The Christian and a Troubled Heart
Saturday in Burbank

The Christian and a Troubled Heart

I've continued to read this week some of the sermons of William Bridge. Rev. Bridge was a minister in the Netherlands and England and was a member of the Westminster Assembly.

The main message of this sermon preached in London in 1648 is this: "Saints Should Not Be Discouraged Whatever Their Condition Be." Every Christian is a saint in the mind of God. God has provided sweet promises that assure the relief of any and every condition that the Christian does and will ever face.

““Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.””
(John 14:1–7, ESV)

This morning I read the William Bridge passage highlighted below, which I've modified a little.

Let not your heart be troubled. This is Christ’s mind, will and pleasure concerning his disciples.

And if you say, how may it appear that God the Father would have his people to be of the same mind and disposition never to be discouraged?
It appears plainly, because God hath provided promises of comfort, succor and relief suitable to all conditions: I dare boldly challenge all men, to show me any one condition, which God hath not provided a promise of comfort, mercy and succor suitable unto it.

Yea, and if you look upon the promises, and mark them well, you shall find they are so laid, worded, and moulded, as that all discouraging objections may be fully answered and taken off as they rise.

- William Bridge (modified)

Come join us at Covenant Church in Burbank this Sunday evening and we'll talk together about the precious promises that God gives freely to those who follow Jesus in faith.

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