Patrick ministered to kings and slaves alike in the culture that had enslaved him. Patrick’s faith and his commitment to the Word of God through hard times is a true example of the way that God calls us to grow and to bless those around us through our suffering. Michael Haykin’s masterful biography of Patrick’s life and faith will show you how you can follow God’s call in your life.
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“elements prevailed over the normal colloquial Christian vocabulary.’ (Latin of Saint Patrick, p. 28.)” (Page 41)
“used his own finances, inherited most likely from his parents in Britain, to fund his mission.” (Page 75)
“At the heart of the Gospel that Patrick preached in Ireland was the Trinity: the Father who planned the work of salvation, the Son who became man and died for the salvation of sinners, and the Spirit who brings home the Father’s plan and Son’s work to sinful human beings and makes them, as the confession has stated, ‘sons of God and co-heirs with Christ’” (Page 58)
“Patrick ‘wants us to see the experiences of his life and the fulfillment of his mission in the light of his belief in the Holy Trinity.’” (Page 58)
“Pelagianism encouraged an ‘attitude of self-reliance’ and emphasized ‘the saving quality of a virtuous life’.” (Page 54)
There is one theme that stands out from this beautifully detailed portrait in miniature: Patrick’s missionary zeal was grounded in a deep Trinitarian faith. Patrick’s Confession and his life ever show us how the Trinity should be at the heart of our thought and prayer. And thus all Christians will benefit from learning more about this mighty figure in the great cloud of witnesses.
Sometimes the historical figure outshines the legend. By sifting through reliable sources, Michael A. G. Haykin paints a compelling portrait of this bibliocentric bishop and earnest evangelist. The dedicated missionary and thoughtful theologian that emerges belongs to the gospel-loving global church and not just the Emerald Isle. The persistent Patrick, a diligent minister of the Word and Spirit, deserves to be commemorated far more than once each year.
What fires a man to be a missionary in a country where he has been a slave? Michael A. G. Haykin’s book is a fine balance between a biography of an extraordinary servant of Jesus Christ and an explanation of the beliefs that sustained Patrick. Patrick was a man whose situation is very different from ours and whose beliefs differ from ours at points too, and Haykin is especially helpful in exemplifying how we as today’s Evangelicals can learn from someone so different and yet also close kin.
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