Richard Sibbes T-Shirt | PURITAN Collection

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Richard Sibbes was born in 1577 in the village of Tostock, Suffolk. He loved books as a child, even though his father, who was reportedly a “good, sound-hearted Christian,” was not happy about it. Being a wheelwright, he bought his son tools to take up the trade himself; but his interest in books won out, and at age 18 Sibbes entered St. John’s College.

In 1603, a year after graduating with his Masters, Sibbes was born again under the preaching of Paul Baynes, his “father in the gospel.” Five years later, Sibbes himself entered into the preaching ministry.

From 1608 until his death, Sibbes would hold preaching positions at numerous locations throughout England, most notably at Gray’s Inn in London and Holy Trinity in Cambridge. He also served as master of St. Catharine’s College for a season.

Sibbes’ noteworthy preaching–his most lasting legacy–appealed to Christians across the denominational spectrum and gave him a wide influence. He also maintained a large and diverse network of friends, including a number of politicians and fellow ministers (as seen in the fact that he authored at least 13 introductions for works written by other Puritans).

After a full and fruitful ministry, Sibbes passed away on July 5, 1635.

"Sibbes was known by many as 'the heavenly Doctor,' due to his godly preaching and heavenly manner of life. A contemporary said of him, 'Heaven was in him, before he was in heaven.' Maurice Roberts describes Sibbes’s theology as 'the fuel of some great combustion engine, always passing into flame and so being converted into energy thereby to serve God and, even more, to enjoy and relish God with the soul.'”

- from "To God’s Glory: Lessons on Puritanism" by Joel R. Beeke and Nicholas J. Thompson

• Printed on Bella + Canvas tees
• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester)
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Side-seamed

Size guide

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Length (inches) 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Width (inches) 16 ½ 18 20 22 24 26 28 30

Media Gratiae is an independent nonprofit (501c3) multimedia ministry based out of New Albany, Mississippi. Our desire is to produce film, print, and other media for the glory of Christ and for the good of His Church.

Media Gratiae (pronounced "GRAH - tee - ā") is Latin for "the Means of Grace."

Fallen man receives all the blessings of salvation out of the eternal fountain of the grace of God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ and through the operation of the Holy Spirit. While the Spirit can and does in some respects operate immediately on the soul of the sinner, He has seen fit to bind Himself largely to the use of certain means in the communication of divine grace. " (L. Berkhof)

In other words, Christ has fully accomplished the redemption that the Father planned, and now the Spirit is applying that grace in time to the lives of God’s people all around the world. God has appointed certain “means” to serve as the channels through which the Spirit applies that grace. The scope of the work Media Gratiae produces is meant to give aid to the church here and abroad in its task of fulfilling the Great Commission by the use of those means.

We believe that the chief means of grace is God’s word. It alone has the promise of being the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:16). Paul tells us that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. In doing so, he elevates the preached word of God to the foreground as the means by which God’s own voice is heard by sinners (Rom. 10:13-17). Paul's determination to preach Christ and Him crucified is understood in light of the fact that it is the voice of our Savior that brings dead men out of their tombs (John 5:25).

In Acts 2 we see that the early church not only gave themselves to the apostles' teaching and prayer, but also to fellowship with one another. In addition to the crucial fellowship we experience by being committed to a local body of believers, we can also experience something of "the communion of the saints" by making use of Christian Biography. In this way we can be helped by the example of those who have followed our Lord before us, and follow Paul's admonition to keep our eyes on those who walk according to the example we have in him.

Two lines from a hymn by John Berridge—one a statement, the other an earnest prayer—sum up the mission and hope of Media Gratiae:

The means of grace are in my hand,
The blessing is at God’s command
Who must the work fulfill;
And though I read, and watch and pray,
Yet here the Lord directs my way
And worketh all things still.

Prepare my tongue to pray and praise,
To speak of providential ways,
And heavenly truth unfold;
To strengthen well a feeble soul,
Correct the Wanton, rouse the dull,
And silence sinners bold.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 Matthew Robinson | Director, Media Gratiae