BENJAMIN  FRANKLIN

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Born in Bellmont County, Ohio. . He was the eldest son in a big family. His father was a farmer, a miller, and a carpenter. Benjamin had to help his father, and so had little opportunity for schooling. . 1832 His father moved into the State of Indiana, and Benjamin acquired 80 acres of land for himself, .

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1. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

3. 1832 His father moved into the State of Indiana, and Benjamin acquired 80 acres of land for himself, 1833 Married on December 15. She proved to be a faithful wife. Eleven children which were born to them. Two sons of sons were named Alexander Campbell Franklin and Walter Scott Franklin

4. Benjamin Franklin's father and mother influenced by Samuel Rogers who moved to their community. They, as well as Benjamin decided to obey the gospel.

5. 1834. A week after his baptism his wife followed him. Soon a, church of between thirty and forty members was gathered, from which came no less than five preachers. About two months after his conversion he wrote an article for a paper called "The Heretic Detector.".

6. Benjamin took his first preaching appointment. He believed the gospel with all his heart, and felt impelled to preach it. His education being so scanty. he made many mistakes, he was often taken to task by some of the older brethren. This caused him to determine to acquire an education

7. In his life he baptized 8,000 people He spent most of his life in meeting work.

8. 1841 First public debate of many took place. Conducted 25-30 of which five were published. 1845 Became editor of "The Reformer."

9. 1849 Supporter of Missionary Society. 1850 Became Co-editor of Christian Age. Other editor was D. S. Burnet.

10. Benjamin Franklin was a prolific writer.

11. 1856 First issue of American Christian Review appears. 1866 Began opposition to the society. 1869 Initially supported the Louisville Plan but 2 years later began to opposed it.

12. Opposed to instrumental music in worship. David Lipscomb thought that Franklin did such a good job in his paper that the Advocate needed to say little about it.

13. Franklin said the society was permissible: 1. Where a church has lost the spirit of Christ 2. If a church has a preacher who has lost or has never had the spirit of Christ 3. If a church only intends being a fashionable society. . . abandoning the idea of religion and worship 4. If a church has in a large number of dishonest and corrupt men 5. If a church have given up all idea of converting the world.

14. As an Author Wrote pamphlet, "Sincerity Seeking the Way to Heaven." This was based on the experiences of a young man in Cincinnati. It has had the largest circulation of any pamphlet Produced two volumes of sermons, The Gospel Preacher First reprinted 60 times and the second 30.

15. 1878 Passed away suddenly, Oct. 22, 1878. His last words were: "Mother, I am sorry to have to leave you,"

16. “ He is worthy of imitation in his firm adherence to the word of God and its teaching, in his confidence in the power of the gospel, and in the boldness with which he preached the truths of the New Testament.”

17. OPPOSITION TO THE SOCIETY

18. Objections came on three grounds: (1) Scripture did not authorize conventions. (2) The organizations were dangerous and could infringe on the rights of local congregations. (3) Inefficient: organization would always need support. (4) Money as requirement for membership.

19. The advocates of conventions never produced one passage of scripture, to countenance these assemblies from the New Testament.

20. Benjamin Franklin wrote: “We want more faith and less machinery, more work and less talk, more faith and less planning. The Lord has given us the plan...; but instead of going to work with the tools he has furnished, we spend all the day in making new ones which in our wisdom we think will work better.”

21. DAVID LIPSCOMB

22. 1825, Granville Lipscomb, on a visit to Hopkinsville, KY was given a copy of the Christian Baptist. He and brothers converted to Restoration Movement Family expelled from Beans Creek Baptist Church

24. 1830 United with a Stone group at Owl Hollow 1831 David born in Franklin County, Tennessee. 1834 Old Salem church founded.

27. 1846 David and his brother William entered Franklin College. David baptized. 1849 Graduated from Franklin College. Spent next few years in various jobs, teaching school and farming. 1856 Decided to preach, working with churches in Middle Tennessee.

28. 1857 He and William bought a farm in Nashville area from Tolbert Fanning for $16,000 $335,000 in today’s money Included all farm implements, as well as five slaves.

