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earth. $o the power of Jesus to save the multitudes of all nations was dependent upon His death and resurrection, His death for us shows His love and the love of God. His resurrection proves His power to save, as His love shows Him willing ; and thus the hearts of people are drawn to Him. Jews and Gentiles-millions have thus come to Him, and millions more may come, for yet there is room, v. 32. There is another sense in which He will draw all unto Him, as a result of His death. All will be raised from the dead and stand before His judgment seat. Without Him there would have been no resurrection. Now all will rise. See to it then that you are prepared to stand on the right hand and to enter into everlasting glory.
QUESTIONS.—1. Who came wishing to see Jesus ? 2. To whom did the Heavenly Father send Jesus? 3. What did He mean when He said “The hour is come that the son of man should be glorified ? " 4. What did His death and resurrection do for the nations ? 5. What did Jesus say about a corn of wheat? 6. How is His death like unto that? 7. In what other way will Jesus draw all unto Him? 8. What must we do to be ready for that final drawing ? 9. What if we are not ready?
October 10. WASHING THE DISCIPLES' FEET.—John xiii. 1-7.
" The feast of the Passover." Give brief statement of the typical import of the Passover. Jesus was crucified at the time of the yearly observance of the feast, and died as our pascal lamb. Began to wash the Disciples' feet." State the need of feet washing owing to the then way of dressing the feet and journeying. It was not a mere ceremony and a useless service, but it was a thing for servants to do. Here Jesus taught humility and love. He, the Lord and Master, washed the feet of His poor Disciples, see v. 14-16. Feet washing not needful in this way now. But the lesson teaches us to be ready to do any kind of good service to those who need our help ; not only to the great and noble, but to the poor and needy. Point out the happiness of those who know and do these things, v. 17.
QUESTIONS.—1. When was the Passover first observed ? 2. What did it typify ? 3. At what time was Jesus crucified ? 4. What did Jesus do to His Disciples at the supper? 5. Why did they need feet washing ? 6. What did the Saviour intend to teach by washing their feet? 7. In what ways could you now practice that lesson.
« I go."
October 17. MANY MANSIONS.-John xiy, 1-14. • Let not your hearts be troubled." The Apostles were in deep distress because He had informed them
that He was about to be put to death. “ Ye believe, etc.” Faith in God and in Christ the true help in trouble.
" I will come.” The going was painful but blessed. He was gone to prepare a place for His people, v. 2. Describe the placeits glory, durability, the absence of sin, sorrow, pain, and death. By His word He is also preparing people for that place. They must be made fit for it here. Only those who are made ready in this life will enter it. He will come again to raise them from the dead and to receive them, that they may be for ever with Him, v. 3. Thomas did not know where Jesus was going, nor the way, v. 5. But we now know. The New Testament shows us where He has gone and how we can meet Him in glory. “ I am the way.” Those who love Jesus, learn His will, and follow Him, cannot miss the way, and without Him they cannot find it. He is the truth and the life-perfect and complete truth is in Hiin and the eternal glory only comes by Him.
QUESTIONS.--1. Why were the Apostles in trouble ; 2. What is the best help in trouble? 3. Where was Jesus going? 4. What was He going to do? 5. How would they get to it? 6. What preparation is needful ? 7. What was it that Thomas did not know? 8. How do we know? 9. What do you understand by Jesus being the
way, the truth, and the life?
October 24. THE VINĘ AND THE BRANCHES.--John xv. 1-10. Christ is to His people as the trunk to the branches of the vine. As the branches separated from the trunk can bear no fruit, so apart from Him we are destitute of good fruit. The sins of God's people are described as fruitlessness, as corrupt fruit, and as bitter grapes. Hos. x. 1; Isą. V. 4; Deut. xxxii. 32. Branches in Christ, not bearing fruit will be cast out for the burning, v. 2-7. Remark upon the pruning and cleansing-by the Word and Providence of God; by what He with holds and what He gives. “ Abide in me," v. 4. They are able to abide or the requirement would be useless ; they are free not to do so, or it would be absurd.
QUESTIONS.—1. As what is Jesus to His Disciples ? 2. As what are they to Him? 3. What is the design of the union of the vine and the branches ? 4. What is needful to the much fruit bearing ? 5. What is the result of being out of Christ ? 6. What becomes of those who do not bear fruit ? 7. How does God prune and cleanse ?
