Robert Murray McCheyne wrote a series of pastoral letters, so much like the apostolic pattern shown to us in Scripture of blending doctrine and practice, encouragement and correction. Paul models this template in Romans with chapters 1-11 delineating the doctrine of Sin, Salvation, Sanctification and Sovereignty before beginning in chapters 12-16 in building into the lives of the congregation godly practices.
McCheyne, I think, would have used e-mails, actually whatever means were available to provide a connection with a congregation so far away. I am amazed at how much influence God permits through the Internet. We can track those who follow our postings, make comments and seem to be blessed by this means. On occasion through my travels some speak of a blessing granted through a referred article or Scriptural meditation.
Today’s post is from McCheyne’s pastoral letter, his second to his congregation during his absence. It is subtitled “past…
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