They Were Pilgrims

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Weight 1.06 lbs
Dimensions 8.8 × 5.75 × 1 in
page-count

272

Banner Pub Date

Jun 1, 2006

topic

Missions, Missionary Biography, 19th Century, 18th Century

Original Pub Date

1970

isbn

9780851519289

binding

Cloth-bound

Format

Book

ENDORSEMENT

The South African missionary, John Smith Moffat, once commented: ‘Many take religion as they take their bridge and tennis, when they have nothing more pressing to do. Religion ought to be a ruling passion.’ The young men in the following pages are eminent examples of what Christian passion means…Here some readers will have a first meeting with Brainerd, Martyn, M’Cheyne and Keith-Falconer. And for other readers, who have long revered these names, there will be the pleasure of meeting them again, as true to life as any book can make them. For us all there is the challenge to live with greater devotion to Christ. What follows in these pages aims to deepen what is a fundamental New Testament conviction, and it will surely help us to understand the prayer of Robert Murray M’Cheyne: ‘I long for love without any coldness, light without dimness, and purity without spot or wrinkle. I long to lie at Jesus’ feet, and tell Him I am all His, and ever will be.’– IAIN H. MURRAY

Book Description

They Were Pilgrims is the story of four remarkable young men who shared a common spiritual aim and ideal. They were David Brainerd, Henry Martyn, Robert Murray M’Cheyne, and Ion Keith-Falconer. Their average life-span was only thirty years, but they left a spiritual impact on their generation which was altogether out of the ordinary.

Their lives covered the period of history from 1718 to 1887. A clear line of spiritual descent can be traced from David Brainerd to Henry Martyn, from Brainerd and Martyn to Robert Murray M’Cheyne, and from Martyn to Ion Keith-Falconer. They were all linked to the missionary movement which had its birth in the great spiritual awakening of the eighteenth century.

They were pioneers in this movement: Brainerd with the Native North Americans, M’Cheyne with the Jews of Palestine and Central Europe, Martyn and keith-Falconer in the Muslin world of Persia and Arabia. Their contribution to missionary work would be enough in itself to invest their lives with outstanding interest. But the greatest single feature in their lives was their unqualified self-surrender to the claims of God.

This book tries to pull up the blinds so that readers can see through the window and can trace the inner spiritual development of these exemplary Christians. It is the freshness and clarity of this record of personal devotion which makes the story of their pilgrimage so relevant for the whole-hearted disciple of Christ today.

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Foreword by Iain H. Murray xiii
Preface to the 1984 Edition xvii
Preface to the Original Edition xix
DAVID BRAINERD – A Guide to the Delawares
Early Days and Conversion 3
A Student at Yale 6
Spiritual Growth 9
Ordained to Preach to the Indians 11
Among the Delaware Indians 19
Spiritual Awakening at Crossweeksung, New Jersey 23
Power in the Midst of Physical Weakness 26
Journal and Diary 32
‘I Longed to Be with God … ‘ 47
Bibliography 49
HENRY MARTYN – A Star in the Orient 57
Cornwall and Cambridge 58
Lydia Grenfell 65
‘The Thud of Christless Feet’ 72
Cawnpore: Preaching and Translation 83
The Journals 89
Persia 95
‘Henceforth Let Christ Live’ 104
Additional Notes 114
Bibliography 131
ROBERT MURRAY M’CHEYNE – An Heir of the Covenant
Early Days in Edinburgh 139
Preparation for the Ministry 142
From Larbert to Dundee 147
The Man 150
In the Holy Land 154
William C. Burns and the Awakening in Dundee 159
A Circle of Friends 165
‘A New School of Preaching’ 169
The Memoir 176
‘The Night Cometh’ 178
Bibliography 183
THE HON. ION GRANT NEVILLE KEITH-FALCONER – A Friend of the Bedouin
‘The Angel’ of Keith Hall 191
School Days at Cheam and Harrow 194
A Year at Hitchin 199
A Scholar at Cambridge 200
Champion Cyclist 203
Witness for Christ in Cambridge and London 206
Mastering Hebrew, Syriac, and Arabic 211
Mission, Marriage, and Moody 218
Aden – The Door to Arabia 222
A Journey of Exploration 228
To Aden Once More 237
‘Nothing for It but Patience’ 239
Bibliography 245
Appendix 249

 

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