Our First Question

The oddly-shaped, world-famous All Souls’ Church of London sits on Regent Street next to the BBC. Its esteemed pastor, Richard Bewes, credits his faith to Genesis 3:9, as spoken long ago by evangelist D. L. Moody.

In 1882, Moody, 45, conducted a whirlwind campaign through England. On Tuesday evening, September 26, he preached from this verse. In the audience, 14-year-old Tommy Bewes, youngest of 12 children in a lawyer’s family, sat in rapt attention. Three days later, Tommy wrote to his sister, Evie : I am writing to tell you some good news which you will be glad to hear. I went to one of Moody’s and Sankey’s meetings on Tuesday and there I was saved. He spoke from the ninth verse of the third of Genesis. It is, “Where art thou?” He said that was the first question God ever asked man in the Bible, and that is the first question that people ought to ask themselves. …
Tommy’s life was permanently changed, and he later became a prominent evangelical clergyman. His son, Cecil, by and by, was also led into ministry and spent over 20 years in missionary service in Kenya before returning to head up England’s largest missionary society.

Cecil, in turn, had four children. One became a missionary surgeon in Africa. Another, a Christian businessman in London. A daughter became wife of an evangelical clergyman. And the fourth, Richard Bewes, is today the vicar of All Souls’ Church in London.

Altogether, over 100 children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren flow from Tommy’s life, almost all of them involved in some aspect of Christian service. “Our family is today, several generations on,” says Richard, “still feeling the reverberations of a single message. To God be all the glory; the credit must be his. And I’m sure that’s the way Moody would have had it!”

Today’s Suggested Reading
Genesis 3:1–15

Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9

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