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The Salvation of Souls: Nine Previously Unpublished Sermons on the Call of Ministry and the Gospel by Jonathan Edwards [Hardcover]

By Richard A. Bailey (Author), Gregory A. Wills (Author) & Jonathan Edwards (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.12" Width: 5.76" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.86 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 14, 2002
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN  1581344511  
EAN  9781581344516  

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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Gregory Wills and Richard Bailey gathered nine sermons (all but one previously unpublished) that Edwards delivered, in which he charges new ministers to exert a faithful ministry, delineates the tasks involved in preaching, and also challenges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, professor of history at Notre Dame, has written a penetrating and helpful historical introduction to this important study of Jonathan Edwards.

Veteran pastors and new ordinands alike will be challenged to remain faithful in working for the salvation of the souls through gospel preaching. 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.

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Jonathan Edwards Edwards was born in East Windsor, Connecticut, to Timothy Edwards, pastor of East Windsor, and Esther Edwards. The only son in a family of eleven children, he entered Yale in September, 1716 when he was not yet thirteen and graduated four years later (1720) as valedictorian. He received his Masters three years later.

As a youth, Edwards was unable to accept the Calvinist sovereignty of God. He once wrote, "From my childhood up my mind had been full of objections against the doctrine of God's sovereignty… It used to appear like a horrible doctrine to me." However, in 1721 he came to the conviction, one he called a "delightful conviction." He was meditating on 1 Timothy 1:17, and later remarked, "As I read the words, there came into my soul, and was as it were diffused through it, a sense of the glory of the Divine Being; a new sense, quite different from any thing I ever experienced before… I thought with myself, how excellent a Being that was, and how happy I should be, if I might enjoy that God, and be rapt up to him in heaven; and be as it were swallowed up in him for ever!" From that point on, Edwards delighted in the sovereignty of God. Edwards later recognized this as his conversion to Christ.

In 1727 he was ordained minister at Northampton and assistant to his maternal grandfather, Solomon Stoddard. He was a student minister, not a visiting pastor, his rule being thirteen hours of study a day. In the same year, he married Sarah Pierpont, then age seventeen, daughter of James Pierpont (1659–1714), a founder of Yale, originally called the Collegiate School. In total, Jonathan and Sarah had eleven children.

Solomon Stoddard died on February 11th, 1729, leaving to his grandson the difficult task of the sole ministerial charge of one of the largest and wealthiest congregations in the colony. Throughout his time in Northampton his preaching brought remarkable religious revivals. Jonathan Edwards was a key figure in what has come to be called the First Great Awakening of the 1730s and 1740s.

Yet, tensions flamed as Edwards would not continue his grandfather's practice of open communion. Stoddard, his grandfather, believed that communion was a "converting ordinance." Surrounding congregations had been convinced of this, and as Edwards became more convinced that this was harmful, his public disagreement with the idea caused his dismissal in 1750.

Edwards then moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts, then a frontier settlement, where he ministered to a small congregation and served as missionary to the Housatonic Indians. There, having more time for study and writing, he completed his celebrated work, The Freedom of the Will (1754).

Edwards was elected president of the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) in early 1758. He was a popular choice, for he had been a friend of the College since its inception and was the most eminent American philosopher-theologian of his time. On March 22, 1758, he died of fever at the age of fifty-four following experimental inoculation for smallpox and was buried in the President's Lot in the Princeton cemetery beside his son-in-law, Aaron Burr.

Jonathan Edwards has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Grace Essentials
  2. Works of Jonathan Edwards

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Classic Edwards  Apr 1, 2008
~The Salvation of Souls: Nine Previously Unpublished Sermons on the Call of Ministry and the Gospel~ is some great sermons from the Puritan divine Jonathan Edwards. Edwards was a colonial American Congregational preacher, theologian, missionary to Native Americans and president of Princeton University. Edwards so often acclaimed for his fire-and-brimestone preaching with the 'Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God,' could also speak of the "sweetness" of Christ. Edwards conceptualized a perennial Christian nostrum: God is most satisfied in us, when we are most satisfied in Him. Jonathan Edwards calls ministers of the Gospel to focus their attention to the salvation of lost souls. "A minister that has the presence of God with him in his work, is the very greatest blessing that God ever bestows upon a people, next to himself." He made a clarion call for rigorous, Scriptural preaching, which was emphatic about the holiness and sovereignty of Almighty God. In the discharge of their duties, ministers must be faithful. Edwards had no compunction for pastors who were bullied by their congregations into speaking words flattering to their vanities and desires.

Edwards did usher in the Great Awakening and many revivalist styles of preaching alongside George Whitefield. What separated them from subsequent generations of gaudy revivalists and pietists is that they stressed the integral nature of sound doctrine.

* The Death of Faithful Ministers A Sign of God's Displeasure
Isaiah 3:12

* Ministers Need the Power of God
2 Corinthians 4:7

* The Kind of Preaching People Want
Micah 2:11

* The Minister Before the Judgment Seat of Christ
Luke 10:17-18

* Deacons to Care for the Body, Ministers for the Soul
Romans 12:4-8

* Ministers to Preach Not Their Own Wisdom But the Word of God
1 Corinthians 2:11-13

* Pastors and People Must Look to God
Acts 14:23

* Preaching the Gospel Brings Poor Sinners to Christ
Acts 14:23

* The Work of Ministry is Saving Sinners
Acts 20:28

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