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The Overcoming Church   2 comments

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather wrote:

Religion is a mater of personal experience.  (Rom. 14, 17)  This made them invincible.  They knew his power to save.  Revivals come by emphasizing experience, not dogma or ritual.  This has always been the peculiar power of Methodism and her mission.  Movements that emphasize something else fail.

The example of the Oxford Movement (1800s) disproves his main argument.

And I am an ardent ritualist.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 27, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Rev. 12, 11

John is banished to Patmos “for the word of God and the testimony of Jesus (Ch. 1, 9).  But he is given a vision of the Son of Man, hears the songs of the angels, and is shown things to come.  He sees the conflict of the witnessing church with Satan.  The Church conquers.  How?

1.  “By the blood of the Lamb.”  “Of God that taketh away the sin of the world.”  They have greater power than man alone possesses.  His blood has power to cleanse and keep all who come to him, no matter who opposes.  “These…have washed their robes and made them white through the blood of the Lamb.”

2.  “And the word of their testimony.”  “Wish the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.  “We are witnesses.”  The witnessing church invincible.  Testimony arrests attention.  It is always needed.

3.   “And they loved not their lives unto the death.”  They “counted not their lives dear unto them,” but devoted themselves to his cause at any cost.

The serpent rages so that they must endure as seeing him who is invisible.  They must suffer for the right.

(a)  Religion is a mater of personal experience.  (Rom. 14, 17)  This made them invincible.  They knew his power to save.  Revivals come by emphasizing experience, not dogma or ritual.  This has always been the peculiar power of Methodism and her mission.  Movements that emphasize something else fail.

(b)  What a call is here to heroic living and high endeavor.  Would that we might be worthy of them in experience and service too.

4.  No wonder John saw the Church conquering.  Such soldiers are invincible.  Satan’s kingdom shall be demolished and Jesus shall establish his kingdom upon its ruins.  Then Hallelujah, for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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The Manifold Wisdom of God   1 comment

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Above:  Lutheran Orphanage, Salem, Virginia, Between 1920 and 1930

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2012648358/)

Reproduction Number =  LC-USZ62-37575

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Eph. 3, 10

“Manifold”–many colored, wrought in many details; fulfilled itself in many ways and diverse manners.

1.  His wisdom manifests itself in the varieties revealed truth.  Doctrine is vitally related to experience hence all needed teaching is found there.  Man may serve Him in any life if only it does no harm to others.

2.  Manifested in the large variety of the church’s work.

(a)  Led by Him the church is called to serve in many ways.  Where there is a need the church is to supply it.  “Seeing the multitudes he was moved with compassion.”

(b)  These different lines of activity are the expression of the life of the church and are as varied as is all life.  A dead church does nothing.

3.  In this variety is unity.  Many members of the one body.  Methodism is one, but her unity is in everything she is and does–gospel, Sunday Schools, colleges, orphanages, polity, etc.  God’s wisdom is manifested in it all.

4.  In all this service we are serving Him.  He will reward every act done in His name.  It all embodies so much of Him, His life.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT