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Clarke's Scripture Promises:     by Samuel Clarke   (1684-1750)      Table of Contents

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Clarke's Scripture Promises
by Samuel Clarke   (1684-1750)

Samuel Clark came from a long line of Puritan ministers. He was a distinguished Bible scholar and a caring pastor. His ordination in the Dagnall Lane Chapel (where we used to meet) in 1712 was attended by several notable 'dissenting' ministers of the day. The closing exhortation at the service was delivered by Matthew Henry, the famous Bible commentator.

Pastor Clark ran a weekly Bible class for young people, teaching scripture and practical Christian living. Following this he published a book of Scriptural Promises, a compilation of Bible texts assembled under 170 headings. This book remained popular well into the nineteenth century. Isaac Watts, the hymn writer, wrote an introduction in which he described Clark as 'The worthy author of this collection, whom I have long known and esteem and honour'. In about 1720 Samuel Clark founded one of the earliest charity schools for the children of Protestant Dissenters. It lasted for well over 100 years.

When the orphaned thirteen year old Philip Doddridge (and later hymn writer) arrived destitute in St Albans, Clark immediately took him on, treating him as a son, guiding his education and encouraging his call to the ministry. They remained lifelong friends. Doddridge preached at the funeral of his older friend remarking, "To him under God I owe even myself and all my opportunities of public usefulness in the church".

On Sunday December 2nd 1750 Samuel Clark conducted the Lord's Supper in the chapel and two days later was called into the presence of his Saviour.


Table of Contents

An Historical Perspective of Precious Bible Promises

Notice by Dr. Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

PART ONE
BLESSINGS PROMISED TO BELIEVERS

Chapter 1
Promises of Temporal Blessings

1.  General promises to believers
2.  Temporal blessings in general
3.  Food and raiment
Food
Raiment
4.  Long life and health
Long life
Health
5.  Safety under the divine protection
6.  Promises of peace
7.  Direction
8.  Honor
9.  Success and prosperity
10.  Plenty and riches
11.  Of children
12.  A blessing upon all the believer has
13.  A blessing upon the children of believers
14.  A blessing upon the families of the Good

Chapter 2
Promises Relating to the Troubles of Life

1.  In general
Preservation from trouble
Deliverance from trouble
Support in trouble
2.  Promises relating to sickness, old age, etc.
Deliverance from sickness
Support in sickness
In old age
3.  Deliverance from famine and want
4.  Deliverance from war and enemies
From war
From enemies
5.  From oppression and injustice
6.  From slander and reproach
Slander
Reproach
7.  From witchcraft
8.  Promises to the stranger and exile
9.  To the poor and helpless
10.  To the fatherless and widow
11.  To the childless
12.  To the prisoner and captive
13.  Deliverance from death

Chapter 3
Promises of Spiritual Blessings in This Life

1.  In general
2.  Of justification, pardon, and reconciliation
Justification
Pardon of sin
Of the most heinous sins
Of all sins
Of backsliding
Pardon through Christ
Reconciliation
3.  Adoption
4.  Union and communion with the church
5.  Free access to God, with acceptance
6.  Of hearing prayer
7.  Sanctifying grace in general
8.  Of converting grace
The grace of repentance
The grace of faith
Grace to fear God
9.  Knowledge, wisdom, etc.
Knowledge
Wisdom
Divine teaching
Divine guidance
Ability for good discourse
10.  The means of grace
A blessing upon ordinances
11.  Of grace against sin and temptation
To mortify sin
Against temptation
From the enticement of sinners
Victory over the world
Victory over the devil
12.  Strength, courage, and resolution
13.  Fruitfulness and increase of grace
Fruitfulness
In old age
Increase of grace
The grace of meekness
14.  Grace to persevere
15.  Sanctified afflictions
16.  Grace to the children of Israel
17.  An interest in God
As our God
Our portion
Our glory
His presence with us
His love
His mercy
His help
His care
His covenant with his people
God will not forsake them
18.  An interest in Christ
All grace from Christ
Redemption by Christ
Life from Him
His intercession
His love
His care of his church
His presence with his people
19.  Promises of the Spirit
His teaching
Help in prayer
To witness our adoption
To seal our redemption
To be our comforter
The joys of the Holy Ghost
20.  The ministry of angels
21.  That we shall be kings and priests unto God
22.  Peace of conscience, comfort, and hope
Peace of conscience
Comfort
Hope
23.  Delight and joy in God
24.  Support in death

