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Supper every Lord's day? If so, is the members suitable and disposed to co-operate practice binding upon us !
in the discharge of these offices. 3. Did the Apostolic Churches raise their in the Apostolic Churches to have the
It is also very probable that it was usual fands for the support of the cause, and for the relief of the poor, by making a
Lord's supper every Lord's day; and pro.
bably, in some instances, more frequently ; collection every Lord's day.
yet, this, it is apprehended, was regulated 4. Does the word translated fellowship, in rather by the desires of the people, from the
Acts ii. 42, more properly signify con. fervour of holy love and devotion than from tribution or collection ?
any imperative rule of christian worship.
It is very conceivable that a Church now Answer 1.–So far as we can learn, the may be favoured with so lively and abun. state and constitution of the Church at dant an effusion of the spirit as even daily Jerusalem from Acts ii, or as far as the in. properly to meet for worship and the celespired history extends, it was evidently in bration of the eucharist. But, if a Church extraordinary circumstances, which places it were to resolve to do this, or to have it every too high to be an exact model for all chris. Sabbath, is there not reason to fear that, tian Churches at all times. It appears to without some especial season of refreshing have been the habitual residence of the from the spirit, it will sink into cold for. Apostles, (Acts viii. 1, xv. 2,) who have left mality? If this, or any other part of divine no successors. It will be allowed that they worship can be maintained in holy chris. were officers extraordinary, and that, in tian vigour, the oftener it can be attended these officers at least, all other churches to the better, providing it do not interfere must be inferior to that at Jerusalem. Its with other necessary duties more appropriate final constitution, for a short period before to the time. I apprehend the frequency of the destruction of the city, and the disper. celebrating the communion is left by the sion of the christian Church together with, Saviour open, as a voluntary expression of or more probably, previously to, the disper- humility and love by the churches, and that sion of its unbelieving inhabitants, was that it cannot be shown inat weekly communion of elders and deacons, like that of other is binding on us. To my apprehension Churches, Phil. i, l. Its ordinances, wor. there is something peculiarly incongruous ship, and discipline, so far as we know, ex. with this sacred feast of love in the idea of cept for a short time after the extraordinary compulsion. effusion of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, was, in no material respect different from
3.-I am not aware that we have any what now prevails in Baptist Churches in scriptural reply to the third query. Money this country. The respect referred to in collections are seldom pleasant things, and wbieh it was different was the very natural the apostle Paul seemed desirous to avoid one, under their peculiar circumstances, of them. For this purpose he directs the assembling duily for public and social wor. Church at Corinth, “ Upon the first day of ship. That the community of goods in this the week, (not make a collection, but,) let Church was not even then obligatory on any every one of you lay by him in store, as one, and had extraordinary and temporaryin. God hath prospered him, that there be no ducements, not applying to all churches, ap- gatherings when I come." 1 Cor. xvi. 1, 2, pears from Acts v. 4; and from the consider. 2. Cor. ix. 5. If this plan were generally ation that, believing as they did, the Saviour's acted upon now, the burden probably would predictions of approaching destruction, they often seem less, and the effect be greater knew that property would shortly be of no
and better. value in that country, they that had land
4.- As to the word koinonia, which in therefore the more readily disposed of it, to Acts xi. 42, is rendered fellowship, it should gratify their own affectionate and christian be remembered that the translators were disposition to relieve their more needy very learned and honest men, and that brethren.
therefore, the great probability is that they 2.- That there was a plurality of elders have given the correct meaning of the word or bishops, as well as of deacons, in the in this place. “To partake and to commuChurch at Jerusalem and some other nicate are words of different signification, Apostolic Churches, is certain ; and that this and it is evident that the original word was a general case is very probable, and generally signifies the former, rather than though I do not think this essential to the the latter." See Dr. Doddridge, on Phil, i. being and comfort of a Church, yet, it is a 5; also Dr. Whitby, on the same text. happy and therefore desirable circumstance Let it also be observed that the original when a Church is so endowed with a plenti- word in I. Cor. xvi. 1, 2, where it is eviful effusion of the Holy Spirit as to have dently correctly rendered collection, and gatherings or collections, is not koinonia move such and offieer. By pursuing such but logiai, from lego, to collect. I feel a course, more would be gained by the no hesitation then to say, that the word in respect of his coadjutors, than could be lost Acts ii. 42 is correctly and properly ren- by ceding the exercise of an authority dered fellowship, as relating not to money which is but delegated. transactions, but to christian friendship and For duly carrying out such an object it communion.
is desirable as occasion may offer to induct I have thus replied to the request of my, new officers, and this would apply not friend in as few words as convenient. No only to superintendents but also in other doubt some may think differently respecting departments of the school; for if the school some, or all of the subjects. They are per. be large, the assumption of many duties by fectly welcome, but these are like many other one individual naturally leads to the negsubjects, sometimes of angry controversy, lect of some. things on which it becomes every one to be Then as to the responsibility either to the fully persuaded in his own mind, and to act Church or to its officers, I would submit under the general rules of decency, order, that it is better that neither should interfere, and charity.
unless some very improper persons, actuated
by anti-christian principles shall have found REPLY TO A QUERY.
a place amongst them. As it will generally
be found that those persons practically ac. To the Editor of the General Baptist Repository.
quainted with the workings of such an SIR, Your querist of the last Repository institution, are the best qualified to direct inquires “ what are the duties of the super- its operations. I do not mean by this that intendent of a Sabbath-school." In reply it is improper for ministers or any other I would suggest that at the present day, judicious friend to advise, but I certainly do when these seminaries for youth have had think it unwise for such to interfere authori. 80 long an existence, tbe simple duties of tatively, and have seen some unhappy consuch an officer ought not to require ex. sequences result therefrom. planation.
Your querist further asks if the superin. But for tbe information of Junius-bav. tendents have the arrangement of anniver. ing been some years engaged as a teacher saries, lectures, &c. ? One would scarcely (although I never had the honour of being think any one would have the temerity to superintendent)—from observations I have take such an onus upon him. It is laid made in the school with which I am con. down as an axiom in the best of books, that nected, as well as with numerous others with in counsel there is safety, bow much better which I have had occasional intercourse,–) is it then that the teachers as a body, or, if remark that those have succeeded the best they be numerous, by a committee out of where that functionary has confined his their number, should confer on all such attention to the general order and manage. matters and act on the concurrent opinion. ment of the department over which he is I would also suggest that it is desirable placed, and at the same time courted the that every school should have written rules advice and assistance of his fellow-labourers. in which the teachers should concur, add to It always appeared to me that this was the these they could at all times refer in cases legitimate object of such an election, and of difference of opioion, and so prevent any that there is no difference in point of power unpleasant reflections which might otherbetween such an officer and the teacher at wise accrue, and tend much to the orderly the head of his class : “ All ye are brethren" management of all its concerns. and should be “fellow helpers together.” Nottingham.
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A CRY FROM THE GANGES.
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Whe. Peggs, author of “ India's Cries,” &c. ther it be that the subjects are in themselves
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too subtle for the apprehension of ordinary Our respected and indefatigable friend, men, or whether the author's style and mode whose cries have been heard through Eng. of thinking is essentially obscure-or wheland, and resounded through the plains of ther he has intentionally invested his Hindostan, has not laboured in vain. Per. theme with an air of abstruseness, it is not haps he has done more than any living necessary to decide ; but we warn every man to call attention to and put down the reader that though the important topics of the cruel abominations which have obtained in book are professedly treated in a “colloquial Hindostan. In this well-written pamphlet and brief manner," he is not to expect light he gives a general view of the revolting reading in this book. Many very serious custom of exposing the sick and dying on errors, both in our ordinary conceptions of the banks of the sacred rivers—the extent men and worth, and outward appearances of its prevalence- and the importance of and circumstances, are very boldly exposed, its abolition.
though in some instances we have thought It is a startling fact, that innumerable the writer hypercritical, and more inclined murders are thus committed—that those to censure than approve. We doubt, if he who have been left to die, and have strength understands and enjoys the religion of the to recover, are ever after regarded as out. New Testament, and this circumstance has, casts. The examples that are given are in our opinion, injured his otherwise useful horrifying No defence can be set up work. We wish the subjects had been for the toleration of these murders. We do treated in a different form. The dialogue hope that ere long Britain will wipe her is hardly suited to a grave treatise on hands of these deeds of blood. We trust morals.
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SARAB, the beloved daughter of our re. was laudably attentive and very much bevered friend, the Rev. Thos. Orton, of Hug. loved. Her parents bear the strongest tesglescote, died July 21, 1843, at the early timony to the warmth and constancy of her age of 17. This to her fond parents and a filial affection, and also to the kind interest numerous circle of acquaintances, cannot she felt in all the members of the family.but be regarded as a very painful providence. Our young friend possessed those qualities It is however alleviating to remember, that of mind and heart that commended her to when the virtuous and hopeful fall, they are the esteem of many of the more intelligent taken from the evil to come.
