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Christian Fellowship: Introduction

By John Angell James


      The Church Member's Guide


      John Angell James


      "If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing." 1 Cor. 13:2

      We must come back to the first principles of practical piety, and cultivate the passive virtues of the Christian character. We must remember that Christianity is being like Christ, and that unless we partake of that love which is patient and kind, which does not envy, nor boast, nor is proud, nor rude, nor self-seeking, nor easily angered, which keeps no record of wrongs--we are nothing!

      Strange indeed it is, that men, who by their own confession are lost, vile, ruined, helpless sinners--should lack HUMILITY; and that they who believe themselves to be saved from hell by unmerited mercy--should be destitute of LOVE!

      We must crucify that selfishness, which fixes upon its own gratification, and cherish that expansive benevolence which looks upon the good of others. We must contend to be lowest--not to be highest! We must seek to please, and not merely to be pleased.

      Let us remember that HUMILITY and LOVE are
         the necessary fruits of our doctrines,
         the highest beauty of our character, and
         the guardian angels of our churches!

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See Also:
   Chapter 1 - On the Nature of a Christian Church
   Chapter 2 - Nature and Design of Christian Fellowship
   Chapter 3 - The Privileges of Membership
   Chapter 4 - General Duties of Church Members in Their Individual Capacity
   Chapter 5 - Duties of Church Members to Their Pastors
   Chapter 6 - Duties of Church Members Towards Each Other
   Chapter 7 - The Duties of Church Members to the Members of Other Christian Churches
   Chapter 8 - The Pastor's Wife
   Chapter 9 - Deacons
   Chapter 10 - Christian Parents
   Chapter 11 - Young Christians
   Chapter 12 - Rich Christians
   Chapter 13 - Poor Christians
   Chapter 14 - Christian Tradesmen
   Chapter 15 - The True Nature of Church Power
   Chapter 16 - Mode of Conducting Church Meetings
   Chapter 17 - Admission of Members to the Church


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