Amazing Grace by John Newton is undoubtedly one of the greatest and most beloved Christian hymn. It is known for its simple yet sweet words of reflecting upon the astonishing mercy and gospel promise of the Lord. In Jonathan Aitken’s biography of Newton entitled John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace (Crossway, 2007), he dedicates two entire chapters on this hymn. He deals with the background, its composition and then its subsequent history. Pastor Andy Dunkerton of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Mebane, North Carolina, has shared some of these details from Aitkens in his short article Newton's "Amazing Grace". Dunkerton shares on the practice followed by Newton which lead to the writing of this hymn, the text Newton was working on, the sermon outline of Newton, the original composition and a final reflection.
May the details of the origin of this beautiful hymn encourage and enrich one’s own gratitude to God for His amazing grace.
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