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As it is frequently desirable to preach a number of sermons on the same general subject, there are appended several valuable Series, which may serve to assist the preacher in planning courses of Lectures for himself.
Permission has been kindly granted to insert the Analysis of Dwight's Theology. There are here given, at one view, the topics of a complete body of Divinity, logically arranged. Although most clergymen probably have this invaluable work in their Libraries, they may still find it convenient to have the Analysis of it in a small volume designed to lie upon their study-table.
Most of the subjects have connected with them appropriate texts of Scripture. In some few cases, however, the appropriateness of the texts given, and the correctness of their interpretation, may with propriety be questioned. The compiler wishes it to be distinctly understood that he takes no part of the responsibility of the interpretation of the texts quoted in this volume, but throws it entirely upon the authors of the discourses from whoin the subjects are taken. The student should in all cases examine the interpretation of a text for himself before using it as the foundation of a discourse.
It was the compiler's intention, when he commenced this work, to place in the margin against each subject, the names of various authors who had written upon it; but as this was aside from his main design, and found to be the occasion of much inconvenience and delay in preparing the work for the press, it was thought best to abandon this part of the plan. Except in a few cases, therefore, the name of that author only is given from whose productions the subject was selected. Provision is made, by leaving a wide margin, for adding with a pen or pencil other names, as the owner of the book may see fit.
Occasionally the name of an author has been omitted in the margin through inadvertence.
It is not pretended that this book contains all those subjects which are profitable for pulpit discussion. It is presumed that every Pastor keeps a blank book in which he enters from time to time topics appropriate to the spiritual wants of his people, which are suggested to him in his reading, conversation, and pastoral labours. This collection is by no means intended to supersede the necessity of his keeping such a book. The blank leaves bound up with this volume are designed for him to use for this purpase. In this part of the book he can add subjects as they occur to him, arranged either according to the plan of the preceding pages, or according to a plan of his own.
To his younger brethren in the sacred office, the compiler trusts this work will be particularly useful. It will serve not only to help them to a subject for a discourse occasionally, but it will give them some idea of the vast field of discussion that lies before them, which they sometimes
may have regarded as in a measure circumscribed.
Theological students when leaving the seminary will find this volume, it is believed, of considerable utility as they enter upon the arduous duties of the ministry.
To the Clergy generally of all evangelical denominations, this work is respectfully and affectionately submitted. If it serve to assist them in their studies—to give greater variety to their preaching--and in time of need to give an impulse to their minds in a profitable direction, the labour of preparing it will not have been spent in vain. That it may facilitate their labours in feeding the church of God, and winning souls to Christ, is the sincere prayer of their brother and fellow labourer, A. C. BALDWIN.
New-York, May 1st, 1841.
I N D E X.
SUBJECTS FOR SERMONS.
SUBJECTS RELATING TO GOD.
The Being of God proved from the
Frame of the World. Jer. 51: 15. He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.
The Being of God proved from the
Frame of Human Nature. Gen. 1: 27. So God created man in his own image.
The Being of God proved from Uni
versal Consent. Ps. 19: 3. There is no speech, nor language, where their voice is not heard.
The Being of God proved from Su
pernatural Effects. John 5: 17. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.