John Newton and Living Out “Humble Orthodoxy”

With a nod to Joshua Harris and New Attitude, I’ve been thinking about living out humble orthodoxy. John Newton is one who lived out the Gospel in humility and love. As Paul told Timothy, “the goal of our instruction is love” out of a pure heart, a clear conscience and sincere faith. As I read Letters of John Newton, I saw a man who shepherded his flock with a pastoral love. This love was grounded in sound doctrine and right theology. He stood firm in the Gospel. And he lived it out in a sincere love and compassion for his flock. In these letters, he writes to a widow struggling with doubt, a new Christian, people struggling with temptation and other trials. In all of these instances, his care rooted and grounded in love was so clearly evident. Though he wasn’t known as an eloquent preacher (i.e. Piper, Spurgeon, etc.), he led and loved his congregation with a firm and loving hand grounded solidly in the Gospel.

It’s my prayer to love the church and the world with the wisdom and love grounded in the Gospel.

Let us sing, though fierce temptation
Threaten hard to bear us down!
For the Lord, our strong Salvation,
Holds in view the conqueror’s crown:
He Who washed us with His blood
Soon will bring us home to God. ~Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder

It makes the wounded spirit whole,
And calms the troubled breast;
‘Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary, rest.~How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

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~ by cvillegas on September 13, 2007.

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