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Robert Murray M'Cheyne (1813 - 1843)
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Robert Murray M'Cheyne in text and pdf format. Scottish divine, youngest son of Adam McCheyne, writer to the signet, was born in Edinburgh, 21 May 1813. At the age of four he knew the characters of the Greek alphabet, and was able to sing and recite fluently. He entered the high school in his eighth year, and matriculated in November 1827 at Edinburgh University, where he showed very versatile powers, and distinguished himself especially in poetical exercises, being awarded a special prize by Professor Wilson for a poem on 'The Covenanters.' In the winter of 1831 he commenced his studies in the Divinity Hall, under Dr. Chalmers and Dr. Welsh; and he was licensed as a preacher by the Annan presbytery on 1 July 1835.
McCheyne devoted all his energies to preaching; and although he was an accomplished Hebrew scholar, he left few permanent proofs of his erudition. He had refined musical taste, and was one of the first of the Scottish ministers to take an active part in the improvement of the congregational service of praise. Long after his death he was constantly referred to as 'the saintly McCheyne.'
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"THEY SING THE SONG OF MOSES"
Dark was the night, the wind was high,
The way by mortals never trod;
For God had made the channel dry,
When faithful Moses stretched the rod.
The raging waves on either hand
Stood like a massy tott'ring wall,
And on the heaven-defended ban ... read more
"THY WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET, AND A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH."
When Israel knew not where to go,
God made the fiery pillar glow;
By night, by day, above the camp
It led the way - their guiding lamp;
Such is Thy Holy Word to me
In day of dark perplexity.
When devious paths before me spread,
And all invite my fo ... read more
A Faithful Ministry
It is five years today, brethren, since I began my ministry among you in this place. It will be good for us today to stand up in the sight of God, and see how we have improved the years that are gone by.
Let us observe, first of all, that fai ... read more
A Time of Refreshing
For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: and they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. One shall say, I am t ... read more
I desire, my friends, to open up to you shortly the subject of adoption. By nature you are children of Satan; I would here show you how you may be made sons of God: "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called th ... read more
THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT, dear friends that this is one of the most difficult passages in the Word of God. It has a depth in which an elephant may swim. Many have stumbled over it to their own destruction. Pray unfeignedly that we may be kept from erring in ... read more
Believers Not Ashamed...
THE FIRST THING I DESIRE you to notice, brethren, is the place where Paul was desirous to preach the gospel: 'As much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also' (verse 15). We find Paul mentioning the same thing in the vers ... read more
CHILDREN CALLED TO CHRIST
Like mist on the mountain,
Like ships on the sea,
So swiftly the years
Of our pilgrimage flee;
In the grave of our fathers
How soon we shall lie!
Dear children, to-day
To a Saviour fly.
How sweet are the flowerets
In April and may!
B ... read more
Christ The Door Into The Church
CHRIST IS THE KINDEST OF ALL teachers. He was speaking to a crowd of ignorant and prejudiced Jews, and yet how kindly he deals with them. He told them one parable, but they understood not. 'This parable spake Jesus unto them; but they understood not what ... read more
Christ's House and Servants
The Church On Earth Is Christ's House: "Who has left his house" (v34.). This parable represents the church on earth as Christ's home or dwelling.
Because He is the foundation stone of it. Just as every stone of a building rests on the foundation, so d ... read more
THE CONVERSION OF A SOUL IS BY by far the most remarkable event in the history of the world, although many of you do not care about it. It is the object that attracts the eyes of the holy angels to the spot where it takes place. It is the object which the ... read more
Do What You Can
FROM THE GOSPEL OF JOHN 11:2, we learn that this woman was Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha. We have already learned that she was an eminent believer: "She sat at the feet of Jesus, and heard His word." Jesus Himself said of her: "Mary hath chosen t ... read more
THIS IS A VERY HUMBLING, and at the same time, a very blessed word to the true disciple. It was very humbling to the disciples to be told that they had not chosen Christ. Your wants were so many, your hearts were so hard, that ye have not chosen me. And y ... read more
Faith's View Of Christ
When the Lord of glory left his Father's bosom, and came into this world, we are sure it was for a purpose suited to his divine nature. Christ came to make men glad. It was said of him, 'The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD hath appoint ... read more
FOUNTAIN OF SILOAM
Isaiah viii. 6.
