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CHURCH AND CHAPEL. THE CHRISTIAN'S OBLIGATION. sermon preached by the Rev T. A. Penry at the irortiaad-street Congregational church on Sunday January 8th, from 2 Cor., v. 15, "And that ^°r ^at t'hc'y which live should not hence- » e un^° themselves, but unto him which died and rose again." is one of the many deductions from the facts Wh- u and resurrection of Jesus Christ with ■fM- Writings the Apostles abound. These lasts are represented as 'constituting the essential leatures of the gospel. If Christ died not and rose DOt, says Paul, then is our preaching vain and your faith is vain, yea and we are found false wit- esses of God." They are regarded as the basis of and the source of inspiration amid all conflicts or the attainment of divine, Christ-like manhood. i~6Se truths we acknowledge, in word at least, by prominent place accorded them in our religious as themes of praise and thanksgiving unto J*0* but our praise signifies nothing unless we see 111 them assurances of God's marvellous love and Purpose respecting us, and feel their constraining fOWer raiding us in the likeness of his resurrection to newness of life in aim and motive. The truth .^shrined in the facts relates not only to the life that to come, but to that which now is. This is the sson emphasised by the apostle in the text.- The -.acceptance of Christ as having died for all involves abnegation of self as the inspiring motive of life, "jp S;iy, and mem what you say, that Christ has 5?™ *or you, then the inevitable conclusion follows 'that you should not henceforth live to yourself, but to him who died f#r you and rose again. Due PPreciation of the fact necessitates the honest of the will and spirit of Jesus jj'to.st as the guiding, controlling and inspiring ,?.?w.e^s °f life?. "If any man have not the spirit of in k-e.^s none of his." There is no participation sPirit but by willingly and gladly submitting nun as one who is entitled to be our Lord by iTh *s an<^ kas done for 01ir redemption. r aP°s^°^c lesson deduced from the cross •■tc jp0l-'les the cross as the evidence of discipleship. } ai^y man come after me let him take up his cross „ follow me." To live for Christ, and not for A "sender all circumstances must often, prove to and blood a heavy cross; but this is Christ's f°r Kian's redemption. There is no worthy scipleship but as selfishness is crucified for the th h ^e £ 0°d an<i being true and pure. In C}]f- ,a?s °f his flesh many were willing to follow tei-* they could be accepted upon their own rms. But as he came to save men and not merely v Fain adherents, his purpose would not be attained as they accepted him as their master and the woss of his service as their badge. To many, as to TnayIor t°"day, his method might have appeared ideal, and a modification of his conditions might BCem desirable and politic. In no case, however, did Slower the standard. This remains, though the Church to-day has far departed from his way. We too anxious to gain adherents to insist on discipleship which consists in the cross-bearing IR f??^"a^ne8'ation for Christ. A greater importance ttached to statistics than to Christ-likeness. By -DJ, measure the success of the gospel, and righteousness of principles. Men are ^iced to identify themselves with the Church, and aceeP^ the invitation as a kind of insurance corlsecluerices of sin in another world, and s? m a sense of security which is terribly Chi-;Sl(-Ve an.^ unreal. The saving requirements of the -11 are °^en prostituted to the pride of HQth a man is a communicant guarantees Sobe"1^" n *8 n°^ a £ uai'an^ee that a man is truthful, 4b« ?°ir "or!est, provided he can keep himself from "the h i ^es.°f the law °f the land to say nothing of of fv,1 ?^v"aes °* °liarity, forgiveness, and purity "t and action. He may take his place at the tttif f Si •01 almost any church in the land with- Chpifif a 8"18'le cross for Christ's sake. The thaf that makes such a demand is not the Christ ^.such men believe in. The Christ who "did it fe„ la theirs, the Christ who is satisfied with pro- errlonal routine, but the Christ who disturbs human •as k° ar Vanity and carnal appetite is hated to-day Homn e^er was hated. The Christ as an external tariff 18 accePtable enough, but the Christ that advn demands separation from sin, that ■and fvf" ca?se °f the weak, and the oppressed, '^TTen h wf?n^ed is only too often a rejected Christ, «om,v, those who sing his praise and unite in .an** em orating his death. In all these things we 11 tangling ourselves with the yoke of bondage, Christianity a superficial religion totally jr. rthy of the Master, and confirming men