The St Andrews Seven

the finest flowering of Missionary Zeal in Scottish History

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Weight .52 lbs
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Theauthor

Piggin, Stuart, Roxborogh, John

binding

ePub, Kindle (.mobi), Paperback, Paperback & ePub, Paperback & Kindle

Format

Book

isbn

9780851514284

Original Pub Date

1985

Banner Pub Date

Apr 17, 2015

subtitle

the finest flowering of Missionary Zeal in Scottish History

topic

19th Century, History and Biography, Missions

page-count

168

Book Description

The St Andrews Seven is the moving and inspiring story of six young men whose remarkable influence on one another as fellow students in the University of St Andrews, Scotland, in the 1820s led them to the profound conviction that ‘Only one thing seemed to matter: to discover God’s will and do it’.

The chief characters in this extraordinary account of a teenage enthusiasm to serve Christ to the end of the earth are the great Thomas Chalmers, and six of his students: Alexander Duff, John Urquhart, John Adam, Robert Nesbit, William Sinclair Mackay, and John Ewart. Their influence in later life, especially in India, was to be far beyond their wildest expectations.

The authors trace vividly and popularly the story— the aspirations, fears, doubts, struggles, opposition, sorrows, triumphs—of these six most gifted and dedicated young Christians, including one of their number who died before he could fulfil his heart’s ambition.

First published in 1985, The St Andrews Seven once again brings the names of these men to the fore, and challenges the church of today to put aside its mediocrity and respond obediently to Christ’s great commission.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

List of Illustrations ix
Preface xi
About the Authors xv
1 Chalmers’ Grand Design 1
2 Early Lives 15
3 The Pursuit of Academic Excellence 27
4 By Dint of Steady Labour 39
5 The Incoming Tide 47
6 A Well-run Student Society 57
7 Student Politics in the Year of Conflict 65
8 ‘A Sober Determination’ — The Missionary Call 77
9 Charity Begins at Home 93
10 Consummation of Holiness 103
11 Separated in this Life 111
12 The ‘Six’ in India 123
Epilogue — The Scottish Missionary Movement in India:
An Evaluation 131
A Note on Sources 145
Index 147

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  1. Nathan Birx

    Over a decade ago, I picked up this book from the book table at our church. It was the title that first drew me, and the book did not disappoint. Of “the seven,” I was most drawn to the story of John Urquhart. From the moment of his conversion at 16, he had one thing on his mind–the cause of foreign missions. His zeal and optimism led to the founding of a student missionary society on campus. His example and his personal commitment to leaving home and country was an inspiration to many others. Though his unexpected death at 18 kept him from his goal, it seems to have motivated several to pick up his torch and carry the light. The authors point out that five of the St. Andrews Seven served for a combined 141 years on the mission field. I’d especially recommend this to be shared with young people to encourage them to devote their time to things that will last for eternity.

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