THE GOSPEL RESTORED
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Restoration History #7
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Walter Scott (1796 - 1861)
- Born in Scotland
- Educated at University of Edinburgh
- Arrived in Pittsburgh in 1818
- Met Alexander Campbell in 1821
- Appointed evangelist by Mahoning Baptist Association in 1827
- 1,000 baptisms in his first year
The New Evangelism
- What must I do to be saved?
- Scotts answer was found in the ancient gospel.
- He later wrote the book, The Gospel Restored.
Familiar 20th Century Version
Walter Scott's Version
The Gospel Restored
- Humans Do Three Things:
- God Has Three Promises:
- Forgiveness of Sins
- Gift of the Holy Spirit
- Eternal Life
The Golden Oracle
- What kept the exercise from becoming a legalistic formula?
- Scott emphasized that the central teaching of the gospel was Jesus is the Christ.
- For Scott, Restoration was centered on Christ for the purpose of unity.
A Frontier Success Story
- Calvinism - Salvation only for predestined
- At Calvinistic revivals people sought assurance on the mourners bench
- Scott taught salvation was for any who would believe, repent, and be baptized
- Independent frontier people received it with joy!
The Significance of Walter Scott
- The Plan
- The step formula
- The boldness and confidence
- Growth of the movement
- Especially on the frontier
- Emphasis on Christ and the Gospel
West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Evening Sermon, 20 April 2008
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