Written by Elder Streeter
The Roxbury Old School or Primitive Baptist Association, in session with the church of Olive & Hurley, Ulster Co., NY., Sept. 2d and 3d, 1891, to the churches in fellowship with us, sends greeting.
Dearly Beloved Brethren: - As another year has passed, with all its trials, we gladly embrace this our privilege to address you. Our minds seem to center upon the words of the apostle, Philippians iii. 3, “ We are the circumcision, which worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,” particularly the last clause, “no confidence in the flesh.”
Paul in this expression includes himself and Timothy. How many lessons of instruction must they have had which they received not in the schools of men; for such lessons are only taught in the school of Christ. When we look over the religious world how many can we find who agree with the apostle in this expression? We answer, None but those who have been taught in the same school. When we call to mind our own personal experience, and the experience of all them that are described in the sacred word, we find “an afflicted and poor people; and they shall trust in the Lord.” An apostle of Jesus Christ has assured his brethren in these words, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you.” The apostle well knew that fiery trials are the common lot of the household of faith, and conveys the idea that they are on purpose to try them, that they may appear as gold tried in the fire. The apostle Paul uses this expression in its broadest sense, “No confidence in the flesh.” So, dear brethren, let us take courage, and lean upon the arm of our Beloved, and pray as Christ taught His disciples, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done;” for we are assured that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. Unto Him that is able to keep you and us from falling, and to present us faultless, be power and glory. Amen.
J. D. Hubbell, Moderator.
J. A. Huntley, Clerk.
Transcribed by Stanley Phillips – January 2009