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own Doctrine, and that know their Hearers must be prevailed with, or be damned. Think not that all your Work is in your Studies and Pulpit. . You are Shepherds, and must know every, Sheep, and what is their Disease, and mark their Strayings, and help to cure them and fetch them home. Learn of Paul, not only to teach your People publickly, but from House to House. Enquire how they grow in Knowledge and Holiness, and on what Grounds they build their Hopes of Salvation, and whether they walk uprightly, and perform the Duties of their several Relations. See whether they worship God in their Fa. milies, and teach them how to do it. Be familiar with them, that you may maintain your Interest in them, and improve it all for God. Know of them how they profit by publick Teaching. If any too little favour the Things of the Spirit, let them be pitied, but not neglected. If any walk disorderly, recover them with Diligence and Patience. If they be ignorant, it inay be your Fault, as much as theirs. Be not asleep while the Wolf is waking.-----Deal nuit flightly with any. Some will not teitheir People plainly of their Sins, because they are great Men; and some, because they are godly; as if none but the Poor and the Wicked should be dealt plainly with.
Yet labour to be skilful and discreet, that the Manner may answer to the Excellency of the Matter. Every reasonable Soul hath both "fudgment and Affection; and every rational, spiritual Sermon, muft have both. Study and pray, and pray and study, till you are become Workmen that need not be afhamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth; that your People may not be ashamed, nor weary in hearing you.---Let your Conversation be teaching, as well as your Doctrine. Be as forward in a holy and heavenly Life, as you are in pressing others to it. Let your Discourse be edifying
dividin. med, nor weary as well as your Desvou are in
Letsavenly Life Doctrinate you