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、 SCOTTISH MISSIONARY Society.
OF THE PROTESTANT
MISSIONARY STATIONS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD,
IN THEIR GEOGRAPHICAL ORDER.
THE CONVERSION OF THE WORLD DEPENDENT ON THE MORE ABUNDANT INFLUENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
An increasing consciousness among the Servants of God, of the need of special assistance from on high in all their labours to promote the Kingdom of Christ, is a Sign of the Times which is truly animating to the intelligent Christian.
The Church, under its various forms of government and discipline, has now, for many years, been laying its plans and sending forth its labourers into the Heathen World. That the great object of these exertions has been the glory of God in the salvation of men, and that they have been conducted under a sense of human insufficiency, and in dependence on the Divine Blessing, there is no just reason to doubt; but it is equally plain to the watchful observer, that what might have been expected to follow under such circumstances from human infirmity has actually taken place-these high and holy principles have been greatly weakened and hindered in their operation. New undertakings raise disproportionate expectations in the mind: and the business and circumstances of preparatory measures, lead us to attach undue importance to our own agency in the work; while the desire of success for the sake of the reputation which it attaches to our particular community, leavens and alloys the simplicity of our motives. That there has been a large portion of good in the purposes and measures of Christians, and a degree of success which has indicated the favour and blessing of God, we acknowledge with thankfulness: while it is too obvious, that our preparatory labours have not been conducted under that deep impression of the absolute necessity of Divine Influence, in large and abundant measures, on every step of our plans, which would have called forth unwearied and fervent and humble prayer for that influence. Had our love to the Saviour and the souls of perishing men been so intense, as to destroy all the lower feelings which associate themselves with our labours, the grief and pity for the millions which still perish, year by year, would have been more prominent in the records of Missionary Proceedings.
We have frequently called the attention of our Readers to this important subject; and shall not fail to take future opportunities of urging on them importunate and persevering prayer, for the more abundant influence of the Holy Spirit on the Church and its labourers.
It gives us great pleasure to remark, that attention is beginning to be very generally awakened to this duty. The subject is attaining somewhat of that prominence, in the Pulpit, in Prayer, in Addresses and Resolutions at Public Meetings, in Instructions delivered to Missionaries, in
Reports of Societies, and in the Communications of the Labourers themselves, which gives ground to hope, that, the Servants of God being stirred up to pray for the blessing, that blessing will not be delayed.
Many Clergymen and Ministers of different denominations, throughout Great Britain and Ireland, have taken it up as a serious part of their duty, to instruct and rouse their Congregations more largely and habitually on this subject and Courses of Lectures have been preached, in several large towns and cities, on the Deity, Offices, and Gracious Operations of the Holy Ghost, with especial reference to the conversion of the world. Friendly Meetings are statedly held, of those persons who take the most active share in the direction of the different Missionary Societies; in which they not only profit by the experience of one another in their respective bodies, but unite in calling down the Guidance and Blessing of the Holy Spirit on all the endeavours of Christians to make their Saviour known to the perishing world.
This feeling is widely diffusing itself among Christians on the Continent and in the American States. Prayer Meetings have been established, and the subject is pressed on general attention in various religious publications. At Paris itself, where so little of this kind has been known for many years, a Meeting of pious persons is held on the First Monday in the Month, with a special view to this object. In the United States, Meetings for Prayer, on that day, have been for some time very generally adopted among different denominations of Christians, and by their Missionaries sent forth to the Heathen; and a degree of heavenly influence has attended the Means of Grace in various places throughout the States, by which many thousands have been converted to God, and maintained in a consistent and steady profession of the Gospel.
Very beneficial effects among ourselves already attend the exertions of which we have spoken. Many Ministers have felt a great increase of personal comfort in their labours-a growing seriousness of mind has been manifested in their congregations-the Ministry has been more blessed to the conversion of the careless and the wicked-many individuals and families have openly united themselves to the Lord at His Table-established Christians have been strengthened and edified-and a warm zeal for the extension of Christ's kingdom, and more tender Missionaries compassion for Heathens and Jews, have been manifested.
have been animated in their labours and trials, by hearing of this state of things at home; and have gone forth to their work with renewed encouragement and zeal.
Let us then make this a personal duty; and let the Closet and the Family witness daily and fervent wrestlings with God, in believing prayer, for the abundant out-pouring of that influence of the Holy Ghost, by which alone the world can be subdued to the obedience of the Faith.
THE visit of Sir Charles MacCarthy to England, has greatly strengthened the interest before taken in the concerns of his Governmeut, which now extends over the British Possessions through 40 Degrees of Latitude on this coast. His arrival, affectionate reception, and subsequent proceedings, on his return to Sierra Leone, were stated at large at pp. 235-238 of our last Volume.
That all the exertions of benevolent men in behalf of Africa are urgently required, will appear from the statements of Sir George Collier. His