August 26th in World EVangelism History

On this day in 1744, David Brainerd wrote in his journal:

I preached to my people from John 6:51, 55, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world…For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.”

After I had discoursed some time, I addressed those in particular who entertained hopes that they were ‘passed from death to life.’ I opened to them the persevering nature of those consolations Christ gives his people, showed them that such have already the ‘beginnings of eternal life,’ (ver. 54,) and that their heaven shall be speedily completed. I no sooner began to discourse, but the Christians in the congregation began to be melted with affection to, and desire of the enjoyment of Christ, and of a state of perfect purity. They wept affectionately and yet joyfully, and their tears and sobs discovered brokenness of heart, and yet were attended with comfort and sweetness; so that this was a tender, affectionate, humble, delightful melting, and appeared to be the genuine effect of the Spirit of adoption, and very far from the spirit of bondage that they before labored under. The influence spread from these through the whole assembly, and there quickly appeared a wonderful concern among them. Many, who had not yet found Christ, were surprisingly engaged in seeking after him. Their number was now about ninety-five persons, and almost all affected either with joy in Christ, or with the utmost concern to obtain an interest in him.

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Jason Rishel

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