" Love one
Ootober 31. FRIENDS AND FOES OF JESUS.—John xv. 11-27. another : the test of disciplesbip, see ch. xiii. 34, xiv. 15. What the love of Jesus led him to do, v. 13. What His true friends do for Him in return, v. 14. Still servants and more than servants. True friendship is ever ready to render service and obedience, not that of a slave, but as one who is trusted and who acts from love. The foes of Jesus are those who do not love Him, who do not strive to keep His commands. Some of them hate His followers; others only want to neglect His requirements. But to leave undone what He commands is rebellion against Him. His foes love self; His friends love God? Each one of you must be a friend or a foe to Jesus. Which shall it be?
QUESTIONS.—1. What is the test of true discipleship? 2. What did the love of Jesus lead Him to do for us and for all sinners ? 3. What will His true friends do for Him in return? 4. Can we be friends and servants also ? 5. In what way? 6. Who are the enemies of Jesus ? 7. What will their neglect of Him lead to if it continue? How many of you can truly say you heartily wish to love and serve Jesus ?
COURTESIES TO PARENTS.
PARENTS lean upon their chil- | request, but to give her of the dren, and especially their sons, abundance of his heart is another much earlier than either of them thing entirely. He loves his moimagine. Their love is a constant ther? Of course he does! Are inspiration, a perennial fountain there not proofs enough of his filial of delight, from which they regard ? Is he not continually mamay quaff, and be comforted king sacrifices for her benefit? thereby It
be that the What more could any reasonable mother has been left a widow, woman ask ? depending on her only son for Ah, but it is the mother-heart support. He gives her a comfort- that craves an occasional kiss, the able home, sees that she is well support of your youthful arm, the clad, and allows no debts to ac- little attentions and kindly courcumulate, and that is all. It is tesies of life, that smooth down so considerably more than many sons many of its asperities, and make do, but there is a lack. He seldom the journey less wearisome. Mathinks it worth while to give her terial aid is good so far as it goes, à caress : he has forgotten all those but it has not that sustaining affectionate ways that kept the power which the loving, sympawrinkles from her face, and make pathetic heart bestows upon its her look so much younger than her object. You think she has outyears; he is ready to put his hand grown these weaknesses and follies, in his pocket to gratify her slightest and is content with the crust that
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is left; but you are mistaken. I let none of these things move you Every little offer of attention, your from a determination to be a duescort to church, or for a quiet tiful son, of whose moral character walk, brings back the youth of her they need never be ashamed. Beheart; her cheeks glow and her gin early to cultivate a habit of eyes sparkle with pleasure, and, thoughtfulness and consideration oh ! how proud she is of her son. for others, especially for those
Even the father, occupied and whom you are commanded to honabsorbed as he may be, is not our. Can you begrudge a few wholly indifferent to these filial extra steps for the mother who expressions of devoted love. He never stopped to number those you may seem to care very little for demanded during your helpless inthem, but, having faith in their fancy? Have you the heart to sincerity, it would give him serious slight her requests, or treat her pain were they entirely withheld. requests, or treat her remarks with Fathers need their sons quite as indifference, when you cannot bemuch as the sons need the fathers, gin to measure the patient devotion but in how many deplorable in- with which she bore with your pestances do they fail to find them a culiarities ? Anticipate her wants, staff for their declining years.
invite her confidence, be prompt My son, are you a sweetener of to offer assistance, express your life? You may disappoint the affection as you did when a child, ambition of your parents; may that the mother may never grieve find your
intellectual strength in- in secret for her son she has lost. adequate to your own desires, but
THERE is much talk about teach- | Really, one cannot forego time ing ability, and the importance of from newspapers
and stories, a knowledge of methods on the and novels and polite literature. part of those who teach, and all One cannot be expected to give up this is well, and in a sense essential. or abridge one's social pleasures. But failure in teaching often comes It is too much trouble to look after of another cause, and one which is a lot of boys and girls during the a more prolific source of evil than week. Besides, it might be disignorance or inability. This offend- agreeable to go to their homes, and er is inert, yet subtle and all per- so know their occupations, habits, vading. Its characteristics are temptations and needs. We do inate and constitutional with some, not want a lot of boys always at and very many people are in con- our heels or a bevy of girls always stant danger of becoming victims around. It is only half an hour a of its evil tendencies. Not to put week, and we can somehow manage too fine a point upon it, one great to get through with the matter
of want of success in respectably. And the class-well, Sunday school teaching is laziness may-be it is only a lot of ragaIt is too much like work to study muffins, any way! The great trouble up a Bible lesson, and to under- about instructing large classes arises, stand it so thoroughly.as to be able not so much from want of teaching to teach it enthusiastically and well. I ability (as much felt in small as
large classes), as from laziness, a yet seen children who could not be want of the love of the Saviour, kept quiet by one who had anyand a want of enthusiasm for souls thing to tell them worth listening which love begets. We have never to.
THE VALUE OF WORK.
