Dwight L. Moody himself had ittle formal education, but he recognized the importance of education—specifically Christian education—so he founded several institutions dedicated to the cause. The best known of these was the Chicago Bible Institute, which was renamed Moody Bible Institute after his death in 1889. Moody was also a serious proponent of international missions. Through his friendship with Hudson Taylor, he actively supported the China Inland Mission.
D. L. Moody wrote The Overcoming Life in 1896, just three years before his death, to encourage Christians in their spiritual warfare against sin, self, and the world. “When I was converted, I made the mistake of thinking the battle was already mine, the victory already won, the crown already in my grasp,” Moody writes in the opening pages. “But I found out, after serving Christ for a few months, that conversion was only like enlisting in the army, that there was a battle on hand, and that if I was to get a crown, I had to work for it and fight for it.” The fight against sin is as mighty a battle now as it was then. Fortunately we have a guide in the fight—a man who rose from poverty to international stardom, all the while humbly preaching the simple message that it is in Christ alone that we have the victory.