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Bio of Obadiah Sedgwick by Soli Deo Gratia Ministries:
"Obadiah Sedgwick was born in Marlborough, Wiltshire, in 1600. In 1616 he was sent to Queen's College, Oxford, but received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Magdalen Hall.
"In 1639, he became preacher at Coggleshall in Essex. Upon the commencement of the civil wars, he went to London and was often called upon to preach before the Parliament. In 1643, he was appointed one of the licensers of the press for books of Divinity, and was chosen one of the Assembly of Divines at Westminster.
"In 1646, Sedgwick became preacher at St. Paul's, Covent Garden, where his following was very great. He is said to have been instrumental in the conversion of many souls. He was a very zealous laborer in the Lord's vineyard, and exceedingly active in promoting the work of reformation in the church and the state.
"Finding his health declining, he resigned his pastorate and retired to Marlborough, where he died in January, 1658. He was succeeded by the famous Thomas Manton, originally thought to be his son-in-law. He was esteemed as a learned Divine and an orthodox and admired preacher."
The above bio of Obadiah Sedgwick is from the jacket of his book
Christ's Counsel to His Languishing Church of Sardis
originally published in London in 1640
Reprint, with changes in spelling, grammar, and formatting, published by
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For this book, Obadiah wrote the following introductory letter, which appears on pages viii - ix in the reprint by Soli Deo Gloria. Used by permission.
To the Reader
If you expect in this treatise what is curious and branched over
with art, spare thine eye any further travel, it is not here: divine
doctrines serve rather for the stomach than the palate. In preaching
these sermons, I followed Saint Cyprian's direction to Donatus to make
choice not of Diserta, but Fortia. I looked very little at harmony
which might take the ear, but most of all at energy which might reach
the conscience. I know well that there is a lawful and seasonable use
of learning. I am not of his mind who would have preachers study no
book but the Bible, only this: ministers (if I mistake not) must
confide their auditors, and then and there use their choice learning
when and where it may not amaze, but profit when all is summed up. This
will be found the most comfortable truth. No preacher is so learned as
he who can save souls.
Thine in any spiritual furtherance,