TITLE: THE CHIEF PUBLICAN'S CONVERSION; OR, A LOST SINNER SOUGHT AND SAVED BY CHRIST (1645) Hanserd Knollys, Luke 19:10
Read by Jeff Massey
Hanserd Knollys was an influential leader among the 17th century English Particular Baptists. A former priest in the Church of England, he came to Baptist convictions in 1643/44 and was instrumental in the formation of a Baptist church in Great Saint Helen-street, over which he was ordained the pastor in 1645 and served until 1691. He was a man acquainted with many persecutions and hardships, but was graciously sustained by God. Along with Benjamin Keach and William Kiffin, he was considered one of the 'first three' of the Baptist ministers in his day.
Using Zacheus' conversion as an example, Knollys declares in this sermon that the great errand that Jesus came down from heaven in obedience to the Father to accomplish was to seek and to save lost sinners. Knollys shows how, through the Spirit and the Word, Jesus draws lost sinners to Himself, and Knollys also explains what Jesus does when He actually saves a sinner. Knollys ends this sermon by stessing our need for honest self-examination in view of Jesus' great errand and for trust in Jesus who came to save His people from their sins.
This sermon by Knollys is an outstanding example of Christ-centered, Calvinistic gospel-preaching.
Practical Sermon on Authentic Conversion This might be the most thorough sermon on authentic conversion ever given, which is absolutely loaded with both doctrinal and experimental teachings and insights. How many conversions are like this one scriptural example? Look at the birth-pangs of the New Birth of a truly convicted sinner! Look at the impotence of mere intellectual assent, belief or "free will" to actually save, and how hard under REAL conviction for someone to "believe" in Christ! What a contrast to today's Instant
Christianity--poof!--upon profession alone!
Finally, the sermon includes the relationship of the believer after salvation to the Law--this is the historic baptist position on that confusing matter.
This message is worth studying and listening to several times.
Great Sermon! Just as Paul's teachings never go out of date, this sermon is as timely as ever. Thank you, Pastor Jeff, for bring these sermons to life again so that we may become familiar with those who long ago preached what should be preached in pulpits today.
Hanserd Knollys was an influential leader among the 17th century English Particular Baptists. A former priest in the Church of England, he came to Baptist convictions in 1643/44 and was instrumental in the formation of a Baptist Church in Great St. Helen-street, over which he...