in their olieapprehension of the aim and purpose of the life death of Jesus Christ. By sacrifice are we ior^-em+iT' sacrifi°e for us and by our sacrifice fer 5^uth and righteousness as they are in him, and 'CShinaf'8a appreciative acknowledgment of Jtttn 8 involves the obligation to live to lot- /• liyed so he died, not for himself, but 9, eivhl rs', or al'- In bis redemptive work all have ditxi 5 and an inheritance of blessing. In that he 4avf» l ■(f,r then all died." In him therefore we .1 G' Sf we are n0 l0I)?er our own, but his. Yhi,, acceptance of him as our master and redeemer Sei-w-VeS ni0- accePtance of the conditions of his ice. I his is a principle that holds good every- 3LT> ?r<5 ail(^ always. Every service has its conditions, uu we can continue honourably in it only by faith- lully observing such conditions. This is the law of «Very society, every house of business, and every position of trust. Each sets some limitation to jj^idual waywardness. Personal rights are .-acri- ,r salre of the advantages sought. By °f friendship and love we live not merely to how!f bl^ to .aild. for others. This principle, tion T61*' receives its highest application in our rela- Dtewt iUS Purist. Acknowledging him as our er things, and our redeemer from all evil, $ion« U f^,n.ecess!irily accept the conditions andlimita- ftbid^K service. We make our choice and must "Will m y,hat the choice involves. The master's + enceforth be ours. We live not to our- W -u bim. This is the doctrine of the cross 8ens^ fIC 0ur salTation is wrought, and that in a Hense far more real than that which is commonly r choi^-6 wi^ It. But the grounds upon which the attroof-8 ma"e and the advantages of the service lend every obligation therein involved. If iua^m 6 ^ie ^or us' an<^ attach its that l;earUI?j? tbat fact, the soul-inspiring motives -Drinm 0iln and are associated with it, render the Chri0+? 6 w ^'le text an essential feature of the Bobiwn- ii living for him we shall live the •keinfnii i hest for ourselves, and live the most w ai2. usefully for others, and thereby fill the See nf «,lri? an with a reality in which Christ may a Of the travail of his soul and be satisfied. Jones, B.A., eurate of Lampeter, pr e sentetlto the important living of Kid- VJy by the Lord Chancellor. We announce the death of the Rev J. Powis, M A. Sbip«r °l Peny('lawdd and Liang-oven, Monmouth- jj~re-r.-which sad event took place on Friday week. of P^ased: who was 42 years of age, was the eldest son Urida em^nent bard Dewi Wyn of H'ssyllt," Ponty- Wed>'esJ.116 iunera^ took place at Penyclawdd on IluVeWS Jea°hed this country, by the last mail from j. '1' of the sudden death from cholera of Mrs wife of the Rev J. Pengwern Jones, ^he auspices of the Calvinistic Ittdii Missionary Society at the Khasia Hills, last sa<^ event took place on the 4th Dec. Wot-a an'l A^rs J°nes. it will be remembered, thaf the band of South Wales missionaries deepi^P-i ia°i' September last year. The faen Brecruf Wa",t1heI daughter of Mr Powell, Pont- "Vion'slv to ml an on^ 3uat been married pre- bously to gOIng ont to India with Mr Jones, who Methodist ch urcli °Mountain ^rathy i, fit for Mj uZ&SS'* llZ'&ZrStfSi J™ tt. London eie were only 110; in 1775 they had gro wn into »uhl' i 1,n U|1G to "3" When- in 1816' °r Kees in w History of Protestant Nonconformity letn .^lad increased to 2,927, and the thaf-1Qd ° various denominations for 1887 show 4he<spn°W number nearly 4,500. The whole of suPP01'ted by the voluntary offerings of the WthLAearly ^eturas of the Welsh Calvinistic 3888 XTas furnished in the Official Diary for a^tion« that there are 1,394 chapels and preaching ^hic-h HTQ11 ^oanex_ion, the great majority of ^srshin ir, p iin jie Pri"oipality. The total mem- Sunfi ^inS^an^ and Wales is 129,458, while with **eeted ^-schools there are 188,066 persons con- ^eaeher^ ordained ministers, 370 5ai*ies w;flai /+8 deacons. Last year 6,401 ^9ath rpr5 f o e«o communion roll, while spelled °^d -'563 .ambers, and 1,676 were here is an increase for the year of four *S £ U('lars' w communicants, and 1,326 Sunday ''248 in i-^1 a of 892 m the hearers, and of :?e,r the lai> QC0^ecti°nstowards the ministry. Last ^°warda thff 8^m 7s lOd was contributed ^et to be raiJ!u10n °! church debts, the amount The retuTas% lu" no lessthan ^323,118 5s. wonal Union of i Prfsent state of the Congrega- that there nio and Walea, just published, Searches, and mission n<?vv,338 churches, branch Last year the t connected with the to these figures «f waa 315, but by WO years, the 166 stationi1^ done for the last io* stations known to be supported by individual churches, but not included in the county