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REV. JOHN BIRD SUMNER, M. A.
PREBENDARY OF DURHAM, AND VICAR OF
In endeavouring to give to a portion of my pastoral instruction a more permanent duration than the fleeting hour appointed for our Sabbath ministrations, I have had two objects in view. I have wished, by the blessing of God, to be more extensively useful to my fellow-men: and I have been anxious also, at the same time, to bear testimony to the cordial and growing esteem which your consistent maintenance of Christian truth, both in doctrine and practice, commands for you among your brethren, and the community at large.
In placing my volume under your patronage by this public record of my respect, I have secured the one point. And if in an age when the press teems with the enormities of vice, and the absurdities of fiction, when the principles of true religion
are much misunderstood, and the rules of Christian practice and temper are fearfully transgressed, these plain practical addresses, shall, even in a few instances, be the means of instructing the ignorant, reclaiming the wanderer, confirming the fearful, correcting the inconsistent, and cheering the distressed, I shall have gained the other.
My best hopes will then be realised ; and I shall ever retain a grateful recollection of the occasion on which I availed myself of your permission thus publicly to subscribe myself,
THE BELIEVER'S EXPECTATION.
1 John iii. 2. “ Beloved, now are we the sons of God,
and it doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we
know that when he shall appear we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is,