About 130 people gathered from around the North West and further afield on 25th February to give thanks for the ministry of Phil Arthur at Grace Baptist Church, Lancaster.
Phil will be having a 6 month sabbatical and then continuing to serve the church in a part time capacity.
For over 28 years Phil Arthur has been preaching, pastoring and serving the wider church with historical papers and as the author of helpful books and commentaries.
He has been involved in the training of young men for pastoral ministry both locally, at LONDON Seminary and in the Philippines.
He has demonstrated practically the benefits of expository preaching with his people being fed and instructed by messages consecutively through a bible book.
At his induction service in October 1988 Hywell Jones summed up his message with these words: ‘You will need help from God; you will have help from God.’
Phil’s testimony was that both of these statements have been proved true.
Tribute was paid to Phil by John Mollitt as a man who, like Stephen in the early church, was faithful to the Word of God, who was obedient to the call of God and who has been steadfast in the work of God.
Phil, with the support of the church at Lancaster was, under God, the means by which a gospel work began at Ulverston and ultimately became a fully functioning church.
In the 1990’s a pastors’ fraternal was started at Lancaster and many pastors have found this to be a tremendous encouragement and help.
Phil explained that since he began as the Pastor he aspired to be like Bunyan’s portrait of a gospel minister: ‘ He had his eyes lifted up to heaven, the best of books was in his hand, the law of truth was written upon his lips, the world was behind his back. He stood as if he pleaded with men and a crown of gold did hang over his head.’
Many of us can see a real likeness between Phil and his ideal and are so thankful for his robust down to earth Christianity.