How Christ Came to Church: The Pastors Dream a Spiritual Autobiography

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A spiritual classic by pastor and evangelist A. J. Gordon published just after Gordon’s death in 1895. This volume tells the story of an actual dream that Gordon had, and how dreaming that Jesus attended his church and heard him preach brought life to his dead church and electrified his ministry. The issues Gordon raises and the insights he shares are relevant to today’s pastor. There is a conclusion by A. T. Pierson another world-renowned pastor of his era, who followed ...

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Overview

A spiritual classic by pastor and evangelist A. J. Gordon published just after Gordon’s death in 1895. This volume tells the story of an actual dream that Gordon had, and how dreaming that Jesus attended his church and heard him preach brought life to his dead church and electrified his ministry. The issues Gordon raises and the insights he shares are relevant to today’s pastor. There is a conclusion by A. T. Pierson another world-renowned pastor of his era, who followed Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London.

This edition of A. J. Gordon’s classic is printed in recognition of the 175th anniversary of Gordon’s birthday and the 125th anniversary of Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. After Gordon’s story, his closest friend, A. T. Pierson, provides reflections on the significance of this nineteenth-century leader’s experiences. Also, Scott Gibson, current professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, provides a brief introduction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825426872
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 7/17/2011
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

A. J. Gordon (1836–1895) was Pastor, Evangelist and Writer. He was the founder of Gordon College in Boston Massachusetts. He wrote many books, including: In Christ, The Two-Fold Life, The Ministry of the Spirit, How Christ Came to Church, and many others. He set Monday mornings aside to publishing his own monthly, the Watchword, and focused on devotional enrichment. He saw the church he pastored completely transformed into one of the most spiritual and aggressive churches in America with an unsurpassed effort in missions.

Scott M. Gibson (DPhil, University of Oxford) directs the Center for Preaching and the A.J. Gordon Guild, the Ph.D. program in association with London School of Theology. Dr. Gibson is past president and co-founder of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and is a member of several professional and ecclesiological organizations. These include the Academy of Homiletics, the Evangelical Theological Society and the National Association of Evangelicals.

Arthur T. Pierson (1837-1911) served prominent pulpit both in America and Great Britain, preaching for two years at the Metropolitan Tabernacle following C. H. Spurgeon's death. He lectured at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois, and at Pierson Bible Institute in Seoul, Korea. He was one of the few Americans to speak at England's Keswick conferences. A consulting editor to the Scofield Reference Bible, he was also a contributor to the classic work The Fundamentals.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Scott M. Gibson 7

Part I The Life Story A. T. Pierson 13

Part II How Christ Came to Church

I The Dream 27

II Here Today 32

III And to Come Again 41

IV If I Had Not Come 51

V In Thy Light 59

VI The Temple of God is Holy 67

VII Cleansing the Temple 76

Part III The Dream as Interpreting the Man A. T. Pierson 85

I Loyalty to the Person of Christ 89

II The Personal Coming of Christ 94

III The Sacredness of the Preacher's Vocation 100

IV Jealousy for Divine Worship 107

V The Authority of the Word of God 112

VI The Scriptural Pattern of Church Life 117

VII The Presidency of the Spirit in the Church 122

VIII The Last Message to the Church 128

Notes 131

Even So Lord Jesus Come 132

Help Me to be Holy 133

In Tenderness He Sought Me 134

My Jesus, I Love Thee 135

The King In His Beauty 136

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