and respectable people in the neighbourIt was the peculiar happiness of our hood, by whom her company and friendship young friend to enjoy the advantages of a were much sought. She was naturally fond strictly religious training. While quite of dress, but it affords us great satisfaction a child she discovered a great fondness in being able to state that, previously to her for books, and gave evidence of possess. illness, this passion was very much weaking a very strong and retentive memo. ened, and in proportion as she yielded to ry, so much so, that before she could religious influences, she became so entirely speak plainly, she would recite as many careless about matters of ornament in dress, verses of hymns and poems as would occu. that she determined to lay aside everything py an hour. Her affectionate sister, who that wore the appearance of gaiety. Her about four months previous to her own de. father, wishing her to enjoy the advantages cease, was called to her heavenly rest, was of a sound and liberal education, placed her principal guide and assistant in these her in the family of Mrs. Ervin, of Lough. exercises. Her natural disposition was open, borough. Mrs. E. bears the most unquali. free, and generous—her sympathies were fied testimony to the urbane, affectionate, easily and strongly excited—she felt deeply and agreeable manner of her behaviour the privations and sufferings of the aged poor, while under her care. Miss Orton was indeed with distress in any form; and the much pleased with the school, and made greatest indulgence she could have was to be very respectable proficiency while there.allowed to administer relief. She was suc. During her continuance at Loughborough, cessively a scholar and teacher in the Sab. she attended with the above-named family, bath school. In both these capacities she regularly upon the ministry of Mr. E. Stevenson, which, according to her subse. At the beginning of the present year symp. quent acknowledgment, was greatly blessed toms of consumption appeared, and though to her soul. Her affliction was compara- she returned to her native place, where all tively short; during its continuance she that kindness or medical skill could suggest, made a very sweet and upostentatious exhi. was done for her—it was in vain. bition of the fruits of the Spirit; she was During her affliction, though at times patient under suffering, resigned to the will greatly depressed under a sense of her un. of God, and exceedingly thankful for every worthiness, her confidence in her God and attention that was paid her. Her views of Saviour was, in the main, unshaken. She the way of salvation were clear and scriptu. was enabled without regret, to bid farewell ral; her concern not to deceive herself or to this world, beliering that in heaven she make too favourable an impression upon the had an enduring possession, and that to be minds of her friends in reference to her own with Christ would be far better. Her re. state, was very great. She prayed and strived mains were interred at Kegworth, and her much before she realised that satisfaction former pastor, Mr. W. Wilders, improved she sought; but when she had found him her death to a large and deeply affected whom her soul with so much desire had assembly.
W. S. waited for, it was delightful to observe how entire and affectionate was her confidence. ANN ROBINSON, of Sileby, Leicestershire, She would frequently repeat and sing when died March 21st, 1843, aged fifty-four. In her strength would allow her, parts of those the former part of her life she was fond of beautiful bymns commencing, " Jesus, I love the vain amusements of the world, such as thy charming name," “ Jesus lover of my dancing and playing at cards. But when soul,” &c. It was also pleasing and edify. the General Baptists introduced preaching at ing to perceive how completely her soul Sileby, her attention to them was excited— was subdued to the obedience of the faith. and she seeing the evil of her ways, forsook She had not, previously to her illness, made them, and turned to the Lord-discovering a public profession of religion : this was a that she was a sinner, and in danger of etermatter of regret to herself, and she would nal misery, and that she could establish no have been thankful, had it been thought righteousness of her own to justify her in prudent, even in her affliction, to have been the sight of God-and knowing what Jesus baptized. She expressed it as the matter had done and suffered in her behalf, she fled for which she more desired to recover than for refuge to him, and laid hold of the hope any other, that she “ might be buried with set before her in the Gospel ; and feeling her Lord.” In agreement with her own peace and joy through believing she loved request, in which she was joined by her Christ, because he gave himself for her, and deeply sorrowing parents, Mr. E. Stevenson this love constrained her to obey him, and officiated at her interment, and on the same do what she could for his glory. She was occasion preached a funeral sermon. 0, baptized and joined the G. B. Church at that our young people were wise, that they Rothley, in 1816, and continued an honour. would consider this, and think upon their able member of it as long as she lived — latter end.
she was many years a teacher in the sab
bath school, and scarcely ever absent when Miss ELIZABETH BARKER died May able to attend; but she had, through much 30, 1843, in the thirty-first year of her of the time, an affliction which, though it age. She was baptized and received into did not totally prevent her attendance, yet the Church at Kegworth, in 1833, haring did in part-this affliction could not be rebeen for a considerable time previous the moved by the skilfulness of physicians, por subject of religious impressions. Her con. the power of medicine, but kept increasing nection with her early friends subsisted se. until it terminated in death. veral years ; subsequently, however, remov- A few days before her departure she reing to Smalley, Derbyshire, she was dismiss- quested her brother to read to her and pray ed to the Church at that place, and here she for her, which he did, and afterwards en. continued a member till removed to the quired about the state of her mind—and he Church above.
found she was not afraid of death. She Her character as a christian was exem- said, I know I am a sinner, but my trust is plary, and it may be safely said that her in Jesus, who died for sinners; on him I blameless conduct, combined with her affec. depend for salvation, and through him I tionate dispo tion and readiness to do good, shall be saved; he will never leave me nor secured the esteem of all who knew her. It forsake me. I have confided in bim for was natural therefore, for her friends to many years, and I shall hold fast my confi. hope that her life would long be spared. dence to the end- and be more than a conProvidence however determined otherwise. queror through him that loved me.