Gordon Ministry of the Spirit

Gordon Ministry of the Spirit

Gordon Ministry of the Spirit is a work by AJ Gordon (no Samuel Dickey). Gordon presents 10 chapters on issues and elements in that of the Holy Spirit.

Gordon Ministry of the Spirit is a work by AJ Gordon (not Samuel Dickey). Gordon presents 10 chapters on issues and elements in that of the Holy Spirit.

The Ministry of the Spirit,

A. J. Gordon, D.D.

CONTENTS of Gordon the Ministry of the Spirit

CHAPTER I. THE AGE-MISSION OF THE SPIRIT. INTRODUCTORY, . . . . . . . . . 11

CHAPTER II. THE ADVENT OF THE SPIRIT, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

CHAPTER III. THE NAMING OF THE SPIRIT, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

CHAPTER IV. THE EMBODYING OF THE SPIRIT, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

CHAPTER V. THE ENDUEMENT OF THE SPIRIT, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

1. Sealing;

2. Filling;

3. Anointing.

CHAPTER VI. THE COMMUNION OF THE SPIRIT, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

1. The Spirit of Life: Our Regeneration.

2. The Spirit of Holiness: Our Sanctification.

3. The Spirit of Glory: Our Transfiguration.

CHAPTER VII. THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE SPIRIT, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

1. In the Ministry and Government of the Church.

2. In the Worship and Service of the Church.

3. In the Missionary Enterprise of the Church.

CHAPTER VIII. THE INSPIRATION OF THE SPIRIT, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163

CHAPTER IX. THE CONVICTION OF THE SPIRIT, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

1. Of Sin;

2. Of Righteousness;

3. Of Judgment.

CHAPTER X. THE ASCENT OF THE SPIRIT, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203

With an Introduction by Rev. F. B. Meyer Minister at Christ Church, London Philadelphia American Baptist Publication Society 1420 Chestnut Street 1894 Copyright 1894 by the American Baptist Publication Society To the INHERITORS OF THE SPIRIT

Adoniram Judson Gordon

Adoniram Judson "A.J." Gordon (1836–1895) was an American Baptist preacher, writer, composer, and founder of Gordon College and Gordon–Conwell Theological Seminary.

Life

Adoniram Judson Gordon
Adoniram Judson Gordon

Gordon was born in New Hampton, New Hampshire, on April 19, 1836. His father, Baptist deacon John Calvin Gordon, was a Calvinist named after John Calvin. His mother was Sally Robinson Gordon. A.J. Gordon was named after Adoniram Judson, a Baptist missionary to Burma who had recently completed a Burmese translation of the Bible.[1]

Gordon experienced a Christian conversion at age 15 and thereafter sought to become a pastor. He graduated from Brown University (then a Baptist affiliated school) in 1860 and Newton Theological Institution in 1863. In 1863, he married Maria Hale and became pastor of Jamaica Plain Baptist Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts. In 1869, he became pastor of Clarendon Street Baptist Church in Boston, a fairly affluent church. Under Gordon's leadership, Clarendon Street Church was described as "one of the most spiritual and aggressive in America". The church is no longer in operation. Gordon became a favored speaker in evangelist Dwight L. Moody's Northfield conventions.[2] Every summer Gordon returned to his hometown in New Hampshire and often preached at the Dana Meeting House.[3]

Gordon became suddenly ill with influenza and bronchitis and died at age 59 on February 2, 1895. He is buried in Forest Hills Cemetery.[4] A son, Ernest Barron Gordon, published a biography of his father in 1896, titled Adoniram Judson Gordon, a Biography with Letters and Illustrative Extracts Drawn from Unpublished or Uncollected Sermons and Addresses, which is still in print.[5]

College

In 1889, with the help and backing of Clarendon Street Church, he founded Gordon Bible Institute and served as its first president.[6] His wife, Maria, was secretary and treasurer until 1908. Gordon's school was founded primarily to train missionaries for work in the Congo.

Writings and teachings

Gordon edited two hymn books and wrote the hymn tunes for at least fifteen hymns, including "My Jesus, I Love Thee," a hymn that has been included in nearly every evangelical hymnal published from 1876 to the present time. In his book The Ministry of the Holy Spirit, Gordon wrote, "It seems clear from the Scriptures that it is still the duty and privilege of believers to receive the Holy Spirit by a conscious, definite act of appropriating faith, just as they received Jesus Christ" (see Baptism with the Holy Spirit).[7]

His most remembered work is probably The Ministry of Healing,[7] a highly revered book on divine healing—physical, mental, and spiritual.[8] Gordon located healing in Christ's Atonement, meaning it was universally available through faith in Christ. He prayed for the sick privately, however, and did not integrate healing into his regular church ministry. The Ministry of Healing became a standard work among early Pentecostals.[9]

Quotes

One of his most often-quoted sayings still is
"You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed."[10]

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