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- Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there
are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of
activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in
everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for
the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance
of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the
same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of
healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to
another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between
spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the
interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the
same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he
wills. I Corinthians 12:4-11.
Related Quaker Quotes
- As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as
good stewards of Gods varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who
speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the
strength that God suppliesin order that in everything God may be
glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion
forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11.
- I can declare unto you...that this gospel order...I
neither received it of man neither was I taught it but by the
revelation of Jesus Christ. Richardson MSS (95), quoted in George Foxs Conception of the Church, by Lewis Benson.
- It eased me much when these meetings were set up; for men and
women, that are heirs of the gospel, have a right to the gospel order,
it belongs to them...this I desire...that all feel the power, may take
up their possession in the power, and make up the mens and womens
meetings...This is a day of taking possession, therefore, take your
possessions. You have a right to the authority and dignity; and
wait for the spirit of God to arise to order you in the power...and
here will be a heavenly harmony and unity and comfort in the joyful
order. George Fox, Richardson MSS (238), quoted in George Foxs Conception of the Church, by Lewis Benson.
- Christ orders his church not simply by being present in the
midst of his church but by giving himself personally to fulfill all the
offices that are regarded as necessary in an institutional type of
religious community. Christ is the great priest who makes a human
priesthood unnecessary. He is the teacher and counsellor and
bishop. He is the prophet who speaks from Heaven. He is the
king, of the increase of whose government there shall be no end.
George Foxs Conception of the Church, by Lewis Benson.
- Wherefore, brethren, let us be careful neither to out-go our
guide, nor yet loiter behind him; since he that makes haste, may miss
his way, and he that stays behind, lose his guide. William Penn, The Rise and Progress of the People Called Quakers, p. 85, republished 1838.
- It is a weighty thing to speak in large meetings for
business. First, except our minds are rightly prepared, and we
clearly understand the case we speak to, instead of forwarding, we
hinder the business and make more labour for those on whom the burden
of work is laid.
If selfish views or a partial spirit have any room in our minds, we are
unfit for the Lords work. If we have a clear prospect of the
business and proper weight on our minds to speak, it behooves us to
avoid useless apologies and repetitions. Where people are
gathered from far, and adjourning a meeting of business attended with
great difficulty, it behooves all to be cautious how they detain a
meeting, especially when they have sat six or seven hours and a good
way to ride home. In three hundred minutes are five hours, and he that
improperly detains three hundred people one minute, besides other evils
that attend it, does an injury like that of imprisoning one man five
hours without cause. John Woolman, 1758.
- The spirit of worship is essential to that type of business
meeting in which the group endeavors to act as a unit.... To
discover what we really want as compared with what at first we think we
want, we must go below the surface of self-centered desires....
To will what God wills is... to will what we ourselves really
want. Howard Brinton, 1952.
- The right conduct of our business meetings, even in matters of
routine, is important to our spiritual life, for in so far as Friends
are concerned in promoting the Kingdom of God, we should rightly feel
that its business is a service for Him. The Book of Discipline of Ohio Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.
- He who gathers Christians also provides ministers and teachers
among them by the inward unmediated operation of his own Spirit, to
watch over and instruct them and maintain them in an animated,
refreshed, and powerful condition. Their call is verified in the
hearts of their brethren, and the seals of their apostleship are the
awareness of the life and power passing through them which daily and
inwardly reinforces them in the most holy faith. As Paul
says: Then you will have the proof you seek of the Christ who
speaks through me, the Christ who, far from being weak with you, makes
his power felt among you. Barclays Apology in Modern English, p. 191 ed. Freiday.
- From all this then we do firmly conclude, that not only in a
general apostasy that it is needful men be extraordinarily called and
raised up by the Spirit of God, but that even when several assemblies
or churches are gathered by the power of God, not only into the belief
of the principles of Truth, so as to deny errors and heresies, but also
into the life, spirit, and power of Christianity, so as to be the body
and hose of Christ indeed, and a fit spouse for him, that he who
gathers them doth also, for the preserving them in a lively, fresh and
powerful condition, raise up and move among them, by the inward
immediate operation of his own Spirit, ministers and teachers to
instruct and teach and watch over them, who being thus called are
manifest in the hearts of their brethren, and their call is thus
verified in them who,by that feeling of life and power that passeth
through them, being inwardly builded up by them daily in the most holy
faith, become the seals of their apostleship; and this is answerable to
another saying of the same apostle Paul (2 Cor. 13:3): Since ye
seek a proof of Christs speaking in me, which to you-wards is not
weak, but is mighty in you. An Apology for the True Christian Divinity, p. 252, by Robert Barclay.
- If the clerk is looking for the general sense of the meeting, he
or she will be trying to make a minute that will reflect what is
said. Therefore, the minute will be the servant of the
meeting. But, on the other hand, if the assembled Friends are
concerned not to obtain a decision in their own wisdom, but intend
instead to seek the guidance of God, the meeting will be the servant of
the minute. Encounter with Silence, by John Punshon.
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- Just as for the earliest Christian church, so for the Society of
Friends, the membership constitutes the body of the church, under
Christ, our Head. So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and
every one members one of another (Romans 12:5) Consequently,
membership is considered a privelege entailing a corresponding
responsibility, first of all toward Christ, and secondly toward one
another. The Book of Discipline of Ohio Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.