Sunday A.M. The Mortification of Sin
Teachers: Joe Maxey and Dan Veazey

Beginning on October 1, one of Covenant's adult Sunday school classes will study John Owen's The Mortification of Sin. J.I.Packer has said "I owe more, I think, to John Owen than any other theologian, ancient or modern, and I am sure I owe more to his little book on mortification than to anything else he wrote". Packer, of course, is the author of Knowing God.

Owen has been called the Prince of the Puritans. For Packer, the Puritans are the redwoods in the forest of theology. Owen is the tallest of the redwoods, the greatest among the Puritan theologians. Sinclair Ferguson has said that no Christian writer has had a greater influence on him than John Owen.

Mortification of Sin is a treatise based upon Paul's words in Romans 8:13, "for if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live". We, as believers, have been justified, but we daily continue to sin. By the careful and prayerful study of Owens work, we will attempt to understand our responsibility and duty to allow the Holy Spirit to moment by moment destroy our sin within.

This obviously will be one of the most difficult, challenging, yet useful classes that we have had the honor of leading. Without each of you fully participating, by studying, praying, and contemplating through the Holy Spirit, we will fall short of our desire for this class. We will be teaching from Overcoming Sin and Temptation by Kelly Kapic. However, you are welcome to obtain any of the other numerous renditions of Owen's work. Fortunately, there are numerous summaries and other aids to understanding his challenging writing that can be found online.

We plead, whether or not you participate in this class or not, that you will keep both of us, as well as all the teachers at Covenant, in your constant prayers.

Joe Maxey, Dan Veazey


In this abridgment of a classic work, the famous Puritan John Owen shows the need for Christians to engage in a life-long battle against the sinful tendencies that remain in them, despite their having been brought to faith and new life in Christ.

Owen is very insistent that believers cannot hope to succeed in this battle in their own strength. He sees clearly that the fight can be won only through faith in Christ, and in the power of the Spirit. Fighting sin with human strength will produce only self-righteousness, superstition and anxiety of conscience. But with faith in Christ, and with the power of the Spirit, victory is certain. The temptations in times like Owen s and ours are obvious on every side; the remedy to them is clearly pointed out in this practical and helpful book.



  February 2018  
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