Frederick Brotherton Meyer was born, on April 8, 1847, in London. Born to godly parents, from his earliest years he believed that some day he would preach the Word.
He would play ‘church’- preaching in his childish way to brothers and sisters – and the story is on record of a housemaid, hearing one of those ‘sermons’, being convicted of her need of Christ and becoming a Christian shortly afterwards (Great Evangelical Preachers, by J McGraw, page 129).
His 20 years’ ministry at Christ Church in Lambeth, England, saw the congregation grow from 100 to 2000.
Forty helpful books flowed from his pen, most of which are still in print. He travelled extensively as a convention speaker. He ventured to South Africa and the Far East on mission trips and also travelled to the USA and Canada to preach. As part of the Higher Life movement he often preached at the Keswick Convention
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At the age of 80, he conducted his twelfth American preaching campaign, travelling more than 15,000 miles and addressing over 300 meetings.
A Lindsay Glegg says of him, “Dr Meyer was a saint, and looked like one, with his quiet manner and his gentle voice. One’s life was enriched by being in his presence.” He also tells of the postcard received from the dying Meyer. With shaky hand this man of God had written, “I have raced you to Heaven, I am just off – see you there. Love, F B Meyer” (Four Score … and More, by A L Glegg, page 32).
Thus it was at the age of 82 years, on March 28, 1929, this dear servant of God went to his eternal Home.
Meyer had great influence on such giants of the faith as J Wilbur Chapman and Charles H Spurgeon. It was Spurgeon who said, “Meyer preaches as a man who has seen God face to face”.
Another post about FB Meyer was published on March 28, 2009, titled: Frederick Brotherton Meyer Preacher and Writer
This post is based on notes by my late friend Donald Prout. I have updated these historical posts with information gleaned from other sources. I am indebted to Don for awakening in me an interest in Church History. Don’s notes can be found at: www.donaldprout.com
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