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26.7.1897 LIBRARY

LONDON: STEVENS AND PARDON, PRINTERS, BELL YARD,

TEMPLE BAR.

TO

THE INHABITANTS

OF THE

PARISH OF ST. ANDREW, HOLBORN,

AND OTHERS, WHO USUALLY PORM
THE CONGREGATION

AT

St. John's Chapel, Bedford Row,

THESE SERMONS,

ORIGINALLY ADDRESSED TO THEM,

AND NOW PUBLISHED

WITH THE DESIGN OF SUPPLYING IN SOME DEGREE THE

DEFICIENCY OF PERSONAL INTERCOURSE,

ARE,

WITH FERVENT PRAYER FOR THE DIVINE BLESSING,

MOST AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED,

BY THE AUTHOR.

GONTENTS.

SERMON I.
THE EXCELLENCY OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.

PAGE. Psalm xix. 7—10.--The law of the Lord is perfect, convert

ing the soul ; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold ; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb 1

SERMON II.
THE CROSS OF CHRIST THE DISPLAY OF THE DIVINE

GLORY.
I CORINTHIANS i. 22–24.-For the Jews require a sign, and

the Greeks seek after wisdom. But we preach Christ cruci.
fied, unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks
foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and
Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God . 17

SERMON III.

CONVICTION OF SIN.
Acts ii. 37.-Now when they heard this, they were pricked in
their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the Apostles,
Men and brethren, whut shall we do? .

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SERMON IV.

TRUE REPENTANCE.
ZECHARIAH xii. 10.-And I will pour upon the house of David

and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace
and of supplication ; and they shall look upon me whom they
have pierced, and they shall mourn for him as one mourneth
for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that
is in bitterness for his first-born

SERMON V. ETERNAL LIFE THE GIFT OF GOD IN JESUS CHRIST. 1 JOHN v. 11, 12.-And this is the record, that God hath given

to us eternal life; and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life : : : : : : : : : : 12

SERMON VI.
THE GRACE OF GOD IN PARDONING SIN.

PAGE. Micah vii. 18—20.-Who is a God like unto thee, that par

doneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the rem-
nant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever,
because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will

have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and : thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Thou

wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old 90

SERMON VII.
THE EFFECTS OF OUR LORD'S PASSION.
Isaiah liji. 11.-He shall see of the travail of his soul, and

shall be satisfied . . . . . . . .!

SERMON VIII.

THE COURSE OF THE WORLD. EPHESIANS ïi. 2.-Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world .

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A FORM OF GODLINESS, 2 Timothy ji.5.-Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof . . . . . . .

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SERMON X.
CHRISTIAN MEEKNESS AND FORGIVENESS.
COLOssians iii. 12, 13.-Put on, therefore, as the elect of God,

holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of
mind, meekness, long-suffering, forbearing one another, and
forgiving one another; if any man have a quarrel against
any, even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye . . . 162

SERMON XI.

THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS. * MATTHEW xxv. 14—30.-For the kingdom of heaven is as a

man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one ; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one, went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time,

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