Baxter, R. – Studies for Young Christians

Studies for Young Christians,
Beginners in Religion
by Richard Baxter  (1615-1691)

This chapter consists of twenty directions to (as Mr. Baxter says) “young Christians or beginners in religion, for their establishment and safe proceeding.” Though these studies were written specifically for “young” Christians, I think that you will find (as I did), there is much in here worthy of meditation for those who have been walking with God for many years.


1. Concerning the Novelty of Godliness
2. Concerning Balance in Christianity
3. Labouring for Understanding
4. On Dealing with Controversy
5. On Spiritual Infancy and Christian Growth
6. On Difficulties and Opposition
7. On Living under a Good Pastor
8. On Unity Among Believers
9. Warnings Concerning Ill Effects of Affliction
10. On Avoiding Extremes
11. Encouraging Modest in First Opinions
12. On Division within the Church
13. On the Blessings of Godliness
14. On Sinful Desires
15. Concerning the Company you Keep
16. On what you let into your Mind
17. On Obeying God’s Law
18. On Backsliding
19. On the Awareness of Life’s Frailty
20. God as All

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fam42 The Foolish Child
explains what the Bible teaches on fools and foolishness, and also a parent's solution to a foolish child.
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We can define the concept of foolishness as the lack of values and vision toward eternity, toward spiritual things. In other words, this person lives focusing on things that the person wants, and he does not pay attention to what God says as being important, or how God says we should live.
Proverbs 18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
The basis of being wise is that you do not limit yourself, to just what you think you know. A wise person opens his thinking to the wisdom and advice of others, and weighs others’ opinions to see if they are right or not. The foolish only considers what he himself thinks, or what other fools like him think.

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