Chapter 4
Promises of Blessings in the Future World

1.  Deliverance from hell
2.  Happiness immediately after death
3.  A glorious resurrection
4.  Everlasting happiness in heaven
Freedom from all sorrow in heaven
Joy in heaven
Glory in heaven
The kingdom of heaven
The heavenly inheritance
Enjoyment of God
Eternal life

PART TWO
PROMISES FOR THE EXERCISE OF DUTIES AND GLORIES

Chapter 1
In the Fulfillment of Duty Toward God

1.  To faith in Christ
Confessing Christ
2.  To repentance
To them that mourn for the wickedness of the land
Repenting in affliction
Confession of sin
3.  Obedience
Obeying Christ
4.  To sincerity and uprightness
5.  To the love of God
To the love of Christ
6.  To trusting and patiently waiting on God
7.  To the fear of God
Honoring God
8.  To prayer
Seeking God
Secret prayer
Praising God
Desires of grace
9.  To wisdom and knowledge
To the wise
Love and study of wisdom
Knowledge of God and Christ
Learning of Christ
10.  To a due regard to the Word of God
To hearing and reading the Word
Loving the Word
Trembling at the Word
11.  Meditation
12.  To fasting
Fasting in secret
13.  To baptism
14.  To the Lord's Supper
15.  To good discourse
The government of the tongue
16.  To watchfulness
17.  To keeping good company
Avoiding evil company
18.  To performing oaths
19.  To the keeping of the Sabbath

Chapter 2
In the Performance of Duty Toward Men

1.  To obedience to parents
2.  To good education
Correction of children
3.  To a good wife
4.  To faithful servants
5.  To good kings and magistrates
6.  To obedient subjects
7.  To faithful ministers
8.  To them that receive and hearken to ministers
9.  To love and unity
To the peacemakers
Love to God's people
10.  To the charitable, the merciful and the liberal to God's ministers
To alms in secret
To the supporting of God's ministers and worship
To the merciful
11.  To the giving and the receiving of reproofs
12.  To forgiving injuries
13.  To chastity and purity
14.  To diligence
To improving our talents
Moderation in sleep
15.  To the just and honest
16.  To truth
17.  To candor
18.  To contentment and mortification
Contentment
Mortification of sin
To the spiritually-minded

Chapter 3
In the Cultivation of Christian Character

1.  To the meek, humble, contrite
The meek
To the humble
The contrite and mourners
2.  To them that suffer for righteousness' sake
To them that are excommunicated unjustly
3.  To patience and submission
4.  To perseverance
To him that overcomes

PART THREE
PROMISES OF THE GROWTH AND GLORY OF THE CHURCH

1.  The enlargement of the church, and the spread of the Gospel and
2.  Glory of the church
3.  Increase of light and knowledge, and the means of grace
4.  Increase of purity, holiness, and righteousness
5.  Peace, love, and unity
6.  Submission and destruction of the enemies of the church
The destruction of Antichrist, Babylon, etc.
7.  Favor and submission of kings to the Kingdom of Christ
8.  The security, tranquility, and prosperity of the church
9.  The perpetual continuance of the church
10.  The conversion and restoration of the Jews

PART FOUR
PROMISES OF CHRIST'S SECOND COMING

That Christ will come again

CONCLUSION

That God will perform all his promises


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