THE value of all works may be amid silken curtains and on a bed proved by this great test—will they of down, as with beggars in a barn follow us ?. Accompany us out of on a pallet of straw; and indeed I this world, will they go with us have thought that death, with its into the next? That only is of filmy eye, and restless head, and real value to a man which he can panting breath, and pinched, pallid carry with him. A touchstone that, face, looking to the full as terrible which neither gold, nor houses, in the gilded halls of nobles, as in nor broad acres, no sounding titles, the barest cabins of the poor. nor household comforts, can stand; “ There is one event to all,” says with ruthless hand death strips all the wise man; and the question of alike; nor is it true that one dies true importance touching the dead poor, and another rich. All die is not the common one. What equally poor, the results of death have they left :- but this-What being as impartial as its pains. It have they carried away? is as hard to expire with kings
COME, LORD JESUS ! My Jesus! my Jesus! Thy love is most | I love Thee ! I love Thee ! my Brother,
my Friend, More precious than rubies to me. My Prophet, my Priest, and my King ! My hours are all joyful whilst Thou art so But what is my love, to Thy love withnear,
out end ! Thy love from my bosom expels every Wings—wings—to old Time's lagging fear,
chariot lend, And makes me exultant in Thee.
The day of Thy coming to bring. My Saviour ! my Saviour! what tongue Come quickly! come quickly! Lord can proclaim
Jesus, I pray ; The glories in Thee I behold !
Earth longs Thy salvation to see ; Like ointment poured forth in Thy She cannot be happy whilst Thou art wonderful name
away, Earth’s voices united to spread forth Thy But, oh! with what joy will we welcome fame
the day But feebly Thy love could unfold. That brings Thee to earth-and to me!
OUR SCHOLARS, AND HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM.* DEAR BRETHREN, firmly believing that it is to our Sunday Schools we must look for the most regular, as well as the most satisfactory source of addition to our churches, and that, consequently, anything
* A paper read before the Annual Sunday School Conference of the churches of Christ held in Glasgow, by G. Y. Tickle, Junr., of Thirlmere Road School, Liverpool, August, 1875.
tending to make this branch of Christian labour more useful in the future than in the past, will be of interest to my fellow-workers, I beg to invite your attention this morning to the subject of “Our Scholars, and how to deal with them.” Many pious and earnest teachers, failing to study the collective and individual characteristics of their scholars, fail, therefore, to secure such results in their work as the careful study they bestow upon their lessons would seem to deserve; and I feel that if this paper creates an interest in this most important subject, my object in writing it will have been fully secured.
Speaking of our scholars collectively, the first principle of success with all children is, I submit, Order ; as without this, all attempts at usefulness, in any direction, will be in vain. How, then, is it to be secured !
, In schools or classes composed principally of children into whom obedience to parents has been carefully instilled from infancy, very little trouble will be experienced, as obedience to the Sunday school teacher, and consequent order, will come as a matter of course. Few, however, are the schools so composed. Indeed, it should be our constant aim to fill our schools with children who are not of this class—with children to whom order and obedience are almost unknown. Very different, then, would be the task of conducting our schools. Accustomed at home (if home it may be called) to habitual disobedience to their guardians, and in the streets, to the undisputed indulgence of their every fancy, it would not be far short of miraculous did these arabs at once quietly submit to the regulations the order of the school demands.
In dealing with this class of children especially, and indeed with all our scholars much, very much, depends upon the unfaltering unanimity of purpose which the whole of the teachers exhibit, and the ready, cheerful submission they each and all render to the one who for the time being is in charge of the school. However much we may dissent from the action of our superintendent or fellow-teachers, we must not let our scholars see it. We need not allow such difference of opinion to pass unnoticed ; but as we value the usefulness of our schools, let us arrange all our difficulties either privately or at a teachers' meeting. With this deeply impressed upon our minds, let us proceed.
No school can be orderly where the teachers stand in groups around the fire-place or door until the opening hymn is announced, and then rush off to their classes, finishing their laugh or the last sentence of their conversation as they hurry through the room. Rather let each teacher be in his or her place a few minutes before time, with a cheerful “Goodday” for each scholar. This will have a wonderful influence in subduing the tone of the school, and will prevent much of the mischief being commenced that is invariably carried on during a teacher's absence, and which has so frequently to be checked when the afternoon's service has been commenced.
Having once begun, let all the services be carried through with earnestness and spirit. Let the hymns be distinctly announced, and sung to well-known cheerful tunes; let the prayers be short, pointed, and reverently devout ; let the lessons, addresses, etc., be carefully prepared, interesting, and earnestly delivered ; and, generally speaking,
an orderly school will be the result. Of course, this is not invariably the case, as disorder will crop up in the best regulated school, and special means.