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The Experimental Knowledge of Christ and Additional Sermons of John Elias (1774-1841) (Elias)

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Reformation Heritage Books

This book contains eleven great sermons by the great Welsh itinerant preacher, John Elias (1774-1841), all newly and ably translated from the Welsh by Owen Milton. Here you will find a feast of biblical, doctrinal, experiential, and practical food that shows how great preachers in ages past proclaimed the whole counsel of God over a period of time while remaining faithful in expounding individual texts in accord with their major themes. These sermons, which richly expound nearly every major doctrine of grace, are as relevant and helpful as when they were first written. Here you will find the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man persuasively expounded. Elias's sermons exhibit all the strengths of a godly preacher-pastor-writer. Read them slowly and prayerfully, and, with the Spirit's blessing, you will grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ. - Joel R. Beeke, From the Foreword

Table of Contents:

Biographical Introduction

Sermon 1: The Danger of Losing One’s Soul While Seeking to Gain the World

Sermon 2: The Experimental Knowledge of Christ

Sermon 3: The Duty of Listening to the Gospel as the Voice of Christ

Sermon 4: Praying for the Spirit

Sermon 5: The Greatness of the Peace of God, which Above Understanding

Sermon 6: The Funeral Sermon of King George III

Sermon 7: The Coming of the Son of Man

Sermon 8: Christ the Physician

Sermon 9: God Attending to the Contrite in Spirit

Sermon 10: God Choosing and Calling Men

Sermon 11: The Saints Loving Christ and Delighting in Him



John Elias was the leader of the next generation of Calvinistic Methodist who were ordained by Thomas Charles in 1811.



"The strength of Calvinistic Methodism in Wales was founded in he decades of orthodoxy which characterized its origin. If we date its birth as the year 1735, when Howell Harris was converted, then its death was 1841, the year that John Elias died. For that century Calvinistic Methodism (its name was changed in the 1920s to Presbyterian) was a thrilling living force that pervasively transformed the Principality of wales...John Elias was the leader of the next generation of Calvinistic Methodist denominations, and the first non-episcopal ordinations of ministers occurred. These sermons hint as his power as a preacher." - Geoff Thomas