F. B. Meyer
Baptist pastor and evangelist in England
Frederick Brotherton Meyer (April 8, 1847 – March 28, 1929), a contemporary and friend of D. L. Moody and A. C. Dixon, was a Baptist pastor and evangelist in England involved in ministry and inner city mission work on both sides of the Atlantic. Author of numerous religious books and articles, many of which remain in print today, he was described in an obituary as The Archbishop of the Free Churches.
Frederick Brotherton Meyer was born in London. He attended Brighton College and graduated from the University of London in 1869. He studied theology at Regent's Park College, Oxford and began pastoring churches in 1870. His first pastorate was at Pembroke Baptist Chapel in Liverpool. In 1872 he pastored Priory Street Baptist Church in York. While he was there he met the American evangelist Dwight L. Moody, whom he introduced to other churches in England. The two preachers became lifelong friends.
Other churches he pastored were Victoria Road Church in Leicester (1874-1878), Melbourne Hall in Leicester (1878- 1888) and Regent's Park Chapel in London (1888-1892). In 1895 Meyer went to Christ Church in Lambeth. At the time only 100 people attended the church, but within two years over 2,000 were regularly attending. He stayed there for fifteen years, and then began traveling to preach at conferences and evangelistic services. His evangelistic tours included South Africa and Asia. He also visited the United States and Canada several times.He spent the last few years of his life working as a pastor in England's churches, but still made trips to North America, including one he made at age 80.
Meyer was part of the Higher Life Movement and was known as a crusader against immorality. He preached against drunkenness and prostitution. He is said to have brought about the closing of hundreds of saloons and brothels.
Meyer wrote over 40 books, including Christian biographies and devotional commentaries on the Bible. He, along with seven other clergymen, was also a signatory to the London Manifesto asserting that the Second Coming was imminent in 1918. His works include The Way Into the Holiest:, Expositions on the Epistle to the Hebrews (1893) ,The Secret of Guidance, Our Daily Homily and Christian Living.
Works by F. B. Meyer
In writing this work, F.B. Meyer chose one verse from each chapter of the Bible and meditated upon it. The result was a five-volume set of devotional essays in the style of biblical commentary. Should one read one of Meyer's meditations per day, one would have new devotion material every day for over three years, as there are 1,189 chapters total in the Old and New Testaments. The meditations themselves reflect their author's deep respect for God, Scripture, and his readers as fellow Christians. In the preface to his fifth volume, the British Baptist preacher wrote: “None of my books is dearer to me than this, or seems to contain more of my innermost thought; but at best it is only a handful of meal in the barrel, which may God multiply till He send rain on the earth.”
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Many Christians wonder whether or not God has a plan for their future. F.B. Meyer spent his life as a pastor and evangelist ministering to people all over the world about God's unfailing guidance. In his book, The Secret of Guidance, Meyer shares his thoughts on the subject for all Christians to read. In order to receive God's guidance, we must first surrender our wills and seek guidance with pure motives. Meyer tells Christians that prayer and patience are two of the most important habits that must be practiced as they wait for the gradual unfolding of God's plan. Several sections in this text help readers identify the places in their lives where they have gone astray, in hopes that they can improve upon these areas. Meyer reminds Christians that Christ is there to help them bear their sorrows and burdens. Finally, Meyer shares the importance of faith as Christians try to understand the fullness of the Spirit. The Secret of Guidance helps assure uncertain Christians that God is always faithful.
F.B. Meyer's detailed exposition of the book of Hebrews brings to readers the rich lessons contained within the anonymously authored epistle. Meyer intended The Way Into the Holiest to draw attention to the substitutionary aspect of Christ's death. Meyer believed that Christians consistently overemphasized the necessity of religious rituals, ultimately forgetting the surpassing power of salvation and sanctification. Meyer writes freely of the dignity of Christ and the glory of His office, reminding Christians of their duty to worship Him. Through his words, Meyer incites Christians to rejoice in Christ's merciful and faithful salvation, by which our repentant spirits are revived. This spiritual commentary successfully answers many questions of Christology and presents a wonderful depiction of the Christian life.
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