I have recently received information about an exciting new work in Britain, The John Newton Project. The Project is in the process of making available on their site the complete works of Newton, including previously unpublished material. What a resource that will be! Their objective, however, is not merely historical. Their mission statement is:
The Project has as its objective the transformation of society through faith in Jesus Christ, using the life and works of John Newton as one great example.
Yes! This is the purpose of historical study- to see how God used servants in the past so that we might be better prepared to serve God today.
The Board of Reference for the project includes Timothy George, John Piper, J. I. Packer, John Stott among others. This is an exciting project and one to watch.