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Application. Ps. cxxxii. 11. Prophecy of Christ having the throne of David. Mal. iv. 5, 6 . Prophecy of John the Baptist's office. Jude 14, 15 . Judgment of the wicked at Christ's second coming. Isaiah xxv. 9 . Joy of the righteous at Christ's coming. 1 John iy. 9 . God's great love to man. Romans i. 3 Jesus the promised seed of David. Col. ii. 11 . The spiritual nature of circumcision. Isaiah xi. 10 . Future seeking of Christ by the Gentiles. Isaiah xi. 2, 3. Prophecy of Christ having the spirit of wisdom. Isaiah xlii. 1 Prophecy of the Father's testimony to Christ. Eph. vi. 11-17. How we may resist the devil. Titus iii. 5 . Regeneration by water and the spirit. Isaiah lv. l . Prophetic invitation to take the water of life. John xii. 26 . The duty and blessing of following Christ. James i. 22 . We must not only hear but do the will of God. Acts x. 38 . Jesus' power and tender mercy. 1 Thess. ii. 13. On rightly receiving Christ's word. Phil. iii. 20, 21. Promise of a glorious body to believers. Prov. i. 24, 28. The danger of neglecting God's invitations. James iv. 4 . Sin and danger of loving the world. Isaiah xxvi. 19. Certainty of the resurrection. Psalm ii. 2 . Prophecy of Christ's apprehension. Ps. Ixix. 20, 21 Prophecy of Christ's sufferings. Ps. xvi. 9, 10 . Prophecy of Christ's resurrection. Mal. jii. 16, 17. The blessing of holy conversation. Hebrews xi. 1. The nature of faith. Acts xx. 28 . Pastors appointed to feed the flock of God. Heb. x. 36, 37. Patient waiting for Christ. Rom. viii. 34 . Christ in prayer for his people. Ps. xxiv. 9, 10. Prophetic type of Christ's ascension. Isaiah xliv. 3 . Prophetic promise of the spirit. Hebrews xi. 23. Faith shewn by Moses's parents.' John viii. 58 . Jesus applies to himself the name “I AM.” Luke xxi. 15 . Promise of God's support in difficulties. Gen. xv. 13, 14 Prophecy of Israel in Egypt, and Egypt judged. Romans ix. 17. God's power shewn in Pharaoh. 1 Cor. v. 7, 8. Christ the antitype of the paschal lamb. Hebrews xi. 29. The Israelites' faith in crossing the Red Sea. John vi. 48-50. Christ is the true manna. 1 Cor. x. 4 . Christ is the rock. Rom. v. 20, 21. The blessing of the Gospel above the law. 1 Cor. x. 7 . The sin of idolatry. Heb. ix. 1-3,9. The tabernacle typical of better things. Heb. v. 1-4 . The priesthood ordained by God. Heb.ix. 11, 12. Christ our high priest and sacrifice. Col. ii. 16. 17. In Christ we have the substance of all types. Lukexxi. 27,28 The Christian's day ofredemption when Christcomes. 1 Cor. x. 6, 10. The sin of murmuring. Heb. iii. 17-19. The sin and danger of unbelief. Heb. xiii. 17 . The duty of submission to authority. John iii. 14, 15. The brazen serpent, a type of Christ. 2 Pet. ii. 15, 16. The sin and consequence of the love of money. Rev. xxii. 16 . Christ acknowledges himself to be the Morning Star. Psalm i. 1, 2 . The right use of the book of God's law. Rev. xiv. 13 . The righteous blessed in their death. Heb. iv. 8, 9 . Canaan a type of heaven. Matt. vi. 24 . We must be decided for God. Heb. xi. 32-34. The faith of many Judges of Israel.
CORRESPONDENCE. INSTRUCTION FOR HIGHER CLASSES. DEAR SIR, Will you allow me to bring before your notice a subject which I have long considered one of great importance, but which I have regretted to find so little esteemed as such by those who have the education of children of the lower classes in a Sundayschool so much at heart; I mean a similar method of instruction for those of the upper and middle classes. It is generally taken for granted, that the situation and circumstances of such render this unnecessary. Experience, however, has proved the contrary; and where a system of Sunday-school education for all classes has been adopted, it has been found of incalculable benefit. In those congregations where this plan has been carried out, and which have come immediately under my notice, it is impossible to describe the good results which have followed. The church (where, between morning and evening services, children of all ranks and ages flocked with eager interest,) presented an animating scene; each, according to station and ability, ranged around their accustomed Teachers, and receiving, with deep attention, the instruction that alone “maketh wise unto salvation.” None were excluded. Adult classes, some composed of aged members of the congregation, others of young persons in the rank of servants, and many others, were scattered through the different aisles and pews, and a spirit of life and energy seemed to prevail throughout.
It may be objected hy some, that among the higher classes the duty of instructing the young would, with more propriety, be carried on at home, under a parent's eye, and enforced by a parent's influence ; but is this duty thus attended to ? Were it so, the necessity for other instruction would be obviated. But I fear (and I speak from personal knowledge) that the number of those who fulfil the injunction in Deuteronomy vi. 6,7—“These words which I command thee thou shalt teach diligently to thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down and when thou risest up”-is comparatively few, and in too many instances this duty is lamentably neglected. Where the parents are themselves careless on the subject of religion, it follows, as a necessary result, that that in which they feel no interest will form little or no part in their scheme of education for their children. It is much to be desired that those who devote themselves to the Christian labour of leading the lambs of Christ's flock into the “green pastures" of the word of God, would seriously consider this.
