from a painting by Nathaniel Hone R.A. about 1769AD
JOHN NEWTON was born in London, July 24, 1725 and
died there December 31, 1807. According to his excellent autobiography, in
early life, as a sailor, he was foul-mouthed and impious, which led him to
call himself towards the end of his life, the “old African blasphemer.” In
Africa the slave-trader was himself a slave to slave-traders in a fearful
humiliation, but, by the Providential hand of the Lord, escaping by ship for
the long journey home, he was brought near death in a great storm when all
seemed lost. He now prayed where before he blasphemed. From that moment a
wonderful change came over him. From being a mocker of the Bible he now
became its most ardent reader. John Newton the foul-mouthed blasphemer had
been converted to Jesus Christ. It was not of his doing but by the grace of
God. He faithfully taught this doctrine throughout the rest of his long
In England he decided on taking orders in the
Church of England, and, after some difficulty, was ordained in 1764. He took
a curacy at Olney in Buckinghamshire, a small town with which his name has
ever since been connected. It was there that he became the friend and mentor
of the poet William Cowper, who suffered from severe bouts of depression.
There can be no doubt that Newton was a cheerful man, and that he helped
Cowper during the poet's darkest moments. It should also be said that Cowper
greatly inflluenced Newton's many letters of consolation and sermons of hope
for those suffering doubts and afflictions.
After an exemplary ministerial course at Olney,
Newton became rector of St. Mary Woolnoth, London, and lived to a great age,
exercising much influence throughout the country as well as London, as much
by his godly living as by his writings and sermons. He was also influential
in helping to end the slave trade.
He was the main pillar of the Evangelical party in
the Church of England, and gathered round him at his simple reunions in
Hoxton, where he lived, Dissenting ministers as well as Established clergy.
He was a prolific writer and the first edition of his complete Works came
out 9 years after his death. But above all, he was the letter writer par
excellence. His letters are full of wisdom and consolation as they expound
the Word of God. His contributions to the famous Olney hymns (348 in number,
of which 67 were Cowper's) rank high in English psalmody. “Amazing Grace” is
one his best loved hymns.
The epitaph on his monument, written by himself, is
very characteristic: “John Newton, clerk, once an infidel and libertine, a
servant of slaves in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the
faith he had long laboured to destroy.”
(454k) of14 Autobiographical Letters from “The Works of Rev.
John Newton" 1830AD edition.
(364k) of 8 letters to the unbelieving
Rev. Thomas Scott in 1775AD.
(635k) of 26 letters,
"Cardiphonia; Letters to a Nobleman" from
March 1765AD to July 1777AD.
Apologia in 4 letters
(240k) Or Four Letters to a Minister of an Independent Church . . . 17854AD
FORTY-ONE LETTERS ON RELIGIOUS SUBJECTS.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED UNDER THE SIGNATURES OF OMICRON AND VIGIL.
On Trust in the Providence of God, and Benevolence to his Poor. (46k)
To a Student in Divinity. (45k)
"Judgement-Seat of Christ" (67k) from
2 Cor. v. 10 pdf (32k)
To Theron, on Family Worship. (72k) pdf (45k)
On the Snares and Difficulties attending the
Ministry of the Gospel. (44k)
Letter 6. On the Practical Influence of Faith. (72k)
On the Propriety of a Ministerial Address to the Unconverted. (49k)
On the Inward Witness to the Ground and Reality of Faith.
On the Doctrines of Election and Final Perseverance.
(44k) docx (27k)
Letter 10. A;
or, Grace in the Blade. Mark 4:28. (75k)
(38k) docx (26k)
Letter 11. B;
or, Grace in the Blade. Mark 4:28. (70k)
(46k) docx (24k)
Letter 12. C; or, Grace in the Blade. Mark 4:28.
(53k) docx (28k)
On Hearing Sermons. (77k)
On Temptation. (53k)
A Plan of a Compendious Christian Library. (82k)
On the Inefficacy of our Knowledge. (76k)
pdf (64k) docx (26k)
Letter 17. On
a Believer's Frames. (79k)
(64k) docx (26k)
the Exercise of Social Prayer. (74k)
(50k) docx (25k)
Letter 19. On
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Conformity to the World. (76k)
(24k) docx (24k)
"I was once blind
but now I can see." (74k)
(48k) docx (25k)
the Advantages of a State of Poverty. (87k)
(92k) docx (27k)
On Simplicity and
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On Communion with
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On Faith, and the
Communion of Saints (73k)
(60k) docx (25k)
On the Gradual
Increase of Gospel-Illumination. (61k)
(52k) docx (21k)
On Communion with
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In What Manner are we to Expect the Lord's Promised Guidance? (47k)
Thoughts on Rom. viii. 19, 20,
On the Right Use of
the Law. (85k)
(72k) docx (26k)
On Love to the Brethren. (130k)
Man and his Fallen Estate. (75k)
Man and his Fallen Estate. (72k)
Whatsoever Things are Lovely . . . Phil. 4:8. (74k)
To a Gay
Friend on his Recovery from Illness. (65k)
Points of Christian Experience Considered. (85k)
True Religion is Necessary . . . (71k)
in Season. (81k)
to Professors in Trade. (81k)
Ministry of Angels. (69k)
20 SERMONS preached in the parish church of Olney,
The Small Success of a Gospel-Ministry.
