"Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars." (Proverbs 9:1) "The church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." (1 Timothy 3:15) The Foundation for Our Growth Is in the Wisdom and Knowledge of God! In 1 Timothy 3, the apostle Paul described the church as a pillar that upholds God's truth and wisdom for the world to see. Now, legendary Bible teacher Herbert Lockyer unlocks the seven "pillars" of divine wisdom demonstrated in Christ's incarnation and redeeming work on earth. Understanding these pillars can help us to become more like Him and to fulfill God's purposes, both here and in eternity. The early church was so dynamic in its witness because it continued steadfastly in these aspects of the Christian faith. Likewise, when we meditate reverently on the events and truths of Jesus' coming to earth, we appreciate more deeply the great salvation that we have received, and we become more eager to share these liberating truths with others.
When Dr. Herbert Lockyer (1886-1984) was first deciding on a career, he considered becoming an actor. Tall and well-spoken, he seemed a natural for the theater. But the Lord had something better in mind. Instead of the stage, God called Herbert to the pulpit, where as a pastor, Bible teacher, and author of more than fifty books, he touched the hearts and lives of millions of people. Dr. Lockyer held pastorates in Scotland and England for twenty-five years. As pastor of Leeds Road Baptist Church in Bradford, England, he became a leader in the Keswick Higher Life Movement, which emphasized the significance of living in the fullness of the Holy Spirit. This led to an invitation to speak at the Moody Bible Institute's fiftieth anniversary in 1936. His warm reception at that event led to his ministry in the United States. He received honorary degrees from both the Northwestern Evangelical Seminary and the International Academy in London. In 1955, he returned to England, where he lived for many years. He then returned to the United States, where he spent the final years of his life in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his son, the Rev. Herbert Lockyer Jr., a Presbyterian minister who became his editor.