Brooks’ popularity lies both in his subjects – practical truths, central to the Christian life – and in the manner of his presentation. He is ever direct, urgent, fervent, full of Scripture and able to choose words which make his sentences as memorable as melodies.
Table of Contents
|1||THE UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST|
|First doctrine – Those that are lowest in their own esteem are highest in God’s esteem, proved,||8|
|Second doctrine – All saints are not of an equal size and growth in grace and holiness||48|
|Third doctrine – That the Lord gives the best gifts to his best beloved ones||103|
|Fourth doctrine – That the gifts and graces that God bestows upon his people should be improved, employed, and exercised by his people||124|
|Fifth doctrine – That the Lord Jesus Christ is very rich||150|
|Sixth doctrine – That it is the great duty of preachers or ministers to preach Jesus Christ to the people, proved||207|
|Last doctrine – That the office of a faithful minister is an honourable office||223|
|2||A CABINET OF JEWELS|
About the Author
Little is known about Thomas Brooks as a man, other than can be ascertained from his many writings. Born, probably of well-to-do parents, in 1608, Brooks entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1625. He was licensed as a preacher of the gospel by 1640 at the latest. Before that date he seems to have spent a number of years at sea, probably as a chaplain with the fleet. After the Civil War, Brooks became minister at Thomas Apostle’s, London, and was sufficiently renowned to be chosen as preacher before the House of Commons on 26 December, 1648. Three or four years later he moved to St Margaret’s, Fish-street Hill, London, but encountered considerable opposition as he refused baptism and the Lord’s Supper to those clearly ‘unworthy’ of such privileges. The following years were filled with written as well as spoken ministry. In 1662 he fell victim to the notorious Act of Uniformity, but he appears to have remained in his parish and to have preached the Word as opportunity offered. Treatises continued to flow from his agile pen. In 1677 or 1678 he married for the second time, ‘she spring-young, he winter-old’. Two years later he went home to his Lord.