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BRITISH BAPTIST CHURCHES.
MR. BAKER'S ORDINATION AT ability to preach : but I did as I was asked to CHELMONDISTON.
do ; and for the first time, addressed the
school children; after which my name was put MR. EDITOR.--As I saw my ordination referred to in “ Earthen Vessel," it devolves village in which we were to preach. After I
on the village plan, which plán specified ihe on me to give a true statement of what I was had fulfilled my engagements specified in the enabled to say on that occasion. I would say plan, my name found no admittance on the Brother Foreman told me to be as short and next, without being spoken to by the plan, as simple in my statement as I could. After singing and praying, Brother Collins made man a mere machine, I drew what in
maker ; but being told by an individual, I stated the nature of a gospel church. Brother ference I pleased. After this, I supplied at Felton then called on me to state the manner Ashfield, from thence to Crowfield; but for in which I was brought from darkness to light. obvious reasons I left, and followed my busiI arose in bondage and darkness, and said, " I could not tell what it was o'clock when' the ness at East Dereham, and the minister of the
cause there allowed me to preach on Lord's Lord commenced a work of grace in my soul, day evenings, he not being able to attend ; but I felt thankful that I decended from par- and it is remarkable how the Lord did ents professing godliness, and that my mother bless the word through me in opening blind carried me when young with a heavy heart six miles on Lord's-days, believing it was her eyes, and leading many from duty-faith and
arminianism and constraining them to follow the duty, as a parent, to take me where the gos. Lord in the ordinance of baptism. I just men. pel was preached. After this, I became a scho- tion this, to show that I did not leave off far in the Sunday-school, and in the course preaching when I left Crowfield, as has been of providence Mr. Elven, of Bury, preached stated: my employers having no more employ: the anniversary sermons on behalf of the ment, I left, and received a call from the lead. school. I remember he spoke of the sinner's ing men of the Home Mission to preach at heart by nature as a dark room, and the gos- Stonham; and being informed that a great pel as a candle, shining therein, discovering many obstacles where in the way relative the nature of sin; from that time I thought to the carrying on of that cause I was advised it a true picture of my heart ; and I contin. to accept a call from the church at Chelmonued praying from fear of death and hell ten diston. I did so; and as I feel in some mes. years; and what I went through is not pos- sure the preciousness of the truth, and the sible for me to utter. When about fifteen value of immortal souls, God helping me, I years of age, I, by the kind providence of intend to proclaim the sovereignty of eternal God, was led to reside at Bury; I attended grace to perishing sinners. I do not write this under the ministry of Mr. Elven, and in to aspire after pulpit fame; but to set forth hearing him preach, sin became hateful; and God's goodness in raising me from sin to preach I was enabled to look to the Lord Jesus Christ to a people which I think have a little discerne for comfort; and out of love to his name was
ment the contemplation of which, under God's constrained to follow him in the ordinance of blessing, often melts me into nothing. As to baptism; and when looking through the sign the church over which I am placed, I would signified, the joys I shall never forget. After say, I do not think they would knowingly em: this, I felt more extensively the depravity of brace a young minister who aims at pulpit my nature, and my inability to stand, unless fame, but having
been broken down they want kept by the power of God. I could not un
to hear of the fame of Christ; and they derstand a yea and a pay gospel ; but by knew before I was ordained that I received reading some numbers of the Gospel Standard, the blessings of the gospel in a sovereign way, and Mr. Irons's sermons, under the teaching and the effect is to love the same. Mr Pegg of the Spirit, I was led to see the permanency of said he did not want to quarrel with pastor or the covenant of grace. I would just say here, people; I do wonder where his discernment although I did not see eye to eye with Mr was in not discerning his self-applauded disElven, he behaved like a father in the advice cernment, and I wonder where his discernment he gave me. Mr. Elven would shame many who was-blessing with his tongue upon that which profess to be sound in the faith. When he he afterward's found fault with by his pen. I wrote my dismissal to the church where I hope next time he writes he will write the preached, he wrote as follows: "We want the whole truth.
