Aims[ edit ] Lonergan set out to do for human thought in our time what Thomas Aquinas had done for his own time. Aquinas had successfully applied Aristotelian thought to the service of a Christian understanding of the universe.
He grew up with a Christian upbringing. His father was a pastor of the local American Wesleyan Methodist Church. Sung also helped his father in church duties. On certain evenings when his father was either too busy or was too ill, Sung would have to lead the sermons as a substitute instead.
However, it took Sung some years of testing before he became the influential evangelist that many knew. In he was sent to America for his higher education.
A brilliant student, he earned a doctorate in chemistry in five years. His chemistry essays and research documents can still be seen in the University library today.
Despite the array of career opportunities in front of him, Sung believed that he was called by God to commit himself to work for Jesus Christ.
Feeling Utley had awakened something within his soul, Sung returned four more times to hear her preach. The Gospel message of Jesus Christ was delivered clearly and persuasively.
Sung was determined to discover for himself the power that motivated the young evangelist. Although I already believed in Jesus since my early Worldcat dissertations and theses days, this new experience is a life changing one for me.
It was then that he claimed to have been born again. John became a radically changed man and began to preach fervently to his peers and lecturers in the seminary. It was such a drastic change in the man that his fellow liberal theology students reckoned that he had gone out of his right mind, and the seminary authorities confined him in an insane asylum, where he stayed for days.
Despite this period of isolation, John Sung set himself to read the Bible. It was during this stay that he read through the entire Bible 40 times and soon became very familiar and well versed in its teachings. This period of Scriptural reading and spiritual renewal laid the foundations for one of the major revivals of the 20th century.
Before stepping on Chinese soil after an almost eight-year absence, he threw all his academic awards into the sea, only keeping the doctorate diploma for his father. This action he intended to signify his full commitment to the Gospel.
After his return to China, he began preaching in the Min-nan region for three years. His messages were based on Bible teachings concerning spiritual rebirth, salvation, and bearing a cross.
The topic of his sermons were now mainly about how to deal with sin. He emphasized that during prayers, repentance should be made as a whole group and done step by step in minor detail. In fact, Sung listed twenty major categories of sins and if one had committed one of those sins listed within a category then one must admit and repent of that sin during a group prayer session.
Sung was sometimes so excited that he often jumped onto the pulpit to preach; in the middle of the sermon he would always sing a hymn for up to twenty or thirty minutes.
John Sung also made use of props during sermons. On one occasion during a sermon, he brought a coffin, placed it under the pulpit, and shouted, "Get rich, get rich, get the coffin! This was a play on words in the original Chinese, used to convey the idea that pursuing money will not bring you eternal life.
After exclaiming this statement, he then went and lay down in the coffin himself.
Sung proved to be a zealous and compelling preacher. His name spread throughout China and invitations soon poured in, requesting him to spread the gospel to other regions as well.
Byit was believed more thanChinese were converted through his ministry. Sung preached revival meetings in Thailand during and He spoke at both Chinese churches mostly in Bangkokand at many Thai churches nationwide, from Trang province in the South to Prae province in the North.The Advanced Technologies & Aerospace Database includes the renowned Aerospace Database and provides full-text titles from around the world including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications, and more.
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