TheGospelMagazine. 549 THE FORTHCOMING CLIFTONCONFERENCE. SUBJOINED, we reproduce the CliftOlyf]onference invitation circularjust issued. Many of our readers attend these helpful gatherings, and they will, we trust, make the forthcoming Conference the subject of intercessory prayer. It will be observed that the theme selected for contemplation in October next is the loftiest and most precious of all themes-Jesul! Himself. [THE INVITATION CIRCULAR.] 3, BERKELEY SQUARE, CLIFTON, BRISTOL, August, 1905. BELOVED FRIENDS, FELLOW-BELIEVERS IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, The sparing Providence of our heavenly Father enables me to invite you to the Forty-third Annual Clifton Conference, which it is proposed shall be holden in the Victoria Rooms, on the 3rd and 4th of October ,next, for Christian fellowship, mutual exhortation, and the devout study of the inspired Word. The hallowed seasons spent together on many such occasions in the past lead us to value increasingly these precious means of gracesweet foretastes of our celestial home and eternal employ. They have, indeed, ministered largely to the cultivation of that true oneness of heart between the members of the living Body of Christ which modern religious sectionalism tends to weakel,l and obliterate. Numbers of beloved brethren and sisters in the Lord-now in glory-who, when on earth, represented diverse views of Church order, learned at these Conferences the bliss of meeting in the power of the Name of Jesus, their one adorable Redeemer and Head, and of forgetting all ecclesiastical and minor considerations. At a time when the faith of the Churches has become largely leavened with latitudinarianism and worldliness, and" the love of the many" for the revealed truth of God is waxing cold, a call comes from the lips of the Lord Jesus to His true disciples to draw more closely to each other in His Name, and to unite -in bearing outspoken testimony before the world to the realities of His spiritual Kingdom, and to the wonders of His great salvation. His prayer to the Father on the night of His betrayal beautifully expresses His mind concerning us :-" That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me." And again; "I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them as Thou hast loved Me." The unity of the saints-no mere denominationah)r even moral unity, but vital unity in Christ and ot the Spirit -is the most convincing evidence that the Church of God is indeed " the light of the world." The occasion of the various followers of the Lord Jesus Christ gathering unto Him" with one accord in one place" on the Day of Pentecost received the distinct approval of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The Spirit, as sent down by the Father and the Son, took possession of the Convention, and filled the hearts of
550 TheGospelMagazine. all who were present. And, to-day, God equally delights in those who forsake not the assembling of themselves together in the Name of names. "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard; that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore." Let us, then, beloved brethren, seek to realise a closer fellowship in the power of " the Spirit of Christ," and all the more since so many honoured standardbearers in the cause of God's truth have of late been taken from our midst. In this connection, Christian affection constrains mention of the home-call of God's faithful servant, Mr. James Wright, who addressed our Conference so powerfully and with such heavenlymindedness in October last, on the subject of the" Divine Promises." For the entire period of twenty-five years, during which I have been allowed of God to invite His dear people to meet at the Clifton Conference, Mr. Wright's loving fellowship, prayers, and testimony contributed one of the most gratefully esteemed of all the Divine favours granted to me in connection with our happy yearly gatherings. The Lord richly endowed our beloved brother with spiritual gifts; and the memory of his instructive expositions of the Word and his holy exhortations will ever be cherished by all who delighted to listen to the voice which now swells the praises of the Lamb before the throne on high. From the disciple we turn to the MASTER-Who knows" no variableness," Whose" years do not fail," and Who has promised us, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Our Conference subject will be:- "JESUS: (a) HIS PERSON, and (b) HIS WORK." To be occupied with Jesus is the vocation of the redeemed-here on earth by faith, and hereafter face to face. Nothing short of Christ Jesus in person satisfies the true people of God. A doctrinal Christ, a sacramental Christ, a traditional Christ, an historical Christ, the " Christ" of the "Higher Criticism," is not "the Christ of God" (Luke ix. 20) Whom the Spirit and the Word reveal to the hearts of " the household of faith." Oh, brethren, be it ours to cease from the speculative spirit of this evil age, and to be wholly taken up with Jesus in His living Person, by personal intercourse with Him, by fellowship with his heart, and mind, and will, and ~.by a growing acquaintance with His personal love towards us as manifested in His mediatorial Work-our Prophet, Priest, and King. Do not letus doubt His presence, pow,er, and communion with us in our forthcoming Conference meetings. His promise, surely, we believe-" For where two or three are gathered together in my Name, there am I in the midst of them." Brethren, I ask your prayers. Believe me, with deep affection in Christ Jesus, y ours to serve for His sake, JAlIES ORMISTON, Rector of Mary-le-Port.