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Finney's Systematic Thelology
Revivals of Religion
Lectures to Professing Christians

Finney's Systematic Theology

Preface To The Lectures
Lecture 1: Moral Government
Lecture 2: Moral Government (Continued)
Continuing Lecture 2
Lecture 3: Moral Obligation
Lecture 4: Foundation of Moral Obligation
Continuing Lecture 4
Lecture 5: Foundation of Moral Obligation
Lecture 6: Foundation of Moral Obligation
Lecture 7: Foundation of Moral Obligation
Continuing Lecture 7
Lecture 8: Practical Tendency of Various
Lecture 9: Unity of Moral Action
Lecture 10: Obedience Entire
Lecture 11: Obedience to the Moral Law
Continuing Lecture 11
Lecture 12: Attributes of Love
Lecture 13: Attributes of Love
Lecture 14: Attributes of Love
Lecture 15: Attributes of Love
Lecture 16: What Constitutes Disobedience
Lecture 17: Attributes of Selfishness
Lecture 18: Attributes of Selfishness
Lecture 19: Sanctions of Moral Law
Lecture 20: Human Government
Lecture 21: Human Government
Lecture 22: Moral Depravity
Lecture 23: Moral Depravity
Lecture 24: Moral Depravity
Lecture 25: Atonement
Lecture 26: Extent of Atonement
Lecture 27: Regeneration
Lecture 28: Philosophical Theories of Regeneration
Lecture 29: Evidences of Regeneration
Lecture 30: Evidences of Regeneration
Lecture 31: Natural Ability
Lecture 32: Gracious Ability
Lecture 33: The Notion of Inability
Lecture 34: Repentance and Impenitence
Lecture 35: Faith and Unbelief
Lecture 36: Justification
Lecture 37: Sanctification
Lecture 38: Sanctification, Paul Entirely Sanctified
Lecture 39: Sanctification, Conditions of 
Lecture 40: Sanctification, Objections Answered
Lecture 41: Sanctification, Further Objections
Lecture 42: Sanctification
Lecture 43: Election
Lecture 44: Reprobation
Lecture 45: Divine Sovereignty
Lecture 46: Purposes of God
Lecture 47: Perseverance of the Saints
Lecture 48: Perseverance of the Saints Proved
Lecture 49: Perseverance Proved
Lecture 50: Perseverance of The Saints, Objections
Lecture 51: Perseverance of the Saints, Further
Glossary of Terms
Appendix A: Various Classes of Truths (1847)
Appendix B: Knowledge of Certain Truths (1851)

Finney's Revivals of Religion

Table of Contents
Lecture 1: What a Revival of Religion Is
Lecture 2: When a Revival is to be Expected
Lecture 3: How to Promote a Revival
Lecture 4: Prevailing Prayer
Lecture 5: The Prayer of Faith
Lecture 6: The Spirit of Prayer
Lecture 7: On Being Filled With The Spirit
Lecture 8: Meetings For Prayer
Lecture 9: Means to be Used With Sinners
Lecture 10: To Win Souls Requires Wisdom
Lecture 11: A Wise Minister Will Be Successful
Lecture 12: How To Preach The Gospel
Lecture 13: How Churches Can Help Ministers
Lecture 14: Measures To Promote Revivals
Lecture 15: Hindrances To Revivals
Lecture 16: The Necessity and Effect of Union
Lecture 17: False Comforts for Sinners
Lecture 18: Directions to Sinners
Lecture 19: Instructions to Converts
Lecture 20: Instructions to Converts (Continued)
Lecture 21: The Backslider in Heart
Lecture 22: Growth in Grace

Finney's To Professing Christians

Chapter 1: Self Deceivers
Chapter 2: False Professors
Chapter 3: Doubtful Actions Are Sinful
Chapter 4: Reproof a Christian Duty
Chapter 5: True Saints
Chapter 6: Legal Religion
Chapter 7: Religion of Public Opinion
Chapter 8: Conformity To The World
Chapter 9: True and False Repentance
Chapter 10: Dishonesty In Small Matters Inconsistent With Honesty In Anything
Chapter 11: Bound To Know Your True Character
Chapter 12: True and False Conversions
Chapter 13: True Submission
Chapter 14: Selfishness Not True Religion
Chapter 15: Religion of The Law and Gospel
Chapter 16: Justification By Faith
Chapter 17: Sanctification By Faith
Chapter 18: Legal Experience
Chapter 19: Christian Perfection
Chapter 20: Christian Perfection (Continued)
Chapter 21: The Way Of Salvation
Chapter 22: The Necessity of Divine Teaching
Chapter 23: Love is The Whole of Religion
Chapter 24: Rest of The Saints
Chapter 25: Christ Is The Husband of The Church

Charles Grandison Finney is, without a doubt, a truly fascinating man of God. During his lifetime he served as a teacher, lawyer, evangelist, pastor, theology professor, and college president (Oberlin College, Ohio). What is even more amazing is that, unlike many of our theologians of today, Finney was self educated and held no earned degrees. I often wonder if such a powerful speaker would even be given a chance to preach in our Churches today as he, like Peter the Apostle, was "unlettered".

Finney intended to enroll in Yale University in 1812, but a teacher persuaded him that he could learn more privately in two years than he would learn studying four years at Yale. He taught himself Greek, Hebrew, and Latin, then moved to Adams, New York to study Law under Judge Benjamin Wright. Finney was admitted to the bar in Adams and began his Law practice.

As Finney researched various Law cases he noticed how often the Bible was quoted so he began to read and study its holy text. In October 1821 Finney, while reading and praying, felt the call of the blessed Holy Spirit to salvation. Finney answered that call, lost interest in the Law, and began preaching in revivals with results that can only be called "blessed of God".

Though ministers encouraged Finney to attend Seminary he refused, and instead entered into private study with his Pastor, George W. Gale. Though he disagreed with Gale's Calvinistic viewpoint, he felt that the studies were useful for his growth. Finney was licensed to preach by the Presbyterian Church, Evans Mills, New York on December 30, 1823.

Though Finney experienced great success in revivals within the Presbyterian Church, he never felt at ease with the doctrines of John Calvin. Eventually he changed denominations and became a Congregationalist. His success in revivals was well noted, and as a result Oberlin College, Ohio, asked him to come and serve as Professor of Theology (1834). Finney, an outspoken abolitionist, agreed to come only if Oberlin open their enrollment equally to students of all races. Oberlin agreed, and Finney was installed as Professor of Systematic Theology. While in this position he wrote "Systematic Theology" and "Revivals of Religion" that you will find posted below.

Though you may not agree with all that you read in these texts, you will, I believe, find a great deal that will aid you in your growth as both Christians and Ministers of the Gospel. It is hard to ignore the writings of the man who was, many historians agree, instrumental in starting the Great Revival of 1858-59. During this outpouring of the Spirit an estimated 600,000 people accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour. Finney established many of the practices that we accept as normal in our Churches today. He used the "anxious bench", a front row pew where those concerned about their salvation could come and be counseled. He called for public decisions for Christ, an uncommon practice in his day, but one that is the norm in our own.

In Finney's Systematic Theology you will see the foundation of his faith: what he believed and why he believed it. In Revivals of Religion you will understand why his name became synonymous with "evangelism" as he explains how to win souls for Christ.  In Lectures To Professing Christians Finney calls on all who believe the examine their faith, to "work out our salvation with fear and trembling". 

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