JOHN SUNG looked down and saw himself in a coffin and heard a voice declare “John Sung is dead”
John Sung’s father was pastor of the local Church in China, and young John helped in the ministry and even preached. He was called “Little Pastor” by the people.
John Sung was a brilliant student and in 1920 he was sent to America to study, having been offered numerous scholarships. He completed a Master of Science at Ohio State University in only 9 months. He was offered a scholarship to study medicine at Harvard but entered a doctoral program in chemistry at Ohio, completing hisPhD in just 21 months. His essays and research are still used in the University today.
He was the first Chinese to earn a Ph.D
and was hailed as “Ohio’s most famous student”
Famous? Yes, he had fame, but he had no peace and no joy and he suffered bouts of deep depression.
John Sung changed.
John Sung became a renowned Chinese Christian evangelist
who played an instrumental role in the revival movement among the Chinese in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia during the 1920s and 1930s.
How did it happen?
It was at Union Theological Seminary in New York – 10th February 1927 – that John Sung had this life changing experience, and he claimed that day as his spiritual birthday.
JOHN SUNG looked down
and saw himself in a coffin
and heard a voice declare
“John Sung is dead.
John Sung is dead to self
but alive to Christ”
He heard the angels singing.
Then the corpse began to stir
and John Sung was alarmed to see the angels start to weep.
He cried out
“Don’t weep angels!
I will remain dead to self and live only for Christ!”
John Sung woke from his dream but he was a changed man.
That day John Sung became a different person, with different objectives and motivations. He started to preach fervently to students and lecturers, many of whom were liberal thinkers. John Sung was confined in an insane asylum for 193 days, during which time he read through the entire Bible 40 times. That time of Scriptural reading and spiritual renewal laid the foundations for one of the major revivals of the 20th century.
Sung proved to be a zealous and compelling preacher. His name spread throughout China and soon to other regions as well, through South East Asia. Sung’s Bible messages were focused on the need for repentance.
By 1936, it is believed more than 100,000 Chinese
were converted through his ministry.
Mark 8:34 NKJV
Jesus said to them
“Whoever desires to come after Me,
let him deny himself, and take up his cross,
and follow Me”
Galatians 2:20 NKJV
I have been crucified with Christ;
it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;
and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave Himself for me.
John Sung counted himself as dead – dead to self.
John Sung lived for Christ – allowing Christ to live through Him.
Countless thousands were reached with the message of the Gospel.
questionquestionWhat difference would we see in the world
if we counted ourselves
as DEAD TO SELF,
and ALIVE TO CHRIST?
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon