Page images

words in the ninety-second verse of the tribution; and few opportunities occur 119th Psalm, “Unless thy law had been of conferring so much pleasure and profit my delights, I should then have perished at so small a cost, as the circulation of in mine affliction"; and though it con- either this or the Book Society's edition tains five sermons upon one text, yet in cottages, and among Sunday School there are no digressions from it, but we children. have a clear and orderly development of its whole meaning and design. It is an The Missing Link Magazine. The admirable illustration of what Jerome

Book Society, 19, Paternoster said, “I adore the fulness of Scripture.”

Row. It is a complete treatise upon the value This Magazine is virtually, though not of the Scriptures to the afdicted. officially, connected with that noblest The Psalter and Hymn Book. By ligious Societies in modern times—The

and purest, and most efficient, of all ReJAMES HAMILTON, D.D. James British and Foreign Bible Society. To Nisbet and Co., Berner Street; the zeal and talent of its Editor, as one and The New Sunday School Tune of the honourable women whose efforts Book. Jackson, Walford, and have been directed to the distribution of Hodder.

the sacred volume in the neglected disThe first of these is a powerful and tricts of the metropolis, it owes both its

origin and its prosperity. It deserves pleasing defence of hymnology, accom. panied too with suitable instrumental their faith solely from the Word of God.

the support of all who profess to derive music, in the services of the Sanctuary. The second is well adapted to aid

the Memoirs of Joseph Sturge. By singing, which is one of the chief sources HENRY RICHARDS. S. W. Par of enjoyment and instruction, in the tridge, 9, Paternoster Row; A. W. Sabbath School.

Bennett, 5, Bishopsgate Without. The Life of James Keyworth. By We remember a notice of this book in

C. W. SKYING. Morgan and Chase, a certain Review, which, with respect 40, Ludgate Street.

to all that is good, is always to be judged

by the rule of contraries, by the censure JAMES KEYWORTH was a rough diamond of which, we received a favourable im-a John Bunyan in miniature. He

pression of this volume, and we have thus aptly described himself. “Some not been disappointed. Mr. Sturge was ask me whether I am a Gospel Standard a noble specimen of an honest, benevoman, or an Earthern Véssel man, but I lent, and consistent man. He was both always say, 'I'm Jesus Christ man.' great and good. He was the architect These things are too high for me, and I of his own fortune and fame. He rose won't be called by any other name than from obscurity to obtain, by the force of this."

sound moral principles, a world-wide The Pilgrim's Progress, Unabridged, fame. His religious views were strictly for One Penny. Book Society.

evangelical, renouncing his own righ

teousness for that of the Saviour, and The nearest approach to a miracle ever relying upon atonement through his seen in literature. Order a hundred at blood. "I have often to lament" he once, and give them away.

said, “my coldness in love to him, from The Pilgrim's Progress. By John whom all these blessings flow, and BUNYAN. Elliot Stock, 62, Pa- have no hope of being anchored in the

without whose redeeming mercy I can ternoster Row.

haven of eternal rest.” His life of THE “Pilgrim's Progress" in both its good works was the fruit of gospel parts complete, with ninety-six pictorial faith. With the Anti-Slavery Society, illustrations, for two pence; or, either the Peace Society, the Temperance part for one penny. This is an exceed Society, and all the great benevolent ingly cheap edition of that wonderful institutions of his times, his name book. A reduction even from this price was identified. His biographer, from is allowed to those who purchase for dis. I frequent intercourse with him in relation

to these societies, and having the pen of gatherings. We do not wonder that a ready writer, was well qualified for the so many thousands have been sold. difficult task of producing from a great The Duration of Future Punishmass of materials these condensed and

ments. Two Lectures to the Stuconnected Memoirs. Some repetitions, and the introduction of a few documents

dents at the Metropolitan Tabernot interesting to general readers, were

nacle, by WILLIAM BARKER, with probably unavoidable; but on the whole,

Preface by C. H. SPURGEON. the book is valuable for the character it Passmore & Alabaster. holds up for imitation, and the informa- The devotees of the annihilation heresy tion it gives upon the greatest and most are very busy just now, and their reasoninteresting movements of those times.

ing is amazingly plausible. It is well The London Hymn Book. Compiled that our congregations should be fore

by C. R. HURDITCH. 30th Thou- warned and forearmed. These Lectures sand. Price 2d. W. Holmes.

will, we trust, put many in possession of

the antidote to the poison which is so Anadmirable collection of revival hymns. zealously distributed. Mr. Barker's Some are not toourtaste, but perhaps they mind is at congenial work when arguing could not well have been omitted since in defence of truths which have been they have become identified with revival | attacked by sophistry.

Notices. THE half-yearly meeting of the Young | the responsibility of conducting this by Mrs. Bartlett, was held on Wednesday young women under her care as having evening, August 30th. Nearly all the a claim upon their sympathy and support; institutions at the Tabernacle assume and right nobly have they responded to proportions in some degree commen- the call

. During six months this Class surate with the Church and congregation, has contributed towards that object the but none more so than that to which we sum of £103. How this money has now refer. The question has often been been raised, with what self-denial and asked by Sabbath-school teachers and perseverance, and what prayers have superintendents with painful anxiety, accompanied the gift, is known to Him How shall we retain our senior scholars? only who will give the reward. How prevent their going away from Åbout five o'clock on the evening rereligious influences just when they most ferred to, between 600 and 700 sat down need them? That they can be laid to tea, the great majority of whom were hold of by earnest and devoted teachers young women. The spacious schoolat that critical period, and that, too, room and lecture-hall were decorated with the happiest results, is proved by with flowers and mottoes of all kinds, in the Class under our notice. One prin- a manner which did credit to the piety cipal secret of Mrs. Bartlett's success and cultivated taste of the designers. appears to be, that in addition to her The platform reminded us of a wellteaching and personal influence upon the stored conservatory in the month of young women in her class, she keeps June. Mr. Spurgeon, in his address, them continually employed heart and said he was glad they were engaged in hand in relation to some special object, real Christian effort, and more especially upon which their attention is concen- in this particular branch of it; for if they trated, for which their prayers are wanted the best spiritual per-centage on offered, and towards which their sym- their gifts—as a gentleman of his acpathies are directed. While other re- quaintance and many others could figious movements are allowed to have testify—the work of the College supplied some measure of attention, a oneness of it. He regarded Mrs. Bartlett as his aim and unity of purpose bind these right-hand supporter in Christian labour, young women together. This one object and never thought of her without the is the Pastor's College. In fullest sym- deepest gratitude to God for raising him pathy with her Pastor in his great life- up so zealous a co-worker, He looked work, the lady upon whom God has laid | upon this Class with the enthusiasm of a gardener, who saw here one of the son of the teacher of the Class, came largest and most promising, parterres of forward, and in its name presented Mr. flowers, many of which he hoped would Spurgeon with the sum of £103, as the soon be transplanted to flourish and half-year's contribution to the College. blossom in the Church of which he was This gentleman, who enters with praisehonoured to be the Pastor. He then worthy zeal into all the business of the introduced several of the students to the Class, gave a clear and interesting meeting, some of whom were about to statement of the receipts, and also of leave the College for their different the mode in which this money was scenes of labour. Mr. Shepherd, who raised. One of the most interesting is leaving this country for Sydney, New features of the meeting was the address South Wales, was first introduced. His of Mrs. Bartlett herself, whose earnest delicate health, and the urgent call of appeals, accompanied by the recital of the Church at Sydney, which he had left the dying experience of one of her class, for a time in order to prosecute his had a thrilling effect upon all who were studies in the College, compelled him to present. During the past year, seventyreturn sooner than he intended. He five have been gathered from this class chose for his topic, “The kindness of into the Church, making a total of nearly Jesus." The well-chosen and pathetic 600 since its formation. What cannot allusions to incidents illustrative of the the feeblest means accomplish when acRedeemer's kindness, came with a fresh companied with much faith and prayer. ness and power upon the meeting. Mr. On the Monday Prayer Meeting at Cother, who will soon sail for the island the Tabernacle, the 28th of August, two of St. Helena, where he has a prospect of the students who are leaving this of much usefulness, next came forward; country for foreign spheres of labour, his subject was “ Service for Christ." were specially commended to the Divine After this, Mr. Clark, the Editor of blessing. Mr. Cother, who has been The Christian World, was called by Mr. two years in the College, goes to St. Spurgeon to the platform, and presented Helena, where an encouraging sphere of with a complete set of his Sermons, in labour is presented to him. Mr. Shepgrateful acknowledgment of his kindness herd, who has been for some time pastor in obtaining through the medium of his of a Baptist Church in Sydney, and came paper, £100 for the College Fund. Mr. over to England about six months ago, Clark, in acknowledging the gift, said it to enjoy for a season the educational had given him much pleasure thus to advantages of the College, is about to aid so noble an institution, and he believed return sooner than he anticipated to his as on the present occasion, most of the charge. Mr. Gracey, one of the tutors, £100 referred to came from the Christian and several other friends, commended women of England. Mr. McDougall, them to God in earnest prayer. Mr. who has been invited to the pastorate of Shepherd expressed his gratitude for the the Church at Oundle, in Northampton- kindness which Mr. Spurgeon and his shire, was then called upon to speak. tutors had shown towards him. Mr. He chose as a motto for his address, Cother acknowledged he owed much to “For me to live is Christ.” Mr. R. A. the College, and earnestly entreated the Griffin, who has just settled at Sand- prayers of God's people on his behalf. hurst in Kent, spoke upon “Closet Mr. Spurgeon then in a most solemn and Prayer, as a duty and privilege.” Mr. impressive manner, charged the brethren W. Hillier, one of the students, and to be faithful and zealous preachers of recently in the Band of the 1st Royal the cross, and committed them to the Dragoons, then played a few lively and care and guidance of that Spirit, who simple tunes upon the flute and clarionet. alone could keep them steadfast in the Mr. W. H. Page next spoke. His topic faith and purity of the gospel. Mr. was, "Love to Christ the motive of Spurgeon then asked those friends who Christian activity.” The Chairman then would promise to pray for those two requested Mr. A. Brown, of Bromley, to brethren, to signify their intention by address the meeting, who complied with holding up their right hands. The his usual vivacity and eloquence. At hearty response which was given by the this part of the meeting Mr. Bartlett, a display of quite a forest of hands, will no doubt cheer our young brethren for hear thee." The address was listened many years to come. The whole service to with devout and serious attention. was of the most interesting character. Mr. W. A. Blake of London, closed the