Beneath Moriah's rocky side
A gentle fountain springs,
Silent and soft its waters glide,
Like the peace the Spirit brings.
The thirsty Arab stoops to drink
Of the cool and quiet wave,
And the thirsty spirit stops to th ... read more
Future Punishment Eternal
It is very interesting to notice who they are in the Bible that speak about hell. Now, some think that speaking about hell is not preaching the gospel; and others think that simple men have no right to speak of it. Now, to them who think it is not gospel ... read more
God's Rectitude In Future ...
Perhaps some of you may remember, about six months ago, I preached to you on the subject of an eternal hell upon the worm that never dies, and the fire that is never quenched. There are many people that do not like to hear preaching about hell, and some ... read more
Grieve Not The Holy Spirit
THE UNCONVERTED DO NOT LIKE to hear much about the Holy Ghost. The world cannot receive him because it seeth him not, neither knows him. Unconverted ministers do not often like to preach about the Holy Spirit. Unconverted hearers do not often like to hear ... read more
High Time To Awake Out Of Sleep
IN THESE WORDS, Paul tells believers that it is waking time; and I would just tell you, dear friends, the same. It is high time for you to awake out of sleep. There is a condition among Christians which may be called sleeping; like the ten virgins, they s ... read more
IMPERFECTION OF THE JEWISH TABERNACLE
Hebrews ix.9-13."Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience : Which stood only in meats, and drinks, and divers was ... read more
"THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS"
(The watchword of the Reformers.)
I once was a stranger to grace and to God,
I knew not my danger, and felt not my load;
Though friends spoke in rapture of Christ on the tree,
Jehovah Tsidkenu was nothing to me.
I ... read more
In this page I have begun to collect some of the more famous and pointed quotations from the writings of Robert Murray M'Cheyne. They are not arranged in any particular order. Perhaps at some future occasion I will be more systematic and locate all the ... read more
MAN REGARDED, BUT GOD DESPISED.
"If I be a father, where is mine honour ?"MAL. i. 6.
The first conviction that is essential to the conversion of the soul, is conviction of sin; not the general conviction that all men are sinful, but the personal conviction that I am an undone sin ... read more
Melting The Betrayer
THERE ARE MANY excellent and most Christian men who think that the feast of the Lords Supper should never be sullied or interrupted by allusions to those who may be eating and drinking unworthily. They think that when men have, by their own solemn act and ... read more
Memoirs: 4. His Mission to Palestine and the Jews 93
His Mission to Palestine and the Jews
Here am I; send me. Isaiah 6:8
Though engaged night and day with his flock in St. Peter's, Mr. McCheyne ever cherished a missionary spirit. "This place hardens me for a foreign land," was his remark ... read more
Memoirs: 1. His Youth, and Preparation for the Ministry 1
His Youth and Preparation for the Ministry
Many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord. Luke 1:14,15
In the midst of the restless activity of such a day as ours, we feel it would be useful for ministe ... read more
Memoirs: 2. His Labors in the Vineyard Before Ordination 35
His Labors in the Vineyard Before Ordination
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.(Psalm 126:6)
While he was still undergoing a student's usual ... read more
Memoirs: 3. First Years of Labor in Dundee 59
First Years of Labor in Dundee
Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations. Acts 20:18, 19
Th ... read more
Memoirs: 5. Days of Revival 129
Days of Revival
They shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. Isaiah 44:4
His people, who had never ceased to pray for him, welcomed his arrival among them with the greatest joy. He reached Dundee on a Thursd ... read more
Memoirs: 6. The Latter Days of His Ministry 160
In The Latter Days of f His Ministry
My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish his work. John 4:34
During the summer of 1842, he was exposed to several attacks of illness, experienced some severe personal trials, and ... read more
Ministers Ambassadors For Christ
There are three things in these words which we would consider.
The character of faithful ministers set forth in these words, 'We are ambassadors for Christ.' We do not come to you in our own name.
There is contained in these words the substance of ... read more
OIL IN THE LAMP
Matt. xxv. 1-13.
TEN virgins, clothed in white,
The Bridegroom went to meet;
Their lamps were burning bright
To guide his welcome feet.
