This book is a collection of nineteen short essays on a variety of topics by Frederick Arthur Banks (also known as F.A. Banks). Banks was active in the Brethren movement in the late nineteenth century and is primarily known for being one of the first to see a Biblical distinction between the Church The Body Of Christ and the Church and Churches of God (see essay 5). Sadly, F.A. Banks died at the young age of 25 and this is the only known collection of his writings. Even though the writing is well over a century old, it contains many things that are still relevant for Christians to consider today.
Foreword by John Dorricott
I. Spiritual Growth The Newborn Soul.
II. On Continuing Continue in My Word— Continue ye in My love— Continue in Gospel Testimony— Continue in the Faith.
III. Negligence in Regard to the Perishing (Proverbs 24. 11, 12)
IV. Baptism in Four Aspects The Baptism of John— The Baptism of the Cross— The Baptism in the Spirit into One Body— Believers’ Baptism.
V. The Church, and the Churches of God. A Suggestive Outline of Truth My Church— The Church of God— Churches of God— What each Church of God should be in its locality— Life in Christ alone— Cardinal Principles— The Intercommunion of the Churches of God— When does a Company of Persons cease to be a Church of God?
VI. Reception into Fellowship The substance of a letter to one who had written a reply to “The Church, and the churches of God.”
VII. The Feast of Remembrance and Testimony Thoughts connected with 1 Corinthians 11 2326.
VIII. Euodia and Syntyche: or Individual Estrangement
IX. Restoration and Discipline The Fall of Peter— Restored Peter— The Character of the Restorer— David as a Warning— Individual Restoration— Doctrinal Error— Error— Cases in Point— Discipline of an Elder— Internal Discipline— Excommunication— An Illustration— A Present Day Caution— In Conclusion.
X. The Lord’s Second Coming in Two Aspects (1) Christ’s Coming into the Air for His Church (2) The Son of Man’s Coming to the Jews and to the Earth— What shall be the Sign of Thy Coming?
XI. Leading Features of Coming Events, in their Order from Scripture
XII. The Judgment Seat of Christ (1) When will it take Place? (2) What is it for? (3) How should this influence us in our Relationships with other believers? (4) What is our individual Attitude in Connection therewith?
XIII. Salvation, Service and Rest Thoughts on Zechariah 3.
XIV. John’s Third Epistle XV. The Bishops of Scripture and their Work Individual Qualifications, Moral and Doctrinal— The Importance of Fellowship in Oversight Work— A Bible Epitome of Overseers’ Work— The Circle in which Overseeing Brethren Labour, and the Manner of Spirit, etc., in which the Work is done.
XVI. Lessons from the Life of Gideon
XVII. Woman’s Ministry, Is it of a Public Character? What saith the Scripture?— ExpediencyJonah, as an Illustration— Women’s Rights— Women and Christ— The Woman at the Well— Mary— Were Women Commissioned?— Daughters Prophesying— Philip’s Daughters— Women Praying— What Women can do— Concluding Message.
XVIII. Satanic Delusion A Word of Warning to Young Christians.
XIX. Politics. The Christian’s Relation Thereto