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ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH

EVANGELICAL MISSION

There was a large attendance at StS Andrew's Presbyterian Church last evening, when the mission services conducted by Mr John Bissett were continued. Mr Bissett is the Scottish Evangelist from Edinburgh, and is conducting a special series of missions throughout the churches of New Zealand at the invitation of the Presbyterian General Assembly. The Ashburton mission will be continued over the next two weeks, the services commencing at 7.'15 every evening.

The Rev. G. Miller led the gathering in prayer, after which Mr Bissett read the lesson from II Kings, Chap. 2, expounding as he read the story of Elijah's parting with- Elisha. Taking his text from the 9th verse of, the same chapter, Mr Bissett asked his hearers to see in Elijah a type of Christ, and iv Elisha the representative of the twelve Disciples. Elijah, in these last days before his being lifted to Heaven in the fiery chariot, three times asked his disciple Elisha to "tarry," even as Christ, previous to his Ascension, commanded his disciples, saying unto them, "Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on High." Continuing the parallel, the preacher showed how, even as Elisha's power came upon him with Elijah's mantle, so for the disciples, there was no witness-bearing, no testimony till the flame of the Holy Ghost descended upon their heads. Elisha followed his master Elijah with one burning jpasfsion in his soul; he was prepared to go all the way to Jordan that the desire of his heart might be realised. Here was God's illustration of the pathway to power. That last journey of Elijah with Elisha began at Gilgal, which meant, the evangelist explained, the rolling away. of the reproach of Egypt,. the place where the traces of wilderness life were removed, where Israel was consecrated, where the flesh-pots were abandoned, The preacher remarked that few Christians made this clean cut from the old life, and asked would they not have a wonderful New Zealand if all Christians would only cut the shore lines and embarked on the ocean of God's love. He urged oil all office-bearers of the church that thjey should go to their Gilgal, to their, consecration, "that'•• they should, forgetting all else, come to the _ fulness of 'the Kingdom. ' It' was not' giving up,; but rather getting—the peace that passeth' aU'Tinderßtahding^. It was only when- individuals or a church came to an end of themselves, and thrust all upon God that there was the

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ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9600, 3 May 1919

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ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9600, 3 May 1919

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