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Is Being Missional Enough?

Over at the Acts 29 blog is an interesting blog post. The answer to the question in the blog title is a no. The main idea of the blog post is that a purely Missional church will burn out. These are the best few lines from blog which explains the need:

Missional church is not enough. What we need is captivation with God’s glory, and with a God who is relentless in showing his glory to his people throughout history. This glory is complete. The challenge is to stand in awe, not merely of the missional task, but also of the God of mission. From this place of awe the mission of the church will advance and God’s glory will be completed.

Its a reminder by Jonathan Edwards of 1 Corinthians 10:31. Now go over to their blog and read the post. It’s not that long.

So I got my order in today. It actually came in early. I now realized that I bought two of the same thing, sort of. Heaven on Earth: Capturing Jonathan Edwards’s Vision of Living in Between is an introduction to Jonathan Edwards Sermon, “Heaven Is a World Of Love” from the series of sermons Edwards titled Charity and It’s Fruits. The an abridged version of that sermon is the appendix of the book by Stephen Nichols. I now realize that I bought the full edition of that sermon when I bought Heaven, A World of Love by Jonathan Edwards, published by Banner of Truth Trust. I think that is cool because I can read the full version instead of the abridged version. If I like the sermon, I might buy the rest of the series from Soli Deo Gloria Publishers. I have another book similar to Nichols. It is a book that introduces another work of Jonathan Edwards then has the work after it. It is God’s Passion for His Glory by John Piper. John Piper introduces it for about half the book and the second half is Edward’s work The End for Which God Created the World.

I’m glad I have all these. I want Jonathan Edwards to become one of my dead heros. Paul is one. I want Newton and Spurgeon to be one also. The reason is these guys are the heros of some of my favorite alive heros. Jesus is my top most hero though. He is my Savior, my God, my All.


Jonathan Edwards

I found the biography I had written on Jonathan Edwards for a class last semester. I thought it might be nice to post it here. Jonathan Edwards was a Man after God’s Own Heart.

Jonathan Edwards was a “philosopher, theologian, preacher, historian, and scientist” (Stickel.) during the 1700s in America. The World Book Encyclopedia even calls him a “revivalist” (Noll.) He was born in East Windsor, Connecticut, on 5 October 1703, as the only son to his parents Timothy Edwards and Esther Stoddard Edwards (Stickel.) Yet he had ten other sisters.
Edwards was taught by his father for his younger years of education. He lived in East Windsor until he left, at age 13, for a college education at Connecticut’s Collegiate School which changed its name to Yale College while he is there and is now known as Yale University. He graduated at 17 (Noll.) in 1720 from Yale College. And stayed at Yale for two years between 1724 and 1726 and “was a tutor” (Jonathan Edwards).

He came to know Christ at 17. Even though he grew up in a pastors home he had not become a Born-again Christian by the work of the Holy Spirit. He had not been regenerated by God until after he graduated from college. A year later after his conversion, he decided to live for the Glory of God. At age 18 and 19 he wrote out 70 revolutions that he was going to live by for the rest of his life. Lawson states that “they were like a spiritual compass for his soul. They would point him to Christ. He would read these resolutions once a week …, at the end of each month …, [and] at the end of each year for the rest of his life” (Lawson).

He became an associate pastor at the church in Northampton, Massachusetts, under his grandfather. When his grandfather “died in 1792, Edwards became chief pastor” (Noll) or senior pastor of the church. After getting the chief pastorate at the church, the Great Awakening began. In the 1730s He preached multiple sermons and started causing revivals (Stickel). All the revivals in the 1730s and 1740s became known as the Great Awakening. One of His most famous sermons was “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”

In 1750 Jonathan Edwards was kicked from the church in Nothampton. As Chris Armstrong put it, the “ejection of Jonathan Edwards by his Northampton congregation was [messy because] … it involved the greatest theologian in American history–the central figure of the Great Awakening” (Armstrong). He opposed the view of his grandfather about the Lords Supper be taken by anyone. He view was not that and he said that “only those who publicly professed their conversion experience would be admitted to the Lord’s Supper” (Rosenmeier). And for that he was dismissed. He then became a missionary to the local Indian tribe. “Two months [before] he died of fever resulting from a smallpox inoculation,” he was made president of the College of New Jersey, which is now Princeton and that is where he is buried (Rosenmeier).

He was a great man that worked for other people. He cared about people and did not worry about what people thought about him. He was a godly, pious man who was devoted to Christ (Lawson). This man is one of my heros.

Works Cited

Armstrong, Chris. “Preacher in the hands of an angry church: Jonathan Edwards’s church kicked him out after 23 years of ministry, but the crisis proved his greatness was not merely intellectual. (Integrity and Ethics).” Leadership (Carol Stream, IL) 24.1 (Wntr 2003): 52(3). General Reference Center Gold. Gale. SAN JOSE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM. 1 Nov. 2007 <http://0-find.galegroup.com.mill1.sjlibrary.org:80/itx/start.do?prodId=GRGM&gt;.

Lawson, Steve. “Session 1” “Resolved Conference 2005.” 2005. 1 Nov. 2007

<http://www.gracechurch.org/Resolved/AudioChoice.asp&gt; (Past Audio. Must have a log in and pay $2.00 for it.)

“Jonathan Edwards.” Fire and Ice: Puritan and Reformed Writings. 1 Nov. 2007


Noll, Mark A. “Edwards, Jonathan.” World Book Online Reference Center. 2007. San Jose Public Library System. 1 Nov. 2007 <http://0-www.worldbookonline.com.mill1.sjlibrary.org:80/wb/Article?id=ar174620&gt;.

Rosenmeier, Jesper. “Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758).” Encyclopedia of World Biography. Ed. Suzanne M. Bourgoin. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale Research, 1998. 17 vols.Student Resource Center – Gold. Thomson Gale. SAN JOSE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM. 1 Nov. 2007 <http://0-find.galegroup.com.mill1.sjlibrary.org:80/srcx/infomark.do?&contentSet=GBRC&type=retrieve&tabID=T001&prodId=SRC-1&docId=EK1631001992&source=gale&srcprod=SRCG&userGroupName=sjpllib&version=1.0&gt;.

Stickel, George W. Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 270: American Philosophers Before 1950. A Bruccoli Clark Layman Book. Edited by Philip B. Dematteis, Saint Leo University, and Leemon B. McHenry, California State University, Northridge. Gale Group, 2002. pp. 89-102. San Jose Public Library System. 1 Nov. 2007 < http://0-galenet.galegroup.com.mill1.sjlibrary.org/servlet/LitRC?YBE=A.D.&locID=sjpllib&srchtp=advathr&c=1&NR=Edwards+Jonathan&ai=U13702038&docNum=H1200011065&bConts=15023&vrsn=3&OP=contains&YDE=A.D.&DYQ=is&ca=1&ste=6&BYQ=is&tab=1&tbst=arp&n=10&GD=any&gt;.

Ascending to Heaven

“The way to Heaven is ascending; we must be content to travel uphill, though it be hard and tiresome, and contrary to the natural bias of our flesh”

-Jonathan Edwards

I thought I would share this quote. I found this quote by Jonathan Edwards by searching Jonathan Edwards quotes on Google. I’m not sure it is by him, but it does sound like something he would say.

The reason I want to share it though is because IT IS SO TRUE! The way to Heaven is ascending, we must continue to fight for holiness and that is hard and contrary to the natural tendancy of our Flesh.