Sunday, January 9, 2011

O that all who heard might experience this salvation

Sun 9 Jan 1743: The hall [in Wednesbury] was filled again at five; and I proclaimed ‘the name of the Lord; . . . The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth’. At eight we met in the place where my brother preached, made, as it were, for the great congregation. It is a large hollow, scarcely a mile from the town, capable of containing four or five thousand people. They stood in a half circle one above another, and seemed all to receive with joy that great truth, ‘the kingdom of God is not meats and drinks, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.’
In the afternoon Mr. Egginton preached a plain, useful sermon. Almost the whole congregation then went down to the place, where abundance of people were already waiting for us; so that the hollow could not contain them, but was edged round with those who came from all parts. My subject was, ‘By grace ye are saved, through faith.’ O that all who heard might experience this salvation!

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