The Power to Save
A History of the Gospel in China
With a Foreword by Sinclair Ferguson
The gospel went to China and took root there because of the profound love and dedication of many Christians from all parts of the world. Their fundamental motivation was the power of the love of Christ that constrained them. Their goal was not political but spiritual – the salvation of souls and the planting of an indigenous, self-supporting church able to propagate itself by the power of the biblical gospel. That this has been achieved against all the powers of hell and in spite of much human weakness should be a matter of real encouragement to believers the world over. It ought also to be a matter of great praise and thankfulness to God for his mercy and grace towards the Chinese people.
Here is a vivid record of the way in which it has taken place. From the day of Robert Morrison’s arrival in Macao in September 1807 until the present time, God has done great and mighty works throughout the vast landmass of China. Christ has build his church in a way that defies merely human expectation.
The Power to Save combine’s a bird’s eye view of these wonderful works of God with thumbnail sketches of many of the individuals who have been tools in the hand of God. This book is far more than a spiritual ‘pick-me-up’. It is a sobering historical narrative and a thrilling story of men and woman ‘of whom this world was not worthy,’ but it also carries a radical challenge to the part of the body of Christ to which most readers of its pages belong.
“This should be prescribed reading for Christians in the Western world.”
– Sinclair B. Ferguson, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC
“Bob Davey is to be deeply thanked for this succinct, deeply helpful overview of the progress of Christianity in China.”
— Dr Michael A. G. Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality
“In The Power to Save, Bob Davey traces the unconquerable power of the gospel through the years in China. This thrilling account encourages us to pray again for such mighty acts of God even here in the West.”
— Faith Cook, writer and daughter of OMF missionaries to China
“I will heartily recommend this book… Read, study and relish it, and be awakened and revived for Christ and for the souls of men in China and beyond.”
— Dr. Jack Sin, Pastor, Maranatha BP Church, Singapore
A detailed description of key persons and comprehensive coverage on Chinese events, movements and leaders, with a concise summary from the author’s painstaking work.
— Yang Ye, Chinese church leader
“This book traces the history of the enormous advance of the gospel in China. In this way it inspires us to glorify God!”
— Tom Wells, Pastor, and Author of A Vision for Missions
“Every Western Christian needs to be up-to-date on the emergence of what is now the largest evangelical community of believers anywhere in the world.”
— Tony Lambert, Director for Research, Chinese Ministries. OMF International
“A book that will inform and encourage believers.” — Joel R. Beeke
About the Author
Bob Davey was trained for the ministry by Dr Lloyd-Jones of Westminster Chapel, London, and he pastored FIEC churches in South London. Since retirement he has ministered among village chapels in Cornwall, works regularly alongside churches in Namibia and also visits Israel. He helps select and distribute books to pastors in the developing world through Pastors Training International.