Christian Leaders of the Eighteenth Century

J C Ryle

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Paperback , Pages: 366 , Publisher: Counted Faithful , ISBN: 9781788720991 , Product Dimensions: - , Volumes: ?

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Preface

1. The Religious and Moral Condition of England at the Beginning of the Eighteenth Century
Importance of the History of the 18th Century – Political and Financial Position of England – Low State of Religion both in Churches and Chapels – Testimonies on the subject – Defects of Bishops and Clergy – Poverty of the Printed Theology – Wretched Condition of the Country as to Education, Morals, and popular Literature – The “Good Old Times” a mere Myth.

2. The Agency by which Christianity was Revived in England in the Middle of the Eighteenth Century
Improvement of England since the middle of the 18th Century an undeniable Fact – Agents in effecting the Change a few isolated and humble Clergymen – Preaching the chief Instrument they employed – The Manner of their Preaching – The Substance of their Preaching.

3. George Whitefield and his Ministry
Chapter 1
Whitefield’s Birth-place and Parentage – Educated at Gloucester Grammar School – Enters Pembroke College, Oxford – Season of Spiritual Conflict – Books which were made useful to him – Ordained by Bishop Benson – First Sermon – Preaches in London – Curate of Dummer, Hampshire – Goes to America – Returns in a Year – Preaches in the open air – Is excluded from most London Pulpits – Extent of his Labours for thirty-one years – Dies at Newbury Port, America, in 1770 – Interesting circumstances of his Death.

Chapter 2
Estimate of good that Whitefield did – Testimonies to his direct Usefulness – Indirect good that he did – Peculiar character of his Preaching – Witnesses to his real power as a Preacher – Analysis of his seventy-five published Sermons – Simplicity, Directness, Power of Description, Earnestness, Pathos, Action, Voice, and Fluency, his leading Excellences – Inner Life, Humility, Love to Christ, Laboriousness, Self-denial, Disinterestedness, Cheerfulness, Catholicity – Specimen of his Preaching.

4. John Wesley and his Ministry
Chapter 1
John Wesley – Reason why better known than many of his Contemporaries – Birth-place – Sketch of his Father and Mother – Educated at Charterhouse and Oxford – Early Religious History – Ordained, 1725 – Lives at Oxford eight Years – Joins the Methodist Club – Sails for Georgia, 1736 – Returns to England, 1738 – Commences Field-preaching – Continues Working for fifty-three Years – Dies in 1791 – Singleness of Eye, Diligence, and Versatility of Mind – Arminianism.

Chapter 2
Wesley’s Preaching – Preface to Published Volume of Sermons – Extracts from Sermons Preached before the University of Oxford – Rules for the Guidance of his Helpers – Advice to his Preachers – Letter to the Bishop of Lincoln – General Estimate of Wesley’s Merits.

5. William Grimshaw of Haworth and his Ministry
Chapter 1
Born at Brindle, 1708 – Educated at Christ’s College, Cambridge – Ordained, 1731 – Curate of Rochdale and Todmorden – Death of his Wife – Minister of Haworth, 1742 – Description of Haworth – Style of his Ministry – His Manner of Life, Diligence, Charity, Love of Peace, Humility – His Ministerial Success.

Chapter 2
Extra-Parochial Labour in Yorkshire, Lancashire, and Cheshire – The Nature of this Labour Explained and Defended – Persecution at Colne – The Archbishop of York’s Visit to Haworth – His Love to the Articles and Homilies – His Last Illness, Dying Sayings, Death, and Funeral.

Chapter 3
Literary Remains – Covenant and Summary of Belief – Letter to Christians in London – Anecdotes and Traditions – Influence in his Parish – Haworth Races Stopped – Mode of Discovering False Professors – Peculiarities in his Conduct of Divine Service – Testimony of Romaine, Venn, and Newton.

6. William Romaine and his Ministry
Chapter 1
Born at Hartlepool in 1714 – Educated at Houghton-le-Spring and Christ Church, Oxford – Character for Learning at Oxford – Ordained 1736 – Curate of Lewtrenchard and Banstead – Lectures at St Botolph’s 1748, and St Dunstan’s 1749 – Troubles at St Dunstan’s – Morning Preacher at St George’s, Hanover Square, 1750 – Loses his Preachership 1755 – Gresham Professor of Astronomy – Morning Preacher at St Olave’s, Southwark, and St Bartholomew the Great – Preaches before the University of Oxford – Gives great Offence.

Chapter 2
Rector of St Anne’s, Blackfriars, 1764 – Difficulties in the way of his Appointment – Letter to Lady Huntingdon – Usefulness at Blackfriars – Peculiarities of Address and Temperament – Last Illness and Dying Saying – Death 1795 – Public Funeral – Literary Remains.

