Great Sermons of History
Dwight Lyman Moody was born the sixth child of Edwin and Betsy Holton Moody in Northfield, Massachusetts on February 5, 1837. Dwight’s formal education ended after fifth grade,
In June 1872 Moody made his first trip to the United Kingdom. While he was there a few close contacts urged him to come back in a year. In June 1873, Moody and his family, and his good friend and musician Ira Sankey with his wife all traveled from New York to Liverpool, England. Moody and Sankey traveled throughout the UK and Ireland holding meetings, helping fuel the revival that was slowly sweeping the region. Moody’s visit made a lasting impression, and inspired lay people across the region to begin children’s ministries and ministry training schools for women.
Moody was revolutionary in his evangelistic approach. Despite conflicting counsel from friends and trusted contacts, he and Sankey traveled to Ireland during a time when Catholics and Protestants were constantly at odds with each other. Moody was different: he did not care what denomination a person claimed, but just wanted the message of Christ to be heard. As a result, the revival swept into Ireland, and he won praises of both Catholics and Protestants.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Victorian England’s best-known Baptist minister, was born on June 19, 1834 in Kelvedon. Spurgeon had no formal education beyond Newmarket Academy, which he attended from August 1849 to June 1850, but he was very well-read in Puritan theology, natural history, and Latin and Victorian literature. His lack of a college degree was no hindrance to his remarkable preaching career, which began in 1850, when he was only fifteen years old, a few months after his conversion.
Spurgeon’s New Park Street congregation grew rapidly as well, soon becoming too large for the 1200-seat auditorium. On August 30, 1854, the membership agreed to enlarge the chapel; during the remodeling, services were held at the 5,000-seat Exeter Hall, a public auditorium in Strand Street. The renovations to New Park Street were complete in May 1855, but the chapel was still too small, and in June a committee was formed to oversee the construction of the church’s new home, the 5,000-seat Metropolitan Tabernacle. The congregation moved once again, meeting in Exeter Hall and the 8,000-seat Surrey Gardens Music Hall until the Tabernacle was dedicated on March 18, 1861.
On July 8, 1741 in Enfield, Connecticut, Jonathan Edwards preached his powerful sermon, “Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God.”
It is well known how the congregation was deeply moved as Edwards spoke. Men and women caught hold of the back of the pews lest they should slip into the pit of hell. Most thought the day of judgment had dawned upon them.
As a result of this message hundreds were converted.
Jonathan Edwards was raised in a Christian home, studying at Yale University. The first period of his ministry he worked in the Congregational Church, Northampton, MA, (1727-33) was a time of relative obscurity, But later God used Him to great success in stirring the nation to the Great Awakening.
And now it is our please to bring to you, Jonathan Edwards preaching, “Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God.”
These messages are from the audio library of “Revive Us with Great Sermons” brought to you by Christian Perspective Ministries.
The message was delivered by Rev. Rusty Draper. Produced by Lynne McQuarrie and introduced by Brett Lockerbie.