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GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS  

John Bunyon

 

A BRIEF AND FAITHFUL RELATION OF THE EXCEEDING MERCY OF GOD IN CHRIST TO HIS POOR SERVANT, JOHN BUNYAN;

 

WHEREIN IS PARTICULARLY SHOWED THE MANNER OF HIS CONVERSION, HIS SIGHT AND TROUBLE FOR SIN, HIS DREADFUL TEMPTATIONS, ALSO HOW HE DESPAIRED OF GOD’S MERCY, AND HOW THE LORD AT LENGTH THROUGH CHRIST DID DELIVER HIM FROM ALL THE GUILT AND TERROR THAT LAY UPON HIM.

 

Whereunto is added a brief relation of his call to the work of the ministry, of his temptations therein, as also what he hath met with in prison. All which was written by his own hand there, and now published for the support of the weak and tempted people of God.

 

“Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.”—Psalm 66:16

 

London: Printed by George Larkin, 1666

 

This title page was afterwards altered, and instead of what follows the first line, he inserted,

 

Or a brief and faithful relation of the exceeding mercy of God in Christ to his poor servant, John Bunyan; namely, in his taking of him out of the dunghill, and converting of him to the faith of his blessed Son, Jesus Christ. Here is also particularly showed, what sight of, and what trouble he had for sin; and also what various temptations he hath met with, and how God hath carried him through them.

 

Corrected and much enlarged now by the Author, for the benefit of the tempted and dejected Christian.

 

ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR

 

A PREFACE, OR BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE PUBLISHING OF THIS WORK

 

BUNYAN’S ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF PREVIOUS TO HIS CONVERSION

 

HIS CONVERSION AND PAINFUL EXERCISES OF MIND, PREVIOUS TO HIS JOINING THE CHURCH AT BEDFORD

 

BUNYAN ATTENDS THE MINISTRY OF MR. GIFFORD, AND BECOMES INTENSELY EARNEST TO UNDERSTAND THE DOCTRINES OF THE GOSPEL

 

ENTERS INTO FELLOWSHIP WITH THE CHURCH OF CHRIST AT BEDFORD, IN WHICH HE AFTERWARDS BECAME A MINISTERING ELDER

 

A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR’S CALL TO THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY

 

A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR’S IMPRISONMENT

 

THE CONCLUSION