Matthew Henry exhorts his readers to balance the concepts of hope and fear, as in Psalm 147:11. Balance a dread of God with a humble delight in him; a trembling for sin balanced with a triumph in Christ; a vigilance of ourselves balanced with a thankful grace; a caution balanced with a confidence; a holy fear of coming short balanced with sense of grace to persevere. Also discussed are the pitfalls prosperity and disappointment that throw off balance, and what to look for.
Paperback 8X5.25, 62 pages, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781946145154
“Who should be the greatest?” was on the disciples’ minds as they walked along the way. In this sermon about disputes, Matthew Henry preaches on Mark 9:33. The topics include disputes about superiority, not judging others, edifying communication, and being accountable. The reason to avoid disputes is that “It is against the law of humility to covet to be great in this world, and against the law of love to strive who shall be greatest.” Matthew Henry states that there remains “corruption in the hearts even of good people; and shows that pride, ambition, and affectation of worldly honor, are sins that do most easily beset even Christ’s own disciples.” He exhorts readers to humbly contend who shall be the best, who shall be most humble, and stoop lowest, for the good of others; and who shall labor most for the common welfare.
Paperback 8X5.25, 48 pages, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781946145185
Matthew Henry presents a rigorous treatment of the Gospel, describing sin as a debt, as found in Matthew 6:12. He says: “This similitude, which represents sin as a debt, and the pardon of sin as the forgiving of that debt, our Saviour often used: and it is a proper one, and very significant.” This first part answers the questions of how we are in debt to God, what kind of debt sin is, what kind of debtors sinners are, and the danger of these debts. The second part covers what is included in the forgiveness of sin as a debt, why we have hope for it, and what is required of us. The third part gives six applications. This hard to find sermon is sure to interest anyone looking into the heart of Christianity.
Paperback 8X5.25, 72 pages, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781946145086
Matthew Henry, in an exposition of John 14:1: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me,” makes plain that a person cannot simply believe in God, but must also believe in Jesus Christ. The “natural religion” of belief in God cannot Biblically stand without the revealed religion of Jesus Christ. In the first part he describes the objects of our faith, the Father and the Son. In the second part he shows the acts of our faith in Christ must be the same as our acts of our faith in God. In the third part he shows the necessary connection between believing in God and believing in Jesus Christ.
Paperback 8X5.25, 72 pages, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781946145123
Rev. Henry describes attitudes and best practices of how to be a spiritual leader in one’s household. It refers to family devotions and living out the Biblical principles. What should the church in your house look like?
Paperback 5.25X8, 70 pages. Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781946145079
Matthew Henry encourages and exhorts readers in their daily communion with God. The book is organized into three sections: How to begin the day, How to spend the day and How to end the day with God. Also included is the spiritual basis to make "Friendly Visits" to people. Time tested Matthew Henry is direct and deep and he makes point after point about what is true about God and how we should commune with God because of who He is. The text was relatively updated by the Religious Tract Society.
Paperback 6X9, 150 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281383
Matthew Henry defines practical meekness and shows how valuable it is. He explains Bible verses related to meekness and how Biblical characters exhibited meekness. Meekness “is one of the members of the new man, which we must put on. Put it on as armor, to keep provocations from the heart, and so to defend the vitals.” Also “If there be any vindication or avenging necessary, (which infinite Wisdom is the best judge of) he can do it better than we can; therefore “give place unto wrath,” that is, to the judgment of God, which is according to truth and equity; make room for him to take the seat, and do not you step in before him.” The text was relatively updated by the American Tract Society.
Paperback 6X9, 118 pages, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781941281680
This devotional contains over 170 quotes from Matthew Henry’s writings. John Sherman, the compiler, states in the book’s Preface: “Matthew Henry was an English divine who wrote in the eighteenth century, distinguished for his devotional spirit, practical piety, sound common sense, and intelligent views of the teachings of the Bible. In view of the life and character of so good and gifted a person, it is hoped these selections will be received with favor, displace reading that is frivolous, correct that which is erroneous, and promote morality and religion. Some of the sentences will find response in many minds.”
Paperback 5.25X8, 44 pages, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781941281710.