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William Gadsby loved children which led him to become a strong proponent of Sunday Schools. However, he abhorred the custom of parents and teachers training up children to believe they were Christians without having actually experienced the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. Although he generally assented to the Baptist Catechism (written by Benjamin Keach and published in 1677), he felt there were answers which misled the unbeliever. Gadsby gave an example of this by referring to the 38th question…

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“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body.”—1 Corinthians 12:13

In sketching some of God’s witnesses among the Baptists in the nineteenth century, Samuel Eyles Pierce (1746-1829) should be first mentioned, because in his earlier years he sat under the ministry of Toplady, Romaine, and Hawker, with the latter of whom he was on terms of close friendship till the end of the life of the Vicar of Charles. Romaine’s ministry was especially useful to him. He writes: “In a subsequent sermon, Mr. Romaine said, ‘Believers, you that are believers, God looks upon you as He doth on Christ; and loves you with the love He doth Him.’ ‘I looked up,’ says Mr. Pierce, ‘with amazement! Oh, thought I, if I can find this in the Word of God, it is the greatest truth I ever heard. I will go home and search the Bible. I conceive the 17th of John is the most likely place to find it.’ I constantly went every Lord’s Day, and I was so swallowed up in hearing that I always stood; nor did I lose one single sentence. I received it into my very heart. Mr. Romaine often expressed himself thus…

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“Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days.”—Ecclesiastes 11:1

The literature of the past century, expository of the distinctive truths of the Gospel, has been of singular value; and whilst it lacks the massiveness and majesty of the doctrinal Puritans and the beauty and power of others, it is adapted to the period in which we live, for it translates with unction and scripturalness immortal truths into the language of the day. The works of Huntington, already referred to, have become Christian classics amongst us, and few gracious readers can peruse…

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A lecture by Dr. Matthew Hyde on the significance and influence of William Gadsby’s Selection of Hymns. Dr. Hyde was invited to deliver his remarks by the Strict Baptist Historical Society, at their annual meeting, held on the 21 March 2014.


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Contents

13 Oct 2013, by AHB Library

William Gadsby

1 God In Our Nature (Matt 1:23)
2 Comfort For Spiritual Mourners (Matt 5:4)
3 Hungering And Thirsting After Righteousness (Matt 5:6)
4 The Pure In Heart (Matt 5:8)
5 Nature And Design Of The Marriage Union (Matt 5:32)
6 Going From Jerusalem To Jericho (Lk 10:30-35)
7 The Publican’s Prayer (Lk 18:12)
8 The Fall Of Peter (Lk 22:51-62)
9 On Christian Liberty (Jn 8:36)
10 The Church Commended to the Word of God’s Grace (Acts 20:32)
11 The Love Of God (Rom 5:5)
12 The Soul’s Death unto Sin (Rom 6:7)
13 Sanctification in Christ (1 Cor 1:2)
14 The Lord’s Supper (1 Cor 11:28)
15 Another (1 Cor 12:13)
16 Christ And His Church, One (1 Cor 12:18)
17 The Body Sown And The Body Raised (1 Cor 15:43,44)
18 The Sentence of Death in Ourselves (2 Cor 1:9)
19 The Benediction (2 Cor 13:14)
20 Paul And James (Gal 2:16; Js 2:24)
21 The Glory Of God’s Grace (Eph 1:6)
22 At That Time Ye Were Without Christ (Eph 2:12)
23 To Know Christ (Phil 3:10)
24 Doing All Things in the Name of the Lord Jesus (Col 3:17)
25 The Mystery of Christ (Col 4:2,3)
26 A Holy Calling (2 Tim 1:9)
27 The Foundation Of God Standeth Sure (2 Tim 2:19)
28 A Rest For The Poeple Of God (Heb 4:9)
29 On Sanctification (Heb 10:14)
30 Doing the Will of God, and the Need of Patience (Heb 10:36)
31 The Cloud Of Witnesses (Heb 12:1)
32 The Peculiar People (1 Pet 2:9)
33 Not Willing That Any Should Perish (2 Pet 3:9)
34 Now Are We The Sons Of God (1 Jn 3:2)
35 The Scripture Rule for Testing the Spirits that are in the World (1 Jn 4:1-4)
36 God Is Love (1 Jn 4:8,16)
37 An Address to the Regenerated Church of Christ (1 Jn 5:7)
38 The Faithful God (Deut 7:1)
39 The Lord Leading And Instructing His People (Deut 32:10)
40 The True Joseph (Deut 33:18)
41 The Wrestlings of Naphtali (Deut 33:23)
42 Happy Israel (Deut 33:29)
43 The Lord’s People Righteous (Job 1:1)
44 God’s People Led By Him In His Paths (Ps 17:5)
45 No Guile In The Spirit And Keeping Silence (Ps 32:2)
46 A Godly Man (Ps 32:6)
47 God Our Salvation (Ps 35:3)
48 The Tongue Speaking of Righteousness (Ps 35:28)
49 The Starving Beggar Relieved (Ps 50:15)
50 The Long-suffering Of The Lord (Ps 86:15)
51 The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving (Ps 116:17)
52 The Great Things God Has Done For His People (Ps 126:3)
53 The Church Remembered in Her Low Estate (Ps 136:28)
54 Christ’s Invitation To His People (Song of Sol 4:8)
55 The Lord’s People Hidden (Is 26:20)
56 God’s People Dwelling Alone (Is 32:18)
57 Zion, The City Of Solemnities (Is 33:29)
58 The Wilderness And The Highway (Is 35:1-10)
59 Threshing The Mountains (Is 41:15,16)
60 The Poor And The Needy Seeking Water (Is 41:17)
61 Come And Let Us Reason Together (Is 50:18)
62 The Acceptable Year, and Day of Vengeance (Is 51:2)
63 Who Hath Believed Our Report? (Is 53:1)
64 An Exposition (Is 61:1-3)
65 Is It Nothing To You? (Lam 1:12)
66 The Wheels in Ezekiel (Ez 1:15-20)
67 God’s Glory Connected With His People’s Good (Ez 36:26)
68 The Breaker Passed Before Them (Mic 2:13)
69 The Nature And Ground Of Faith (Hab 1:12)
70 A Brand Plucked Out Of The Fire (Zech 3:2)
71 Brought Through The Fire (Zech 13:9)
72 God A Father (Mal 1:6)

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Preached on Tuesday Evening, May 25th, 1841, in Gower Street Chapel, London.

“For he that is dead is freed from sin.”—Romans 6:7

In the chapter preceding this, the apostle has been led by the Divine Author of the Word to take a view of the two Adams and their two seeds; that Adam the first, by his awful sin and apostasy, brought death and condemnation upon all his offspring, so that in him, in his very first act of transgression, they “all sinned and came short of the glory of God,” and thus, “by one man’s offence death reigned by one;” but that Adam the Second, “the Lord from Heaven,” represented an elect seed, and had them all in his loins, chosen by the Father and locked up safe in him. Though that seed fell with the rest in Adam the first, in Adam the Second they were preserved from the awful damnation that their sin had merited, and, by his obedience and the invincible power of the Spirit, all are brought to newness of life and to justification of life, and so are made the rich…

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