J N Darby Simplified – The true Church, the State of Christendom and Church Experience

JJ N Darbyohn Nelson Darby, an honoured servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, like many bemoaned the state of Christendom – its sects, its human organisation and its earthly outlook. Clericalism – hierarchical church leadership with the leadership of an assembly in a single person, was not of God. From scripture, he perceived that the true Church – Christ’s bride was heavenly and perfect. The way out for Christians cannot be by reforming or rebuilding, but by separating from what is evil, and in grace serving the Lord in simplicity.

He wrote some well-known papers on ‘The Faith once delivered to the saints’ and many other works covering how we can gather, and many others on the Church as the body of Christ, the public ruin, the evils of clericalism, and how to handle difficulties.

adayofsmallthings.com has summarised some of these. Please see the index below.

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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 True 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 – the State of Christendom

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
 Frederick Raven  Exclusiveness (F E Raven, Letters p302)
 Brian Deck – Frederick Raven  God never rebuilds what has failed but rather falls back on His promises – FER