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Rev. Obadiah Sedgwick (1600-1658)

Obadiah Sedgewick

Obadiah Sedgwick
b. 1600, Marlborough, Wiltshire
d. January, 1658, Marlborough, Wiltshire
Puritan Divine

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
The Dying or Decaying Christian
with the means and helps of his recovery and strengthening

originally published in London in 1640

Reprint, with changes in spelling, grammar, and formatting, published by
Soli Deo Gratia, P.O. Box 451, Morgan, PA 15064, (412)221-1901
copyright 1996

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($20.95 at the time this page was made.)

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.
    And now, if you please, read the work and receive this counsel from me. Above all, strive for spiritual life (it is your greatest honor to be good), and when you have obtained it take heed of dying. The dead man and the dying Christian are two sad sights. It is woeful either to be a brand falling into hell or a star falling down from heaven. The rising sun is more and more beautiful, but the waning moon is more full of spots and darkness. Though all may not be lost, yet his shipwrecks are high who has lost much in his jewels, and almost all in his comforts. No more but this, keep heavenly things as you would keep heaven itself.

Thine in any spiritual furtherance,

Obadiah Sedgwick




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