Advices and Queries for the Month of September 2010

Camas Friends Church: A Quaker Meeting

Personal and Corporate Faith

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil. (1 Th 5:16–22 NRSV)

“Complete knowledge is always beyond us, and a recognition of this fact carries with it a demand that we ‘prove all thing; hold fast that which is good.’ It is by this method that Christian thinkers in the past have advanced towards a more perfect understanding of the ways of God. This suggests on the one hand that even those ideas which we now see to be incomplete or erroneous often contained for those who first held them vital expression of truth, and were in their time only gained as the result of painful strivings of heart and mind, and, on the other hand, that the ideas of God and man which have been held in the past much be re-expressed in the light of our own experience and further knowledge.” (Excerpt from William Penn and Benjamin Cole)

From Northwest Yearly Meeting Queries

Do you live in vital relationship with God, trusting in Jesus Christ as your saving Lord and obeying the leadings of the Holy Spirit? Is Christ’s presence evident in your life?

Do you cultivate your spiritual growth through prayer and Bible reading and through attendance at meetings for worship and study? Are you finding joy in the Lord?

Does your inward faith turn outward? Do you pray for your friends and associates and for those engaged in spreading the Gospel? Have you examined your beliefs and prepared yourself to share them, with sensitivity and humility, as the Holy Spirit leads?

Do you acknowledge God’s ownership of all that is under your care? Do you give of your time and abilities in service to church and community and gratefully use your possessions as a trust to honor God?

From Pacific Yearly Meeting

Do I come to Meeting for Worship with heart and mind prepared?

How do I strive to maintain the integrity of my inner and outer lives?

Do I act on my principles even when this entails difficult consequences?

From Britain Yearly Meeting

Take heed, dear Friends, to the promptings of love and truth in your hearts. Trust them as the leadings of God whose Light shows us our darkness and brings us new life.

Bring the whole of your life under the ordering of the spirit of Christ. Are you open to the healing power of God’s love? Cherish that of God within you, so that this love may grow in you and guide you. Let your worship and your daily life enrich each other. Treasure your experience of God, however it comes to you. Remember that Christianity is not a notion but a way.

How does Truth prosper among you?