The three hundred year span of time from 1640 to 1940 saw the development of great variety in congregational singing throughout America. Beginning with the Psalters of the first colonists, Americans contributed widely varying styles of songs and hymns, culminating with the popular and influential gospel song.
It is important for those who are discipling worship leaders to realize that those being discipled should evidence the character of Christ in their daily walk. It is seen in how the artist interacts with others, develops relationships, and partners with other musicians in genuine ministry. In fact, demonstrating the character of Christ is the ultimate goal of discipleship; and the ultimate indicator of whether or not discipleship has truly happened.
Scripture declares that the wisdom of men and women is foolishness in the eyes of God. This is why we must approach our Lord with the openness of a child so that our misconceptions and preconceptions won’t cloud the glorious truths God is willing to impart to us.
The theory of the atonement of the junior Edwards became the accepted theory of the Congregational churches of New England, and thence spread to the Presbyterians and the Baptists.
George Whitefield (1714-1770) was one of the great names in evangelism. He was born in Gloucester, England, and entered Oxford in 1733.
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) was an important figure in American church history. He was born in Connecticut to a renowned family of clergymen. He began reading Latin texts at the age of six and could read Greek and Hebrew by 13.
Timothy Dwight (1752-1817), a distinguished Congregational minister and educator, was born in Northampton, Massachusetts. His mother was the daughter of Jonathan Edwards.
David Brainerd (1718-1747) was born in Haddam, Connecticut. At the age of 14, he was orphaned.