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CONTENTS OF VOLUME II.
SERMON I. On the Way in which they should be trained up
II. Arguments to enforce the Duty
III. A Dissuasive from keeping bad Company
IV. The Young Christian invited to Communion
SERMON I. The Ability of Christ to save to the uttermost
II. Proofs of his Ability to Save
III. His Power argued from his Intercession
IV. Coming to God by Christ, the Character of those that shall be
V. An Exhortation to Sinners to come unto God by Christ
VI. The Tenderness of Christ to the Lambs of his Flock .
VII. Proofs of Christ's Tenderness, and the Improvement we should
IX. The Evidences of Christianity, deduced from the New Testa
ment, allowed to be Genuine
X. Additional Evidences of Christianity, and Reflections on the
SERMON I. On the Character of the Unregenerate
II. On the Nature of Regeneration, and particularly of the Change
it produces in Men's Apprehensions
III. On the Nature of Regeneration, with respect to the Change it
produces in Men's Affections, Resolutions, Labours, Enjoy-
IV. The Necessity of Regeneration argued, from the immutable
V. On the Incapacity of an Unregenerate Person for relishing the
Enjoyments of the Heavenly World
VI. Of the Importance of entering into the Kingdom of Heaven
VII. Of the Necessity of the Divine Influences to produce Regene-
VIIL Of the various Methods of the Divine Operation in the Pro-
IX. Directions to Awakened Sinners
..An Address to the Regenerate, founded on the preceding Dis-
QUOD ENIM MUNUS REIPUBLICÆ AFFERRE MAJUS MELIUSVE POSSUMUS, QUAM
CICERO DE DIV. LIB. II. CAP. I.
CHURCH OF CHRIST, IN NORTHAMPTON,
UNDER MY MINISTERIAL CARE.
MY DEAR FRIENDS!
As I reckon the providence which fixed me with you, in the pastoral
relation, amongst the most singular blessings of my life; I would always retain a sense of those engagements which it brings me under, to labour to the utmost for your spiritual improvement. And through the divine goodness, I find it a delightful work; as your candid and serious temper adds a freedom and pleasure, both to my public ministrations, and private converses with you.
I take this opportunity of renewing the assurances I have often given you, that I could gladly converse with you more frequently at home; did not the other work, in which I am engaged, as a tutor, demand so large a share of my time. I heartily thank you, that you so kindly consider it, and make all the allowances for it I could reasonably desire.
I trust, God is my witness, that it is a sincere concern for his glory, and the interest of a Redeemer in the rising age, that has determined me to undertake the additional labour of such an employment: And as you voluntarily chose to sacrifice something of your private satisfaction, to these great and important views, I hope you will have the pleasure to see them answered, and that you yourselves will not, on the whole, be losers by them. You know, it is my desire, that as my pupils advance in the course of their preparatory studies, they would endeavour by their religious visits, conversation and prayer, to supply in part, that lack of service to you, which my care for them must necessarily occasion; and it is as a farther supply of it, that I now offer you those Sermons on the Religous Education of Children, which you heard from the pulpit some months ago.
The indulgence and thankfulness with which you then received them, is one instance, amongst many others, of your relish for plain and practical preaching. When some of you expressed your desire that they might be made more public, I confess I knew not well how to deny you; and I was the more willing to comply with your request, because it is a subject which cannot be often handled, so largely, in the course of preaching.
That tender concern for you and yours, which led me to treat of educa tion, engaged me also to manage it in such a manner, as I apprehended might be most for your advantage and for theirs; that is, to make it, as far as I could, a warm and serious address to you. I have likewise, for the same reason, retained that form in transcribing them for the press; though I am sensible it might have appeared more fashionable and polite, to have cast them into a different mould, and to have proposed my remarks in a more cool and general way.