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Charles Finney

Charles Finney (1792 - 1875)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Charles Finney in text and pdf format. Known as one of the leaders in the Second Great Awakening revival in America. He was a revivalist who called for deep introspection of sin and preaching of the law to bring about sin. He was known to preach 30+ nights on sin and than the last night on Christ to have people flee to Him for mercy. Used greatly in the book: "Revivals of Religion" which is a classic on the subject of revival.

He preached on the true Baptism of the Holy Spirit and its necessity. In his revivalistic campaigns he was used of the Lord to bring some estimate over 50,000 souls to the Lord which many were sound converts. There has been questions raised surrounding his theology in the later years of his ministry but this does not discredit that God used him powerfully in revival and for God's kingdom.

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Grieving the Holy Spirit--no. 1
      Text. Eph. 4:30--"Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." In this discussion, I shall pursue the following order. I. SHOW THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN BE, AND OFTEN IS GRIEVED BY MEN. II. HOW AND WHEN ... read more

Grieving the Holy Spirit--no. 2
      Text. Eph. 4:30.--Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. In continuing this subject, as proposed in my last, I remark. 20. Refusing or neglecting to confess your sins grieves the Holy Spirit. God has ... read more

Guilt Modified by Ignorance
      "And the times of this ignorance God winked at, but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent." --Acts 17:30 This passage is part of Paul's sermon at Athens. In discussing it I shall, I. Show what it means. II. Apply its principles to some o ... read more

Hardness of Heart
      "For they considered not the miracle of the loaves, for their heart was hardened." --Mark 6:52 These words were spoken of the disciples. The occasion of their utterance was this--the evening of the miraculous feeding of the five thousand, Christ wal ... read more

Having a Good Conscience
      "Having a good conscience; that whereas they speak evil of you, as of evil doers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ." -- 1 Pet: 3:16 The discussion of this text will lead me, I. TO DEFINE CONSCIENCE. II. ... read more

Heart Condemnation, A Proof that God Also Condemns
      ""For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things."--1 John 3:20 Our text suggests as our leading subject of investigation, the CONDITION OF OUR ACCEPTANCE WITH GOD. It implies that if our heart condemn us, God wil ... read more

Henrietta Bissell
      To Henrietta Bissell c. 24 April 1850 [MS in Finney Papers, Supplement # 29. The first part of the letter is by Elizabeth Finney. Finney's letter starts on page 8] Worcester April 22d 1850 My very dear Sister Your kind letter of t ... read more

HOLINESS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
      "Neverless I tell you the truth: it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, an ... read more

Holiness Essential To Salvation
      "And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their sins."--Matthew i. 21. In speaking from these words, I design to show.-- I. THAT SALVATION FROM SIN IS THE GREAT NECESSITY OF MAN. II ... read more

How Churches Can Help Ministers
       TEXT. --And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses's hands were heavy, and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon: and Aaron and Hur stayed up ... read more

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR HEART
      EZEKIEL xviii. 31.--Make you a new heart, and a new spirit, for why will ye die? In the former discourse upon this text, I discussed three points, viz: 1. The meaning of the command in the text. 2. Its reasonableness. 3. Its consistency w ... read more

How To Preach Without Converting Anybody
      Preach on every doctrine that centers the attention on man rather than Jesus. Teach every doctrine that makes man the center of God's attention rather than God the center of man's devotion. Tell people only what God will do for them. Avoid preaching abo ... read more

How to Prevent Our Employments From Injuring Our Souls
      Text. Rom. 12:11--Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord. In remarking upon this subject, I design to show: I. THAT IDLENESS IS INCONSISTENT WITH RELIGION. II. THAT ALL PERSONS ARE BOUND TO PURSUE SOME LAWFUL EMPLOYMENT. ... read more

IDOLATRY AND THE FEAR OF GOD
      "They feared the Lord, and served their own gods"--2 Kings 17:33 When the ten tribes of Israel were carried away by the king of Assyria, their land was repopulated with strangers of different idolatrous nations who knew nothing of the religion of the J ... read more

It is impossible but that offences come
      THERE are many who believe that a loose indefinite infidelity has rarely, if ever, been more prevalent in our country than at this time, especially among young men. I am not prepared to say it is an honest infidelity, yet it may very probably be real. You ... read more

