Barkston (1834)



The first two years of occupying the chapel, things seemed to be in a languishing state, and the cause evidently did not prosper so well as it had done in the house. A degree of gloom and painful concern was felt on this account by some who had the spiritual interests of Zion at heart. Self-examination, fervent prayer, and purposes of entire devotedness to God, were means resorted to by several in the society, for God to make bare his arm and prosper his work among them. Assistance from Grantham, where a gracious influence from on high had recently been poured out --was afforded, by several persons going over to unite with them in prayer for this special object. "Ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, and give him no rest till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. Prayer and faith prevailed. God condescended to bless them, and that abundantly. Many souls within a few weeks were brought to rejoice in a sense of pardoning mercy; whilst several others could testily that the blood of Christ cleanseth from all sin. The society was more than doubled, so that from twenty-five members at the Christmas quarterly visitation, there were thirty-two additional in March following. And of these new converts there was scarcely one but who gave a clear statement of having obtained redemption in the blood of Christ the forgiveness of sins.

Thomas Cocking, The History of Wesleyan Methodism in Grantham and its Vicinity (Grantham, 1836), p347.


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