Puritans had a generally high view of the sacraments—not as saving ordinances, but as seals of the covenant of grace made in Jesus Christ. Presbyterians were convinced of the equality of all ministers, and so turned against any form of episcopacy, to the point of deposition and exile.

Keywords:   conversion, Holy Spirit, ministers, sacraments, Word

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