(119k) Mat. xi. 25.
The Mysteries of the Gospel Hid from Many.
(130k) Mat. xi. 25.
Of Those from Whom the Gospel-Doctrines are Hid.
(109k) Mat. xi. 25.
The Nature of Spiritual Revelation . . .,
(102k) on Mat. xi. 25,
The Sovereignty of Divine Grace Asserted and Illustrated.
(105k) Mat. xi. 26.
Of the Person of Christ. (117k)
Mat. xi. 27.
Of the Authority of Christ.
Mat. xi. 27.
The Glory and Grace of God Revealed in Jesus Christ.
(126k) Mat. xi. 27.
Labouring and Heavy-Laden Sinners Described.
(105k) Mat. xi. 28.
Of Coming to Christ. (114k)
Mat. xi. 28.
Of Believers Rest in Christ.
(108k) Mat. xi. 28.
Of the Yoke of Christ. (116k)
Mat. xi. 29.
The Service of Christ Easy and Pleasant.
(111k) Mat. xi. 30.
Believers Cautioned Against Misconduct in
their Profession. (102k) Rom. 14:16. pdf
(41k) docx (29k)
The Extent and Sanction of the Third
Commandment. (114k) Exod. 20:7. pdf
(41k) docx (30k)
The Christian Life Compared to a Race.
(101k) 1 Cor. 9:24. pdf (36k)
No Access to God but by the Gospel of Christ.
(102k) Micah 6:6-8. pdf (39k)
Of a Living and Dead Faith. (118k) James
2:26. pdf (41k)
Guilt Removed, and Peace Restored. (137k)
Psalm 51:15. pdf (55k)
Of the Assurance of Faith.
(132k) 1 John 5:19.
50 Expository Discourses on Scriptural
Passages from Handel's "Messiah."
The Consolation. (102k)
The Harbinger. (105k)
The Shaking of the Heavens and the Earth. (87k)
The Lord Coming to His Temple. (104k)
pdf (40k) docx (30k)
pdf (40k) docx (30k)
Salvation Published from the Mountains. (87k)
pdf (60k) docx (27k)
The Morning Light. (93k)
pdf (62k) docx (29k)
The Sun Rising Upon a Dark World.
Characters and Names of
(88k) pdf (61k)
The Angel's Message and Song. (94k)
Messiah's Entrance into Jerusalem. (83k)
pdf (44k) docx (27k)
Effects of Messiah's Appearance. (83k)
pdf (42k) docx (27k)
Great Shepherd. (94k)
Rest for the Weary. (87k)
Messiah's Easy Yoke. (85k)
The Lamb of God, the Great Atonement.
(96k) pdf (48k)
Messiah Despised and Rejected of Men.
pdf (31k) docx (37k)
(82k) pdf (43k)
Messiah Suffering and Wounded
(86k) pdf (44k)
Sin Charged upon the Surety.
(86k) pdf (41k)
Messiah Derided upon the Cross.
(78k) pdf (50k)
Messiah Unpitied and without
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No Sorrow Like Messiah's
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Messiah Rising fron the
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The Ascension of
Messiah to Glory.
(82k) pdf (83k)
Messiah the Son of God.
(86k) pdf (48k)
Messiah Worshipped by Angels.
(82k) pdf (108k)
Gifts Received for the Rebellious.
(84k) pdf (50k)
The Publication of the Gospel.
(83k) pdf (69k)
The Gospel-Message, Glad Tidings.
(84k) pdf (84k)
The Progress of the Gospel.
(97k) pdf (82k)
Opposition to Messiah Unreasonable.
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Opposition to Messiah in Vain.
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Opposition to Messiah Ruinous.
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The Lord Reigneth.
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The Extent of Messiah's Spiritual Kingdom.
(96k) pdf (93k)
King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
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Job's Faith and Expectation.
(100k) pdf (77k)
The Lord is Risen Indeed. (90k)
Death by Adam, Life by Christ. (90k)
The General Resurrection. (94k)
Death Swallowed up in Victory. (101k)
Triumph over Death and the Grave. (88k)
Divine Support and Protection. (104k)
Accusers Challenged. (104k)
The Intercession of Christ. (96k)
The Song of the Redeemed. (108k)
The Chorus of Angels. (94k)
The Universal Chorus. (100k)
Letters, Discourses & Sermons.
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Letters to the Reverend Mr. R--------. (105k) from 1776AD
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