“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” — Romans 8:1-4 NKJV
What D.L. Moody did the final 13 years of his life continues reaching people today.
Student conferences, schools, publication ventures, and aggressive evangelistic endeavors all launched by faith, reaching millions.
Mr. and Mrs. Moody met Emma Dryer, a talented and committed Christian teacher. In his book “A Passion for Souls,” Lyle Dorsett writes: “Moody encouraged Emma Dryer, in 1873, to begin a home missions training and ministry program among women. She promptly surrendered her secular teaching career and devoted herself full-time for many years to the work. All the while Dryer believed that Mr. Moody would return to Chicago and oversee the construction of a building for a wide-ranging home missions training school.”
D.L. Moody had a growing passion to challenge and equip young men and women to become Christian workers. He led a conference for college-age students at Northfield, Massachusetts in July 1886. By the end of the conference, 100 young men had committed to serve as missionaries overseas, to “Tell others the story!”
At the second “College Students’ Summer School” at Northfield in 1887, Dr. A.T. Pierson delivered “a thrilling address on missions” — “all should go and go to all.” Pierson’s message was one of the motivating forces for what would become the Student Volunteer Movement, with the theme: “The evangelization of the world in this generation.”
In 1874, Edward Studd was “born again” at Moody-Sankey meetings. In 1877, Moody and Sankey’s “personal worker” Weatherby led three of Edward Studd’s sons, C.T., Kynaston, and George, to Christ. Edward Studd died in 1879.
In 1887, C.T. Studd inherited a fortune from his father, and gave it all to the “Bank of Heaven,” including 25% to D.L. Moody. Moody asked him if he could use it in Chicago rather than India, to start the Chicago Evangelization Society, forerunner of Moody Bible Institute.
Dorsett wrote, “Emma Dryer, who had been waiting 13 years for the program to go forward, knew it could never materialize without Moody’s enthusiastic endorsement and … leadership.” Moody said, “I will come to Chicago soon.”
In the summer of 1887, the Chicago Evangelization Society was organized, with D.L. Moody as president. Their goal was to “educate, direct, and maintain Christian workers as Bible readers, teachers and evangelists; who shall teach the gospel in Chicago and its suburbs…” By 1889, the Bible Work Institute (later known as the Chicago Bible Institute, and ultimately Moody Bible Institute) began, to train women and men “familiar with the aggressive methods of work, to act as pastor’s assistants, city missionaries, general missionaries, Sunday school missionaries, evangelists and in various other fields of Christian labor, at home and abroad.”
The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, also known as the Chicago World’s Fair, was one of the greatest evangelistic crusades in Christian history. As related in the book “A Passion for Souls,” “[Moody] and his hundreds of associates, with the Bible institute as headquarters, never criticized the fair or anything else. Going on the offensive, they organized speakers and singers, and then dispatched them to churches, halls, auditoriums, and tents all over downtown Chicago to preach and sing ‘the old Gospel [in] the power of the Holy Ghost.’ Moody and his co-workers advertised widely.”
Soon after the Chicago World’s Fair, Moody began the Bible Institute Colportage Association. Dorsett writes, “Mass distribution of Christian literature flowed quite naturally into everything Moody undertook. At his four schools, he recruited students to work as colporters — selling books …”
Hearing Bible messages and being exposed to pastors and evangelists trained at Moody Bible Institute through my first 18 years continues to motivate me today. The evangelistic fervor was consistent, and the Holy Spirit changed people as they decided to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name.” — Romans 1:5 NKJV
If you personally believe on the only begotten Son of God, which whom will you share Jesus today?