The repeated editions of Flavel's Works bear their own witness to his popularity. He was a favorite with Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield (who ranked him with John Bunyan and Matthew Henry), and, a century later, with such Scottish evangelical leaders as R. M. M'Cheyne and Andrew Bonar.
Flavel's complete works had long been unobtainable until Banner of Truth reprinted them in 1968. His six volumes are in themselves a library of the best Puritan divinity and a set will be a life-long treasure to those who possess it. He is one of the small number of evangelical writers who can by their lucidity and simplicity help those at the beginning of the Christian life and at the same time be a strong companion to those who near its end.
1. Preparation for Suffering, or the Best Work in the Worst Times
2. The Balm of the Covenant Applied to the Bleeding Wounds of Afflicted Saints: II Samuel 23.5
3. A Sermon Preached at the Funeral of John Upton, of Lupton (Devon): II Chronicles 35.24-5
4. An Exposition of the (Westminster) Assembly's Shorter Catechism
5. Vindiciae Legis et Foederis, or A Reply to M, Philip Cary's Solemn Call in which He Contends Against the Right of Believers' Infants to Baptism
6. Twelve Sacramental Meditations
7. A Familiar Conference between a Minister and a Doubting Christian Concerning the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
8. A Hymn upon Romans 5:6-11
9. The Reasonableness of Personal Reformation and the Necessity of Conversion
10. A Coronation Sermon
11. The Character of an Evangelical Pastor drawn by Christ
12. A Two-column Table of the Sins and Duties attaching to Church Membership
John Flavel (b. 1628) received a call to be minister in the thriving seaport of Dartmouth. One of his congregants once said, "I could say much though not enough of the excellency of his preaching; of his seasonable, suitable, and spiritual matter; of is plain expositions of Scripture; his convincing arguments, his clear and powerful demonstrations, his heart-searching applications, and his comfortable supports to those that were afflicted in conscience. In short, that person must have a very soft head, or a very hard heart, or both, that could sit under his ministry unaffected."
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