On Thursday, September 7th, some afternoon service with prayer. very interesting services were held in the A tea meeting was held in the Chapel, Baptist Chapel, at Milford, Hants, where and about 200 friends sat down to the the late Rev. James Harrington Evans refreshing repast; the tables were well commenced his ministry, and where he supplied, and the Chapel was very seceeded from the establishment; on tastefully decorated with choice flowers the occasion of the public recognition and appropriate welcome mottoes. In the of Mr. F. W. Monck, as pastor of evening, a public meeting was held. Mr. the Church. In the afternoon, Mr. J. Francis Wills presided. The Rev. E. Collins, of Southampton, read the scrip- Tunmer, of Lymington, (Independent,) tures and offered prayer. Mr. Francis read the Scriptures and offered prayer. Wills, of Andover, (formerly the pastor Mr. W. A. Blake delivered a very excelof this Church,) proposed some questions, lent address on the duties and obligations and received satisfactory replies, both of the Church to their pastor from Deut. from the Church and the newly elected i. 30—“Encourage him." Addresses pastor, in reference to the leadings of were also delivered by Mr. J. Collins, Divine providence, which had resulted Mr. W. C. Jones, of Lymington, Mr. F. in the cordial and thoroughly unanimous Monck, and the chairman. invitation of the Church and congre- On the 3rd ult., Mr. R. Speed imgation. Mr. Wills also delivered a mersed five believers at the Mill Street faithful address to the pastor, full of Chapel, Bedford. These, together with wise, judicious, and practical counsels, tour others, were received into full comfounded on 1 Tim. iv. 164" Take heed munion in the afternoon of the same day. unto thyself, and unto the doctrine: The cause here is reviving, and others continue in them: for in doing this thou are enquiring their way to Zion with shalt both save thyself and them that their faces thitherward.