Five if the band were wise --
Their lamps with oil filled high;
The rest this care despise,
And ... read more
ON J.T., A BELIEVING BOY
Who died Feb. 1842.
I LITTLE thought, when last we met,
Thy sun on earth was nearly set -
I said what I can ne'er forget,
"Dear boy, we'll meet again."
Though thou wert tossed upon thy bed,
And sometimes criedst, "My head, my hea ... read more
ON MUNGO PARK'S FINDING A TUFT OF GREEN MOSS IN THE AFRICAN DESERT
"Whatever way I turned, nothing appeared but danger and difficulty. I saw myself in the midst of a vast wilderness, in the depth of the rainy season, naked and alone, surrounded by savage animals, and men still more savage. I was five hundred miles from ... read more
ON THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA IN THE BAY OF CARMEL
LORD, this swelling, tideless sea,
Is like Thy love in Christ to me;
The ceaseless waves that fill the bay
Through flinty rocks have worn their way,
And Thy unceasing love alone
Hath broken though this heart of stone.
The countless smile that gilds ... read more
Thanksgiving Obtains The Spirit
THE DAY HERE SPOKEN of appears to have been a day of days. It seems to have been the day of Pentecost on Old Testament times - a type of all the glorious days of an outpoured Spirit that ever have been in the world - a foretaste of that glorious day when ... read more
It is a wonderful fact of human nature that we learn far more easily from example than we do in any other way. Now, you have in this passage an example of a sinner saved by faith. It shows you how a sinner is saved. And as Noah fled into the ark which he ... read more
THE BARREN FIG TREE
Within a vineyard's sunny bound
An ample fig tree shelter found,
Enjoying sun and showers -
The boughs were graceful to the view,
With spreading leaves of deep-green hue,
And gaily blushing flowers.
When round the ... read more
THE BETTER MINISTRY OF CHRIST.
Hebrews viii. 3-6"For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts ... read more
The Call Of Abraham
In these words, dear brethren, we have an account of the conversion of Abraham. This is the record given us of the second birth of Abraham. My dear friends, it is the second birth that will be remembered in heaven, and not the first. You know it is common ... read more
THE CHARACTER AND OCCUPATION OF THE HIGH PRIEST
Hebrews viii. 1,2."Now, of the things which we have spoken this is the sum : We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavensa minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pi ... read more
THE CHILD COMING TO JESUS
SUFFER me to come to Jesus,
Mother, dear, forbid me not;
By His blood from hell he frees us;
Makes us fair without a spot.
Suffer me, my earthly father,
At His pierced feet to fall;
Why forbid me? help me, rather;
Jesus is my all in all. ... read more
THE CONTENTS OF THE TABERNACLE.
Hebrews ix.. 1-5"Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shew-bread; which is called the sanctuary. An ... read more
THE CONTENTS OF THE TABERNACLE.
Hebrews ix. 1-5."Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And ... read more
The Cry for Revival
IT IS INTERESTING to notice the time when this prayer was offered. It was a time of mercy. "Lord thou hast been favorable unto thy land". It was a time when God had led many to the knowledge of Christ, and covered many sins. "thou hast forgiven the iniqui ... read more
The Eternal Torment Of The Wicked
THE FIRST THING TO be enquired into in these words is, no are the persons who sing this remarkable song? There are much people in heaven: verse 1, '1 heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; salvation and glory, and honour, and powe ... read more
The Free Obedience Of Christ
The death of Christ is, my friends, the most wonderful event past, present, or future in the whole universe. It is so in the eye of God - 'Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life.' There is nothing in the whole world so lovely as his ... read more
The Hireling And The True Shepherd
IN OUR FIRST LECTURE' we saw that the people did not understand Christ. There were two things that they did not understand. The first thing that they did not seem to understand was the door of the sheepfold; the second, who the shepherd was. And we saw la ... read more
THE JEWISH TABERNACLE.
Hebrews ix. 1-5."Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shew-bread; which is called the sanctuary. An ... read more
The Lord's Dealings With His People
There are times in the, life of a believer when he is like a traveller who has arrived at some high eminence; he can look back on the way he has gone and the way he has yet to go. So this is a passage where God tells us what he has done and what he will y ... read more