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We are pleased to be able to issue this book, which is the third to be published by “Assembly Testimony”1. The former two entitled, “The Glory of His Grace” and “The Glory of The Son” have been widely acclaimed and much appreciated by the readers. This has given the impetus to commission this third book and we trust it will prove to be as helpful to the saints as the former volumes.

As stated in the former books the reason for these publications is “to put sound and Scriptural teaching into the hands of younger believers”. This volume goes forth with the prayer that it will prove to have a stabilising effect on the testimony generally and will, in a particular way, produce conviction in the hearts of the saints as to the uniqueness and the preciousness of the local assembly. In these days of departure from the Divine ideal as revealed in God’s Holy Word, such teaching is deemed to be most necessary and if a few believers are preserved in paths pleasing to the Lord, then all the labour that has gone into this publication will be well worthwhile.

As with the tabernacle of old, the authors contributed wisely and willingly, Ex.35.10,22. In the midst of the busyness of their own labours for the Lord they all worked enthusiastically and gave of their services freely. Obviously without the participation of these men, who are recognised as men of ability and gift, this book would never have been possible. It is their acceptance among the saints and their acknowledged hermeneutical skill that ought to give this book a place in every library.

Others have worked with patience and endurance to ensure that the high quality of these books would be maintained. Brother Roy Reynolds has been meticulous as he worked long hours in editing the book. Brother Walter Boyd has once again been of great assistance in all matters of presentation and style. Brother Walter and our sister Miss Joanna Currie undertook the difficult and often tedious task of proof reading. We can but convey our thanks to all these, in the knowledge that “God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister” Heb.6.10.

Brian Currie, N. Ireland, March 2008.

1. “Assembly Testimony” is a bi-monthly magazine which is available on request from John Gordon, ‘Elhanan’, 25 The Rowans, Banbridge, Co. Down, BT32 4DQ, N. Ireland. His email address is johngordon-at[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk. Enquiries regarding the availability of our first book, “The Glory of His Grace”, may also be directed to him.