SAMUEL BAKER. doctrines of the gospel in the head, the grace
Chelinondiston, Suffolk. of God in the heart, and gospel practice in the life. Doctrine is soul supporting ; experience A NEW BAPTIST CHAPEL FOR is soul-comforting ; and practice is orna
REDHILL menting. O! for more about the perfections of our Lord, and less about the imperfections of (To the Editor of The EARTHEN Vessel). one another, as we are brethren." But to re- DBAR SIR.—We are thankful to hare to turn; as to my call to the ministry, I cannot acknowledge the Lord's good hand upon the say much; therefore, all that I did say ought cause here, in answering prayer, that faithful to have been inserted. I had no particular ministers may be sent to preach his truth, and passage lay on my mind, declaring to me my that the word may be spoken with, and received in, power and joy. Many have witnes- RYE LANE CHAPEL, PECKHAM. sed that it has not been in vain, for they hun- On Monday, October 5th, a sermon was gered after, and found, the bread of life; signs preached in the above place in the afternoon, have followed, to our encouragement as a by Mr. James Wells; after which, tea was church, and to strengthen the hands of those provided in the vestry; and in the evening, who, under God's blessing, have been made a public meeting was holden on behalf of the instraments of good to our souls : “ Thine, parsonage, just completed, behind the chapel. Lord, is the power; be thine all the praise and Mr. Moyle opened the meeting by reading glory, for thou alone givest the increase !" the sixty first Psalm. Mr John Bloomfield
Last Lord's-day morning (October 11th), engaged in prayer.. Mr. Moyle, (who was in at their own desire, and on satisfactory evi- the chair) said, as his brother Bloomfield had dence of their love to the Lord, six persons another meeting to attend, he should at once publicly put on the Lord Jesus, and were not call on him to speak. Mr Bloomfield then ashamed to be known in his Church before the addressed the meeting upon the “Shewbread," world, as his disciples, by obedience to his in an interesting and practical manner. command. It was a good day to many; Mr. Mr. Moyll then said-Christian Friends, Miller, of Horley, lent us his chapel, for the many, many changes have passed since first morning service, and our friends feel thankful I came among you : ten years have gone-I for the attention and brotherly kindness came in October, 1847, and now it is October, shewn to us; it was quite filled, and much 1857—but I feel just as happy now as then. seriousness and interest in the solemn, yet I have been to the settlement of many delightful, ordinance, was manifested ; and men since then, and at some of them some were led to desire they might, in God's the deacons have declared Mr. So-and-so to time, be made proper subjects thereof by his be just the very man! oh yes, in every pointSpirit's grace and teaching; while others be- but in a few months they have found out gan to consider their ways and reflect how their mistake, and perhaps called a meeting, long they had professed to know the Lord, yet and presented their pastor with a something disobedient to his own plain command by to send him going: our brother Milner was which to witness their attachment to his once presented with a silver inkstand, and sent truth.
