The Story of John Newton
“He was such a rogue and then to be able to write the song he did, speaks to God’s amazing grace.”
“You gave the story such humor and such well researched details of his life. It was wonderful.”
“Every time I sing that song now, it (his story) will all come flooding back to me. Thank you.”
“It was incredible how you brought some of his writings to life for us. It was a gripping story.”
LENGTH: 50 minutes (Performed since 2016)
The true story behind one of North America’s favorite hymns
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8 &9
“Amazing Grace” is one of the most popular and recognized hymns of the 20th and 21st Centuries. People have sung it at weddings and funerals, in hospital rooms and in prison cells. It’s been sung by gospel singers and rock ‘n roll stars. God’s grace is what softens the hardest of hearts and heals the most broken of souls. We all need reminding that God intervenes in our lives, not because we deserve it, but because of his goodness.
AMAZING GRACE is the true story of how John Newton (1725-1807) went from being ‘lost to found’. Though raised by a godly mother, John Newton was a rebellious, blaspheming wretch that ridiculed God and all those who called themselves a Christian. He was also involved in the most cruel, yet lucrative business of the 18th Century – the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
In spite of all of this the Lord was answering the prayers of his mother and John survived ‘many dangers, toils and snares’ to finally encounter the goodness of God.
He became an Anglican minister, hymn writer, a mentor to William Wilberforce and many other leading evangelicals, as well as one of many outspoken advocates against slavery. His story, told from the perspective of his wife, Mary, will help audiences see how patient the Lord is in drawing us to Himself. A great way to introduce non-believers to the goodness of God!
THEMES: GOD’S GRACE (HIS UNMERITED FAVOR AT WORK IN AND THROUGH US), SALVATION, HOPE, ENCOURAGEMENT FOR PASTORS, BELIEVING GOD FOR OTHERS, IMPORTANCE OF PRAYER, GOD’S LOVE FOR ALL PEOPLE.