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The one great thing that the church lacks at the present day, and if you ask me to put it into as small space as possible I can put it into a word of four letters—and that is, “Love.” Show me a church in which the members love one another, and I will show you a church that is on fire in the cause of Christ. In it there is a revival every day for the twelve months of the year—the 365 days of the year are filled with continual manifestations of Christ’s love. That is the lack today. There is lukewarmness—coldness one towards another. In Second Titus Paul tells what Christians’ lives should be—sound in faith, sound in love, and sound in patience.
Great Joy is a series of sermons delivered at the Chicago Tabernacle by D.L. Moody in the mid-1870s. Reporters from the Chicago newspaper The Inter-Ocean undertook to give an accurate phonographic report of his sermons and later revised, corrected and published them as Great Joy. Over fifty sermons are found in this volume including: The Reward of the Faithful, The Precious Blood, Excuses, Trust, How to Conduct Inquiry Meetings, Their Rock Is Not as Our Rock, Address to Business Men and The Right Spirit.
Dwight L. Moody found the love of Christ and a new passion for souls at the age of 17 in Boston. With multiple influences leading him, Moody set out for Chicago with the ambition to make a fortune in worldly wealth and bring lost souls into the kingdom of God. He was successful in both until, in 1860, he felt the call to abandon his pursuit of mammon altogether and devote himself to full-time ministry. After a great soul struggle, Moody did just this.
Moody went on to minister to the poorest children in the Chicago slums of the time, and he received his practical theology training during the Civil War as he ran to and fro ministering to wounded soldiers and trying to bring the healing balm of Christ to any soul sickness found. Equally important to Moody was the work of the YMCA, an organization he devoted countless hours to in teaching the Gospel to the young men of the city, praying with those in need, and raising funds to build facilities.
In 18871, Moody experienced a much desired outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and this very ambitious man learned new lessons in humility, love of God, and submission. After this experience, he traveled to Europe to study the Word, but quickly returned home for his wife and children when he sensed he was being called to Europe to help spearhead a revival. Returning to Europe, Moody and Ira Sankey held countless meetings in England, Scotland, and Ireland preaching the Gospel of Christ and meeting one-on-one with people to share the Word. With Moody’s preaching and his living testimony (demonstrated by his kindness towards Catholics, his refusal to take up offerings, his eagerness to exalt others over self, and his love towards those who slandered him), scores of people were transferred from the dominion of darkness to the kingdom of light. His trip to Europe is considered one of the greatest evangelistic enterprises of the 19th century.
The influence of Moody continues to this day with the schools he founded, the church he planted, the publishing house he created, and, perhaps, most importantly, with the legacy of great and humble love for God and man he gave us.
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