about his business. But here, they have not, In the evening, at our usual meeting place, my brother, (Mr. Moyle speaking to Mr. Redhill Institution, after a suitable discourse Milner) presented me with an inkstand, but from Phil. 1. 6, "Your fellowship in the they have built me a neat, comfortable house, gospel,” the members were received, and the and I have a vine and a fig tree, and I can sit Lord's Supper administered, uniting in grati. under my own fig tree, and I hope none shall tude for what the Lord had done for us, and ever make me afraid. As to the future, I shall in them. One person had been brought to not attempt to look into that, but I will do know the Lord, near sixteen years ago, under you all the good I can while I stay. If I Mr. Foreman, but was hindered
in her profes- knew I should leave you this time ten months sion of Jesus' name by fear, doubt, and timid. I would feed you all as well as I could. Let ity, but now felt sure it was the Lord's time. us thank God for the past: and now to business. The Lord shone upon her, strengthened her Mr. Congrepe then stated that the contract heart, set her soul and tongue at liberty, re- for the house was £315; the interest on loans, moved every impediment, and made her find laying out the garden, &c., £15; making a the words that had been blest to her quite total of £330. Gathered by loans and subtrue, " Them that honor me, I will honor.” scriptions £295. We want therefore to get
We hope, ere long, we may have a chapel this evening £35 (Mr. Moyle said I wish you here, which is much wanted, after many re- may get it, and we think nearly, if not all, fusals to sell us a piece of ground, we would the £35 was collected, when they sung, thank the Lord that his hand is seen in pro- “Come let us join our cheerful songs.". viding us with a suitable plot, freehold, and Mr. Milner then spoke on the Ark, in a near the station. The fund commenced by most instructive aud able speech-it was to the “ Reigate Baptist Building Association, us the richest part of the meeting ; Mr. J. A. near fire and a-half years since, still increases Jones on the Altar ; Mr. Meeres on the by constant small subscriptions, its supporters Candlestick ; and the pastor closed the meethaving scrupuously adhered to its fundamentaling with prayer. principles and rules, from which we regret some of its early and zealous friends have
BETHEL CHAPEL, HUNGARY-HILL. swerved to new doctrine, and practices, and order. After completing the purchase of the
Not far from the Bishop of Winchester's ground, we had near £200 towards the build- Castle, near Farnham, Surrey, stands a neat ing, so we hope next spring we may see a be- little chapel, called Bethel, erected in 1835 by
a dear man of God named Smith, whose lagining of the place in which we trust
bours in that part of the vineyard were useful 6* That many sinners round
to many souls for some years. At his decease May come to hear of and to love there were two brethren willing to lead the The Saviour we have found.”
services - Mr. Joy (now of Ripley), and Mr.
Drake, the present minister. The church deTo which may you and all that love his sal- cided to call the latter, whose ministry stands vation be kept stedfast in this lukewarm day, in a profitable acceptance and usefulness, both prays, yours in dependance on a good Master, in calling in, and building up. Ever since the Oct, 14, 1857.
E. H. Lord called him to work in the ministry, he
has laboured hard, suffered the loss of all tions, we still think, that, (where the Lord things, and proved himself an honest and a is pleased to give a man a clear call into this faithful servant of Jesus Christ; many times office, richly apointing his head, softening and walking on the Sunday morning twenty miles comforting his heart, and prospering the from Staines (where he resides) to Hungary works of his hands), there is no position in all hill (where he preaches), without fee or re- this world, more interesting, more important, bency.,, All who know the “ Hungary.hill or more influential, than is that good man's pastor" speak of him as one that labours who is, by Jesus Christ, anointed to feed the purely out of love to Christ, love to the truth, Church of God. But how painful to naturs and love to the souls of the people. We un- 1 --to find that even ministers wear out-their derstand he is shortly to be publicly ordained, friends wear out—their enemies and their useand then we hope to give an interesting ac- fulness wear out--and the finale of this, the count of his conversion to God, through the best of all earthly positions, is to be carried instrumentality of Jonathan George, now of to the tomb—to be laid in the grave. Others Walworth.
beside Paul, however, have often been in a On Monday, Oct. 5, the harvest thanks- strait betwixt two, knowing that to depart, and giving meeting was holden at Hungary-bih to be with Jesus, is far better. Be of good cheer, by C. W. Banks preaching afternoon and evening; the chapel was crowded with friends; ye poor, tried, servants of God !—“there is a nearly one hundred sat down to tea; aná rest which remaineth for you ;" and when on the services of the day were rendered a that glorious rest you enter, never shall thy blessing to many. We were glad to hear that poor brains be overheated, nor thy poor souls through the instrumentality of our friend be sorely tempted more, the crown and King's Drake, the little Bethel is secured to the Par- smile will make amends for all. ticular Baptists, free of all expense.
