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SERM. VII. Thankfulness for Mercies received, a necessary
Duty. A Farewel Sermon, preached on board the Whitaker, at Anchor near Savannah, in Georgia, Sunday, May 17,
1738. PSALM cvii. 30, 31. Then are they glad, because they are at
rest, and so be bringeth them unto the baven where they would be. Othat men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness, and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
p. 94 SERM. VIII. The Necesity and Benefits of Religious So
ciety. Eccles. iv. 9, 10, 11, 12.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow : but woe be to him that is alone when be falleth ; for he hath net another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat; but how can one be warin alone? And if one prevail against him, two hall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken,
p. 107 SERM. IX. The Folly and Danger of not being righteous
enough. ECCLES. vii. 16, Be not righteous over-much, neither make
thyself over-wise : why fooulds thou destroy thyself? p. 123 SERM. X. A Preservative against unsettled Notions, and
want of Principles, in regard to Righteousness and Chriftian Perfection. Being a more particular Answer to Doctor
Trapp's four Sermons upon the same Text. Eccles. vii. 16. Be not righteous over-mucb, neither make thy
self over-wise : why shouldst thou destroy thyself? p. 143 SERM. XI. The Benefits of an early Piety. Preached at
Bow Church, London, before the Religious Societies. EccLEs. xii, 1. Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy
youth. SERM. XII. Chrift the Believer's Husband. ISAIAH liv. 5. For thy Maker is thy husband. P. 171 *SERM. XIII. The Potter and the Clay. Jer. xviii. 1—6. The word which come to Jeremiah from the
Lord, saying, Arise and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter's house, and behold, be wrought a work on the wheels.
And the vissel that he made of clay was marred in the hands of the potier, so he made it again another vesel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? faith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, fo are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
P. 197 SERM. XIV. The Lord our Righteousness.
Jer. xxiii. 6. The Lord our righteousness. * SERM. XV. The Righteousness of Christ an everlasting
Righteousness. Dan. ix. 24. And to bring in everlasting righteousnefs. p. 235 SERM. XVI. The Observation of the Birth of Chrift, the
Duty of all Christians; or the true Way of keeping
Christmas. MATTHEW i. 21. And the shall bring forth a fon, and thou
Jhalt call his name Jefus : for be fall Jave his people from their fins.
P. 251 * SERM.-XVII. · The Temptation of Christ. Matt. iv. III. Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the
wilderness, to be tempted of the devil, &c. SERM. XVIII. The Heinous Sin of profane Curfing and
Swearing, MATT. v. 34. But I say unto you, Swear not at all. p. 276 SERM. XIX. Christ the Support of the Tempted. Matt, vi. 13. Lead us net into temptation,
P, 287 SERM. XX. Worldly Business no Plea for the Negle&t of
Religion. MATT. viii. 22. Let the dead bury their dead. p. 299 SERM. XXI. Christ the only Rest for the Weary and
Heavy Laden. Matt. xi. 28. Come unto me, all ye that are weary, and heart
laden, and I will give you reft. SERM. XXII. The Folly and Danger of parting with
Christ for the Pleasures and Profits of Life. Matt. viii. 23, to the End. And when be was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him, 896
p. 319 SERM.
P. 308 of heaven.
SERM. XXIII. Marks of a True Converfion. Matt. xviii. 3. Verily, I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom
p. 336 - SERM. XXIV. What think ye of Christ? Matt. xxii. 42. What think ye of Chrif?
p. 353 SERM. XXV. The wife and foolish Virgins. MATT. xxv. 13. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the bour in which the Son of man cometh,
P. 373 SERM. XXVI. The Eternity of Hell-Torments. MATT. XXV. 46. These shall go away into everlasting punishment.
P. 392 SERM. XXVII. Blind Bartimeus. MARK X. 52. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith
hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his fight, and followed Jesus in the way.
p. 404 SERM. XXVIII. Directions how to hear Sermons.
Luke viii. 18. Take heed, therefore, how ye bear.
p. 428 * SERM. XXX. Christ's Transfiguration. Luke ix. 28–36. And it came to pass about an eight days,
after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray, &c.
P. 440 SERM. XXXI. The Care of the Soul urged as the one
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The Seed of the Woman, and the Seed of
GENESIS iii. 15. And I will put Enmity between thee and the Woman, and
between ihy Seed and her Seed; it shall bruise thy Head, and thou shalt bruise bis Heel.
N reading to you these words, I
address you in the language of the holy angels to the shepherds, that
were watching their Aocks by night; “ Behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy.” For this is the first promise that was made of a Saviour to the apoftate race of Adam. We generally look for Christ only in the New Teftament; but christianity, in one sense, is very near as old as the creation. It is wonderful to observe how gradually God revealed his Son to mankind. He began with the promise in the text, and this the elect lived upon, till the time of Abraham. To him, God made further discoveries of his eternal council concerning man's redemption. Afterwards, at sundry times, and in divers manners, God spoke to the fathers by the prophets, till at length the LORD JESUS himfelf was manifested in flesh, and came and tabernacled amongst us. A 2
This first promise must certainly be but dark to our first parents, in comparison of that great light which we enjoy : And yet, dark as it was, we may assure ourselves they built upon it their hopes of everlasting salvation, and by that faith were saved.
How they came to stand in need of this promise, and what is the extent and meaning of it, I intend, God willing, to make the subject-matter of your prefent meditation.
The fall of man is writien in too legible characters not to be understood: Those that deny it, by their denying, prove it. 'The very heathens confeffed, and bewailed it: • They could see the streams of corruption running through the whole race of mankind, but could not trace them to the fountain-head. Before God gave a revelation of his Son, man was a riddle to himself.
And Mofes unfolds more, in this one chapter (out of which the text is taken) than all mankind could have been capable of finding out of themselves, though they had studied to all eternity.
In the preceding chapter he had given us a full account, how God spoke the world into being; and especially how he formed man of the dust of the earth, and breathed into him the breath of life, so that he became a living roul. A council of the Trinity was called concerning the formation of this lovely creature.
The result of that council was, make man in our image, after our likeness. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him.” Mofes remarkably repeats these words, that we might take particular notice of our divine Original. Never was fo much expressed in so few words : None but a man inspired could have done so. But it is remarkable, that though Mofes mentions our being made in the image of God, yet he mentions it but twice, and that in a transient manner; as though he would have said, “ man was made in honour, God made “ him upright, ' in the image of God, male and female 66 created he them. But man so soon fell, and became like " the beasts that perish, nay, like the devil himself, that it is “ scarce worth mentioning.”
How foon man fell afier he was created, is not told us; and therefore, to fix any time, is to be wise above what is written. And, I think, they who suppose that man fell the
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