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John Sung (1901 - 1944)
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker John Sung in text and pdf format. John Sung was born on September 27, 1901 in Hinghwa of the Fukien province in southeast China. He was the son of a respected Methodist minister and was converted as a young boy at the age of nine. In 1920 John Sung at age nineteen left for America to study at Wesleyan University of Ohio. He later went on to study at Ohio State University and Union Theological Seminary. Within five years and two months from the day he entered college, he earned three academic degrees, all while doing menial labor on a full time basis. However, these high honors did not come without taking a great toll on his spiritual life. After a few years in America, sitting under a steady diet of worldly philosophy and liberal theology, John Sung found himself backslidden and doubting everything that his father had taught him.
On February 10, 1927, John Sung recommitted his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. This was just the beginning of a much deeper work. After repenting of his sins, he immediately began to preach to all his classmates and professors. This drastic change in John Sung's behavior made some believe that he had become mentally unbalanced. He soon found himself being committed to an insane asylum by the seminary authorities. He was allowed to take with him only his Bible and a pen. He would later refer to that asylum as his true theological seminary. John Sung was incarcerated for 193 days. During that time he read the Bible from beginning to end forty times. He devoted almost every waking hour to reading the Bible and prayer. Through those months, the Holy Spirit was carefully laying the foundations for John Sung's revival ministry. He was being prepared to participate in one of the mightiest revivals of the twentieth century.
"GO ON UNTO PERFECTION"
Tonight is our last time. I'd like to study Heb. Ch. 6 with you. The whole Bible comprises 1189 chapters, and its truth is comprehended in this chapter for our study. I love most of all to read this chapter.
Vs 1 "Therefore leaving the ... read more
A BEAUTIFUL GESTURE
Vs 3 The story begins here with Jesus at Bethany, in the house of Simon the Leper. Being healed of leprosy, Simon made a thanksgiving dinner for Jesus from an overflowing grateful heart. Jesus sat at his table for the first time. While they ... read more
A CHRISTIAN IN HELL
Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? (Luke 12:20).
This afternoon, let me tell you a story. It is about a Christian in hell! Very strange! A Christia ... read more
A HARLOT FOUND SALVATION
Last night I spoke on how Jesus saved the thief. Tonight I shall speak on how Jesus saved a bad woman. Now the Old Testament foreshadows the New Testament. Therefore the O.T. tells of Christ's coming to save sinners.
Joshua 2:1. "And Joshua the son of ... read more
August 18, 1944 Death of Amazing Chinese Evangelist John Sung
"What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world but lose his soul?" Those words kept bouncing around inside John Sung's head. The brilliant son of a Chinese Methodist minister, John was in the United States to learn all he could about the science ... read more
BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
In these end-times, unless Christians are baptized by the Holy Spirit, they will suffer defeat. If every one of us here is baptized by the Holy Spirit, it won't be long before the whole world turns to Christ. All China would turn to Christ. ... read more
Follow the Footsteps of the Lord Extract from an open letter from brother Song to Pastor Schubert
The Lord gave me a long-term rest and allowed me to go through many trials and suffering. During that period of time I could not help but be downcast. But as I look back now, it was all the grace of God. Thanks be to God. He put me in a cold hospital, a s ... read more
FOUR QUESTIONS BEFORE A CHRISTIAN
This chapter can help us solve four important questions on 1) Sin; 2) Preservation; 3) Willful Sinning after salvation; 4) Progress.
Vs 1 The law is a shadow of good things to come and not the very thing. So the Jews had to sacri ... read more
I. HEAVEN AND HELL
If I should die, where will I dwell---
In heaven or in hell?
Eternal bliss, eternal shame
The choice is mine to name.
Only trust Him, only trust Him,
Only trust Him, now.