You know, dear reader, we have seen William Scandrett's early ministerial career.
After he had laboured nearly twenty years ANNIVERSARY AT ILCHESTER AND at Sible Hedingham, a change in his peace HARDINGTON.
prospects took place. DEAR BROTHER BANKS.-I am sorry to
Thomas Jones, in his pretty book " Jubihear of your heavy domestic afliction, which lee Jottings," closes up the first pastor's mecaused so great disappointment. I was at moir in the following manner :the station to meet you; when I found you was not come, many things crowded upon my over the tabernacle.
In the early part of 1822, a dark cloud carte
Mr. Scandrett, whose mind. I was sad. A few words dropped into ministry had been so successful, and his remy mind, which seemed to decide the matter; so that I was prepared to receive your letter putation unsullied, through a combination of on this day. I went on to Ilchester; found trouble ensued. As is common to all such
causes, became embarrased, and much four ministering brethren waiting ; brethren Blake, Wisloch, Kirk, and Mr. Roberts, from words were not wanting, and perhaps, all par
cases, a variety of opinion existed. Bitter Cornwall, all these send their love to you. ties, made work for repentance. There is no Brother Kirk read and prayed; and brother feature of humanity more prominent than Roberts preached a good, sound, savoury this, every man knows his neighbour's business Bermon, which was heard with great satisfac- better than his neigbour does; aye, better than tion. We had good congregations, and the he knows his own. Hence, hasty conclusions, Master's presence made the service very and uncharitable and unjust judgments. We cheerful. On Thursday I went to Hardington, com
cannot wonder that such a subject should be municated to them the illness that had hap-prolific of reproach, censure, and maliciouspened, and found the sanctuary illed with ness. It led to the vacation of the pastorate, attentive hearers ; there the Lord shone into and a temporary division of the church, and my soul gloriously, and the streams of gospel valley of Achor is the door hope.” Here was
caused sore distress to many minds. “The truth flowed freely. This was a great change an able
minister of Christ's gospel flooded by a to me, after having many months captivity: torrent of prejudice and cares ; and at God. We did rejoice
in God, and glory in the rock manchester there was a faithful few, who wan. of our salvation : the smiles of a sin-pardon. ted a man to guide and feed them. They sent ing God makes amends for all.
a deputation to Sible Hedingham, who searched
out the matter, and came to the conclusion WILLIAM SCANDRETT'S END. not cover. So they arranged with claimants,
that there was no wrong which charity could (Concluded from page 229.)
and carried off William Scandrett bodily. And
their courage and kindness were amply reWe have often felt persuaded that no
warded in the long-continued and devoted happier position could be found on this earth, services of their adopted pastor, who, for many than is that of “ THE FAITHPUL, THE DEVO- them, and was instrumental of much good
years, waved the banner of the cross among TED, AND THB USEFUL PASTOR." And al- both' to saints and sinners. “Honour to though our course has been one of deep trial, them !” we say, without implying or intending and painful anxiety-and, although we have any reflection on his former charge, -"re say seen many pastors in most humiliating afflic.l« Honour to the men," who liberally and
wisely came to the rescue, and secured a bene- | parallel A list recently sent us by one pubfit to themselves by overstepping reproach, lishing-house, announces between thirty and and setting a fallen soldier on his feet, that forty volumes, written or produced by Dr. he may again do battle with the King's ene- Cumming: There is scarcely any one branch mies. Their estimate of his worth, and their -theological, devotional, practical, or controaffection for his person, are recorded on a tomb- versial--but Dr. Cumming has taken it up: and stone in the Baptist Chapel Burial Ground, his style is so perfectly easy. pleasing, and inGodmanchester, of which we subjoin a copy: lligent,-his researches have been so imIn memory of William Scandrett, the faith- tion, so clever – his controversies, generally
mense-his powers of application and adaptaful and esteemed pastor of the particular bapa speaking, so captivating and triumphant, years., The peculiar doctrines of the gospel that he has obtained a place and a position in
chich he warmly advocated in life were the the professing Christian church which but was called home to glory, June 25, 1841. world over, and it is only for him now to anjoy of his soul in affliction and death. He few men can reach in any one given period of
Dr. Cumming's Works are all the Aged seventy-four years.
