1903 was a good year for Phineas Bresee, and also God's people. In this year, his church in Los Angeles moved into a proper facility across town, and also began an aggressive move toward church planting. It was from this year forward that the Church of the Nazarene began to grow into what it was later to become.
This book is a collection of sermons from that year. It is a unique look into the life of Bresee, and also provides a snapshot of the holiness movement at the turn of the twentieth century.
The Table of Contents are as follows: INTRODUCTION — (1903, A Year Of Fulfillment) Sermon 1 — THE CERTAINTIES OF FAITH (August 16, 1903) Sermon 2 — VICTORY DAY (May 3, 1903) Sermon 3 — NOT DIVESTED BUT INVESTED (May 17, 1903) Sermon 4 — AFTER PENTECOST (May 31, 1903) Sermon 5 — AFTER PENTECOST (Continued, June 7, 1903) Sermon 6 — CHRISTIAN BOLDNESS (June 14, 1903) Sermon 7 — THE THREE STRANDS — A SERMON FOR YOUNG MEN (June 21, 1903) Sermon 8 — THE FURTHER VISION (June 28, 1903) Sermon 9 — TO KNOW HIM (July 26, 1903) Sermon 10 — THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE DIVINE PRESENCE (August 9, 1903)
About the author: Phineas F. Bresee (1838-1915) was the primary founder of the Church of the Nazarene, and founding president of Point Loma Nazarene University.
He was an American- minister, and began his preaching career at the age of 18. He was converted and did his preaching in the Methodist Episcopal Church. This relationship was maintained until 1894, when a disagreement arose over how best to minister to the homeless in Los Angeles. This resulted in the birth of a then non-denominational "Church of the Nazarene" that later grew into a denomination with the same name in 1908.
Bresee maintained his pastorate in Los Angeles, California, until his health forced him to step down in 1911. He was a prolific writer, and also served as editor of the "Nazarene Messenger" for fifteen years.
His health continued to deteriorate following a bad car accident in 1900. Bresee passed away in 1915. Without a doubt, his legacy lives on in the Nazarene Church, and in the hearts of any seekers of holiness.