7. Daniel Rowlands and his Ministry
Chapter 1
Born in Wales 1713 – Educated at Hereford, and never at a University – Ordained 1733 – Curate of Llangeitho – An Altered Man in 1738 – Extraordinary Effect of his Preaching – Extra-parochial and Outdoor Preaching – License Withdrawn by the Bishop in 1763 – Continues to Preach in a Chapel at Llangeitho – Died 1790 – Account of his Portrait.

Chapter 2
Analysis of his Preaching – Much of Christ – Richness of Thought – Felicity of Language – Large Measure of Practical and Experimental Teaching – Manner, Delivery, and Voice – Christmas Evans’ Description of his Preaching – Testimony of Mr Jones of Creaton – Specimens of Rowlands’ Sermons – Inner Life and Private Character – Humility, Prayerfulness, Diligence, Self-Denial, Courage, Fervour – Rowland Hill’s Anecdote.

8. John Berridge and his Ministry
Chapter 1
Born at Kingston, Nottinghamshire, 1716 – Educated at Nottingham – Fails to learn the Business of a Grazier – Goes to Clare Hall, Cambridge, 1734 – Elected Fellow of Clare, 1742 – Curate of Stapleford, 1749 – Vicar of Everton, 1755 – Begins to Preach the Full Gospel, 1757 – Open-air Preaching – Itinerant and Extra-parochial Ministrations – Singular Physical Effect on some Hearers – Opposition and Persecution – Dies, 1793 – His Epitaph.

Chapter 2
His Quaintness and Eccentricity – No Quaintness in his Outlines of Sermons – His Style of Preaching Defended – Specimen of his Quaint Thoughts – His Humility, Love of Christ, Kindness, Self-Denial, Shrewdness, Courage – His Sympathising letters.

9. Henry Venn and his Ministry
Chapter 1
Born at Barnes, Surrey, 1724 – His Ancestors – Curious Anecdotes of his Boyhood and Youth – Enters St John’s, Cambridge, 1742 – Fellow of Queen’s, 1749 – Curate of West Horsley, 1750 – Curate of Clapham, 1754 – Change in his Religious Views – Becomes acquainted with Whitefield and Lady Huntingdon – Married, 1757 – Vicar of Huddersfield, 1759.

Chapter 2
Mode of Working at Huddersfield – Effect of his Ministry – Fruits found in 1824 – Extra-parochial Labours – Friendly relation with Whitefield – Health Fails – Wife Dies – Leaves Huddersfield for Yelling, 1771 – Description of Yelling – Second Marriage – Description of Life at Yelling – Dies 1797.

Chapter 3
His Preaching Analysed – His Literary Remains examined – Extraordinary Power as a Letter-writer – Soundness of Judgment about Doctrine – Wisdom and Good Sense about Duties – Prudent Management of his Children – Unworldliness and Cheerfulness – Catholicity and Kindliness of Spirit – Testimony of Cowper, Simeon, and Sir James Stephen.

10. Samuel Walker of Truro and his Ministry
Born at Exeter, 1714 – Educated at Exeter College, Oxford – Ordained, 1737 – Curate of Truro, 1746 – At First very Ignorant of the Gospel – Mr Cowan’s Influence – Effect of his Preaching – Opposition – Self-denial and Holy Life – Remarkable Effect on Soldiers – Private Unity Meetings – Died, 1761 – Literary Remains – Preaching.

11. James Hervey of Weston Favell and his Ministry
Born near Northampton, 1713 – Educated at Lincoln College, Oxford – Intimacy with John Wesley – Ordained, 1736 – Curate of Dummer, 1738; of Bideford, 1740; and of Weston Favell, 1743 – Early Religious History – Correspondence with Whitefield – Studious Habit at Weston Favell – Literary Remains Analysed – Correspondence – Humour – Private life – Charity – Self-denial – Died, 1758 – Testimony of Romaine, Venn, Cowper, Cecil, Bickersteth, and Daniel Wilson.

12. Augustus Montague Toplady and his Ministry
Born at Farnham, 1740 – Ordained, 1762 – Vicar of Broad Hembury, Devon, 1768 – Removes to London, 1775 – Dies, 1778 – Conversion, 1756 – His Preaching – His Writings as a Controversialist – His Hymns.

13. John Fletcher of Madeley and his Ministry
Chapter 1
Born in Switzerland, 1729 – Educated at Geneva and Leutzburg – Wishes to be a Soldier – Becomes a Tutor in England, 1750 – Private Tutor in Mr Hill’s Family, 1752 – Becomes Acquainted with Methodists – Inward Conflict – Ordained 1757 – Vicar of Madeley, 1760 – Correspondence with Charles Wesley and Lady Huntingdon.

Chapter 2
Ministerial Labours at Madeley – Superintendent of Trevecca College, 1768 – Resigns Trevecca, 1771 – Laid aside by ill health, 1776 – Goes to Clifton, Newington, and Switzerland – Returns to Madeley, 1781 – Marries – Dies, 1785 – His Preaching – Writing – Private Character – Testimony of Wesley and Venn.

14. Conclusion

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