Jehovah's Appeal to Sinners and Backsliders
      "O my people, what have I done unto thee? And wherein have I wearied thee? Testify against me." --Micah 6:3 This is indeed a most striking passage. God himself appeals to his backslidden people to say what he has done to them that can any way justif ... read more

Jesus Christ Doing Good
      "Who went about doing good."--Acts, 10:38. The entire verse of which the text forms a part, reads as;--"How God annointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed with the d ... read more

Jesus, A Savior from Sinning
      "Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save his people from their sins." --Matt. 1:21. In discussing fundamentally the subject presented in the text, it is pertinent to remark, I. That salvation from sin is the great want of humanity. On t ... read more

John Campbell
      To John Campbell c. April 1850 [Copy in Finney Papers #1458] Extracts from one or more letters from Finney to Rev. John Campbell, were published in a printed letter entitled Rev. Professor Finney, of Oberlin College, United States, from ... read more

John Humphrey Noyes
      To John Humphrey Noyes 3 April 1837 [Published in The Witness (Ithaca, N.Y.), Volume 1, no. 1, (August 20, 1837), page 2.] In 1834, during the May Anniversaries, Mrs. Finney had a visit from John Humphrey Noyes, who was in New York, set ... read more

Joy in God
      "Although the fig-tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls; yet I will rejoice in ... read more

Judicial Blindness
      "And Jesus said, 'For judgment I am come into this world; that they which see not might see, and that they which see, might be made blind.' And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said u ... read more

Julia Finney
      To Julia Finney 5 December 1850 [Ms in Finney Papers, Supplement #33. Julia Finney often underlined the date on each of the letters she received from her father, and she also underlined the names of some of the people or places, or made other m ... read more

June 23, 1841 To The Editor Of The Oberlin Evangelist
      Dear Brother; I have recently been both surprised and grieved, to find in the "Supplement" of the Comprehensive Commentary, (a book that possesses many excellencies,) a commentary designed particularly for the use of Sabbath Schools, an article on the ... read more

JUSTIFICATION
      'There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.' Rom. 8:1. In this discourse, I shall notice, I. WHAT IT IS TO BE IN CHRIST JESUS. II. WHAT IS INTENDED BY NO CONDE ... read more

Justification
      'There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.' Rom. 8:1. In this discourse, I shall notice, I. WHAT IT IS TO BE IN CHRIST JESUS. II. WHAT IS INTENDED BY NO CONDEMN ... read more

Justification By Faith
      TEXT--"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law sh ... read more

JUSTIFICATION: A ROYAL PARDON
      "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no ... read more

LECTURE I. - WHAT A REVIVAL OF RELIGION IS.
      TEXT. -- O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. --HAB. iii. 2. IT is supposed that the prophet Habakkuk was contemporary with Jeremiah, and that this prophecy was uttered in antic ... read more

LECTURE II. - WHEN A REVIVAL IS TO BE EXPECTED.
      TEXT. --Wilt thou not revive us again; that thy people may rejoice in thee? --PSALM lxxxv. 6. THIS Psalm seems to have been written soon after the return of the people of Israel from the Babylonish captivity; as you will easily see from the language at t ... read more

LECTURE III. - HOW TO PROMOTE A REVIVAL.
      TEXT. --Break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.--HOSEA X. 12. THE Jews were a nation of farmers, and it is therefore a common thing in the Scriptures to refer for illustrations to their ... read more

LECTURE IV. - PREVAILING PRAYER.
      TEXT. --The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.--JAMES V. 16. THE last lecture referred principally to the confession of sin. To-night my remarks will be chiefly confined to the subject of intercession, or prayer. There are two ... read more

LECTURE IX. - MEANS TO BE USED WITH SINNERS.
      TEXT.--Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen. --ISAIAH xliii:10. IN the text it is affirmed of the children of God, that they are his witnesses. In several preceding lectures I have been dwelling on the subject of Pr ... read more

LECTURE V. - THE PRAYER OF FAITH.
      TEXT. --"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." --MARK xi. 24. THESE words have been by some supposed to refer exclusively to the faith of miracles. But there is ... read more

