Joe Merson (1921-1996) grew up in a Christian family, the youngest of 9 children, in the picturesque coastal village of Sandend (pictured above), Scotland, but sadly he rebelled against his godly upbringing. Returning home drunk one night, he nearly drowned – an experience that awakened him to his danger of perishing, soon after which he was converted to Christ. He was later commended to the Lord’s work full time and gave the rest of his life in gospel endeavour and the teaching of the Word. Joe was a man of prayer, an earnest preacher, and a dear brother with a godly cheerful disposition. He visited us a couple of times in Bicester and left behind fragrant memories. In this message given in Scotland many years ago, he speaks simply but warmly on 7 wonders about the Church: its commencement, constitution, preservation, commission, education, translation, and manifestation. Readings: Matt 16:13-18, 28:16-20, John 14:1-3.