Cook, Paul E.G.
The valuable description of the revival of 1859 in this gem of a book is followed by expositions saturated with the Spirit of revival.
Here are some notable features: There is fervent prayer in the Spirit which culminates in motivation and effort to reach the lost. Vast harvests require enormous effort and industry. There is a profound sense of sinfulness and the reality of being lost for all eternity together with free grace and a free justification. When revival comes then the gates of iron are penetrated and the very worst of sinners are saved.
“My rule” said John Wesley, “is to go not only to those who need me but to those who need me most”. Through these sermons our hope, vision and confidence are enlarged, “The genius of Christianity is not simply that of conservation, but of aggression. Christianity must not merely live but increase and cover the earth” (p.179). The revival hymns are a bonus including all nine verses of “O sacred Head, now wounded” (p. 100). – Pastor Erroll Hulse, Reformation Today magazine and Leeds Reformed Baptist Church (U.K.).
James W. Alexander (1804–1859) was the oldest son of Archibald Alexander, served as a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, and became one of the most famous Presbyterian preachers of his generation.