The Salvation of Souls
Gregory Wills and Richard Bailey gather nine previously unpublished ordination sermons delivered by Jonathan Edwards that charge others to be faithful in the gospel ministry. These sermons define the nature and task of such service, both then and now. Pastors...
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Gregory Wills and Richard Bailey gather nine previously unpublished ordination sermons delivered by Jonathan Edwards that charge others to be faithful in the gospel ministry. These sermons define the nature and task of such service, both then and now. Pastors today will find Edwards's words to be a challenge to return to the basic call of saving sinners by preaching the Word. 192 pages, from Good News Publishers. - Publisher.
Wills and Bailey gathered nine previously unpublished ordination sermons that Edwards delivered, charging others to be faithful in the gospel ministry. These sermons define the nature and task of such service, both then and now. Pastors today may find Edwards' words to be a challenge to return to the basic call of saving sinners by preaching the Word.
In this collection of nine sermons, eight of which have never been published before, Jonathan Edwards calls ministers of the Gospel to focus their attention on the salvation of souls. He insists that the ministry of the Gospel is a task given to them by God. Therefore ministers are not free to choose their duties - they are called to exercise their office faithfully as preachers of the Gospel. They must not shrink from denouncing sin and should not depend upon their own wisdom. Rather, they must preach the Word of God and depend upon him for the salvation of their hearers. Financial or other worldly gain should never be motivations in the ministry but rather a concern for the advancement of the kingdom of God and the well-being of souls.
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) was a pastor and theologian in colonial America who preached with zeal and theological insight, placing great emphasis on the impact that preaching could have on its listeners. Widely recognized as one of America's foremost thinkers, he is probably best known for his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," which demonstrates his central concern for the salvation of souls. Indeed, Edwards believed that all ministers were on a "divine errand" to offer the Gospel to sinners. ^Gregory Wills and Richard Bailey gathered nine sermons (all but one previously unpublished) that Edwards delivered, in which he charges new ministers to exert a faithful ministry, delineates the tasks involved in preaching, and also challenges preachers and deacons to take up the work to which the Lord calls them. Gregory Wills and Richard Bailey establish the historical context for Edwards's own ministry and describe the setting in which he preached each sermon. George Marsden,
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) is widely acknowledged to be America's most important and original philosophical theologians. He is known as one of the greatest and most profound of American theologians and revivalists. He was the foremost leader of the Great Awakening in North America in the 18th Century. His writings continue to have a marked influence today on the life of the Church, his example stands as a beacon to guide us from the shallows of our low levels of spirituality to the deeper waters of life. Jonathan Edwards wrote such classics as Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God, Sermons of Jonathan Edwards and Call to United, Extraordinary Prayer.- Publisher.