Sign in or signup

6,039 active users!!Bandwidth
MAY 23, 2017
Events & Blogs
New Audio & Video
BroadcastersNew Stuff!
Local & Church Finder
Live Webcasts
Sermons by Bible
Sermons by Topic
Sermons by Speaker
Sermons by Date
Staff PicksNew Stuff!
CommentsALL -30 sec
Top Sermons
Daily Log
Online Bible
Daily Reading
About | Ends Today!
Submit Sermon
Members Only

Mobile Apps | Info
Enjoy sermons from this broadcaster
on a variety of mobile devices.
MyChurch: clovisevfree
Church Apps | Info
Creating your own Church App is
as simple as turning ON the option.
 | Clovis, California
Podcast + Codes
Newest Widget | Demo
Sermons Embed | Info
Latest Blog | Info | Demo
Our Blog
Filter By

Book Review: Come and Welcome
FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009
Posted by: Clovis Evangelical Free Church | more..
1,750+ views | 240+ clicks

Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ. By John Bunyan. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1681. First Banner of Truth edition, 2004.

John Bunyan (1628-1688) is mostly known for his classic work Pilgrim’s Progress, which is an allegory of the Christian life. He also wrote other works including Holy War, Defense of Justification by Faith, and Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, which was his spiritual biography.

Bunyan was also a lay preacher who suffered imprisonment because of his preaching ministry. During his imprisonment, he was offered freedom if he would only promise to not preach. He replied, “If I am freed today I will preach tomorrow.” He was a man of conviction, skilled in written communication even though he was barely educated, and able to sustain the biblical balance of sovereignty and responsibility, or what is otherwise known as “Evangelical Calvinism.”

Come and Welcome is an excellent demonstration of Bunyan’s balanced approach to doctrine, and his utter reliance upon Scripture. The book is a plea for sinners to come to Christ and an exhortation of faith for believers who have come to Christ. The entire work is based on John 6:37: “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” Bunyan proceeds phrase by phrase through this verse with the twofold result being tearing away any stumbling block for the unbeliever and building up the assurance of the believer! All the while he strongly reinforces God’s sovereignty in salvation and man’s responsibility to come. The basic outline that Bunyan follows is: (1) “All that the Father gives me will come to me” - sovereignty, (2) “and whoever comes to me” - responsibility, and (3) “I will never cast out.” - assurance and promise! Bunyan goes much further in bringing out all of the promises and graces of this verse, but that is the general skeleton. Through scriptural examples, he clearly demonstrates that man comes to Christ only by the “gift, promise, and drawing of the Father” (p. 130), and therefore if you are coming, it is a work of God!

The obvious question then is what does it mean to come to Christ? Bunyan answers, “the true coming is from a sense of an absolute need of Jesus Christ to save . . . he leaves all, forsakes all, he hates all things that would stand in his way to hinder his coming to Jesus Christ.” (p. 30)

If you have read Grace Abounding, you know that Bunyan wrestled and struggled for some length of time, possibly a few years, with his own conversion. He labored through the Law, guilt, his own sin, and realizing the promises of the Gospel. What you encounter then in Come and Welcome is Bunyan’s assistance to others who are wrestling through the issues of faith, repentance, and the Gospel. He continually sets God’s grace and faithfulness before the reader as well as removing the various doubts that may assault one who desires to “come to Christ” or who is “coming to Christ” or who has already “come to Christ.”

It is an excellent resource for one who may have questions about what it means to become a follower of Christ. It also would be a wonderful tool for the believer to embolden faith and encourage assurance. For example, Bunyan writes, “But how much more may we behold the love that God has bestowed upon us, in that he has given us to his Son, and also given his Son for us?” (p. 22)

I highly recommend Come and Welcome to anyone desiring to know salvation and all who profess to know salvation.

Category:  Books and Media

post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »
Text feature this blog entry
Our Blog

Mike Allison
The Letter of the Law vs..

2 Corinthians 3:6-8, 10-12,...
Sunday - PM
Madison Baptist Church
Play! | MP3 | RSS

Showers of Blessing
Rev. John Greer
Covenant Free Presbyterian
Staff Picks..

Scott Castleman
He Must Increase

Sermons by Bob and Others
Special Meeting
Play! | MP3

By Invitation Only
Bruce David Bell

SPONSOR | 2,700+


Joy fills our heart to the extent that Jesus fills our mind. ... Alexander Simpson

Gospel of John
Cities | Local | Personal

iPhone + iPad
Church App
Church App
Kindle + Nook
Chromecast TV
Apple TV
Amazon Fire TV
Apple Watch
Android Wear
Kindle Reader

Uploading Sermons
Uploading Videos
Tips & Tricks
YouTube Screencasts

Weekly Newsletter
Staff Picks Feed
Site Notices
RSS | Twitter | Facebook
Church Finder | Info
MP3 Play & Download
Mobile Apps
Podcast | Video Support
Live Webcasting
Events Support
Business Cards
SOLO | MINI | Domain
Favorites | QR Codes
Online Donations
24x7 Radio Stream

Embed Codes New!
Logos | e-Sword | BW

Transfer Agent
Protected Podcasts
Upload via Email
Upload via FTP
Upload via Dropbox
The largest and most trusted library of audio sermons from conservative churches and ministries worldwide.

Our Services | Articles of Faith
Broadcast With Us
Advertising | Local Ads
Support Us | Feedback Fridays | Stories