First Impressions of M’Cheyne

I was recently given this little paperback of some of Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s sermons. I had not been acquainted with his writings or sermons except for hearing an occasional allusion to him in sermons by people I admire (John Piper), so I was very excited to get this. It is a small paperback published by the Banner of Truth in 1985 and is still available by them here.

I was very impressed as I began to peruse some of his sermons and even more amazed to find out that he had died at the age of 29. He is a very refreshing read and he has a youthful zeal that comes across in his sermons….even on paper. He died in 1843 after ministering for seven and a half years.

This is a quote of his printed on the back of the book:

“Get your texts from God – your thoughts, your words, from God… It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God. A word spoken by you when your conscience clear, and your heart full of God’s Spirit, is worth ten thousand words spoken in unbelief and sin.”


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