Simplified Summaries of J N Darby on our Living Hope – the Rapture, and Enjoying Fellowship in a Day of Church Breakdown, and much more…

Zech 4:10
Who hath despised the day of small things

For the Lord himself, with an assembling shout, with archangel’s voice and with trump of God, shall descend from heaven; and the dead in Christ shall rise first;then we, the living who remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we shall be always with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 J N Darby Bible ). Are YOU waiting to see Jesus; are YOU waiting to be with Him – now!

Adayofsmallthings.com – J N Darby Simplified (ADOSS) draws on the words of a few of the Lord’s servants, John Nelson Darby (JND) in particular, mostly in simplified and summary form, to provide encouragement and instruction for believers who are concerned to ‘walk in the light’ – and above all following, and keeping close to Jesus.

J N Darby (1800-82) had a major influence on evangelical Christendom in the nineteenth century. He perceived the truth of Christ as the Head in heaven, with His body here, the church heavenly in origin and destiny, perfectly united in the sight of God, and its hope of being with Him at the imminent (pre-millennial) rapture. Pre-tribulation (pre-trib) Christians know him as ‘the father of dispensational theology’. As his epitaph says ‘Unknown, yet well known’

JND looked at the sects, the human organisation, and the quenching of the Holy Spirit throughout Christendom, and concluded that the public church was in ruins. He saw the way in which the public Christian Church had degenerated with worldliness, human tolerance of evil and sectarian fragmentation, running counter to the Lord’s words, ‘That they may be one’. Church unity could not be achieved by human compromise and confederacy. It can only be in looking to the Lord Himself, giving Him His place, by the Holy Spirit, going forth to him without the camp and being not of the world.

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SITE INDEX

About Day of Small Things

Introduction to adayofsmallthings.com
A Day of Small Things (ADOSS) – Sosthenes’ Monthly Letter
A Letter to those who might know me
Walking in the Light of the Assembly – by Sosthenes
Darby Simplified
Summaries and Light Editing
Changes to ‘A day of Small Things’. – February 2018

John Nelson Darby

 
J N D’s Letters
J N Darby – A true Churchman
Darby’s Stand – WG Turner
Funeral of John Nelson Darby

The Church, its Perfection, its Ruin and Assembly Experience

 

Author or
JN Darby Simplified
Title Based on Original Title Source

JND Classics for the Church: The Faith once delivered to the Saints

J N Darby Simplified Knowing where we are, and what God wants us to do, in the Confused State of Christendom The Faith once delivered to the Saints – Brief summary of seven papers by J N Darby
J N Darby Simplified  The Path for the Christian in the Ruin of Christendom  The Faith once delivered to the Saints  Vol 32 Miscellaneous 1 p379
J N Darby Simplified Church Unity and Sectarianism  The Nature and Unity of the Church of Christ Vol 1 Ecclesiastical 1 – p20
J N Darby Simplified Separation from Evil and Christian Unity Separation from Evil, God’s Principle of Unity  Vol 1 Ecclesiastical 1 – p353
J N Darby Simplified  God’s Love and Grace – Holiness, Unity and Christian Gathering  Grace, the Power of Unity and of Gathering   Vol 1 Ecclesiastical 1 – p366
JN Darby Simplified On Independent Churches, Independent Local Assemblies, Personal Judgment and Conscience On Ecclesiastical Independency Vol 14 Ecclesiastical 3 – p301
J N Darby Simplified The Church as the Body of Christ, the Church as the Habitation of God, and Local Churches  Churches and the Church Vol 20 Ecclesiastical 4 – p318
JN Darby Simplified The Evil of Clericalism – One Man should not Run a Church or Assembly The Notion of a Clergyman, Dispensationally the Sin against the Holy Ghost Vol 1 Ecclesiastical 1 – p36

What is the Church?

