George Gillespie

(1613 – 1648)

 Gillespie was one of the leading figures in the Scottish Church during a time of renewal and reformation. He was a powerful and eloquent preacher but is best known as a clear and logical writer. A formidable debater, he defended biblical principles at the Westminster Assembly.

In 1648, Gillespie became Minister of the High Kirk of St. Giles in Edinburgh and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. He died of tuberculosis in December of the same year. He described his ministry of ten years as “but a moment”. As he lay dying, he refused to be commended for his labours. He said: “all that I have done cannot abide the touchstone of His justice; they are all but abominations, and as an unclean thing, when they are reckoned between God and me. Christ is all things, and I am nothing.”

Bible Verses Have Consequences

Bible Verses Have ConsequencesGeorge GillespieGeorge Gillespie (1613 – 1648) ministered in Fife and Edinburgh and was one of the main Scottish theologians at the Westminster Assembly. He wrote several important publications in support of Presbyterian church...
Reasons to Trust Christ

Reasons to Trust Christ

We don’t just need the gospel once in our lives: we need it every day. In the face of constant spiritual onslaught against our souls, we need daily strength and refreshment from this fountain of life.

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One Way

One Way

One Way: Having the Same Worship and Church Order makes a brief biblical case for having the same Worship and Church order. Updated from an essay by George Gillespie, it shows how our practice must be governed by the Word of God alone. Today diversity is frequently...

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