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The Letters of John Newton

Written to a church member on the subjects of humility and depending on God.

Written to a fellow minister, these letters consider God's providence and the joy of ministry.
  Sowing the Seed―Doubting the Truth
  Worries about the Journey―A Good Wife
  Comments on an Accident
  Godly Church Members

Letters to a weak Christian on the subject of assurance. Gentle words of encouragement from a pastor's heart.
  Doubts― Christian Growth
  Evil Thoughts
  Temptations―Evil Thoughts

Newton corresponded with many ministers on a variety of topics. Here he writes to a fellow labourer about their ministries, the joys and sorrows of their work, and the personal experiences of their calling. Letter 4 includes interesting comments on Richard Baxter and his writings.
  The Proper Attitude for Preaching
  Conviction of Sin―Awakening
  Sin in the Minister
  Richard Baxter―Christian Hypocrisy―The Business of This Life
  Dependence upon God―The Sense of Sin―Doubts
  Zeal and Prudence
  Feelings vs. Spiritual Well-Being

Written to a church member on the subjects of humility and depending on God.
  Faithfulness to Light Received―Resisting Sin
  Our Sense of our Sin

A series of longer letters to an unbelieving minister about the nature of faith. Newton appeals to his correspondent's knowledge of Scripture, while clearly explaining the nature of genuine spiritual experience. He also fields a series of questions about Newton's Calvinism.
  The Failure of Moralistic Preaching―Calvinism―Moral Inability
  The Necessity of the Divine Light
  True Faith-Moral Inability
  Faith―Spiritual Knowledge―Seeking―True Repentance

Helpful, practical letters to a Christian in the "School of Suffering." Newton answers the question,  "Why do Christians suffer?"
  The School of Suffering
  Doubts and Fears―The Source of Assurance
  Strength in Affliction―The Secret of Loving Christ More  

Two letters on disappointment only Newton could have written. Written from his own personal experience.
  Disappointment―What is Necessary―God's Patience
  When We Awake in Glory

Miscellaneous Letters
  Divine Guidance
  The Benefits of Affliction
  Contrary Principles in the Believer
  The Gift of Preaching―Advice to a Young Preacher
  How Great is His Goodness!―The Journey to Heaven
  Medical Decisions―Providence and Health

Newton writes to a divinity student, who wrestles with the attractions of academic honours and his call to an evangelical ministry. His Christian zeal wins out, with awkward results. Newton offers his wisdom and experience to an impetuous youth.
  Difficulties of the Ministry―Intimacy with Christ
  Death―Academic Honours―Written Sermons Long Sermons―
  Loud Sermons―Itinerating
  Parochial Ministry―Waiting

Helpful letters to a woman who is troubled by her sin, and that of her unsaved friends. Practical advice to a person in the world, but not of it.
  Sin―Sanctification―Unsaved Friends
  In the Lord's Service―Assurance―Our Shepherd
  The Pleasures of this World―The Blessed Hope
  God's Love―Backsliding―London Grace
  Christian Humility―Christ's School―Friends
  Why Suffering?―Glorifying God―His Riches
  The Benefits of Affliction
  The Death of Friends―Awaiting the Sabbath

Letters to a young woman. Warm, spiritual counsel.
  Christian Fellowship―Amusements―Walking in Darkness
  Christ's Absences―Spiritual Experience
  Fellowship with Christ and Friends Contrasted
  Withdrawal―Being Where the Lord Wants Us
  Marriage―Time is Short

Newton was friends with many Nonconformist ministers. These letters illustrate the warmth and depth of his friendship. He also gives some amusing insights into his relationship with Nonconformity.
  Time―The Tongue
  Temptations of the City―A Lion in Olney Read a poem about this incident.
  Unprofitable Company―Sectarianism
  Making Plans
  Interpreting the Bible
  Mercy to Sinners
  Dying in the Lord
  Illness―The Fast Day
  Trust in God's Will
  Bodily Ills and Spiritual Health
  One Thing Needful
  The Lord Cares

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