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A Competent Ministry

In the writings of John Bunyan, that wonderful gallery of portraits, there are no less than seven pictures of the Christian minister. Evangelist, Interpreter, Great-heart, and the Four Shepherds on the Delectable Mountains (Knowledge, Experience, Watchful, and Sincere), are all apparently intended t... Read More

Bible Class Work

Section 1. The Importance. Among the many departments of parochial work that of Bible Classes stands preeminent. Such classes provide a fine opportunity for positive teaching, as well as for free, frank discussion among those who often wish to know more about points raised in sermons which obviously... Read More

Christians United in Love

"That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding..." (Col. 2:2). He prayed that these Christians might be joined together, knit together, and kept together. Solitary Christians are apt to be weak Christians, for in this sp... Read More

Confirmation - Part 2

Section 4. Suggested Methods of Teaching. I. The Meaning of Confirmation (Lesson 1). The following is necessarily only a bare outline, but it may suggest material for further study. 1. Start by indicating the emphasis placed by our Church on the full understanding of the meaning of Confirmation. See... Read More

Consecration

We have already seen something of the meaning of Justification and Sanctification. Justification is the Divine provision of a new position for the soul in Christ, involving a new relationship. Sanctification is the Divine provision of a new condition for the soul through Christ, involving a new fell... Read More

Essentials of A Competent Ministry

It is evident from almost every consideration we have given to the Christian ministry that the prime secret of its power lies in the minister himself, his life, character, and tone. Only as these are true will his work be effective. Bunyan’s picture of the Christian minister emphasizes this, for eve... Read More

Faith, Love and Hope

"Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven..." (Col. 1:4-5). Faith rests on the past, love works in the present, and hope presses toward the future; or, faith looks backward and upward, love looks ou... Read More

Faithfulness

Five times in the New Testament Christians are compared to “babes” (1 Cor. 3, 1 Cor. 14, Eph. 4, Heb. 5, and 1 Peter 2), a term which normally indicates the commencement and early stages of the Christian life. But there is this great difference between them. The first, third and fifth refer to the b... Read More

Filled With the Knowledge of God's Will

"For this cause we also...do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding" (Col. 1:9). The difficulty with so many people today is that they are superficial in their knowledge and shallow in their experience... Read More

Foreign Missions

Section 1. Their Place in the Ministry. It ought to go without saying that Foreign Missions should occupy a prominent, not to say predominant place in every ministry. In some respects they constitute a test of a clergyman’s own spiritual life, because they show whether or not he has the genuine miss... Read More

Grace

Our Lord came that there might be a Gospel to preach. Then He sent His Apostles to preach it. The Gospel that He was in His Person, and that He provided by His Word, and the Gospel that they received and proclaimed, is best stated in the one word, Grace: “The Gospel of the Grace of God”; “the Grace ... Read More

Hope Laid Up for You in Heaven

"Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven..." (Col. 1:4-5). This hope is said by St. Paul to be "laid up" for believers "in the heavens," and the verb is particularly worthy of notice because of its... Read More

Justification

The spiritual life can be considered from the Divine or the human standpoint, from the point of view of God’s provision or from that of our appropriation. As a rule differences do not show themselves in connection with the great objective concerning God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Sin and Redemption. ... Read More

Knowledge

This is preeminently a day of inquiry, of questioning as to fundamental principles. Several years ago, mainly under the guidance of the German scholar, Harnack, the question was very rife, “What is Christianity?” Such questioning is natural and inevitable, and ought to be heartily welcomed. The Jews... Read More

Meditation

The spiritual life which becomes ours, and is constantly realized by means of Justification, Sanctification and Consecration, must be maintained and sustained if it is to grow and increase in vigour, power, and blessing. Spiritual life in the true sense of the term is far more than spiritual existen... Read More

More Than My Necessary Food

In the course of a conversation during a Keswick Convention a friend said, “Now, suppose someone yields himself to God and receives a blessing at one of these meetings, how is it possible for him to avoid relapsing into his former spiritual condition? Will it not be necessary for him to be propped u... Read More

Obedience

No one who has once understood what the Christian life means can ever be the same again. Either he will be the better for his knowledge, or else he will be worse. His life cannot possibly be lived on the same original plane of spiritual experience. If, by means of this knowledge, we obtain ideals, a... Read More

Our Union With Christ

"And ye are complete in Him..." (Col. 2:10). The emphasis on the words "in Him" (vv. 9-11) very plainly shows that the source of all spiritual power lies in the union of the soul with Christ. But not only so--we are circumcised, and buried, and raised, and made alive "with Him" (vv, 11, 12, 13), sug... Read More

Personal Work

“Individual work for individuals” is the title of a valuable and important book. It suggests what should never be forgotten in the Christian life, that work for Christ is preeminently individual and personal. Evangelism in the New Testament is essentially of this character. The first two who became ... Read More

Power

St. Paul tells us that the things which happened to Israel happened unto them for ensamples or types, and that the record was given for our admonition (1 Cor. 10:11). We are therefore justified in utilizing the history of Israel for spiritual purposes today. One important caution is necessary. We mu... Read More

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