Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson (1620-1686) was an English Puritan preacher. He was educated at Emmanuel College Cambridge where he was noted for remarkably hard study. In 1646 he was commenced a sixteen year pastorate at St. Stephen's Walbrook. In 1651 he was imprisoned briefly with some other ministers for his share in Christopher Love's plot to recall Charles II. He was released on 30th June1652 and was formally reinstated vicar of St. Stephen's Walbrook. He obtained great fame and popularity as preacher until the Restoration when he was ejected for nonconformity. Notwithstanding the rigor of the acts against dissenters Watson continued to exercise his ministry privately as he found opportunity. Upon the Declaration of Indulgence in 1672 he obtained a license for the great hall in Crosby House. After preaching there for several years his health gave way and he retired to Barnston in Essex where he died suddenly while praying in secret. He was buried on 28th July 1686.



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Books by Thomas Watson

1513832: A Body of DivinityA Body of Divinity
By Thomas Watson

A Body of Divinity deals with the foremost doctrinal and experimental truths of the Christian Faith. It is based on the Westminster Assembly's "Shorter Catechism," in which the main principles of Christianity that lie scattered in the Scriptures are brought together and set forth in the form of question and answer.


8998: The Beatitudes Puritan Vision of the Christian LifeThe Beatitudes
By Thomas Watson

The Beatitudes were a favorite topic of the Puritans---they show to best advantage a preacher's gifts for sound doctrine, practical wisdom, and heart-searching application. Thomas Watson combines all of those traits in a terse, vigorous style with plenty of illustrations from everyday life. His thoughts are still fresh and instructive, three hundred years later.


8994: The Ten CommandmentsThe Ten Commandments
By Thomas Watson

In this book, Thomas Watson continues his exposition of the Shorter Catechism drawn up by the Westminster Assembly. Watson examines the moral law as a whole as well as bringing out the meaning and force of each particular commandment. In view of the important function of the law in Christian life and evangelism this is a most valuable volume.


1514782: All Things for GoodAll Things for Good
By Thomas Watson

First published in 1663 (under the title A Divine Cordial), the year after Watson and some two thousand other ministers were ejected from the church of England and exposed to hardship and suffering. All Things for Good contains the rich exposition of a man who lived when only faith in God's Word could lead him to such confidence. This book provides the biblical answer to the contemporary question; Why do bad things happen to good people?


1515959: The Godly Man's PictureThe Godly Man's Picture
By Thomas Watson

The Godly Man's Picture shows how attractive the grace of God is. Christians of all stages will feel as if they have entered the gallery of a great portrait painter.


1511457: The Lord's PrayerThe Lord's Prayer
By Thomas Watson

The Lord's Prayer makes an ideal guide to Christian doctrine and practice, and also serves as a wonderful introduction to Puritan literature. Watson analyses in detail the Preface to the prayer and the six petitions which it contains. His treatment of the words "thy kingdon come" is exceptional full, illuminating and stirring. Like all great books on prayer it provides practical help because it concentrates on bibical instruction.


11502: Heaven Taken by StormHeaven Taken by Storm
By Thomas Watson

First, we must be pulled out of another kingdom, the kingdom of darkness, (Acts 26:18) to get out of the state of our sin nature. When that is done and we are cut off from the wild olive and implanted into Christ, there is still new work to do: new sins to mortify, new temptations to resist, new graces to quicken. A Christian must not only get faith, but go "from faith to faith" (Rom. 1:17). This will not be done without violence.


519385: The Great Gain of GodlinessThe Great Gain of Godliness
By Thomas Watson

The Great Gain of Godliness is Watson's exposition of Mallachi 3:16-18. In it, he aims "to encourage solid piety and confute the atheists of the world, who imagine there is no gain in godliness." This book has all the hallmarks of Thomas Watson's other writings: a combination of rich spirituality, nourishing doctrine, and sane practical wisdom coupled with fascinating illustrations and a very pleasant style.


581615: The Puritan Pulpit: Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686)The Puritan Pulpit - Thomas Watson
By Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson was one of the premier English Puritan preachers. His sermons are pastoral and easy to understand, rich with illustration and bounding in application. Here are 10 sermons that can be found in no other work of Watson's in print today.

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