Thursday, 8 January 2009

11th January 1746

11th January 1746
Bristol. I began examining the society; and not before it was wanted, for the plague was begun. I found many crying out. 'Faith, faith! Believe, believe! But making little account of the friends of faith, either of holiness or good works, in a few days they came to themselves, and had a more through understanding of the truth as it is in Jesus.

10th January 1743



10th January 1743
I preached at five, at eight, and at three. In the intervals of preaching. I spoke to all who desired it. Last night twenty-nine of them were joined together. (with Christ)

9th January 1743


At Wednesbury the Town Hall was filled at 5am and I proclaimed ‘the name of the Lord’; ‘The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.’ At 8 we met in the place where my brother preached made, as it were, for the great congregation. It is a large hollow, not half a mile from the town, capable of containing 4 or 5 thousand people. They stood in a half circle, one above another, and seemed all to receive with joy that great truth, ‘the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.’
In the afternoon Mr Egginton preached a plain, useful sermon. Almost the whole congregation then went down to the place, where abundance of people were already waiting for us; so that the hollow could not contain them but was edged round with those who came from all parts. My subject was, ‘By Grace are Yet Saved Through Faith.’ Oh! That all who heard might experience this salvation!