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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Lesson Plan

Introduction to Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is the most famous sermon of the eighteenth-century American preacher, writer, and theologian Jonathan Edwards. It is seen as a key example of the Puritan jeremiad, and it catalyzed the religious revival in the American colonies known as the First Great Awakening.

Following a highly organized structure, Edwards warns the congregants of his New England church that they are dangling over the pit of hell like spiders above a fire, utterly helpless but for the providence of a wrathful God. The first half of the sermon is an exegesis of Deuteronomy 32:35, explaining in numbered points how the ancient Israelites' sin put them in danger of separation from...

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