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Of the SACRAMENT of the LORD's
SUPPER. The Sacrament a Memorial of our Redemption by Chrift,
of which every one makes publick Profesion, by the Aa of communicating. The Sacrament a Renewal of the Baptismal Pow. The Eficacy of folemn Vows to engage us to a good Life. A profane Neglect of the Sacrament, virtually, a Renunciation of the Covenant in Chrift. The use of the Gospel Ordinances the Tenure upon which we bold and maintain the Gospel Privileges. The Sa. crament a Means of obtaining the Grace of the Spirit ; and bow. Faith in Christ, as the Redeemer of Man. kind, presupposed in all who receive the Communion. visible Agreement in the Faith, necesary to wifible Communion. Repentance a necessary Qualification for the Lord's Supper. The Nature of this Repentance explained at large. Constant Communion urged; and fuperftitious Notions about Preparation rectified. The whole Chrif. tian Worship a Method of Discipline training us up to a Cbriffian Life ; and serving to perpetuate the Faith of
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Of the LORD's Day. A Transition from hence to the Duty of observing religious
Seasons. The Lord's Day set apart early for the publick Worship of God, and the Preaching of bis Word. The Neceffity of publick Preaching, under the free Use of the Scriptures, therwn at large. The evil Consequences of the Negles of attending upon publick Infruction, feen in the general Decay both of Faith and Morality. Hence the Right of the Chrisian Magifrate to secure the religious Observance of the Lord's Day, by obliging all his Christian Subjects to refort to some place for publick Worship, and by reftraining publick Business and publick Diverfions, enforced. Private Diverfions on the Lord's Day, how far unlawful. Gaming on the Lord's Day censured.
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Fafling, not a Caflom peculiar to Chriftianity. It is re.
presented, both in the Old and New Teftaments, as a
Of FESTIVAL S.
Of the DAILY SERVICE.
The daily Service correspondent to the Jewish daily sa. crifice. And of great Advantage to Christian Improve
Not to be expected from every Chriftian. But a proper Testimony of Gratitude in those who by their Conditions are set free from great Avocations. The general Neglea of the daily Service the Effect of a general Corruption of Manners, and an Inlet to Infidelity. The Communion of the Church of England greatly preferable to all other separate) Communions, on the Ac. count of the Frequency of its Worship. Family Worship recommended.
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EFORE I enter upon the Particulars of the Christian Worship, it will be necessary that I give a short Account of the Chriftian Doctrine. For the Christian Worship being founded upon
the Christian Dictrine ;' without the one, the other cannot be sufficiently understood. By the Christian Doctrine I mean that Doctrine, or those Points of Faith, by which Christianity is diftinguished from all other Religions; for in Virtue of this is is, that the Christian Worship stards distinguished from all other Ways of Worship. With the Jewish Religion, ftritly so called, the Religion of Chrif hath nothing in common : For the Law of Mofes (which is
properly properly Judaifm) had its Completion by the coming of Christ. But the natural Law, being the eternal Law of God, hath never cealed, nor can ever cease, but must make an essential Part of every Religion that is truly fo. . We have therefore only to see in what respect Christianity stands diftinguished from mere Natural Religion; for that mere Natural Religion is not the whole of Christianity, is molt evident. When Jesus was preaching in Judea, we read, that there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked, Good Mafier, What Shall I do, that I may inherit eternal Life? Here is, in the first Place, a Profession of his Belief in God, and his Expectations of a future State, which are the two grand Points of Natural Religion; and if you will at. tend to what follows, you will find he wanted nothing of a common Virtue. For when Jesus said Thou knowell the Commandments, do not commit Adultery, do not kill, do not seal, do not bear false Witness, defraud not, honour thy Father and Mother; he readily answered, All these things have I observed from my Youth. Our Saviour disputes not this Matter with him, but replies, ONE Thing thou LACKEST, go thy Way, fell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the Poor, and thou shalt have Treasure in Heaven, and come take up the Cross, and FOLLOW ME, Mark x. 17, &c. The Intention of our Saviour in this Answer, was to tell him, that allowing him to be the righteous Man he supposed himself to be, he could not be saved without becoming his Disciple. This was the one Thing he lacked. What was he to get by it? If nothing, it was a most unrea. sonable Demand upon him, to purchase nothing at so great an Expence : For he was to sell all be had (even great Politions) and give to the Poor; he was to take up the Cress, and follow Chrif. Some Advantage therefore, some Interest in God to secure to him the Hopes of a better Life must be supposed to be held forth to him, in his being called upon to follow Chrift. There is another Patlage in Scripture which comes to the same Point. Cornelius, a Centurion, a devout Man, and one that feared God with all his House --- Jaw in a