Jonathan Edwards was born in 1703 in East Windsor, Connecticut. Jonathan's father, Timothy Edwards, was a pastor at the church in East Windsor. Jonathan was the only boy with eleven sisters. At the age of seven and eight he would pray five times daily in secret prayer. He died in 1758 of smallpox.
At the age of thirteen Jonathan Edwards went to Yale College. Jonathan Edwards graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1720 and stayed two more years to become a Master of Arts.
He married Sarah Pierrepont. They had 11 children, 3 sons and 8 daughters. He then became a pastor, theologian, and missionary.
In 1751 he became a pastor at the church in Stockbridge. He also became a missionary to Native American Indians in Stockbridge for seven years. Jonathan was part of a committee that set up Stockbridge in 1732. He said he had great longings for the advancement of Christ's kingdom in the world.
Followers of Jonathan Edwards came to be known as "New Light Calvinist". These were missionaries who were influenced by Edward's writings.
"You contribute nothing to your salvation but the sin that made it necessary."
"Truth is the agreement of our ideas with the ideas of God."
"Lord stamp eternity on my eyeballs."
"And He said to them, go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation." -Mark 16:15
"Jonathan Edwards: A Missionary?" Themelios from the Gospel Coalition. NP. ND. WEB. 22 April 2017
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