JN Darby Simplified The Jews and the Church  Law Vol 10 Doctrinal 3 p1
JN Darby Simplified Confusion as to the Church – The House and the Body  The Church , the House and the Body Vol 14 Ecclesiastical 3 p91
J B Stoney Christ loves the Assembly

The Public Breakdown

JN Darby Simplified The Faith once delivered to the Saints – Knowing where we are, and what God wants us to do, in the Confused State of Christendom The Faith once delivered to the Saints –  Brief summaries of seven papers by J N Darby
Sosthenes The Sad State of the Church

 

Clericalism and Church Organisation

JN Darby Simplified The Evil of Clericalism – One Man should not Run a Church or Assembly The Notion of a Clergyman, Dispensationally the Sin against the Holy Ghost Vol 1 Ecclesiastical 1 – p36
JN Darby Simplified Priests  Who is a Priest and What is a Priest? Vol 10 Doctrinal 3 p209.
JN Darby Simplified All Preaching should be Lay Preaching On Lay Preaching Vol 1 Ecclesiastical 1 p131
JN Darby Simplified Bishops – How did they come about? Episcopacy: What ground is there in Scripture or History for accounting it an Institution of God? vol. 20 Eccesiastical 4 p307
Sosthenes Clericalism, a Cautionary Tale 

Local Churches and Gatherings

JN Darby Simplified Establishing, or Planting Churches  On the Formation of Churches Vol 1 Ecclesiastical 1 p138
JN Darby Simplified On Independent Churches, Independent Local Assemblies, Personal Judgment and Conscience On Ecclesiastical Independency Vol 14 Ecclesiastical 3 – p301
Charles Coates  Local Responsibility

 

Charles Coates  What would happen if Somebody from Thyatira left that Company and tried to Break Bread in Philadelphia

Church Experience – Collective

 J N Darby Simplified  JND’s Advice for when Things get Difficult amongst Brethren
J N Darby Simplified  The Spirit in which we should be when the Church is Forced to Exercise Discipline  On Discipline Vol 1 Ecclesiastical 1 p338
 Charles Coates Brethren do not Divide Miscellaneous Ministry on  Thessalonians-Revelation   CAC Vol 33 p 57 and 450
 Charles Coates  How we should React in Regard to an Assembly where there is Division
Malcolm Biggs  Principles Relating to Christian Fellowship
 James Taylor  Two or Three New Series vol 29, p. 300
 Sosthenes  Latitudinarianism 
Sosthenes  What do we mean by Fellowship? 
Sosthenes  Christian Fellowship is an Experience, not a Membership System
Sosthenes  First to the Lord, and to us – Have we had it the Wrong Way Round?

Church Experience – Personal

J N Darby Simplified Am I Gathering to the Lord as a Member of the Body of Christ, or as a Member of a Sect?  What is a Sect Vol 14 Ecclesiastical 3 p362
 Frederick Raven  I am not a Member of any Company Reading on Matthew 13 F.E. Raven, Volume 15 – page 357
Harry Foster The Perils of Legality
Sosthenes Christians Leaving their Comfort Zone
Sosthenes How are we to regard other Christians

 

