by Obadiah Sedgwick
Edited & Reformatted
A TREATISE CONTAINING The Nature, The Kinds, The Springs and The Remedies of Doubtings, incident to weak Believers.
O thou of little faith, Why didst thou doubt? - Matthew 14:31
"The Doubting Believer" by Obadiah Sedgwick is a timeless treatise that addresses the internal struggles and uncertainties faced by Christians in their life of faith. Through a series of thoughtful and meticulously crafted paragraphs, the author explores the intricate realm of doubt and its impact on the believer's relationship with God.
Spanning multiple sections, the book takes readers on a comprehensive exploration of doubt from various angles, providing insightful guidance for those grappling with these spiritual uncertainties. Sedgwick begins by acknowledging the complexity of doubt and its potential to shake one's convictions, while assuring readers that their struggles are not uncommon.
Throughout the text, Sedgwick provides both practical advice and profound spiritual insights to help individuals navigate doubt. He covers a range of scenarios, from the challenges of facing one's own sinfulness to the fears of God's wrath and even the fear of having committed the unforgivable sin. Each scenario is examined with meticulous care, and the author offers thoughtful solutions grounded in scripture and Christian doctrine.
Sedgwick's language, while steeped in the historical context of its time, conveys a profound sense of empathy and understanding for the doubting believer. His careful distinctions between different forms of doubt and the conditions under which they arise provide a nuanced perspective that seeks to alleviate unnecessary distress.
The book also offers practical steps to move beyond doubt, encouraging believers to approach God in prayer and faith, to align themselves with God's Word, and to seek the counsel of others who can provide spiritual guidance. Sedgwick's emphasis on the power of faith, repentance, and reliance on God's mercy creates a roadmap for readers to find reassurance and strengthen their relationship with God in the midst of doubt.
"The Doubting Believer" is more than just a theological treatise; it is a compassionate and instructive companion for those who find themselves grappling with spiritual uncertainties. Obadiah Sedgwick's insightful reflections, rich scriptural references, and practical advice offer a timeless resource for individuals seeking to overcome doubt and draw closer to their Lord. Whether in moments of personal introspection or when extending a helping hand to those in need, this book remains a relevant and valuable guide for believers.
Table of Contents
TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE, ROBERT, Earl of Warwick
To the Christian Reader
A Treatise of Doubtings from Matthew 14:31
Chapter. I. The Nature of Doubtings.
Chapter II. The Kinds and Diversities of Them.
Chapter III. Of Their Possible Consistency with Faith.
Chapter IV. Springs, Causes, and Occasions of doubting are or may be these.
Chapter V: The Cures and Remedies of Doubting
An Addition of four other causes of Doubtings, with a brief resolution of them.