Pastor's College, Metropolitan Tabernacle.


B. B. .





[ocr errors]

PRESIDENT-C. H. SPURGEON.-NUMBER OF STUDENTS, 93. Amount required for Students during the year, about £5000; the rest will be devoted to

building Places of Worship.
Statement of Receipts from August 19th, to September 18th, 1865.
6 8. d.

$ . d. A Friend 0 5 0 A Sorrowing Sister

1 0 0 10 0 0 H. K.J.

0 10 0 Mr.J. Field 2 0 0 Mr. B. Hircock

1 0 0 W. Joynson, Esq. 20 0 0 J-h-T-u

2 0 0 J. W. Joyce, Esq. 25 0 0 Mrs. C. Davies

1 10 0 J. W. Brown, Esq... 5 0 0 Mr. T. Greenwood..

1 0 0 Mr. Isaac Cass 1 0 0 Mr. Croker's Class..

10 0 0 Church Rates 6 0 0 Mr. Gough

1 1 0 A. J. Bell, Esq. 2 2 0 A Friend, Nova Scotia

0 17 6 Mrs. Bartlett's Class 103 00 A Friend

6 0 0 W. G... 0 5 0 Collected by Miss Jephs

0 19 8 Mr. J. Melen 1 0 0 Mr. E. Perkins

0 12 0 J. A. B. 0 10 0 A Friend, Manchester

1 0 0 Dr. Paterson 10 0 0

0 2 6 Mr. W. Pentelow 1 i ñ|c. A, E- -m

5 0 0 William Lascelles, Esq. 10 0 0 Mr. Newdick

0 10 0 A Friend from India

2 0

o Weekly Offerings at Tabernacle, Aug.21 34 10 9 Mr. W. Searle 0 10 0

28 25 09 Friends at Upton Chapel 1 0 0

Sep. 4 32 6 8 Q. D.. 5 0 0

11 29 13 11 Mr. Dransfield 3 3 0

18 28 7 8 Mrs. Stacey

05 0 Mrs. Tiffin 0 2 6

£391 5 11 Subscriptions will be thankfully received by C. H. Spurgeon, Metropolitan

Tabernacle, Newington,




[ocr errors]


[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]




The Spiced ecline of my Pomegranate :


HE immovable basis of communion having been laid of old

in the eternal union which subsisted between Christ and
his elect, it only needed a fitting occasion to manifest it-
self in active development. The Lord Jesus had for ever

delighted himself with the sons of men, and he ever stood prepared to reveal and communicate that delight to his people; but they were incapable of returning his affection or enjoying his fellowship, having fallen into a state so base and degraded, that they were dead to him, and careless concerning him. It was therefore needful that something should be done for them, and in them, before they could hold converse with Jesus, or feel concord with him. This preparation being a work of grace and a result of previous union, Jesus determined that even in the preparation for communion, there should be communion. If they must be washed before they could fully converse with him, he would commune with them in the washing; and if they must be enriched by gifts before they could have full access to him, he would commune in the giving. He has therefore established a fellowship in imparting his grace, and in partaking of it.

This order of fellowship we have called the “Communion of Communication," and we think that a few remarks will prove that we are not running beyond the warranty of Scripture.

The word koivwvia, or communion, is frequently employed by inspired writers in the sense of communication or contribution. When, in our English version we read, “For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem” (Romans xv. 26), it is interesting to know that the word KOLVwviav is used, as if to show that the generous gifts of the Church in Achaia to its sister Church at Jerusalem was a communion. Calvin would have us notice this, because, saith he, "The word here employed well expresses the feeling by which it behoves us to succour the wants of our brethren, even because there is to be a common and mutual regard on account of the union of the body."* He would not have

* See Calvin's Comment in loc.

« PreviousContinue »