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Charles G. Finney
1792 - 1875

      Charles Finney was born in Connecticut to an ordinary family and life that gave little hint of the great things God had in store for him. He was a schoolteacher and then a lawyer before his conversion at age 29. Finney was filled with the Holy Spirit on the same day he was saved and immediately began witnessing to friends and family members. More than twenty people were saved in the 24 hours following Finney's conversion. Finney's personal evangelism soon became public evangelism as he began to travel and preach in extended revival meetings. He considered revival to be a natural result of following the instructions God had laid out in His Word.

      During Finney's fifty years of preaching, more than 500,000 were saved. He wrote many books, the most enduring of which are The Autobiography of Charles Finney and Lectures on Revival of Religion. After ill health forced him to stop traveling in meetings, he accepted the pastorate of a church in New York City. From 1852 until 1866 he served as president of Oberlin College in Ohio. Although some of his theology was lacking, he was a powerful, Spirit-filled soul winner who brought revival to cities and towns across the eastern United States.

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SermonAny One Form of Sin Persisted In is Fatal to the Soul
      "Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point is guilty of all." -- James 2:10. "He that is unjust in the least, is also unjust in much." -- Luke 16:10. In speaking from these words, I inquire, I. What is it to persist in sin? 1. To persist in sin is not to abandon it. If a person should only occasionally, under the f ...read
SermonBound to Know Your True Character
      TEXT.--"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves"-- 2 CORINTHIANS xiii. 5. IN speaking from this text I design to pursue the following order: I. Show what is intended by the requirement in the text. II. The necessity of this requirement. III. The practicability of the duty enjoined. IV. Give some directi ...read
SermonBreaking Up the Fallow Ground
      Break up your follow ground for it is time to seek the Lord till He come and rain righteousness upon you. Hos. 10:12. The Jews were a nation of farmers, and it is therefore a common thing in the scriptures to refer for Illustrations to their occupation, and to the scenes with which farmers and shepherds are familiar. The prophet Hosea addresses ...read
SermonCan Two Walk Together Except They Be Agreed?
      Amos iii. 3. "Can two walk together except they be agreed?" In the holy Scriptures, we often find a negative thrown into the form of an interrogation. The text is an instance of this kind; so that we are to understand the prophet as affirming that two cannot walk together except they be agreed. For two to be agreed, implies somethin ...read
SermonChrist Our Advocate
      "And if any man sin we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." -- 1 John ii. 1, 2. THE Bible abounds with governmental analogies. These are designed for our instruction; but if we receive instruction from them, it is ...read
SermonChrist the Husband of the Church
      TEXT.--"Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God."--Romans, vii 4. IN the discussion of this subject, the following is the order in which I shall direct your thoughts: I. Show that th ...read
SermonChristian Affinity
      Amos iii.3,--"Can two walk together except they be agreed?" In the holy Scriptures, we often find a negative thrown into the form of an interrogation. The text is an instance of this kind; so that we are to understand the prophet as affirming that two cannot walk together except they be agreed. For two to be agreed, implies something m ...read
SermonCHRISTIAN CHARACTER
      'Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.'--1 John 3:9. In this discourse I shall, I. INQUIRE WHAT SIN IS NOT. II. WHAT IT IS. III. WHAT TO BE BORN OF GOD IS NOT. IV. WHAT IT IS. V. WHAT THE SEED SPOKEN OF IN THE TEXT IS NOT. VI. WHAT IT IS. ...read
SermonChristian Perfection (1)
      TEXT.--"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."--Matthew v. 48. IN the 43rd verse, the Savior says, "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy; but I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which ...read
Christian Perfection (2)
      TEXT.--"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."--Matthew v. 48. IN speaking from these words, two weeks ago, I pursued the following order. 1. I showed what is implied in being perfect. 2. What Christian perfection is. 3. That it is a duty. 4. That it is attainable in this life. 5. Answered some ...read
SermonCHRISTIAN WARFARE
      'This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things ye would.'--Gal. 5:16, 17. This passage has been greatly misunderstood, or else the Apostle has con ...read
SermonConditions of Being Saved
      "What must I do to be saved?" -- Acts xvi. 30. I BRING forward this subject today not because it is new to many in this congregation, but because it is greatly needed. I am happy to know that the great inquiry of our text is beginning to be deeply and extensively agitated in this community, and under these circumstances it is the first duty of ...read
SermonConformity to the World
      TEXT.-- Be not conformed to this world.--Romans xii. 2 IT will be recollected by some who are present, that some time since I made use of this text in preaching in this place, but the object of this evening's discourse is so far different that it is not improper to employ the same text again. The following is the order in which I design to disc ...read
SermonConscience and the Bible in Harmony
      "By manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God." -- 2 Cor. 4:2. THE context shows that these words of Paul refer to his manner of preaching, and to the aim which he had in those labours. Conscience is a moral function of the reason, or intellect. It is that department of our natural faculties ...read
SermonConverting Sinners a Christian Duty
      "Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; let him know that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins." -- James v. 19, 20. A SUBJECT of present duty and of great practical importance is brought before us in this text. That we may clearly a ...read
SermonDeath to Sin through Christ
      "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." -- Romans 6:11. THE connection of this passage will help us to understand its meaning. Near the close of the previous chapter Paul had said, "The law entered that the offence might abound; but where sin abounded, grace did much more ...read
SermonDishonesty in Small Matters Inconsistent With Honesty in Anything
      TEXT.--"He that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much."--LUKE xvi. 10. THESE words are a part of the parable of the unjust steward, or rather, a principle which our Lord lays down in connection with the parable. The words do not require that I should go into an explanation of the parable itself, as they make no part of the story which the ...read
SermonDoubtful Actions Are Sinful
      Text.--"He that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin." Romans 14:23. IT was a custom among the idolatrous heathen to offer the bodies of slain beasts in sacrifice, a part of every beast that was offered belonged to the priest. The priests used to send their portion to market to sell, ...read
SermonExcitement in Revivals - Letter Six
      I have by no means done with the subject of excitement as connected with revivals of religion. In every age of the Church, cases have occurred in which persons have had such clear manifestations of Divine truth as to prostrate their physical strength entirely. This appears to have been the case with Daniel. He fainted and was unable to stand. Saul ...read
SermonFalse Professors
      Text--"They feared the Lord, and served their own gods." 2 Kings 17:33. WHEN the ten tribes of Israel were carried away captives by the king of Assyria, their places were supplied with strangers of different idolatrous nations, who knew nothing of the religion of the Jews. Very soon, the wild beasts increased in the country, and the lions destr ...read

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