Charity and Its Fruits: Updated for Today's Readers


Without love, the Christian faith is dead, empty, and pointless. When God saves people, he plants the seed of divine love within them, which grows and develops. God's love, then, is the chief mark of salvation in their lives. In Charity and Its Fruits, Jonathan Edwards explained these concepts in detail using 1 Corinthians 13 as his text. In a series of fifteen sermons, preached to his congregation in 1738, Edwards motivated Christians to live for the glory of God by living a life of divine love.

Updated for Today's Readers

This version of Edward's sermons is a paraphrase designed for today's readers. Instead of unraveling long, dense sentences, readers are able to meditate on the concepts Edwards illuminates in this incredible work.

Previously, Edwards' classic work The End for Which God Created the World was updated for today's readers by the same editor (Jason Dollar, me). That version has sold over 9,500 copies and was endorsed by Timothy Keller, Tony Reinke, Kyle Strobel, Jared Wilson, and others. Here is one of Keller's recommendations:

Charity and Its Fruits has promise to be just as popular, if not more so, among pastors and Christians who love Jonathan Edwards.

Sample Sermons

Sermon One: Love the Sum of All Virtue

Sermon Two: Love More Excellent Than Extraordinary Gifts of the Spirit

Sermon Six: A Christian Spirit Is a Humble Spirit

Sermon Eight: Charity Contrary to an Angry Spirit

Sermon Fifteen: Heaven Is a World of Love

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Publication ETA

This version of Charity and Its Fruits is nearly ready for publication. Hopefully, it will be available during the summer of 2022.

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"Jason Dollar has done a valuable service in presenting Edwards’s most popular sermon series in contemporary language. Many have benefitted over the years from these thorough expositions. This more accessible version should renew interest in this classic work."

George Marsden

Author of Jonathan Edwards: A Life

"Jonathan Edwards is one of the most important pastor-theologians ever to walk the earth, yet his prose can be difficult to read for many Christians. He is best known as a hellfire and brimstone preacher, but he spent far more time preaching on the love of God. In this modern-day paraphrase of one of Edwards’ most beloved series of sermons, Pastor Jason Dollar helps us with both of these problems. He makes Edwards’ language very easy to understand, and he features fifteen sermons on the love of God in our lives. Charity and Its Fruits has blessed millions through the centuries. I pray that it will inspire you to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in yourself and those around you."

Douglas A. Sweeney

Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

Author of The Essential Jonathan Edwards: An Introduction to the Life and Teaching of America's Greatest Theologian

"Charity and Its Fruits is the best place to start reading Edwards. He is at his most pastoral here, captivated by the love of God and energized by his gracious self-giving. Edwards's vision of heaven as a world whose economy is love, fueled by the God of love at its center, reveals the heart of Edwards's theological and pastoral project. I hope that Jason's updated version can make this great work more accessible and available. Pick up and read, you won't regret it."

Kyle Strobel

Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology, Biola University

Author of Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards


About the Author and Editor

JONATHAN EDWARDS (1703–1758) was the pastor of Northampton Church in Massachusetts. He also served as a missionary to native Americans in new York and, briefly, as the president of the College of New Jersey (Princeton). His interests were numerous, including theology, philosophy, science, and biography. Through his written works, his towering influence continues to be felt today. He and his wife, Sarah, had eleven children.

JASON DOLLAR is the pastor of Rock Mountain Lakes Baptist Church in McCalla, Alabama. He holds degrees from Southeastern Bible College and Birmingham Theological Seminary. He is currently earning an M.Div from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Jason and his wife, Page, are the parents of five: Noah, Anna, Mary, Isaac, and Eden.

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