nounce a new one; and edition after edition Thus, then, we have recorded William are rapidly taken off. “All bail to the Dr." Scandrett's pastorate. We have some more we say, “Honour to whom honour.” And richly edifying memoirs of pastors now in when we reflect upon his small beginning-bis glory. We hope to give a series of them. obscure exodus-his struggles—his labours" Jubilee Jottings" may be bad, post
his most incessant toils in reading, writing, free, to any address for five stamps sent to T. preaching, and lecturing; we say, again, as J., 3, Spencer-place, Blackheath, Kent.
an industrious man- and perhaps, as a man
sincerely desirous of doing good, he deserves REVIEWS.
the esteem and “praise of all the Churches."
More especially, if, when Dr. Cumming and DR. CUMMING's “BAPTISMAL Fort," AND Eternal Truth, it cannot be said—“Thou art
his Works are well weighed in the balances of “Paases APOSTACY," &o., BY “ PAILOLOGUS."
found wanting." Both these works are now before us: they
There is, in all the Dr.'s works, a large are before the Church at large : they are with proportion of gospel truth, most beautifully in the reach of every inteligent and truth. expressed ; and worked out with so muck seeking Christian : and they give rise to that none but an eagle-eyed discriminator
natural sympathy, softness, and affection, questions which are closely identified with the could ever dare to question the soundness of declarative glory of God, and the holy, the the same. He has so avoided all the sharp happy, and the consistent walk and worship and certain points, as to sail smoothly down of the real Christian. These Works have been the stream; and if the Dr.'s work, called thrown before us ; we dared not pass them by " The Baptismal Font,” had not been so diwithout notice; we could not notice them rectly opposed to New Testament practice, if without expressing our mind freely, frankly,
a review his work had not been so imperaand fally. By so doing, we have lighted a
tively called for, if “Philologus” had not fire which we suppose will not easily be extinguished. Letters from ladies and from water, we had never presumed to have even
-unintentionally-plunged us into such hot gentlemen, epistles from “scribes well in. Damed the Dr. in our humble VESSRL; but as structed," and scurrilous notes from arrogant it is, we must go on next month, if the good spirits, have assailed us, simply because we Master of us all will permit. In the meanannounced an exposure of the fallacies of Dr. time, we must recommend Baptist ministers Cumming's “ Baptismal Font.”
Perhaps particularly to read “ Philologus's Phases of before the matter closes some portions of these effusions may be introduced ; ' at least
, it Apostacy,” published by Piper, Stevenson, and
Spence, price sixpence. we should require illustrations of overheated zealotism, we shall have a full supply. But we desire to write soberly, seriously, and ef. “THE SEVEN Seals, CONSIDERED IN TIB fectually, or never to write at all. May the LIGHT OF LIFB EMANATING PROM THE Lord give us his Spirit, his mind, his will, RESURRECTION. To which is added, A kis truth ; may he pardon in us anything Parallel of the Mystical Numbers of the like a Jebu-tone, and only let us be used for 1,260 Days and Months. Also, the his glory, and his ransomed people's good : Name and Number of the Beast. By then, although a host should rise against us, GIDEON.
London: Houlston and we shall feelingly exult in the fact, that "God Wright, Paternoster-row. is our refuge and strength, a very present help It is neither pleasant nor easy to review in trouble. Wherefore we shall have no real works of this character. In the first place, ground for fear.
while we are assured that “Blessed is the man Dr. John Cumming, the Minister of the that reads and hears the words of this proScottish National Church, in Crown Court, phecy,' we also believe that the opening of Covent Garden," is one of the most prolific the seals-the understanding of the mysteries Christian writers of the present age. He is, -the defining the periods—the simplifying in fact, a most clever, and talented book-ma- the metaphors-are privileges only enjoyed by ker: and his success in obtaining circulation men favoured as Daniel and Ezekiel were. It for nearly all his works, is, perhaps, without is in " the visions of God," that highly fa.
voured men come to a knowledge of the "deep / month, only refer to a much and most dearly things" of heaven : and although such men beloved brother's book, by saying-We have may very clearly see the mind of God in high read it with pure delight, and special profit
. and holy matters, they cannot convey to It is chaste, spiritual, encouraging, and eriothers, that anointing oil wherewith their own dently designed to help many a poor pilgrim eyes have been so sacredly enlightened. in his heavenward journey. After making all
In the next place, almost every minister, the deductions we can for predisposed affecand careful student of prophecy, has his tions for one who is a brother both by nature favourite theory, notion, or principle, which, and by grace, we must confess we do wish that in many cases, we have found to be exceed- thousands of Zion's pilgrims may enjoy “The ingly wide and conflicting.
Shunammite" as much, and even more than Nevertheless, when we meet with a man we have done. whose whole soul is devoted to God, whose whole mind is given up to the diligent study of God's Word, whose whole aim is to exalt “THE PILGRIM SISTERS :" An Original the Saviour, glorify his Maker, and benefit Poem, by, George Bartlett, a Living Withis fellow-creatures, and who, as the rich re- ness of the Boundless Grace of God. ward of these his labours, obtains special London : W. H. Collingridge, City Press, light, and heavenly understanding, we feel Long Lane. gratefully constrained to listen to such an We know nothing of George Bartlett, but one, to sit at his feet, and to catch, if possible, we exceedingly delight in the beautiful, the a little of the unction which, by God's grace, bold, the fearlessly - outspoken, and, to us, from his teaching, may descend. Such a most precious description of character he has brother, we trust, is “Gideon :" and although appended to his name—"A Living Witness of he may tread in some paths never opened up the Boundless Grace of God!” Not a sitness to 118, nor trodden in by us, still, we must be- merely, but a living one. Not simply a wit. lieve he is searching for truth. Let the elders ness of the grace of God, but of the boundless of the Church carefully peruse this sixpenny grace of God. Ah, George, if this be true, pamphlet; and if they can discover any anti- then “Happy art thou," and happy shalt Christian mixture, let them declare it. We thou be, when this vain world shall be no feel anxious to go over this work again with more. ten-fold more care, and report accordingly. This work contains a poetic dialogue be
tween two sisters, in which the sacred deeps “ THE SUUNAMMITE.—FAITA AND PROVI. of a divine experience, the emotions of a
DENCE-PROVIDENCE AND GRACE-A Christ-extolling heart, and the confessions of WORD TO PILGRIMS." By the Rev. a grace-taught spirit, are declared in a strain John Waters Banks, Assistant Chaplain, 1 of purity, simplicity, and greatness, which Portsmouth. London: Partridge & Co.; makes us wonder whether these poems are of Robert Banks & Co.
recent production ? or are they fetched out of In taking up this three-penny pamphlet the old stores of ancient, and giant-like times, just issued, we felt a strong desire to draw a when divinity, faith, love, zeal, and gospel. map compassing the journeys which the hope, were as so many strong men, who rewriter of this review, and the author of this joiced to run a race, looking into the glories of “Shunammite" have travelled, since that Immanuel, and triumphing in his most deeventful Sabbath when both of us set out to lightful name? gether in the public ministry of the word. There is no answer to be found in the book; But, it is Saturday night—it is nearing the but there are evidences sufficient that it has end of the printer's month-and room in the been written by "An Israelite indeed." Some Vessel is very scarce; we can, therefore, this quotations we wish to give another day.
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