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The Experimental Knowledge of Christ and Additional Sermons of John Elias (1774–1841)
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The Experimental Knowledge of Christ and Additional Sermons of John Elias (1774–1841)


Reformation Heritage 2006

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This volume contains 11 of John Elias’ most powerful sermons. As an important part of the nineteenth century’s Welsh Methodist revival, Elias was known for his commanding presence and compelling sermons. Full of rich biblical truths, Elias’ sermons give deep expositions of Scripture, linking to the Bible’s greater narrative. These sermons are a treasury of practical, doctrinal, and experiential insights that are just as relevant today as when they were spoken.

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Key Features

  • Includes a biographical introduction by Iain H. Murray, co-founder of the Banner of Truth Trust
  • Provides an accessible introduction to John Elias’ work in new translations by Owen Milton
  • Contains 11 of John Elias’ sermons, including “The Experimental Knowledge of Christ”


  • Sermon 1: The Danger of Losing One’s Soul While Seeking to Gain the World
  • Sermon 2: The Experimental Knowledge of Christ
  • Sermon 3: The Duty of Listening to the Gospel as the Voice of Christ
  • Sermon 4: Praying for the Spirit
  • Sermon 5: The Greatness of the Peace of God
  • Sermon 6: The Funeral Sermon of King George III
  • Sermon 7: The Coming of the Son of Man
  • Sermon 8: Christ the Physician
  • Sermon 9: God Attending to the Contrite in Spirit
  • Sermon 10: God Choosing and Calling Men
  • Sermon 11: The Saints Loving Christ and Delighting in Him

Praise for the Print Edition

The strength of Calvinistic Methodism in Wales was founded in the decades of orthodoxy which characterized its origin. If we date its birth as the year 1735, when Howell Harris was converted, then its death was 1841, the year that John Elias died. For that century Calvinistic Methodism (its name was changed in the 1920s to Presbyterian) was a thrilling living force that pervasively transformed the Principality of Wales...John Elias was the leader of the next generation of Calvinistic Methodist denominations, and the first non-episcopal ordinations of ministers occurred. These sermons hint at his power as a preacher.

—Geoff Thomas, visiting professor of historical theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

This book contains eleven great sermons by the great Welsh itinerant preacher, John Elias (1774–1841), all ably translated from the Welsh by Owen Milton. Here you will find a feast of biblical, doctrinal, experiential, and practical food that shows how great preachers in ages past proclaimed the whole counsel of God over a period of time while remaining faithful in expounding individual texts in accord with their major themes. These sermons, which richly expound nearly every major doctrine of grace, are as relevant and helpful as when they were first written. Here you will find the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man persuasively expounded. Elias’s sermons exhibit all the strengths of a godly preacher-pastor-writer.

Joel R. Beeke, president of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Product Details

  • Title: The Experimental Knowledge of Christ and Additional Sermons of John Elias (1774–1841)
  • Author: John Elias
  • Translator: Owen Milton
  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 164

About the Author

John Elias (1774–1841) was a part of the Welsh Methodist revival of the nineteenth century. He was a gifted speaker, known for his powerful preaching. He authored numerous doctrinal and theological works in Welsh, including Traethawd ar y Saboth (1804) and Golygiad Ysgrythurol ar Gyfiawnhad Pechadur (1821). He was a frequent contributor to the Calvinistic Methodist periodical Y Drysorfa and wrote an autobiography, published long after his death.