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Laurence Chaderton: An Early Puritan Vision for Church and School

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This chapter first summarizes Laurence Chaderton's life, and examines Chaderton's work at Cambridge. Chaderton believed that the preaching of the Bible was a special means of grace blessed by God, even more useful than the printed page. Chaderton not only connected young men with godly tutors at Cambridge but also used his network of friendships in the Puritan brotherhood to find pulpits for graduates and (as much as in his power) defend them from anti-Puritan authorities. The chapter explores Chaderton's view of church offices as expressed in his Fruitfull Sermon on Romans 8:3-8 (1584). The Fruitfull Sermon explains the function of the true offices: A "prophet" is a "minister of the Word of God, which abideth in the true and sincere interpretation thereof, to the edification of his own peculiar flock". There are two kinds of prophets: doctors and pastors.

Keywords: church offices; early Puritan vision; Fruitfull Sermon; Laurence Chaderton; Romans

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