John Newton (1725-1807), a former slave trader converted by God's grace, became an evangelical Anglican minister, who not only found favor among his contemporaries within the Church of England, but was also a beloved friend to the Non-conformist ministers and believers as well. Mr. Newton was most well known for his beloved hymn, "Amazing Grace" (originally & officially titled "Faith's Review and Expectation"), which was sung to the common meter tune of "New Britain" since the Rector of St. Mary's penned it.
The fame of his hymn "Amazing Grace" has often overshadowed the fact that he was a beloved & sought after counselor, as evidenced by the comfort & encouragement found in his pastoral letters, but he was also well respected as a man of God's Word. Mr. Newton was a passionate student & preacher of God's infallible truth.
Pastor Jon Cardwell's reading of "The Ascension of Messiah to Glory" comes from an original, 200-year-old copy of the volume published in Edinburgh in 1809. We have provided a pdf transcript of that sermon, which Brother Jon has also edited, as the original publication was rife with the 18th century text, e.g., the letter "s" that looks like an "f" &etc.
We pray that you will be edified & encouraged through this reading of "The Ascension of Messiah to Glory," originally preached in the years 1784-1785, by the pastor & hymnodist who penned, "Amazing Grace."
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Great Sermon! Excellent Christ exalting message. John Newton is a blessing to God's people, this sermon proves so.
Thomas Sullivan (4/16/2009)
from Jenison MI
Good Work Pastor Jon This sermon is taken from the volume of sermons called The Messiah. Newton preached one sermon on each of the 50 texts that comprise Handel's famous Oratorio. The title is called, "SCRIPTURAL PASSAGES, Which form the Subject of the celebrated
ORATORIO Of HANDEL.
Preached In The Years 1784 And 1785,
In the Parish Church of St. Mary Woolnoth,
The volume can be seen online if one searches at books.google.com for John Newton the Messiah, and chooses the version that is FULL VIEW.