Our church is affiliated to the Gospel Standard magazine, of which our Pastor was the editor for 45 years until the end of 2015. The magazine is believed to be the oldest monthly religious magazine in existence and was started by William Gadsby, a well-known minister in Manchester, and his son John, in 1835. The magazine was commenced, in the midst of much opposition, to contend for the doctrines of sovereign grace, together with Strict Baptist church order, though it became widely esteemed by those whose order differed. About the year 1859 a controversy surfaced among Strict Baptists generally about the doctrine of the Eternal Sonship of the Lord Jesus, and the then Editor, J. C. Philpot, contended earnestly for the Reformation doctrine against those who held that the Lord Jesus was only a Son by office, or at least that he was not the Son of God from all eternity. The divisions which arose divided the Strict Baptists, those who clave to the scriptural doctrines espoused by the Gospel Standard became known as “Gospel Standard Baptists.”

  The magazine still continues to maintain the same precious truths, though in common with most denominations, the circulation is considerably less than in its heyday in latter half of the nineteenth century, and we have much cause to lament the withdrawing of the power of the Holy Spirit from the churches. Nevertheless there are still many throughout the world who respect and admire its distinctive witness and we would be thankful for the Lord’s continued upholding mercies.

  If you would like to see a copy of the magazine, you may download samples of the magazine in PDF format by clicking on the links below. Alternatively, if you would like to subscribe or have any other questions, please email the Secretary of the Gospel Standard Societies, Mr. D. J. Christian, by using the form here.

Gospel Standard - January 2011

Gospel Standard - February 2011

Gospel Standard - January 2013

Gospel Standard - February 2013