First published in 1700, The Christian's Reasonable Service (De Redelijke Godsdienst) ran through twenty Dutch editions in the eighteenth century alone! The title is derived from Romans 12:1 (make your bodies a living sacrifice which is your reasonable service) and expresses what God requires from humanity, and particularly from the Christian, that he serve Him in Spirit and in truth-intelligently, rationally, and in harmony with and response to God's revelation of Himself, His Word.
With a decidedly Puritan flavor and representing Reformed experiential religion at its best, Wilhelmus A Brakel systematically moves through the major doctrines of the Bible in hopes of seeing the minds of God's people renewed for the purpose of promoting godliness. Throughout his work, but particularly in the practical application of each doctrine, A Brakel strives unceasingly to exalt the name of Jesus as the name that the Father has given above every other name-there being no other name given under heaven among men whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12) .
In volume 2 The Church and Salvation A Brakel examines two critical elements of the Reformed faith, the doctrine of ecclesiology and the doctrine of salvation. Reflecting well his tradition A Brakel also extends the trajectory of Reformed thinking but with a solid and firm rootedness in the biblical articulation of the Gospel and its kerygma through the church.
About the Author
Wilhelmus A Brakel was born on January 2, 1635 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. He studied theology at the universities in Franeker and Utrecht and was particularly influenced by his mentor, Gisbertus Voetius. He served four congregations in his native province of Friesland: Exmorra (1662-1665), Stavoren (1665-1670), Harlingen (1670-1673), and his birthplace, Friesland's capital, Leeuwarden (1673-1683). His Friesland period, however, proved to be a preparation for the great task the Lord had laid away for him in Rotterdam-his final and longest pastorate (1683-1711). After a fruitful ministry of forty-nine years, it pleased the Lord to take this eminent divine-affectionately referred to by the godly as "Father Brakel"-home to Himself in 1711 at the age of seventy-six, to receive the reward of a faithful servant..