Churches are suffering, not so much for the want of sermons as for lack of ministry. The members of the churches need personal labor; they need to be instructed as to how they can engage in the work of God... Those who will engage in active service for the good of others will find that their own souls will be revived and quickened, and those whom they visit will be encouraged and strengthened by the interest of their brethren in their behalf.
Let those who claim to be the sons and daughters of God meet together to bring hope to one another’s hearts. We keep apart from God and from one another, but the scripture declares that “they that feared the Lord spake often one to another.” [Malachi 3:16.] Coldness, formality, and indifference are quenching the vital spark of piety. Wherever we go we should carry an atmosphere of Christian hopefulness and cheer; then those who are out of Christ will see some attractiveness in the religion we profess. We need to get more distinct glimpses of heaven, the land where all is brightness and joy. We need to know more of the fullness of the blessed hope.
Precious opportunities may be improved in conversing and praying together, in relating experiences, in making diligent search of the Bible; by such Christian association we may build up one another in the most holy faith.
If they call upon God to imbue them with the Holy Spirit, to give them words to speak that will be as meat in due season, they will find their own hearts refreshed, and they will be richly repaid. It has often been found that where there was but a limited number, the most precious and profitable seasons have been enjoyed. In such meetings there had been ample time for conversation on religious topics, time for prayer together, time for rejoicing in the love of God. Every member of the church could learn the needs of his brethren and sisters, and by so doing could pray more intelligently for them. It is impossible to do this so fully at large camp-meetings or other gatherings, but at these smaller meetings we have found our hearts knit together in bonds of love and Christian fellowship.
Meet together to bring hope to one another’s hearts, carry the atmosphere of Christian hopefulness and cheer.
Build up one another in the most holy faith. Improve opportunities in conversing and praying together, in relating experiences and in making diligent search of the Bible.
Call on God to imbue you with the Holy Spirit and to give you words to speak that will be as meat in due season.
In smaller meetings, make ample time for conversation on religious topics, time for prayer together and time for rejoicing in the love of God.