30. 1861 Outbreak of War. Lipscomb joined others in successfully petitioning both Union and Confederate governments for exemptions of Christians from draft. 1862 Nashville fell to Union forces.

31. Married Margaret Zellner.

32. Gave up farming and moved back to Franklin county. Taught school in Lincoln County. 1864 Lipscomb’s only child died.

33. 1865 Tolbert Fanning and David Lipscomb revived the Gospel Advocate which had ceased publication during war. Within three years Lipscomb was sole editor.

34. Wrote long series of articles on Christians relationship to civil government. Continued editor of Advocate for 45 years. 1866-67 Raised over $100,000 for destitute Southern Christians About $1.26 million in 2005 dollars.

36. 1867 Written debate with Thomas Munnell on missionary societies. Munnell Corresponding Secretary of Kentucky State Missionary Society. Later, helped in forming Foreign Christian Missionary Society.

37. 1873 Cholera epidemic in Nashville "Every individual, white or black, that dies from the neglect and want of proper food and nursing is a reproach to the professors of the Christian religion in the vicinity of Nashville." W.K. Bowling of the medical school in Nashville, praised Lipscomb and the group of young Christians for their work among the poor during the cholera scourge

38. 1882 Ladies at Woodland Street church asked to form an auxiliary of Christian Women’s Board of Missions. E. G. Sewell successfully opposed this idea. 1883 Sewell dismissed as preacher. Auxiliary formed in 1887

39. Lipscomb gave his home to the Bible School for a dormitory. 1884 Fanning Orphan School established. Served on board of directors as long as he lived.

42. 1887 South Nashville church established. Lipscomb served as an elder for many years 1889 Lipscomb’s articles on civil government in Advocate put in book form.

43. Woodland Street Church hired A. I. Myhr as evangelist. Lipscomb opposed. Said money for support raised wrong way, Myhr would only work with a society. Myhr stated he was coming to Nashville to establish a state society. Less than 100 members out of 2500 in Nashville favored the society.

44. 1890 State convention in Chattanooga. Only five congregations attended. Lipscomb attended and spoke. Showed Nashville churches already supporting three missionaries.

45. 1892 National convention of Missionary Society in Nashville. Lipscomb and others presented a paper on their opposition. McGarvey, as chairman, sent it to a committee for study. “The Bible as popular as last year’s almanac”.

46. 1891 Nashville Bible School established. Teachers: David and William Lipscomb and James A. Harding.

48. “I have found more satisfaction in teaching the Bible to young men and women at school than in any work of my life.” 1897 Lipscomb wrote commentary on Acts

49. Gospel Advocate Commentary Series. All but Matthew, Acts, James, John and Peter, Hebrews and Revelation written from notes of David Lipscomb

50. 1903 Lipscomb donated his farm to Nashville Bible School.

54. 1906 U. S. Census Bureau recognizes difference in Christian Church and Church of Christ Gospel Advocate and J. W. Shepherd collected statistics. 1912 Lipscomb sold interest in Advocate to E. A. Elam, M. C. Kurfees and A. B. Lipscomb. 1917 Died November 11 at age eighty-six.

57. 1918 Name of Nashville Bible School changed to David Lipscomb College

58. “I don’t think I have known a man more faithful to the Christian life, to the teachings of the Bible, to the precious words of eternal life.

59. “While David Lipscomb has not cooperated with us in our organized missionary work, he had, for many years, been one of our great men. . .

60. “The Gospel Advocate with which we have not been in of perfect accord, has been a balance wheel of the Restoration Movement Christian Standard” Isaac Errett

61. Reflections He had an implicit trust in the Bible as the Word of God He was unwavering to his convictions. He was plain spoken He was deeply concerned for the sick and suffering He was patient with those who disagreed with him. Few enjoyed the respect in which he was held.

62. Over 50-75 congregations in Middle Tennessee trace their origin to influence of David Lipscomb. 1976 For the Bi-centennial celebration, a list of the one hundred most influential people in Tennessee history was compiled . David Lipscomb was 17th.

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