In 1911 global mission leaders met in Edinburgh, Scotland, to confront a sobering situation: two-thirds of the world was unevangelized, sending churches were declining in membership and spiritual vitality, and interest in missions was waning. How could such a weak and sickly church meet the challenge of fulfilling the Great Commission? In response to this situation, Andrew Murray wrote The State of the Church. This urgent call to repentance and prayer helped spur on one of the most fruitful missionary movements in church's history.
In 1911 global mission leaders met in Edinburgh, Scotland, to confront a church lacking vitality and effectiveness. Andrew Murray responded with this urgent call to repentance and prayer, which helped incite one of the most fruitful missionary movements in church history. This contemporized edition of The State of the Church speaks vividly to believers today.
Andrew Murray (18281917) went from being a discouraged young minister to becoming one of the best-loved writers on the deeper Christian life. One of four children born to a Dutch Reformed minister, Murray was raised in Graaff-Reinet, South Africa. At the age of nine, he was sent with his older brother to Aberdeen, Scotland, to receive a formal education. In 1845 both received their masters degrees from Aberdeen University and went on to Utrecht University in Holland to pursue theological training, where in 1848 they were ordained. After three years of study in Holland, Andrew returned to South Africa as a minister and missionary. His first appointment was to Bloemfontein, and in 1860 he accepted a call to Cape Colony and began writing numerous devotional books, many of which continue to transform lives today. Murray laid great emphasis on a theme to which many of his books are devotedthe deeper Christian life. He defined this simply as Gods desire and commitment to reveal Himself more fully to those who would seek Him. The last twelve years of his life were devoted to speaking at conventions and evangelistic meetings in the U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Holland and South Africa.
Andrew Murrays urgent call to repentance and prayer speaks vividly to believers in need of vitality and effectiveness in outreach.