FAITH OF OUR FATHERS - PART V
EPHESIANS 2: 8 - 10
In considering what it means to be saved, let's use the life of
one of our founding fathers as an illustration. John Hancock:
was he a Christian?
BORN IN A CHRISTIAN HOME
He was born January 23, 1737, the son of a minster. His
grandfather was also a minister.
When only 4 days old his parents dedicated him to the Lord. Our
heritage is interesting and often important but we must "be born
REARED AS A STUDENT OF SCRIPTURE
At age 7 his dad died and a wealthy merchant, Thomas Hancock, an
uncle, adopted him to rear.
His wealthy adopted parents gave him a superior education. In
the public Latin school he attended, he read, studied and
learned New Testament Greek.
In Harvard he had to attend 6:00 a.m. classes in reading of the
Scripture in Hebrew and Greek.
He knew the Word of the Man and this is good BUT did he know the
Man of the Word. There is a difference in knowing about Christ
and knowing Him. To know Him is to experience Him personally as
When his uncle died he inherited his fortune and took over his
business empire at age 28.
For over 15 years he gave generous financial support to many
churches. One of his first gifts was a 300 lb. church bell. He
gave pulpits, communion tables, Bibles, widow's pews, and
One can give without loving, BUT one can't love without giving.
Not by works of righteousness which ye have done...
"...righteousness are as filthy rags."
Also, Ephesians 2: 8 - 10.
SENSITIVE TO GOD'S B ...
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