Williams, Nehemiah. Twenty Four Sermons, on various useful subjects, 1797 Revival content
Williams, Nehemiah. Twenty Four Sermons, on various useful subjects, 1797 Revival content
Williams, Nehemiah. Twenty Four Sermons, on various useful subjects, 1797 Revival content
Williams, Nehemiah. Twenty Four Sermons, on various useful subjects, 1797 Revival content
Williams, Nehemiah. Twenty Four Sermons, on various useful subjects, 1797 Revival content

Williams, Nehemiah. Twenty Four Sermons, on various useful subjects, 1797 Revival content

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Williams, Nehemiah. Twenty Four Sermons, on various useful subjects. Worcester [MA]: Leonard Worcester, 1797. First Edition.

Full leather binding, red leather spine title label, gilt rules to spine, 5 x 8 inches, minor worming base of spine, binding very good. Lacks the ffeps - book begins at title page. Recent former owner's signature and note on front paste-down. 339 generally clean pp., with pencil underlining in the 2 sermons, "Times of Refreshment." Infrequent short margin tears. Good. Full leather.  [3866] 

ESTC W28356; Evans 33227. Not in Roberts.

24 sermons, with sermons 19 & 20 entitled, Times of Refreshment. By this he means awakening, or revival, and even says that some of his hearers can remember the Great Awakening of the 1740's. "But those, especially, are times of refreshing, when God is pleased to pour out his Spirit...When many, in any particular town, or society, are effectually awakened, convinced, converted, and brought home to God...as some of you, I trust, can well remember: When God poured out his Spirit on most of our towns, and churches; and converts were multiplied, as the drops of the morning dew." - p. 259.

Williams reveals

I. What is intended by times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord;

II. That such times of refreshing shall come; and,

III. What is personally necessary, in order to our participation of the refreshing, which they will furnish.

Nehemiah Williams (1749-1796), born at Hadley, Mass.; died at Brimfield, Mass. Williams graduated at Harvard in 1769 and became the pastor of the Congregational church at Hadley in December of 1775; later at Brimfield, Mass. His sister was the wife of Rev. Nathanael Emmons.

“He was eminently judicious in his preaching and practice. While an acceptable preacher, he probably gained his greatest influence as a wise and reliable Christian pastor. After his best efforts in the pulpit, his hearers felt that there was more in the man to be revered and loved, than they had seen or heard in the sermon. After his decease, a volume of his sermons was published…The early part of his ministry was during the Revolutionary war. There was continual embarrassment in regard to his salary, owing to the continual depreciation of the Continental Currency…In the twenty-one years of Mr. Williams’ ministry, one hundred and twenty-five were added to the church; three hundred and sixty-two baptized. No disaffection whatever seems to have arisen during his pastorate of almost a quarter of a century.” – Hyde, Historical celebration of the town of Brimfield, Hampden County, Mass.