John Fawcett (1740-1817) is the 9th essay in British Particular Baptists, Volume 5

John Fawcett (1740-1817) is the 9th essay in British Particular Baptists, Volume 5

26th Mar 2020

Now one of the great Christian leaders in northern England who deserves to be remembered far more than he has been is John Fawcett,. . . he witnessed first-hand some of the remarkable scenes of the Evangelical Revival and the preaching of men like George Whitefield (1714-1770) and John Wesley (1703-1791). Though raised within the Church of England, he joined himself to the Baptists after becoming a Christian through Whitefield’s preaching. In time, he became a minister, pastoring in Hebden Bridge, first at nearby Wainsgate Chapel and then Ebenezer Chapel in Hebden Bridge. Fawcett was vitally involved in theological education and the nurture and care of the various Baptist causes in Yorkshire and Lancashire, being the prime mover in the revitalization of the Baptist Association in these two northern counties. Finally, he was a prolific author and hymn-writer. One of his books, An Essay on Anger, deeply impressed the British monarch George III (1738-1820), and his most famous hymn, “Blest be the tie that binds,” is examined in detail. . .in [the] essay. --Michael A. G. Haykin