April 15, 2004

Octavius Winslow

Octavius Winslow, 1808-1878

Winslow stood out as a one of the foremost Baptist preachers in the nineteenth century. His Christ centered writings show devotion, practicality, and excellence. He seems to be richly devotional and warms the soul and inflames the heart with a sincere love, reverence, and glorification of Christ. He was a direct descendant of Edward Winslow, a pilgrim leader who braved the Atlantic to come to the New World on the Mayflower. After the death of His father his mother moved Him and her nine other children to New York. They were said to be a deeply religious family and Octavius later wrote a book about his family’s experiences from his mother perspective titled “The Life in Jesus”. Winslow followed after two of his brothers and was ordained as a pastor in 1833 in New York. He later moved to England where he became one of the most valued nonconformist ministers of the nineteenth century, largely due to the earnestness of his preaching and the excellence of his prolific writings. He held pastorates in Leamington Spa, Bath, and Brighton. He was also a popular speaker for special occasions, such as the opening of C. H. Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle in 1861. After a short illness, he died on March 5, 1878, and was buried in Abbey Cemetery, Bath. During His life he wrote more than forty books in which he preached on the truths of God. Some of these books include 'Personal Declension and Revival of Religion in the Soul.'

"Our desire is that the Holy Spirit, who is the Divine Revealer and Interpreter of Christ and His truth, may impart to your hearts a sober, spiritual and sanctifying receptivity of His Word; abasing self, and exalting Christ! Our intention is to unfold and illustrate the Lord Jesus Christ in the relation in which He stands to His people; to unveil His glory, beauty, and fullness; to define the close bond of union that unites to Him all His people; and to bring you into a more personal realization of what Christ is to you, and of what you are to Christ." - Octavius Winslow

Archived articles available on this site
God unto Himself
Bad tree
Human guidance
Has the Gospel Christianized your home?
After all that I have done
He has guided our feet there
This divine and marvelous fountain
His life mine, my death His
Why was His soul troubled

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