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The Oberlin Evangelist

Charles G. Finney

1853 Index
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Official Publication of Oberlin College
Oberlin, Ohio

Sermons and Lectures
by Charles G. Finney,
president of Oberlin College
  Wisdom is justified.

Contents of the 1853 Lectures

"Prayer and Labor for the Gathering of The Great Harvest" ---New Window

Lecture I

I. To consider to whom this precept is addressed;

II. What it means;

III. What is implied in the prayer required;

IV. Show that the state of mind which constitutes obedience to this precept is an indispensable condition of salvation.

"Men Invited to Reason Together With God" ---New Window

Lecture II

I. The reasons which may be offered why God should pardon our sin;

II. The corresponding reasons why he should sanctify our hearts.

"The Saviour Lifted Up, and the Look of Faith" ---New Window

Lecture III

I. Christ must be lifted up as the serpent was in the wilderness;

II. Christ must be held up as a remedy for sin, even as the brazen serpent was as a remedy for a poison.

"The Sinner's Excuses Answered" ---New Window

Lecture IV

In my labours as an evangelist, I became acquainted with a man prominent in the place of his residence for his general intelligence, and whose two successive wives were daughters of Old School Presbyterian clergymen. Through them he had received many books to read on religious subjects, which they and their friends supposed would do him good, but which failed to do him any good at all. He denied the inspiration of the Bible, and on grounds which those books did not in his view obviate at all. Indeed, they only served to aggravate his objections. When I came into the place, his wife was very anxious that I should see and converse with him... He signified his pleasure to have such a conversation, and accordingly I asked him to state briefly his position. He replied--"I admit the truths of natural religion, and believe most fully in the immortality of the soul, but not in the inspiration of the scriptures. I am a Deist." But, said I, on what ground do you deny the inspiration of the Bible? Said he, I know it cannot be true. How do you know that? It contradicts the affirmations of my reason. You admit and I hold that God created my nature, both physical and moral. Here is a book, said to be from God, but it contradicts my nature. I therefore know it cannot be from God. This of course opened the door for me to draw from him the particular points of his objection to the Bible as teaching what his nature contradicted. These points and my reply to them will constitute the body of my present discourse.

"God's Love for A Sinning World" ---New Window

Lecture V

Text.--John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Sin is the most expensive thing in the universe. Nothing else can cost so much. Pardoned or unpardoned, its cost is infinitely great. Pardoned, the cost falls chiefly on the great atoning substitute; unpardoned, it must fall on the head of the guilty sinner.

"Alive Without the Law, Slain Thereby" ---New Window

Lecture VI

I. Show in what sense Paul was without the Law.

II. What were the consequences of this state.

III. In what sense the "commandment came".

IV. The consequences of this "coming of the commandment".

"The Essential Elements of Christian Experience" ---New Window

Lecture VII

There are a great many things in the experience of Christians, which traced out in their natural history, are exceeding interesting. I have been struck to notice how very commonly what is peculiar to Christian experience, drops out of the mind; while that which is merely incidental remains, and constitutes the mind's entire conception of what religion is. Their way of talking of their experience leaves you quite in the dark as to its genuineness, even when they propose to give you especially the reasons of their hope. My design is first to state some of the facts which belong to the life of God in the soul.

"Death to Sin Through Christ" ---New Window

Lecture VIII

I. What it is to be dead unto sin in the sense of the text.

II. What it is to be alive unto God.

III. What it is to reckon ourselves to be dead unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

IV. What it is to be alive unto God through Jesus Christ.

V. What is implied in the exhortation of our text.

VI. What is implied in complying with this injunction?

"The Rich Man and Lazarus" ---New Window

Lecture IX

I. To notice some truths that are assumed in it;

II. To present some that are intentionally taught.

"Losing One's First Love" ---New Window

Lecture X

I. What the first love of a christian is;

II. How it evinces or manifests its existence;

III. How it may be known whether persons have left

their first love.

IV. Some of the consequences of this sin.

"Jehovah's Appeal to Sinners and Backsliders" ---New Window

Lecture XI

I. Issues between Jehovah and those who profess no allegiance to His law or gospel.

II. Similar questions upon the attention of those who have professed to know and love Him, but have left their first love and have backslidden from their God.

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