Select Letters of John Newton 9781848711402

Select Letters of John Newton 9781848711402

John Owen



244 pages, Banner of Truth , ISBN: 9781848711402

180 mm x 121 mm x 12 mm , 1 volume(s), 286g

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Publisher's note.

John Newton (1725-1807), sailor, preacher and hymnwriter, was one of the most colourful figures in the great Evangelical Revival of the 18th Century. ‘Once an infidel and libertine, a servant of slaves in Africa,’ he wrote for his own epitaph, ‘by the rich mercy of Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the faith he had long laboured to destroy’.

It was through his correspondence that Newton fulfilled his distinctive work as ‘the letter writer par excellence of the Evangelical Revival’. His grasp of Scripture and deep personal experience, his many friends (among them, George Whitefield, William Cowper and William Wilberforce), his manifold trials, his country pastorate, his strong, clear, idiomatic style — all these factors combined to prepare the author of How sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds, for the exercise of his special gift.

These practical letters cover a wide variety of subjects and aim ‘to conform the believer to Christ’.


Introduction vii
1 Grace in the Blade 1
2 Grace in the Ear 8
3 The Full Corn in the Ear 14
4 Communion with God 22
5 Spiritual Blindness 30
6 The Right Use of the Law 36
7 Snares and Difficulties Attending the Ministry 46
8 Marks of a Call to the Ministry 53
9 Advice on the Work of the Ministry 57
10 Some Blemishes in Christian Character 61
11 Love to the Brethren 68
12 Doctrines of Election and Final Perseverance 74
13 Divine Guidance 83
14 The Practical Influence of Faith 90
15 Family Worship 96
16 Temptation 102
17 Controversy 111
18 Man in His Fallen Estate (1) 117
19 Man in His Fallen Estate (2) 124
20 Causes, Nature, and Marks of a Decline in Grace 131
21 Acquired and Experimental Knowledge 136
22 Believer’s Inability on Account of Remaining Sin 141
23 Evil Present with the Believer 146
24 Advantages from Remaining Sin 150
25 What the Believer Can Attain to in this Life 155
26 The Greatness of God 161
27 The Lord the Shepherd of His People 166
28 The Blessedness of the Believer 171
29 The Character of a Christian 177
30 Cases of Conscience 187
31 How To Meet the Assaults of Satan 195
32 How To Keep Close to the Lord 200
33 The Benefits of Affliction 203
34 Contrary Principles in the Believer 206
35 Christ All-sufficient 210
36 Blessed Are They that Mourn 213
37 Conflict Exercises the Graces 218
38 Submission to the Will of the Lord 222
39 The Vanity of the World 225