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of my own and one of my Brother's preached before the University of Oxford. My design required some discourses on those heads. And I preferred these before any others, as being a stronger answer than any which can be drawn up now, to those who have frequently asserted, that we have changed our doctrine of late, and do not preach now, what we did some years ago. Any man of understanding may now judge for himself, when he has compared the latter with the former sermons,

8. But some may say, I have mistaken the way myself, although I take upon me to teach it to others. It is probable many will think this, and it is very possible that I have. But I trust, whereinsoever I have mistaken, my mind is open to conviction. I sincerely desire to be better informed. I say to God and man, “ What I know not, teach thou me !"

9. Are you persuaded you see more clearly than me? It is not unlikely that you may. Then treat me as you would desire to be treated yourself upon a change of circumstances. Point me out a better way than I have yet known. Show me it is so, by plain proof of Scripture. And if I linger in the path I have been accustomed to tread, and am therefore unwilling to leave it, labour with me a little. take me by the hand, and lead me as I am able to bear. But be not displeased if I entreat you not to beat me down in order to quicken my pace : I can go but feebly and slowly at best ; then, I should not be able to go at all. May I not request of you, further, not to give me hard names in order to bring me into the right way. Suppose I were ever so much in the wrong, I doubt this would not set me right. Rather, it would make me run so much the farther from you, and so get more and more out of the way.

10. Nay, perhaps, if you are angry, so shall I be too ; and then there will be small hopes of finding the truth. If once anger arise, MUTE xa qvos, (as Homer somewhere expresses it,) this smoke will so dim the eyes of my soul, that I shall be able to see nothing clearly. For God's sake, if it be possible to avoid it, let us not provoke one another to wrath. Let us not kindle in each other this fire of hell ; much less blow it up into a flame. If we could discern truth by that dreadful light, would it not be loss, rather than gain? For, how far is love, even with many wrong opinions, to be preferred before truth itself without love! We may die without the knowledge of many truths, and yet be carried into Abraham's bosom. But, if we die without love, what will knowledge avail ? Just as much as it avails the Devil and his angels !

The God of Love forbid we should ever make the trial! May he prepare is for the knowledge of all truth, by filling our hearts with all his love, and with all jov and peace in believing'

CONTENTS

Sermon I.-Salvation by Faith.

(Preached at St. Mary's, Oxford, before the University, on June 18, 1738.)

Ephesians ii. 8. By grace are ye saved, through faith Page 1

Sermon II.-The Almost Christian.

(Preached St. Mary's Oxford, before the University, on July 25, 1741.)

Acts xxvi. 28. Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian 11

SERMON III. -Awake, thou that sleepest.

(Preached on Sunday, April 4, 1742, before the University of Oxford, by Charles

Wesley, A. M., Student of Christ Church.)

Ephesians v. 14. Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead,

and Christ shall give thee light · · · · · · 19

Sermon IV. Scriptural Christianity

(Preached at St. Mary's Oxford, before the University, on August 24, 1744.)

Aets iv. 31. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost 31

SERMON V.- Justification by Faith.

Romans iv. 5. To him that worketh not, but believeth on him

that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted to him for right-

eousness. . . . . . . . . . 47

SERMON VI.—The Righteousness of Faith.

Romans x. 5—8. Moses describeth 'the righteousness which is of the

law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise; Say

not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven. (that is, to

bring Christ down from above :)

Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ

again from the dead.)

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and

in thy heart : that is, the word of faith which we preach : 59

Sermon VII.—The Way to the Kingdom. .

Mark i. 15. The kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe

the Gospel . . . . . . . . . 71

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