He will save you, He will sav ... read more
II. HOW ZACCHAEUS GOT SAVED
Vs. 1 reads, And Jesus entered Jericho and while passing through.... This was Jesus' last visit to Jericho. What a rare occasion! So the Bible particularly records the action of His passing through (Chinese Transi.). How mar ... read more
III. BURDEN OF SIN LIFTED
(John Ch. 8)
Vs. 1. And every man went unto his own house. Jesus went unto the mount of Olivers." It is stated here that everybody went home. The crowds went home, indeed, like those returning after a show. The show they saw was Jesus. And wh ... read more
IV. IN QUEST OF THE TRUE PEACE
(Acts Ch. 8)
Vs. 26. Philip held a revival campaign in Samaria and there he did many miracles. He had gone to Samaria following a great persecution in Jerusalem. He preached the Gospel of Jesus and the whole city gathered to hear him. He worke ... read more
IX. THE UNFATHOMABLE GRACE OF GOD
(11 King Ch. 7)
Samaria, Capital City of Israel was surrounded by the armies of the Syrians. The people were in grave anxiety, for many had nothing to eat. So much so they were obliged to eat pigeon dung."
Vs. 1. But Elisha said, By this ti ... read more
JESUS, MY LORD, I YEARN FOR THEE
Jesus, my Lord, I yearn for Thee,
How sweet art Thou to me!
O that we're taken up today
Fore'er with Thee to stay!
O Thou the Balsam of the garden,
O Thou the sweet Rose of Sharon,
Thou art the Lily of the Valley,
How ... read more
John Sung by David Smithers
The modern Church, much like ancient Israel, has never been very comfortable with God's prophetic people. In every corner of the Church today you can find those who are echoing the words of stubborn King Ahab - "Is that you, (Elijah) you TROUBLER of Isr ... read more
ON BEING FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT I
This afternoon I want to speak on the doctrine of "Being Filled with the Holy Spirit." Acts 2, this chapter, clearly reveals the doctrine of "Being Filled with the Holy Spirit." May we all be filled with the Holy Spirit. Why does not God use a C ... read more
ON BEING FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT II
Vs 1 "And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples". Apollos knew the Bible. He led men in repentance and confession of sins. Like many Chu ... read more
OUT AND OUT REPENTANCE
Luke Ch. 13
Open wide the heart-door, Let Jesus come in.
Vs 1-5 Tonight we go one step further into the doctrine of repentance, that we may understand deeper its importance. During Jesus' day there were Galileans who went to Jerusalem ... read more
PILGRIM'S DAILY PROGRESS
I spoke on Rebirth a few days ago, and went on to holiness and filling of the Holy Spirit. Today let us go a step further --- the pilgrim's daily progress. Let us all advance! How shall we progress on the pilgrim's way to heaven? There ... read more
STEPS TO HOLINESS
To attain holiness one's heart must be filled with the love of Christ. Emptied of every sin one delivers everything to the Lord. So the steps to holiness are none other than being filled with the love of Christ.
Why do I stand before this p ... read more
Story Of Olive Zhang Told by Dr. John Sung
The Miraculous Effect of Praying Together in Unity
The story of Olive Zhang tells us how important it is for Gods children to pray together earnestly in unity! The effect is amazing! Just as the first Pentecost, a group of people about one hundred and ... read more
THE ABUNDANT SAVING GRACE DESPISED
Vs 1 It records Jerusalem's great persecution from which results in great revival. Several tens of thousands who believed congregated in Jerusalem. There was no great auditorium nor a gigantic mat-shed like this. The people gathered in their ... read more
THE FIELD UNDER SOWING
(Patients of Spiritual Gastritis Restored to Health)
I Vs. 1-9. During Jesus' ministry on earth the Church auditorium was too small for Him. So, He had to go to a desert place or the beach where more people could be accommodated to hear Hi ... read more
THE GLORY TO COME
These few days I have spoken on the everlasting life of a Christian. To make it clearer, let me talk on the Glory to come, which we shall share with Jesus.
Vs 1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the firs ... read more
THE NEW JERUSALEM
It is by God's grace that I hold this series of meetings with you, brothers and sisters. Maybe this is my last, so I am constrained to speak to you about Heaven --- the New Jerusalem. It's a pity the Lord has not permitted me to study the ... read more
THE SECRET OF PRAYER
This morning I would like to speak on the secret of prayer. Prayer is communion with God. It is most important. A Christian who knows not how to pray is no Christian at all.
Now there are three secrets to victory. I have spoken on fa ... read more
THE STORY OF THE LEPER
II Kings 5
Vs.1. Now Newman, captain of the host of the King of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man of wisdom, but he was a leper".
Here was a m ... read more
Though our text has only five verses, every verse is most precious.