returns, there is a total given of 4,504, as against 4,461 reported last year. The total number of ministers is 2,686. The returns of accommodation have in many cases not been revised. A substantial increase is, however, shown in the cases in which they have been revised, and as these are representa- tive and in different countries, they furnish a basis for estimating the entire sitting accommodation pro- vided. This amounts to 1,625,600. The actual num- ber of members is, however, not stated. In the metropolis there are 267 Congregational Churches, of which 247 are in the London Congregational Union. Of the the 396 metropolitan ministers, 329 are mem- bers of the London Union. In Scotland there are 102 churches, in Ireland 29, and in the islands of the British seas 10. At the date of the returns there were 174 vacant churches in England, 139 in Wales and in Welsh churches in England, six in Scotland, three in Ireland, and one in the Channel Islands. During the year 18 new churches have been formed, 75 new chapels erected, including the halls and chapels rebuilt 17 new schools built, 14, foundation stones of chapels and six of schools have been laid, while, 11 churches or5 mission stations have been closed. There have been 143 ministerial removals, 83 resignations, and 81 ordinations. Seven ministers have left for other denominations, and three from other bodies have joined the Congregationalists. In England, Wales, Scotland, and the Colonies there are 18 Congregational colleges, at which there are 52 professors and lecturers, and 457 students. There are also in heathen lands ten institutions belonging to the London Missionary Society, training about 300 native students. During the year 54 new minis- ters from English and Welsh Congregational col- leges have settled in Great Britian and Ireland, nine have come from other colleges, and the training of twelve is unknown. The Earl of Powis has conferred the important living of Oswe-try, vacant by the acceptance by the Hev Canon Howell Evans of the living of Potton, Bedfordshire, upon the Rev Henry Fletcher, M.A., Oxford, vicar of Holy Trinity, Shrewsbury. Mr Fletcher, who is a moderate High Churchman, was ordained priest in 1845, a'.d was appointed to the living of Holy Trinity, Shrewsbury, in 1862. The vicarage of Oswestry is of the annual value of .£600, with parsonage. The yearly statistics of the Baptist denomination in the Principality of Wales show considerable in- crease, being comparatively larger than that of any other denomination. The number of chapels in Wales alone ( Monmouthshire being excluded) is 701, and of churches 616. The former provide accommo- dation for 240,992 persons, and evidently the attend- ance is large, as the number of communicants is set down at 75,443. There are 8,535 Welsh Sunday School teachers, who have 77,877 scholars. The ordained pastors number 367, and there are 315 recognised lay preachers. If to these be added the returns from Monmouthshire, in the western valleys of which this body has a strong hold, the figures are largely increased. In that county there are 113 places of worship, with 103 churches. These afford accom- modation for 48,957 persons, and have a membership of 12,595. There are 1,611 teachers and 16,477 scholars in the county of Monmouth, with 80 ordained ministers and 65 recognised local preachers. During 1887 these churches contributed .£9,903 for the removal of chapel debts, while new buildings were erected at a cost of = £ 4,868. There are three theo- logical colleges in Wales -viz., Pontypool, Haver- fordwest, and Llangollen, in which 63 students are preparing for home or foreign service. There are three monthly periodicals and one weekly newspaper published in the vernacular, in addition to the yearly handbook. The smallest church membership is at Newburgh, in Anglesea, and the largest at Moriah, Llanelly, which has 699 communicants. The Rev. John Rowlands, D.D., minister of the letter church, is vice-president of the Baptist Union of Wales. The progress of the Baptist body in the principality may be estimated from a touching narrative of the condition of the principality given by Vavasor Powel, and prefixed to The Bird in the Cage, published in 1662, wherein he says that at the beginning of the Civil War there were but one or two gathered con- gregations in all Wales, and in some counties scarce any that made profession of godliness. It is said that the Rev T Lucius Morgan, Calvinistic Methodist minister at Beaumaris, intends taking orders in the Church of England. Mr Morgan, who was formerly a stud .nt at the University Co]lege of Wales, is a brother to "Morien," and is a good preacher.