The Puritan Hope

Today the Church’s hope in respect to her mission of discipling all nations is in eclipse. The world gives Christianity no future and evangelicals themselves doubt whether the cause of Christ can ever attain to a greater triumph before his Second Advent. Must the prospects for succeeding generations be darker than those of today? Can we even expect any period of history to intervene before the Advent of Christ? How can readiness for Christ’s coming be consistent with the belief that revivals are yet to be given to the Church? Such questions are brought to the fore in The Puritan Hope and the author, employing both exposition of Scripture and much historical and biographical material, sets out the case for believing that it is not ‘orthodox’ to indulge in gloom over the prospect for Christianity in the world.


  Introduction xv
I Revival Christianity: England 1
II Revival Christianity: Scotland 19
III Unfulfilled Prophecy: The Development of the Hope 37
IV Apostolic Testimony: The Basis of the Hope 57
V The Hope and Puritan Piety 83
VI The Eighteenth-Century Awakening: The Hope Revived 105
VII World Missions: The Hope Spreading 129
VIII The Hope and Scotland’s Missionaries 157
IX The Eclipse of the Hope 185
X Christ’s Second Coming: The Best Hope 207
XI The Prospect in History: Christ our Hope 221
  John Howe on The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit 241
  C. H. Spurgeon’s Views on Prophecy 256
  Notes 267
  Index 289
  Index to Scripture References 300