Fragment, On Meeting and Service according to God.

1889 204 Matt. xviii. 20. Having faith in this word, let us persevere in meeting together as disciples for the breaking of bread, not forgetting the assembling of ourselves together, but exhorting one another unto love and good works (Acts xx. 7, Heb. x. 24, 25). We shall then have the best of all systems, a scriptural one: the gathering together of believers in [to] the name of the Lord Jesus, and under the guidance of His Spirit. If, in such assemblies, God should manifest the gifts of pastors and teachers, as He has promised to do in His church till the end (Eph. iv. 11), it would be the duty of each member to recognise such, and to make use of the gifts granted by God to some, for the edification of all (1 Cor. xvi. 15, 16; 1 Thess. 5:12, 13; Heb. xiii. 17). We must consent to be nothing but Christians, disciples, brethren, meeting together under the guidance of the Spirit, ready to receive all that He may give us, were it through the channel of the weakest amongst us; and ready also, to be used by the same Spirit, according as He may deign to use us for the edification of our brethren.

Present Testimony vi. 371.