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Disciples Indeed

Disciples Indeed

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Disciples Indeed
 
Oswald Chambers
 
 If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed. John 8:31
 Scripture versions quoted: rv, kjv.© Oswald Chambers Publications Association 1955
Introduction
 
 Disciples Indeed 
 
Source
 These lectures were given to students in the sermon class at the Bible Training College,
*
 in London, between 1911 and 1915.
Publication History∙
As articles: Twenty-
five articles titled “Sermon Class Notes” appeared in the
 BTC  Journal
*
 
 between April 1945 and March 1952.∙
As a book: 1955.
Oswald Chambers’ sermon class at the Bible Training College was a combination of 
lecture and practical experience. Since each student had to prepare and present a sermon beforethe other members of the class, no visitors were permitted. Oswald wanted everyone to be on anequal footing, as well as being sympathetic listeners, knowing their turn to speak was coming.
Because of the give and take nature of the class, Oswald’s lectures were short and
practical. Rather than giving a detailed process to follow in sermon preparation, he sought tomotivate students to think, study, and prepare. He often stressed that the behavior and words of the person who preaches are inseparable.
* Residential school near Clapham Common in SW London, sponsored by the League of Prayer. OswaldChambers was Principal and main teacher; Biddy Chambers was Lady Superintendent. Known as theBTC, it closed in July 1915 because of World War I.*
Bible Training Course Journal:
published from 1932 to 1952 by Mrs. Chambers, with help from DavidLambert.
 
From the
 BTC Journal
articles, Mrs. Chambers selected thoughts on twenty-one topicsand published them as
 Disciples Indeed.
There is a surprising amount of material that appearshere and nowhere else in the books by Oswald Chambers.
Foreword
 
Oswald Chambers was above all else a teacher of spiritual truth. Our Ascended Lord’s promise was to give His Church “some to be . . . teachers; for the perfecting of the saints” (
Ephesians 4:11 rv). This book contains messages spoken by such a teacher, full of wisdom andinstruction in righteousness. Teachers call for learners. Some of us who heard the spoken wordbecame humble and eager learners. Many who never saw or heard the speaker are learning from
him now. In a recent letter the writer says, “It is not generally known how these books came into being, and the time seems favourable for revealing God’s providence in it all.” Oswald
Chambers received his Home-call in 1917 when working with the Y.M.C.A. among the Troopsin Egypt. It seemed like the end of a fruitful ministry. Then it was that Mrs. Chambers realised
that her custom of taking down in shorthand her husband’s lectures and addresses for her own
profit had left her with a great store of spiritual wisdom which could be shared with the widerworld by the printed page. So began a remarkable ministry of spreading in book form theoriginal spoken words. As the writer of the above-
mentioned letter says, “The whole matter is a
sheer miracle, especial
ly as the only planning has been God’s.”
 
 Disciples Indeed,
the latest book to be issued, speaks for itself. Other volumes show bythe outlines and headings given what careful preparation was made for every spoken message.But often the spontaneous word of a Spirit-filled man, whether the subject was ChristianDoctrine, Psychology, Biblical Ethics or Homiletics, would be added, and appear in theshorthand notes. Many of these not included in the earlier publications are printed here. Theytouch a wide range
of subjects, and take us to the heart of Oswald Chambers’ message. They
make this book a kind of 
vade mecum
of sainthood.David Lambert
*
 
Contents
 
 Disciples Indeed 
 Belief The BibleThe Call of GodThe Character of God
* David Lambert (1871-1961): Methodist minister and friend of Oswald Chambers. Assisted Mrs.Chambers with OC publications from 1917-1961.
 
ExperienceThe Holy SpiritThe Moral LawPersonalityPersonal RelationshipPrayerPreachingPreparationRedemptionSanctificationSinStudyThe Teaching of JesusTemptationTestimonyThinkingWorkers for God
Belief 
 The only noble sense in which we can claim to believe a thing is when we ourselves areliving in the inner spirit of that thing.I have no right to say I believe in God unless I order my life as under His all-seeing Eye.I have no right to say I believe that Jesus is the Son of God unless in my personal life Iyield myself to that Eternal Spirit, free from all self-seeking, which became incarnate in Jesus.

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