Who can say how often the Sunday-school's instruction, and the necessary preparation for its duties, might have a happy influence in drawing the minds of such children to other topics than those which are generally the absorbing ones in most worldly families ? Who can tell how frequently these little ones themselves might be the bearers of the precious seed into the heart of their own families; and thus “out of the mouths of babes and sucklings” might praise be perfected.
The habit of searching the Scriptures for their Sunday Teachers, the interest excited by it in their young minds, and the training they thus receive for becoming themselves, at some future time, Teachers, would argue much in favour of the utility of such a scheme; and, to take another view, how great an opening would not such an intimate acquaintance with the children make for the minister (who personally superintends their Sunday duties) into their parents' bouses; and surely it is unnecessary for me to remark upon the beneficial effects which result from pastoral visits among all classes of a congregation.
Should you think these suggestions worthy of consideration, perhaps you will give them a place in your valuable little publication, the “Teacher's Visitor,” which is eminently calculated to direct the minds of those who are interested in the important subject of Scriptural Education, into the best and most useful channels for conveying that instruction which causeth (in the Holy Spirit's hands) to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ," " whom to know is life eternal.”
Believe me, dear sir, yours truly, November 3, 1845.
L. K. E.
ON RETAINING THE ELDER SCHOLARS IN SCHOOL. DEAR SIR,- It is to be regretted that none of your Correspondents have taken in hand to furnish some practical suggestions on the best means for retaining the elder scholars in the school. A subject, so important in many respects, deserves the attention of all who are interested in the prosperity of Sunday-schools, especially of those who have had long experience in superintending or teaching.
It is to the ranks of the elder scholars that we look for supplies of Teachers, to fill up vacant classes, and to meet the greatly increasing demand. The younger children, too, are very much influenced by the example of the elder scholars.
A class, on the following plan, has been found to answer well, both for retaining scholars, and as a nursery for Teachers.
Ist. The elder or advanced scholars form a class by themselves,
distinct from all the others, not being reckoned in the numbering of the classes. (The first class follows next in order.)
2nd. It may be called the Senior Class, Teacher's Class, or some other designation given to it, to accord with the character of a class of preparatory Teachers.
3rd. The members of it may attend all Teacher's meetings.
4th. In the absence of any Teacher, his place is supplied by one out of this class.
5th. The most pious, able and experienced person possible to be had, should take charge of such a class.
It is worthy also of remark, that the more regular children attend school when young, the more attached they are to it when grown up, and the longer they remain in it. It is of importance, then, for Teachers to visit their absentees, which insures regular attendance.
There is always need to remember, that without the blessing of God's Holy Spirit, all our labours are fruitless; but if the Holy Spirit dwell in the heart of a child, or in the heart of one that is grown, then that heart will be humble. Pride will not reign there, Christ will be all in all, and it will be the heart's delight to serve him.
I hope these remarks may elicit further information on this subject, through the medium of the Teacher's Visitor.” Yours, very respectfully,
THE CATECHISM. Rev. SIR, -Having met with many School Teachers, who, though members of the Church of England, feel a difficulty in teaching the Catechism, arising from some supposed erroneous expressions in it, may I beg to offer, through the medium of the “ Teacher's Visitor," a few suggestions on the subject.
It will, I think, appear to any one who carefully examines our Liturgy, that it is, throughout, framed for sincere worshippers. The Catechism also supposes the child who repeats the answers to be living in repentance and faith, or in the performance of those things which were answered for him at his baptism. Therefore, when the Catechist asks the question, “Who gave you this name?" and is answered, “My godfathers and godmothers in my baptism; wherein I was made a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven,” the child should be informed, that the Catechism supposes he is living in repentance and faithin other words, as a true Christian-otherwise he cannot, in the full sense of the word, be a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven. That the Catechism supposes what I have said, is further confirmed by these words used by the child, “I heartily thank our heavenly Father, that he hath called me to this state of salvation.” This explanation should be repeated from time to time, until the Catechist is satisfied that it is impressed on the child's memory.
It is not my intention to enter on the question, whether the form of the Catechism is the best that could be devised, but as it is enjoined by our Church to be learned by all young persons before they are confirmed, it would be convenient if all Church of England Teachers taught their scholars, who are members of that Church, this Catechism, with proper explanation. And, for myself, I can say that I find it a very convenient medium of instruction in the doctrines and duties of Christianity.
Allow me to add a word on a prevailing erroneous opinion respecting sponsors, namely, that they promise that the child shall "renounce the devil and all his works," &c. Now, by examining the words of the Catechism, and of the Baptismal Service, it will be found that they promise no such thing ; they give the answers in the name of the child; the same answers, in substance, as the child would himself have to give, if he were of riper years; the only difference being, that in the former case the last answer is, “I will,” (which means I am willing,) and in the latter, “I will endeavour so to do, God being my helper,” both answers meaning the same, the latter being only fuller.
I am, Rev. Sir, yours respectfully, Oct. 4.
A DEVONSHIRE TEACHER.
A Village seven miles from London, Oct. 13, 1845. Rev. SIR,I wish to thank “Frank” for the extract given from the Rev. Charles Bridges excellent work on “Christian Ministry.” I think, with him, that it is a matter of great importance that teachers should meet together occasionally to pray unitedly that God would, of his infinite love, pour out a blessing upon their labours. I was also much pleased with the extract from the preface of the “Scripture Outlines,” by the Rev. Montague Randall.
I lament very much that where I am located our Teachers' Meetings are so few and far between, (perhaps not two in a year,) although our beloved pastor is a faithful minister of Christ, and we have six schools in our parish, many gratuitous as well as paid teachers. I trust that ere long the importance of these Meetings will be felt.