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J.B. Stoney
1814 -1895

      James Butler Stoney was born in Portland Co., Tipperary, on May 13, 1814, and – when only 15 – he entered Trinity College, Dublin to study for the Bar. He gave up the law for divinity, still at Trinity College, but – fortuitously – was too young to be ordained. It was in 1833 that Mr. Stoney first came in contact with brethren and Mr. Darby.

      His service was limited to Great Britain and Ireland, but for almost 60 years, Mr. Stoney served the saints actively and faithfully. Besides his oral ministry, he contributed to most, if not all, of the periodicals of the time. For many years he edited and contributed to 'A Voice to the Faithful'.

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SermonApproach to God
       "HAVING therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil consc ...read
SermonChrist Formed in You
       I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. - Galatians 2:20. THE subject I desire to bring before you this evening is CHRIST FORMED IN YOU, of which the apostle speaks in this epistle, ...read
ArticleChristian Ministry - Its Present State
      I propose to take a view of christian ministry in the present day, wherever it is found. I shall consider first christian ministry with ordination, and secondly, without ordination. Christian Ministry With Ordination First, christian ministry with ordination embraces all christian ministers, whether episcopalian, presbyterian, or dissenters ...read
SermonConsecration and Effects
       And he brought the ram for the burnt offering: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the ram. And he killed it; and Moses sprinkled the blood upon the altar round about. And he cut the ram into pieces; and Moses burnt the head, and the pieces, and the fat. And he washed the inwards and the legs in water; and Moses burnt the whol ...read
ArticleConsistency
      CONSISTENCY is being true to a given standard. Now the constant taunt is that there is more consistency when a lower position is assumed than when a higher one is insisted on. The pretensions are of course in keeping with the position. It is said, for instance, and with some show of justice, that they who make the law the rule of life are more cons ...read
ArticleDeath Works In Us
      Genesis 22:1-14 IT has been remarked before that the life of Abraham is properly divided into three parts. The first is the land; the second, the heir; and here we come to the last, which is the greatest; and, though consecutive historically, they are nearly parallel typically. It is not simply the place, neither is it the Lord in the place, but ...read
Book
Discipline in the School of God - Table of Contents
       DISCIPLINE IN THE SCHOOL OF GOD: ITS NATURE AND EFFECT J. B. Stoney ADAM No subject can be more deeply interesting to the saint than the nature and effect of that discipline which our God, in the plenitude of His love and wisdom, administers to His people. Interesting as the subject is, and one so necessary to the secret exercises of the s ...read
ArticleElementary Truth
      NOW these are two distinct lines of truth; the one, which is the power of God, for the conscience; the other, which is the wisdom of God, for the spiritual mind. Christ comprises both. The apostle says, "That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect", etc. Now to ...read
ArticleExclusiveness: Its Ground and History
      The point of departure must be the point of recovery, and that invariably is the point most difficult to reach. One will admit and confess anything but the motive. The motive exposes the nature. Self-respect prevents me from allowing any eye to penetrate to my motive, simply because I know it will not bear the light, and if it were known, not ...read
ArticleHeavenly Ground
      The great failure of the church was giving up Paul. "All... in Asia" did not give up evangelical truth but they gave up Paul; anything popular you may have, but not Paul. Why? Because he is heavenly. Colossians 2:20 is "over Jordan." In Romans (6:1-11), [you are] "dead to sin "- dead with Christ - out of the man; but in Colossians you are out o ...read
ArticleHow we are Helped and Hindered in a Day of Difficulty.
      IN our own circumstances, and in the church, there is a 'needs be' for straits or the trying of our faith. To this end "tribulation worketh patience", and we are to count it all joy when we fall into divers trials, because the trying of our faith worketh patience, or endurance; and in the church there must be heresies, that they which are approved ...read
ArticleIndependency
      THERE is a great sameness in man. It has been said that history repeats itself. The nature of the human race is one and the same, and it betrays itself in a like way when in contact with similar circumstances. Surely every conscientious disciple knows well that in some particular tendency of his nature he is most in danger. True, he may have so lea ...read
ArticleInfluence of Associations
       2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 7: 1 The end of God's discipline is "that we might be partakers of his holiness"; to make us as separate from everything of this world as He is. As born of God, we are sanctified by the truth. The Lord says, "for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth" - which sanctificatio ...read
Book
Lessons of the Sanctuary - Table of Contents
       LESSONS OF THE SANCTUARY Ministry by J. B. Stoney INTRODUCTION In submitting to my brethren in Christ the notes of lectures, on the blessing conferred by the Lord in the midst of His own gathered to His name, I desire to awaken interest in this great subject, assured that it is as we know Him, "Son over his own" [God's] "house", that we i ...read
SermonLiberty
       "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." -- Galatians 2:20. LAST week we were speaking of Salvation ; not only what we are saved from, but what we are saved to. And what you find i ...read
LetterMarriage in the Lord
      Shall I give you my idea of true married life in the Lord? It surpasses everything human in grace, as it did in nature before the fall. The trials are peculiar, but they are the trials of humanity; but then the married have this advantage, if they really reciprocate their feelings before the Lord, that as they are together in the trial, they are to ...read
LetterOn Circulating Writings of Those who have Turned Aside
      As to using and circulating the writings of 'those who have not gone on in the separate path' I see grave moral objections to it; I do not think that everything depends on the words used, but on the intent with which they are used. I believe the Lord judges, and therefore blesses according to the intent of the heart. The words used might not ...read
ArticleOn Gifts
       "There are diversities of gifts but the same Spirit. "And there are differences of administrations but the same Lord", 1 Corinthians 12: 4-5. Now there are diversities of gifts all over christendom; gifts are to be found in every system where Christians are. Where then is the failure? It is in the administration. It is not enough to h ...read
SermonOn Rule
      I FEEL impressed to bring before you, beloved brethren, the subject of rule, in the hope that a few words upon it may enable us to distinguish between clericalism and radicalism. Clericalism is the assumption of rule in a teacher. The teacher is not necessarily a ruler, though the ruler may be a teacher. Radicalism is that which wants to be ind ...read
SermonOur Great Priest
       "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of ...read

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