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A REPERTORY OF CHRISTIAN THOUGHT & A RECORD OF CHRISTIAN WORK AMONG THE CALYINISTIC METHODISTS or PRESBYTERIANS of WALES. Vol. V. No. 9.] SEPTEMBER, 1889. [Price One Penny. 0r5inafion ©Ijarge. CHRIST THE PATTERN TEACHER. ± SUMMARY OF THE CHARGE DELIVERED BY THE REV. D. CHARLES DAVIES, M.A., AT YSTRAD ASSOCIATION, BASED ON MATTHEW XVII. 5. " While He yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them : and, behold, a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom lam well pleased; hear ye Him?'1 HE subject to which he would invite their attention, he said, was Jesns Christ as a Pattern Teacher. -Jesds Christ was proclaimed to be one who should be listened to, at a time when he had withdrawn from the peoplh for the purpose ©J PRAYER. He had gone up the monntain—away from the hubbub of the world—for the purpose of personal intercourse with His Father. And while He prayed, He was transfigured, and His face did shine as the sun. Christ betook Himself to prayer before all the great crises of His life. In prayer He found power for His great work. It is a matter of utmost im¬ port that we should have the spirit of prayer, and that we should have re¬ course to God in prayer from a deep sense of our need of His help. You may make a congregation laugh, or even weep, without God's help, but you cannot preach the great truths of the Gospel in the right spirit without His help. If you will but raise the standard sufficiently high, you will soon find yourselves utterly helpless without the aid of the Holy Spirit. You may talk glibly enough of the great things of God in an unspiritual state of mindr but, in that state of mind, you cannot " manifest " them however eloquent you may be. It is in constant intercourse with God in prayer that the true feeling of the importance of the work of the ministry will come down upon you and take possession of you ; and it is through prayer that you will become fully equipped for the work. II.—THE COMMAND TO HEAR THE LoRD JfiiUS AS A TEACHER IS BASED upon His personal character. " This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him." Here the Father proclaims His entire satis-