LECTURE VI. - THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER.
      TEXT. --Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mi ... read more

LECTURE VII. - ON BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT.
      TEXT. --Be filled with the Spirit. --EPH. v. 18. SEVERAL of my last lectures have been on the subject of prayer, and the importance of having the spirit of prayer, of the intercession of the Holy Ghost. Whenever the necessity and importance of the Spir ... read more

LECTURE VIII. - MEETINGS FOR PRAYER.
      TEXT. --"Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven." --MATTHEW xviii. 19.* HITHERTO, in treating of the subject of PRAYER, I have c ... read more

LECTURE X. - TO WIN SOULS REQUIRES WISDOM.
      TEXT. --He that winneth souls is wise. --PROVERBS xi. 30. THE most common definition of wisdom is, that it is the choice of the best end and the selection of the most appropriate means for the accomplishment of that end--the best adaptation of means to ... read more

LECTURE XI. - A WISE MINISTER WILL BE SUCCESSFUL
      TEXT. --He that winneth souls is wise. --PROVERBS xi. 30. I PREACHED last Friday evening from the same text, on the method of dealing with sinners by private Christians. My object at this time is to take up the more public means of grace, with particul ... read more

LECTURE XII. - HOW TO PREACH THE GOSPEL.
      TEXT. --He that winneth souls is wise. --PROVERBS xi. 30. ONE of the last remarks in my last lecture, was this, that the text ascribes conversion to men. Winning souls is converting men. This evening I design to show, I. That several passages of Scr ... read more

LECTURE XIII. - HOW CHURCHES CAN HELP MINISTERS.
      TEXT. --And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses's hands were heavy, and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon: and Aaron and Hur stayed up h ... read more

LECTURE XIV. - MEASURES TO PROMOTE REVIVALS.
      TEXT. --These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city and teach customs which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. --ACTS xvi. 20,21. "THESE men," here spoken of, were Paul and Silas, who went to Philippi to ... read more

LECTURE XIX. - INSTRUCTIONS TO CONVERTS.
      TEXT. --Feed my lambs.--JOHN xxi. 15. YOU, who read your Bibles, recollect the connection in which these words are found, and by whom they were spoken. They were addressed by the Lord Jesus Christ to Peter, after he had denied his Lord, and had prof ... read more

LECTURE XV. - HINDRANCES TO REVIVALS.
      TEXT. --I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you."-- NEHEMIAH vi. 3. THIS servant of God had come down from Babylon to rebuild the temple and re-establish the worship of ... read more

LECTURE XVI. - THE NECESSITY AND EFFECT OF UNION.
      TEXT. --Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth, as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.--MATTHEW xviii. 19. SOME weeks since, I used this text, in preaching on the s ... read more

LECTURE XVII. - FALSE COMFORTS FOR SINNERS.
      TEXT.--How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood.--JOB xxi. 34. JOB'S three friends insisted on it that the afflictions which he suffered were sent as a punishment for his sins, and were evidence conclusive th ... read more

LECTURE XVIII. - DIRECTIONS TO SINNERS.
      TEXT --What shall I do to be saved.--ACTS xvi. 30. THESE are the words of the jailor at Philippi, the question which he put to Paul and Silas, who were then under his care as prisoners. Satan had, in many ways, opposed these servants of God in their ... read more

LECTURE XX. - INSTRUCTIONS TO CONVERTS (continued).
      TEXT.--Feed my lambs.--JOHN xxi. 15. I REMARKED on this text in my last lecture, and was obliged, for want of time, to omit many of the points which I wished to present in regard to the INSTRUCTION OF YOUNG CONVERTS. To-night I propose to cont ... read more

LECTURE XXI. - THE BACKSLIDER IN HEART.
      TEXT.--The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways.--Prov. xiv. 14. I CANNOT conclude this course of lectures, without warning converts against backsliding. In discussing this subject, I will state, I. What backsliding in heart is n ... read more

LECTURE XXII. - GROWTH IN GRACE.
      TEXT--But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.--2 Pet. iii.18. I must conclude this Course of Lectures by giving converts instructions on the subject of growth in grace. I shall pursue the following method: I. ... read more

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