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Does Practical Theology Exist In Christian Life

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Table of Contents

Introduction………………………………………………………………..…..3
Andrew Murray…………………………………………………………..……3
A Biography of Andrew Murray………………………………………………3
Significant Influences……………………………………………………….....4
Religious Foundation………………………………………………………..…4
Word of God…………………………………………………………………...5
Education…………………………………………………………………..…..6
Theological Influence………………………………………………………….7
Conclusion……………………………………………………………………..9
Bibliography………………………………………………………………….10
Introduction
It is evident that many believers lack significant spiritual growth in their Christian faith. This paper will first discuss the history of Andrew Murray and how he established his theology for Christian life. Next, ...view middle of the document...

… I have cast myself on Christ.”1 By examining his life and total commitment to God, it is possible to find answers to build a basis for his creditability. It will also be likely to establish a position to satisfy the thesis of spiritual growth in the church by analyzing some of the books written by Andrew on Theology.

1 Mark Galli, 131Christians Everyone Should Know (Nashville, TN: Christianity Today, 2000) Kindle
Ordained at the age of 20, Andrew returned to South Africa where he had a traveling service, he would go out on horseback to hold gatherings for the Dutch-speaking South African ranchers. It was a period of deep examination and improvement of his fire for petition to God and the gospel. In 1856 he married Emma Rutherford, the little girl of an English minister. In 1860 Andrew acknowledged a pastorate in Worcester. He came, to the church, during the time of a planned conference on revival and missions. Some of what was discussed was about the revivals in North America and Europe. Revival also broke out in South Africa, but not in the way Andrew expected. It seemed out of order, but God impressed upon Andrew that it was His work. Andrew had a completely different view of revival after that experience. In 1877 he traveled to the United States and spoke at holiness conventions all over the country.
Family Influence
Andrew Murray’s father was a minister and he raised his children to love God and read and study the bible. Throughout his early years, Andrew’s father recommended many books that came to be helpful in the development of his theology. Throughout college, Andrew and his father wrote many letters to each other, of which, Murray’s father would have a great impact on the development of his theology. Andrew Murray Sr.’s letter creates a compelling establishment he instilled in Andrew for studying the Holy Scriptures and a profound prayer life. Here is a section from a letter his father wrote:

“Whatever books may be recommended to you, be sure not to neglect the study of the Holy Scriptures. This must be a daily exercise, and must be attended to with humility and much prayer for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Paley’s ‘Natural Theology and Evidences’, Home’s ‘Introduction’ and Witsius on the ‘Covenants’ deserve to be studied. Get a copy of Egeling’s ‘Nadenkends Christen’ and study it with prayer.”2

2 Johannes Du Plessis, The Life of Andrew Murray of South Africa. (London: Marshal Brothers, 1919). 42-43.
In 1838, when Murray was ten, he and his brother John went to study in Scotland. They went to train with their uncle, the Rev. John Murray. In the spring of 1840 the evangelist William C. Burns came and spoke in Aberdeen, Scotland. Burns made a profound impression on Andrew. Burns was instrumental in the Kilsyth Revival of 1839. His heart was repeatedly broken over the lost, and he would cry and pray to God for hours for their salvation. Andrew and Burns spent many long evenings talking about God.3
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