The Message of Keswick and Its Meaning

Forewords by Rev. W. H. Aldis & Dr. Wilbur M. Smith

New Edition Published in 1957 by Marshall, Morgan, & Scott, Ltd., London & Edinburgh

Subjects: 1. Keswick Movement; 2. Evangelicalism Church of England
BV4487.K5 M58 ~~ Dewey: 248.06 ~ LCCN: 83242034 ~ OCLC: 8404908 ~ 120p.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Edition (1939), by Rev. W. H. Aldis       v

Foreword to the Second Edition, by Dr. Wilbur M. Smith       vii

Introduction: the Meaning of Keswick       xi

I. THE EXCEEDING SINFULNESS OF SIN       17
A Spiritual Revelation to the Believer

II. THE EXCEEDING SINFULNESS OF SIN       27
A Moral Response by the Believer

III. THE WAY OF CLEANSING AND RENEWAL       38
Grace Abounding

IV. THE WAY OF CLEANSING AND RENEWAL       49
Faith Reckoning

V. THE LIFE OF FULL SURRENDER       61
Dedicated to God

VI. THE LIFE OF FULL SURRENDER       71
Consecrated by God

VII. THE FULLNESS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT       79
The Scriptural Sanction

VIII. THE FULLNESS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT       91
The Personal Experience

IX. THE PATH OF SACRIFICE AND SERVICE       101
The Servant's Question

X. THE PATH OF SACRIFICE AND SERVICE       110
The Master's Answer

Forward to the First Edition

It is with sincere pleasure I commend this book on the Message of Keswick.

   For many years the need has been felt with increasing urgency for some book which might be put into the hands of enquirers, and of which one could say, "This book incorporates all the main features of the truths for which the Convention stands."

   I believe that this little volume admirably meets this need.

   Although this is not an official publication of the Trustees of the Convention, yet it is written by one who has had a long and intimate knowledge of the Convention and its teaching, and is issued with the warm approval of the Trustees.

   For any who may be in doubt about the Scriptural character of the Keswick message, the reading of this book will dispel all such doubts. And to any who desire to help young people who are eager to know more of the "life more abundant" of which our Lord spoke, I would say you could not do better than give them a copy of this book.

   Here in simple language is set out the sequence of the teaching followed at the Convention; and it might be well if all those attending the Convention for the first time were to secure a copy of this book and take it home, as providing in permanent form the teaching to which they have listened and from which they have received so much spiritual blessing.

   And for those who cannot come to Keswick, they can enjoy the Convention in the quiet of their own rooms as they read this book.

W.H. ALDIS          

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Forward to the Second Edition

KESWICK was a name found in all guide-books, books of British topography, and histories of later English poetry, for scores of years, before it acquired the meaning it has had with great multitudes of Christians, on both sides of the Atlantic, since 1875. It was in that year that Canon Harford Battersby saw the first fruits of the years of prayer, longing, and planning, in the first of those conferences for the deepening of the spiritual life that have been annually convened there since.

   Once famous as the home of the Lake Poets, and always a place to which those who loved mountaineering have been drawn, Keswick now has come to speak of values far more important of eternal worth where men and women, through the ministry of the Word, found cleansing from sin, saw visions of what life in Christ could mean, entered upon an experience of rededication and renewal, that sent them forth to the four corners of the earth, to be channels of blessing and seekers of those for whom Christ died.

   From the beginning the Keswick Convention has sought to emphasize, primarily, a new apprehension of the possibilities for a life of daily victory in Christ Jesus, a new appropriation of the power for a life of fruitfulness available for all those indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and a deeper understanding of the entire Word of God.

   During these seventy-eight years I would believe that more able, spiritually-minded expositors of the Word of God have been heard than at any other one place in the western world. What men God raised up for such a needed movement, such as Bishop Handley G. Moule, J. Stuart Holden, Webb-Peploe, F. B. Meyer, W.H. Griffith-Thomas, G. Campbell Morgan, W. Graham Scroggie, and many others.

   I would most heartily commend to a new generation of readers, whose spiritual needs are just as deep and acute as those of the last three generations perhaps even more this excellent study of the great truths to which Keswick has borne such a powerful, Spirit-filled testimony, from its first year, even to now.

   Keswick is one of those modern movements in the Church of Christ which was surely planted of God.

WILBUR M. SMITH          

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