AN HUMBLE ATTEMPT TO PROMOTE EXPLICIT AGREEMENT AND VISIBLE UNION OF GOD’S PEOPLE, IN EXTRAORDINARY PRAYER, FOR THE REVIVAL OF RELIGION AND THE ADVANCEMENT OF CHRIST’S KINGDOM ON EARTH.
The first parts of this excellent work are only partially read as it is Edwards’s commentary on prophetical passages from his post-millenial views that the kingdom was near at hand in 1744. The narration is the first part of Part 2 which is very edifying and an exhortation and encouragment to prayer so much needed in our day.
This account of revivals is from numerous publications and letters. This narration also includes a reading from an article in the 1838 Biblical Repertory from a pastor who was at the Kentucky revivals of 1800-1803 who also witnessed the physiological aberrations referred to as the jerks. Iain Murray details this revival in great detail in his work Revivals and Revivalism.
In this solemn lesson, the story of the casting out of Ignorance from the gate of heaven is explained. Quotes are given from Jonathan Edwards’s sermon Sinners in Zion Tenderly Warned, John Bunyan’s Barren Fig Tree, or the Downfall of the Fruitless Professor, and Samuel Davies, The Resurrection of the Dead. So as to not leave the hearers in despair, the lesson is finished off with a reading of The Holy War, Emmanuel Addresses the Inhabitants of Mansoul.
In this lesson we examined why for some saints, crossing the great divide is fearful, why God seems to hide His face, and how to prepare for that solemn day. We mentioned the story: A death-bed dialogue: being a series of conversations between Mr. Shirra, 1724-1803 and Mr. Lister – a 27-year-old young pastor who feared he was only a hypocrite. That story is narrated and is also on this site.
In this lesson, we look at the pilgrim’s entering into Beulah Land, a place where they could have a fortaste of glory and be at a distance from Giant Despair’s castle and The Valley of the Shadow of Death. We learned of the story of The Dairyman’s Daughter, who died in 1801, the death of Edward Payson, a story also from Archibald Alexander was read. Finally, I talked about a friend who passed away 4 years ago this week and what a remarkable servant he was, though he was a quadriplegic.
This is a funeral sermon for Pastor William Williams, the uncle of Jonathan Edwards 1665-1741. William Williams is the pastor who most likely beseeched Solomon Stoddard to appeal to Jonathan Edwards to be his successor at Northhampton. Interestingly, however, it was his sons – for example Solomon Williams – that turned against Jonathan Edwards in 1751 and were instrumental in removing him as the pastor.
The full title of this adult Sunday School lesson is Temporary and the Twofold Working of the Spirit. The Twofold working of the Spirit is the title of a chapter in A W Pink’s commentary on Hebrews where he details the work of the Holy Spirit upon the non-elect. It is also called “The Common Influences of the Holy Spirit. An examination of Thomas Goodwin’s treatise from Works Volume 6 “The Holy Spirit and the Temporary Believer” is also opened up with a story in this lesson also from Davis W Clark’s Deathbed Scenes, 1851 The Apostate.
In this lesson, the conversion of Hopeful is detailed analytically and compared to historical accounts. The question that we aimed to answer is why, sometimes, there is a lengthy awakening involving conviction of sin and self seeking prior to being granted converting grace by the Spirit. What purpose does it serve, why does God often not hear the sinner’s earnest cries for salvation, or answer them at once?
In this lesson, we sought to learn about what the Enchanted Ground represents. First, in a society or town, 2ndly in the church, 3rd in the individual believer. It also is a very basic introduction to declension in spirituality prior to the 1st and 2nd Great Awakening and the revivals that came after in answer to prayer.
From the chapter: “I hastened with them up stairs into the sick man’s chamber. He was not in bed but upright, in a large easy chair, supported by pillows. Without opening his eyes he was aware of my approach, and for an instant ceased to moan. Death sat evidently on his faded and shrunken countenance. I took a seat by his side, and having ascertained by a common question about his situation that he was still able to speak, although in so low and faint a tone that I could not understand him without putting my ear close to his mouth; I directed that all the persons in the room should retire; and I did it aloud, that he might know we were quite alone, and that there might be as little as possible to embarrass him. I then took the dying man’s hand into my own, both because I was in earnest, and because I wished him to think me so — He gave me no sign to encourage me — His hand lay lifeless in mine, whilst I gently pressed it.”