Hope of the Church and other Prophecy

Author or
JN Darby Simplified
Title Based on Original Title Source
 

Classics for the Church: The Present Hope of the Church

J N Darby Simplified The Present Hope of the Church  Eleven Lectures on The Hopes of the Church of God Vol. 2 Prophetic 1
J N Darby Simplified The Christian’s Assurance as to Prophecy Introduction Vol. 2 Prophetic 1 p278
J N Darby Simplified What the Father has done in Grace for the Church’s Glory The Church and its Glory Vol. 2 Prophetic 1 p282
J N Darby Simplified  The Second Coming of Christ  The Second Coming of Christ  Vol. 2 Prophetic 1 p290
J N Darby Simplified  The Rapture  The First Resurrection – or The Resurrection of the Just  Vol. 2 Prophetic 1 p301
J N Darby Simplified  The Judgment of Evil  The Progress of Evil on the Earth and its Judgment   Vol. 2 Prophetic 1 p310
J N Darby Simplified Ecclesiastical Apostasy and Civil Apostasy The Two Characters of Evil: Ecclesiastical Apostasy, and Civil Apostasy  Vol. 2 Prophetic 1 p321
J N Darby Simplified The Judgment of the Nations Judgment of the Nations, which become the inheritance of Christ and of the Church  Vol. 2 Prophetic 1 p334
J N Darby Simplified God’s Promises to Israel Israel’s First Entry into the Land was the Result of Promise  Vol. 2 Prophetic 1 p344
J N Darby Simplified What God in His Goodness will yet do for Israel, and what it Means for Us Israel’s Failure and Dispersion; Promises of Restoration  Vol. 2 Prophetic 1 p353
J N Darby Simplified The Remnant of Israel  Same subject as the preceding and Manner of its Accomplishment.  Vol. 2 Prophetic 1 p362
J N Darby Simplified The Importance of Prophecy Summing Up, and Conclusion  Vol. 2 Prophetic 1 p370
 

Other Articles Related to the Hope of the Church and Premillennial Teaching

JN Darby Simplified The Power, Hopes, Calling, Present Position, and Occupation of the Church  The Church – What is it? Her Power, Hopes, Calling, Present Position, and Occupation. Vol 12 Evangelical 1 Page 372.
Sosthenes and Daniel Otsing The Lord is Coming Very Soon – The Rapture of the Church
 

More on Prophecy

A. Herald – with modifications Glossary of Prophetic Terms
JN Darby  John Nelson Darby’s Prophetic Map  Prophetic Map Notes and Comments Vol. 2 p192
JN Darby Simplified  After the Rapture, the Jewish Remnant – Particularly from Isaiah   The Rapture of the Saints and the Character of the Jewish Remnant vol. 11 (Prophetic 4) page 118
JN Darby Simplified  After the Rapture, the Jewish Remnant – Particularly from the Psalms  The Rapture of the Saints and the Character of the Jewish Remnant vol. 11 (Prophetic 4) page 134
JN Darby Simplified  After the Rapture, the Jewish Remnant – Particularly from the New Testament The Rapture of the Saints and the Character of the Jewish Remnant vol. 11 (Prophetic 4) page 142
JN Darby Simplified  The Things which shall be Hereafter (Rev 1:19)  – The Rapture
JN Darby Simplified  The Lord’s Second Coming and the Church’s Witness –  The Lord’s Coming and the Church  Notes and Comments Vol. 2, p 275
Sosthenes  The Things which shall be Hereafter (Rev 1:19) – The Great Tribulation – 
Sosthenes  The Things which shall be Hereafter (Rev 1:19)  – The Marriage of the Lamb
Sosthenes  The Things which shall be Hereafter (Rev 1:19)  – The Judgment Seat of Christ

Christian Experience

 

 

Christian Experience – Practical Christianity and Testimony

Author or
JN Darby Simplified
Title Based on Original Title Source
 

Christian Experience – Personal

J N Darby Translation  How to Know the Will of the Father  An alternative translation to that in JND’s Collected Writings.  How to Know the Will of the Father  vol  16 (Practical 1) p19 JND French Letters No 436
J N Darby Simplified We need more Devoted Christians   Christian Devotedness Vol. 16 Practical 1 p234
J N Darby Unabridged  Rouse yourselves Christians  Some Observations on the Scripture Lessons of the Board of Education Vol 32 Miscellaneous 1 p305
J N Darby Simplified  If we Fail- From a French letter TBA
J N Darby Quote  Obeying God TBA
J N Darby Simplified  The True Grace of God wherein we stand  Why do I groan?‘ Vol 12 Evangelical 1 Page 186
J N Darby Simplified  Our walk here  This one thing Vol 32 Miscellaneous 1 p347
J N Darby Simplified  If God be for us, who can be against us? Rom 8:31-39  God for us Vol 12 Evangelical 1 Page 165
JN Darby Simplified  Divine Guidance I will guide thee with mine eye  Vol. 16 Practical 1 p171
Alfred Gardiner  The Believer’s Body  The Believer’s Body AJG Ministry Vol 10 p3
Malcolm Biggs A Suggested Reading List
Sosthenes  Barzillai – a Practical Servant of the Lord
Sosthenes 70 and Free
Sosthenes   Whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service
A W Tozer   The Modern Smooth Cross
JN Darby Simplified  The Story of a Young Lady Intent on Entering a Mixed Marriage  Reflections on Mixed Marriages Vol. 16 Practical 1 p171
JN Darby Simplified The World cannot Continue the Way it is.

