Biography Of Dwight L. Moody Essay

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Dwight Lyman Moody was born on February 5, 1837 in Northfield Massachussets. He was born into an Unitarian family of Edwin and Betsy Moody. Sadly, his father passed away when Moody was only 4, leaving his mother to raise the family on her own and by the occasional support of the Unitarian church. As a child, Moody was only able to "experience" baptism once when an Unitarian pastor offered to renew him. Even though his mother was apart of the church, she never persuaded him to read the Bible unless they were at Sunday School. Moody would not be able to fully experience the glory of God until much, later. Since the death of Edwin (Moody's father), it was never easy for Betsy (Moody's mother) to support the family. Because of this, the highest level of education Moody was ever able to obtain was a fifth grade education. At age 17, Moody moved out of his mother's house and found a way into society. He moved to Boston where he than became an apprentice for his uncle's shoe store (Holton's Shoe Store). Since Moody was now under the care of his uncle, he was forced to attend Sunday school like he did when he was a child.The only difference was that now Moody was more involved and attentive. At the age of 18, Moody became a Christian because of Edward Kimball, a Congressionalist Sunday school teacher that he had come encounter with. After Moody became a christian, he decided to move to Chicago where he would become another apprentice in a shoe store (Wiswall Brothers) where he would be able to pursue his goal 100,000 fortune. Although selling shoes was Moody's current occupation, after becoming a christian, he started to fond the art of preaching the gospel.
Along with joining mission bands and prayer revivals, Moody's first ever sign of his early evangelism was when he began to teach in Sunday school. He soon became so well known that even President Lincoln came to hear him preach. Whenever Moody was up to teach Sunday school, at least 1,500 came to see him weekly. His services became so popular that many people demanded him to start a church of his own. On February 28, 1864, He began his church named the Illinois Street church and would later on become known as Moody church. Unfortunately, when the Great Chicago Fire hit, it burned Moody's newly built church, his home, and the homes of the attendants of the church. After such a harsh experience, Moody was able to rebuild his church in less than 3 months. 3 years later, Moody was able to hold his first revival campaign. As Moody's evangelistic career started to improve, he was given the ability to travel across the world and preach to others. On Moody's trip to England, he preached about 100 times to a maximum capacity of over 15,000 people. At this moment was when Moody was declared as one of the greatest evangelists of the 19th century. One trip, on Moody's way back to America, Moody was in a shipwreck but survived because of God's grace upon him. The travling didnt stop there, Moody began to...

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