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An Epistle on Good Order.

Dear Friends and Brethren, unto whom the salutation of my love reacheth. In all your meetings together to do service for the Lord, his truth, and people, and to see that good order be kept in the churches of Christ, wait diligently to be endowed with power and wisdom from above, which is pure, and p... Read More

For Friends of Pardsay Meeting, or Elsewhere in Cumberland; to Be Read among Them, in the Fear Of the Lord

Dear Friends, The foundation of God standeth sure, and they whose building is thereupon, dwell in safety, where the enemy cannot come. Dear Friends, keep the watch, that nothing may have any entrance into your hearts, but the beloved of your souls, whose love hath been so prevalent with you, that by... Read More

The Life of John Banks

THE LABORS, TRAVELS, AND SUFFERINGS OF THAT FAITHFUL MINISTER OF JESUS CHRIST JOHN BANKS COMPILED FOR THE FRIENDS' LIBRARY 1838 REVISED AND PRINTED BY THE FRIENDS OF JESUS CHRIST 175 CROSWELL ROAD FARMINGTON FALLS, MAINE 04940 USA 2002 THE EDITOR'S FOREWORD It pleased God to reveal his most precious... Read More

Unto You Who Once Knew the Truth.

UNTO YOU WHO ONCE KNEW THE TRUTH, THE LIGHT TO YOUR JUSTIFICATION; BUT BEING TURNED FROM IT INTO THE UNCLEAN WORLD, IT IS NOW YOUR CONDEMNATION; That all in whom there yet remains any tenderness, or breathings towards the Lord and his truth, and whom the enemy of their souls' peacemay be tempting to... Read More

The Life and Ministry of John Banks: Foreward

OF THAT FAITHFUL MINISTER OF JESUS CHRIST JOHN BANKS COMPILED FOR THE FRIENDS' LIBRARY 1838 REVISED AND PRINTED BY THE FRIENDS OF JESUS CHRIST 175 CROSWELL ROAD FARMINGTON FALLS, MAINE 04940 USA 2002 THE EDITOR'S FOREWORD It pleased God to reveal his most precious truth to thousands of men and women... Read More

The Life and Ministry of John Banks: Preface

Friendly Reader, The labors of the servants of God ought always to be precious in the eyes of his people and for that reason the very fragments of their services are to be gathered up for edification. It is this which induces us to exhibit the following pages to public view, as well as the hope that... Read More

The Life and Ministry of John Banks: Chapter 1 - John Whiting's Testimony Concerning John Banks

Since it pleased the Lord in his infinite love to cause his day to dawn and his truth to break forth in this nation of England, even in an acceptable time, when many were seeking the Lord and wandering like sheep without a shepherd upon the barren mountains of lifeless profession, seeking rest but f... Read More

The Life and Ministry of John Banks: Chapter 2 - A Testimony From Friends

A TESTIMONY FROM FRIENDS OF PARDSHAW MONTHLY MEETING IN CUMBERLAND He was one upon whom the Lord poured forth of his Holy Spirit and gave a large gift thereof to serve him. The Lord's love is universal to all. He would have none to perish, but that all should come to the knowledge of the truth and b... Read More

The Life and Ministry of John Banks: Chapter 3 - John Bousted's Testimony

He was a faithful minister of Christ in this his glorious Gospel day after that long and dark night of apostasy which had spread itself over the nations, in which many were made drunk with the cup of fornication. After it had pleased the eternal, wise God to open his understanding and to let him see... Read More

The Life and Ministry of John Banks: Chapter 4 - Christopher Story's Testimony

As the labors, travels, and exercises of our dear friend John Banks were great, both in doing and in suffering for the name of the Lord, I shall here give a relation of some part of them wherein I was present with him. The first time I saw him was at a meeting at John Iveston's of Jerishtown in Cumb... Read More

The Life and Ministry of John Banks: Chapter 5 - Journal of John Banks, Part 1

I came of honest parents. My father's name was William and my mother's name Emma. I was their only child, born in Sunderland, in the parish of Issell in the county of Cumberland. My father having no real estate of his own he took land to farm and by trade he was a felt monger and glover. In some yea... Read More

The Life and Ministry of John Banks: Chapter 6 - Journal of John Banks, Part 2

My wife's letter to me. Dear Husband, After long expectation to hear from thee, I have, before the writing hereof, received two letters whereby I was much satisfied and refreshed. But in thy last from Somersetshire I observe that thou hast been under weakness of body for some time. At the first hear... Read More

The Life and Ministry of John Banks: Chapter 7 - Journal of John Banks, Part 3

In my return after ten weeks it came upon me that I must go to Wicklow again. And when I came to Dublin, there was a letter from Wicklow, informing that the people desired another meeting and that the sergeant who took me before the governor was willing we should meet in his house. The priest hearin... Read More

The Life and Ministry of John Banks: Chapter 8 - Journal of John Banks, Part 4

When my friend John Watson and I had traveled through the nation of Ireland, visiting Friends therein, and had been much comforted and refreshed together with them, a concern came upon us to visit Friends in Scotland. So we sailed in a half-decked boat from Donaghadee in Ireland and landed at Portpa... Read More

The Life and Ministry of John Banks: Chapter 9 - Journal of John Banks, Part 5

This year I went to Ireland again, from whence I wrote the following letter to my wife: Dear Wife, In that which openeth my heart to the Lord and maketh me truly tender before him am I at this time enlarged in tenderness towards thee, with our dear children and servants, desiring to the Lord that by... Read More

The Life and Ministry of John Banks: Chapter 10 - Journal of John Banks, Part 6

On the 15th of the same month, in the evening, came the jailer and ordered Thomas Hall and myself to the common jail because we could not answer his unreasonable demands. Howbeit there was not room in the common jail, for it was wholly taken up with poor debtors and thieves. I having been sick for s... Read More

The Life and Ministry of John Banks: Chapter 11 - A Supplement to His Journal

WITH AN ACCOUNT OF HIS LATTER END AND DYING WORDS. After settling in Somersetshire as aforesaid and his marriage with his second wife, Hannah Champion, an honest woman of Mear in the said county, in the eighth month, 1696, he traveled in the work of the ministry in the western and adjacent counties ... Read More

The Life and Ministry of John Banks: Chapter 12 - Epistles and Papers

Unto You With Whom I Once Had My Conversation The truth in soundness held forth and declared unto those with whom I formerly had my conversation, who are yet remaining in the cloudy dark day, tossed from mountain to hill, and cannot find a place of rest for your souls, but are crying, "There are so ... Read More

The Life and Ministry of John Banks: Chapter 13 - Unto You Who Once Knew the Truth

UNTO YOU WHO ONCE KNEW THE TRUTH, THE LIGHT, TO YOUR JUSTIFICATION; BUT BEING TURNED FROM IT INTO THE UNCLEAN WORLD, IT IS NOW YOUR CONDEMNATION That all in whom there yet remains any tenderness, or breathings towards the Lord and his truth, and whom the enemy of their souls' peace may be tempting t... Read More

The Life and Ministry of John Banks: Chapter 14 - For Friends of Pardsay Meeting

FOR FRIENDS OF PARDSAY MEETING, OR ELSEWHERE IN CUMBERLAND; TO BE READ AMONG THEM IN THE FEAR OF THE LORD. Dear Friends, The foundation of God standeth sure and they whose building is thereupon dwell in safety, where the enemy cannot come. Dear Friends, keep the watch, that nothing may have any entr... Read More

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