 

What is the World, and  What is its End? A serious question for those who are of it – –  Vol 34 Miscellaneous 3 p110
JN Darby Simplified  How a Christian is to Exist in this Evil World  What the World is; and how a Christian can live in it Tract
JN Darby Simplified  True Evangelisation-  Correspondence on recent matters. vol. 31 Doctrinal 9 p369
JN Darby Simplified  Some JND Snippets 
James Taylor  Small Numbers are Often due to Want of Evangelical Activity  Houses filled JT Ministry Vol 47 p359
James Taylor Not drawing on Divine Resources    Divine Resources JT Ministry Vol 19 p424
Sosthenes Experts in the Art of Dying’ –  Christ-like Conduct During the Armenian Genocide 
 

Christian Experience – Worship and Devotional

JN Darby Simplified  Nearness to Christ and Its Effect (Humility)   Nearness to Christ and Its Effect (Humility) Vol 36

Miscellaneous 5 p110

JN Darby Simplified  Oh, Jesus! Jesus!  John 8 Notes and Comments Vol. 7, p 135
JN Darby Simplified Worshipping God  On Worship Vol 7 Doctrinal 2 p87
Sosthenes The Lord’s Day Service vol. 11 (Prophetic 4) page 134
Sosthenes  I Will Lift Up My Eyes to the Hills – Psalm 121 vol. 11 (Prophetic 4) page 134


Our Knowledge of God

 

Author or
JN Darby Simplified
Title Based on Original Title Source

God the Father and the Trinity

J N Darby Simplified  God is One  A few words on the Trinity  Vol 32 Miscellaneous 1 p15
 

Christ – His Person, His Work and His Glory

J N Darby Simplified The Melchisedec Priesthood of Christ   The Melchisedec Priesthood of Christ   Vol 2 Prophetic 1 p64
JN Darby Simplified  Christ’s Sufferings from Men and from God, in His Spirit, and in Anticipation  The Sufferings of Christ  Vol 7 Doctrinal 2 p139
JN Darby Simplified  Christ Lifted Up  Notes of an Address on John 3  Vol 21 Evangelical 2 p127
Sosthenes  That in all things He might have the Pre-eminence (Col 1:18)
Henry R. Wilkinson  JESUS – a Name which is above Every Name
 

The Holy Spirit

J N Darby Simplified

We are Temple of the Holy Spirit

 Indwelling of the Holy Ghost – 1 Corinthians 6  Vol 21 – Evangelical 2 page 215.
 

God’s Purpose, Counsels and Ways

J N Darby Simplified The Purpose of God – The Church and the Jews – the Respective Centres of the Heavenly Glory and of the Earthly Glory in Christ  The Purpose of God Vol 2 Prophetic 1 p266

 

Christendom & Church History

Author or
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Title Based on Original Title Source

Christia Denominations

J N Darby Translation  Why I could not be a Baptist. – Believers’ Baptism, Infant Baptism, Household Baptism – the House and the Assembly JND French Letters No 431
J N Darby French Pourquoi je ne Pourrais être Baptiste. – Baptême des Croyants – Baptême des Enfants – Baptême des Familles – la Maison et l’Assemblée JND French Letters No 431
J N Darby Simplified The Supper and Roman Catholic Mass On Mark 14 Vol 24 Expository 3 p317
Sosthenes All Roads lead to Rome
 

