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A Prodigal made a Blessing

The Life and Hymns of Joseph Hart

John A Kingham (compiler)

Born into a godly family in the year 1712, Joseph Hart had many advantages in his upbringing.  He was very gifted and early in life became a teacher of the classical languages and literature.  He also became deeply concerned about his soul and eternity and after a while the Lord was pleased to grant him the comfort of His salvation. This happy state did not last; he fell deeply into sin and it was not till many years later he was brought into true godly sorrow and repentance, and to a gracious knowledge of the Lord Jesus.  He began to write hymns, which deeply reflect his own experience, both in sorrow and in joy; the first volume was published about two years after his “reconversion”, as he calls it.  These have been made a special blessing to the Church of God and even today, there are few hymn books without any of his hymns.
This book is simply an attempt to revive the memory of man who in his last years was made such a blessing, yet who his earlier days must have caused much grief and heartache to others.  Apart from an account of Hart’s life the book contains all his hymns, the only extant letter he wrote and the only known recorded sermon he preached.

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The Gospel Standard Trust came into existence in 1966, to provide legal and financial assistance to Gospel Standard churches and to publish sound Christian literature. This web site has two primary functions.  One is to allow the books and other publications of the Trust to be previewed and purchased on-line – please choose a category of book on the Publications Menu on the left. The second is to give guidance to church officers with respect to chapel buildings.  This part of the web site is still under development and is expected to be ready early in November 2015.

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The Magazines page gives information about the history of the Gospel Standard magazine and the Strict Baptist churches associated with it, with contact details for ordering current subscriptions to the Gospel Standard, Friendly Companion and Perception magazines.

The Downloads page includes documents such as the articles of faith of the Strict Baptist churches adhering to the Gospel Standard Magazine, some older issues of the Gospel Standard and Friendly Companion magazines, and Gadsby’s hymnbook. There is also a list of the names and addresses of chapels affiliated to the Gospel Standard.

There is also a section about the Gospel Standard Library which is based in Hove, East Sussex, with an affiliated library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA.  It has many rare theological works available for loan - a catalogue of the books can be freely downloaded.

Those residing in the USA might like to visit Gospel Mission Books who stock many of our publications.  Those from the Netherlands will find www.gospelstandardvrienden.nl interesting - the site lists sermons and other works by Strict Baptist ministers, some of which have been translated into Dutch.

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