Author: Owen, John (1616-1683)
What role does faith play in our relationship with God?
How does genuine faith influence a Christian's life? John Owen
dedicates this collection of treatises to the study of faith--its nature
and effects. The central focus of Owen's treatises is the "Trial of
Faith," by which Owen understands genuine faith to imply four things.
First, genuine faith implies that God saves us from sin. Second,
genuine faith implies that the Christian accepts God's command for
holiness and obedience. Third, genuine faith is preserved through
worship and devotion. And finally, genuine faith incites repentance and
other spiritual habits in the Christian. Owen relies on the Word of the
Lord to guide his exploration of faith, citing numerous Bible passages
on the subject. Owen challenges Christians to examine their faith and
offers them tangible tools to strengthen their faith in places it might
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