The Brethren

J N Darby Simplified  The Open Division of 1848  The Bethesda Circular  Vol 15 Doctrinal 4 p164
JN Darby Simplified  Have the Brethren got Something Special?  Correspondence on recent matters  Vol 31 Doctrinal 9 p369
JND Letters Vol. 2 p339
JN Darby Simplified  What did John Nelson Darby and the Brethren hold?   A letter to the Editor of ‘Le Français’  JND Letters Vol. 2 p431
Sosthenes  J N Darby and the so-called Plymouth Brethren  or Why John Nelson Darby would have left the Exclusive Brethren Sect
 

Church, Secular and Israel History

Sosthenes 520BC Zechariah, Buddah and Confucius

Public Affairs including Christian Persecution

JN Darby Simplified The Effects of Democracy in Britain – How Prophetic he was! Progress of Democratic Power, and its Effects on the Moral State of England Vol 32 Miscellaneous 1 p333
JN Darby Simplified Civilisation and Man’s Natural state Civilisation Notes and Comments Vol. 1 p 110
Sosthenes Praying for our Leaders
Sosthenes Brexit – What does it mean?
Sosthenes Pakistan
Sosthenes Let us cry to God for those whose Lives are in Danger

Error Exposed

The Irrationalism of InfidelityA series of articles by J N Darby – Summaries by Sosthenes

 

Author or
JN Darby Simplified
Title Based on Original Title Source
 

Wrong Teaching and Notions

J N Darby Simplified  The Notion that Christ was made Sin at His birth  The Pauline Doctrine of the Righteousness of Faith (part)  Vol 7 Doctrinal 2 p349
J N Darby Simplified The Error as to Christ’s Righteousness The Pauline Doctrine of the Righteousness of Faith (part)  Vol 7 Doctrinal 2 p349
J N Darby Simplified Moral Law – an unscriptural Expression Law Vol 10 Doctrinal 3 p1
J N Darby Quote False Ideas of Right and Wrong Conscience (See full article) Notes and Comments Vol. 1, p 104
J N Darby Simplified Christ’s Coming into Manhood – Some Errors Exposed Union in Incarnation, the Root Error of Modern Theology Vol 7 Doctrinal 2 p185
J N Darby Unabridged Man always spoils what God has set up perfectly Union in Incarnation, the Root Error of Modern Theology (epilogue) Vol 7 Doctrinal 2 p201
Sosthenes The Complete Work of Christ on the Cross –  And the error as to the Abandonment
J N Darby Simplified Hell is Real – and Eternal

Eternal Punishment – Where JND Points to it in Scripture
Brief Scriptural Evidence on the doctrine of Eternal Punishment, for plain people Vol 7 Doctrinal 2 p1
 

The Irrationalism of Infidelity

J N Darby Simplified  Summary – Particular Objections  A reply to “Phases of Faith  Vol 6 Apologetic 1 p71
JN Darby Simplified Genealogy in Matthew Genealogy in Matthew Vol 6 Apologetic 1 p79
JN Darby Simplified  Why Do Men Die?  The Entrance of Death  Vol 6 Apologetic 1 p119
JN Darby Simplified  The Unrealistic Lifespans of the Patriarchs  The Longevity of the Patriarchs  Vol 6 Apologetic 1 p116
JN Darby Simplified The Flood  The Deluge  Vol 6 Apologetic 1 p144
JN Darby Simplified Deborah praises Jael’s Atrocities Song of Deborah Vol 6 Apologetic 1 p124
JN Darby Simplified Abraham’s Sacrifice of Isaac The sacrifice of Isaac Vol 6 Apologetic 1 p128
JN Darby Simplified Two Accounts of the Creation Two accounts of the creation

 