Vs. 39. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, if thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
Here is a most perfect-loving Savior, hangi ... read more
THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Having been filled with the Holy Spirit, let us go further and see what happens after that. Let me now speak on the work of the Holy Spirit. May the Spirit fill us and work a great work in our hearts. If there is anyone here unclean, with a troubled heart ... read more
V. PURIFYING THE HEART WITHIN
(Mark Ch. 7)
Vs. 1. There came unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem." When the Lord Jesus was on earth, there was this class of Pharisees and scribes who loved to put on an outward show, but within wa ... read more
VI. BE BORN AGAIN!
I. What It Is to be Born Again
Vs. 1. There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews." What kind of man? A Pharisee. Pharisees were very religious people, who delighted to pray and to make their prayers l ... read more
VII. ON FAITH
(Acts Ch. 3)
Vs. 1. Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. If Peter and John, Jesus, disciples, needed to pray, don't you think we all need more to pray? Prayer increases our faith. So ... read more
VIII. NOAH AND THE BUILDING OF THE ARK
(Gen. 6-7:1 5)
Ch. 6:1-4. In these verses are described two kinds of people. The first are the sons of God. The second are the people of the world. Believers may be called God's children. They belong to the first kind. Unbelievers are called ... read more
X. THE STORY OF THE HERO-MODEL OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
(Gen. Ch. 11-22)
From Ch. 11:27-32 we learn that Abram's father was Terah. Terah had three sons; Abram, Nahor and Haran. We do not know much about Abram's youth, but here's an interesting story about him:
Terah was a devout idol-worship ... read more
XI. ON BUILDING THE HOUSE OF GOD - Part 1
Vs. 1. First, let us explore the historical background of this prophecy. Seventy years had passed since the children of Israel were taken into captivity to Babylon. Now they were returned to their homeland. But their Temple was lying ... read more
XI. ON BUILDING THE HOUSE OF GOD - Part 2
Vs. 1-4. Now they all joined in the building of the Temple. Owing to their poverty, the rebuilt Temple lacked beauty and luster. On the 21st of the 7th month all were gathered. God said, See! Is your present building comparable to t ... read more
XII. MY TESTIMONY
Let me relate my testimony in the context of Genesis. My name, according to the flesh, is Sung Siong-ceh, according to the spirit, John. My life may be divided into seven stages according to the order of the creation:
1. Light and darkness.
... read more
XIII. AIMLESS EFFORTS
For three years after my return to China I kept myself busy in Hinghwa. But my running here and there were aimless efforts, like one beating the air. I got myself involved in Religious Education, the Literacy Movement, the Family for Christ, Youth Fello ... read more
XIV.　　ON DEDICATION
Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
Beloved brothers and sisters, you have heard the passage of Scripture read, which is the very familiar story of Jesus feeding the five thousand in a desert place. But you all know that this prese ... read more
XIX. A NEW HOPE
For His anger is only for a moment,
But His mercy forever shall endure.
Though our tears flow down all the night long,
Dawn breaks forth with song.
I came to learn this chorus when I visited North China last year. How ... read more
XV. THREE STEPS IN LOVING THE LORD
I remember it was January 1934 that I came here. Two hundred were saved and born again. I also received two hundred letters requesting prayer. Since then I have not ceased to pray for them. Most of them were students.
Three years have passed. As f ... read more
XVI. JESUS LIVES AGAIN
(Mk. Ch. 16)
l. Vs. 1-8. Praise the Lord, the resurrection power of our Lord supersedes science!
Joseph had buried our Lord's body in a tomb. The tomb's entrance was sealed with a big stone. On the third morning, before dawn, three women c ... read more
XVII. A CHURCH NEITHER COLD NOR HOT
Vs. 14. Jesus told John to write to the Church of Laodicea. Laodicea represents the Church of the end-times. So this letter is sent to us of the Church of the end-times. Look at the tribulations and woes, from heaven above to th ... read more
XVIII. BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS
The Book of Revelation foretells the Second Coming of Christ. Before He comes, it is most necessary to beware of false prophets. Hence Jude is placed before Revelation.
Vs. 1 & 2. This Jude (Judas) is not the one surnamed Iscariot who ... read more
XX. A NEW MISSION
This afternoon I want to continue on the topic of witnessing for Christ. Every Christian should regard winning souls a personal responsibility, like paying one's debts. Woe is unto me if I preach not the Gospel! Jesus says, Free ... read more