Vol 6 Apologetic 1 p114
JN Darby Simplified The Slaughter of the Infants The Slaughter of the Infants Vol 6 Apologetic 1 p95
JN Darby Simplified The Sentence on the Serpent: Serpent Worship The Sentence on the Serpent: Serpent Worship Vol 6 Apologetic 1 p109
JN Darby Simplified The Fall of Man and its Effect The Fall Vol 6 Apologetic 1 p120
JN Darby Simplified Noah’s Ark The Ark Vol 6 Apologetic 1 p116
JN Darby Simplified Objections Dependent on “Science” Objections Dependent on “Science” Vol 6 Apologetic 1 p121
 

False Religions

Sosthenes Islam:- ‘I hope that God accepts Me for what I’ve done’

Christianity: – ‘I know that God has alreadyaccepted me because of what Jesushas done!’

Sosthenes Convert from Islam to Christianity
Sosthenes Where does Islam come into Prophecy?

J N Darby on Various Subjects

Summaries by Sosthenes

IntroductionSection 1 – Israel from Egypt to the Land


The Passover

The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the Old Testament – in the Wilderness, under Josiah and Hezekiah 
The Passover in the New Testament – ‘Christ our Passover’ 
Original Passover – God’s Commandments
The Historical Keeping of the Passover
The Feast of Unleavened Bread
The Firstborn Claimed
The Timing of the Passover at the End of the Lord’s Pathway
The Last Supper
Christ our Passover 

 

The Red Sea

The Biblical References (OT and NT) with Notes & Synopsis 
Israel’s Experience in the Red Sea
Red Sea and Jordan
The Red Sea and Prophecy
The Red Sea and Wilderness and God’s Purpose
Christian Teaching from the Red Sea
Moses’ Song after the Red Sea 
The Waters of Marah
The Tabernacle- not yet writtenThe Ark- not yet written

The Mercy Seat- not yet written

The Priestly Function- not yet written

The Brazen Serpent- not yet written

The Feast of Tabernacles- not yet written

The Day of Atonement- not yet written

The Wilderness enemies – Amalek, Edom, Sihon/Og/Balaam- not yet written

The Jordan- not yet written

… and more

 Hymns and Poems

 

Author Title
 J N Darby  The Man of Sorrows
 J N Darby  A Holy Father’s Constant Care
 J N Darby  RISE, my soul, thy God directs thee
 J N Darby  All through this desert dry My path His footsteps trace
 J N Darby  Dans ce Désert aride, et sans Chemin tracé,
 J N Darby  Hark! Ten Thousand Voices Crying
Irene Cowell  The darkest hour, Lord Jesus
G H S Price  O the wonder of the moment – God outshining in His Son!
J N Darby O bright and blessed scenes
J B Stoney HARK! happy saints! Yon heaven is our home
J N Darby And is it so, I shall be like Thy Son
J N Darby Father, in Thine Eternal Power
J N Darby  Blest Father, infinite in grace
J N Darby Father, Thy sovereign Love has sought Captives to Sin, gone far from Thee
J N Darby O Lord, Thy Glory we Behold
J N Darby We’ll Praise Thee, Glorious Lord, Who Died to set us Free
J N Darby I’m Waiting for Thee, Lord
J N Darby  This world is a wilderness wide
J N Darby Lord Jesus! source of every grace
Hannah Burlingham ‘Tis not far off-the Hour, When Christ will claim His own
J N Darby What powerful, mighty Voice, so near, Calls me from Earth apart
J N Darby Blest Lord, Thou spakest! ’twas Thy voice
J N Darby Lord! let us wait for Thee alone
A.P. Cecil Trembling Soul – Behold Thy Saviour
J N Darby It is not with Uncertain Step, We tread our desert way
J N Darby Rest of the saints above, Jerusalem of God
J N Darby There is rest for the weary soul
 J N Darby To live of Thee – Blest Source of Deepest Joy!
 J N Darby  Soon we taste the endless Sweetness
 J N Darby  I’m waiting for the glory
Josiah Condor  Thou art the Everlasting Word
 J N Darby  Oh! bright and blessed scenes
Heyman Wreford Christ is the Saviour of sinners