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and helpless age, to train them up as his disciples and the children of God; that as they have been the instruments of bringing them into this mortal life, they may have the comfort of contributing to their future happiness in a life which will never end.
Remember then that this child belongs to God who gave it to you, that it may be educated and fitted for himself; and if through your criminal neglect or bad example, his reasonable creature be lost, he will require it at your hands.
Instil therefore into his tender mind the knowledge, reverence, and love of God, the heavenly Father, and Maker of all; and a deep sense of the duty which he owes to him. Acquaint him with his benevolent designs from the beginning, for the recovery of a degenerate and perishing world, to their duty and happiness; and lead him to learn the mind and will of God for his salva tion, from that inestimable treasure of wisdom, the holy scriptures, especially the words of Christ and his apostles; and not from
the doctrines and inventions of men.
Check the first risings of envy and pride in his breast, by teaching him humility and a just knowledge of himself; that all he possesses or hopes for, is from God, whose free bounty alone maketh the difference between his creatures. But at the same time inform him of the dignity of his nature; of the importance of reason, the light of God within him, by which he is to govern himself, to restrain his appetites and passions, moderate his affections, to know the God who made him, to learn his will, to become like unto him, holy, just, and good. Teach him above all things to abhor falsehood and lies; and to love and cultivate truth and integrity, which will make him amiable in the eyes of all, and acceptable to God. Tell him that he is to love and to do good to all men, because all are equally the children of God with himself, and the objects of his fatherly kindness and care; that he is not born only for himself, but for others; to serve his country and man.
kind by promoting truth and virtue, and the public good. Sow in him betimes these seeds of piety, charity, sincerity, and all goodness; for otherwise the weeds of evil will spring up in his heart, which ye may never afterward be able to root out. And although no pains which ye can take, can ensure success, yet whatever happens, ye will have discharged your duty, and not have the guilt and mortifying reflection of having contributed to the ruin and misery of those you love. Remember the saying of the wise man, Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. If labours should be sucyour cessful, it will be a source of the highest and purest pleasure and satisfaction to you; and ye will have the
joy of leaving behind you those who may live and do good in the world, when ye shall be no more in it.
And may the supreme Father and Governor of all things direct and bless you in the faithful discharge of your duty, for his glory, the good of mankind, and the advancement of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Where there are other Sponsors who present the Child to be baptized, and not the Parents, the Minister may thus begin the Exhortation,
YE who have now undertaken the care of this child who naturally belongs to the parents, must take
heed and remember that it is also a child of God, for whom it is to be educated and fitted; and if through &c. your,
END OF BAPTISM OF INFANTS.
OF THOSE WHO ARE OF RIPER YEARS.
The Minister may begin the Service with the following Observations, relating to the Appointment, Nature, and Use of Baptism.
OUR blessed Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, having himself published his religion for the salvation of the world, to the Jewish nation, commissioned his apostles to complete the work he had begun, by preaching his gospel to all nations; commanding them to make disciples, by baptizing, and instructing them in his doctrines and laws.
All power, said he, is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things what
soever I commanded you; and lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world.
By this direction of our Saviour, all persons are to be acknowledged as members of his church, by baptism in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. They are then consecrated to the divine service, in that religion which came from God the Father, was published to the world by his Son, and confirmed by the operations of his holy Spirit. Water is employed as an emblem of purity, or of that moral and religious improvement, in
which all our christian advantages should terminate.
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Let us, therefore, as many as are here assembled, by the present administration of baptism, take occasion to establish in our minds a lively sense of our obligations to serve God, according to the gospel of his Son, in holiness and righteousness all our days.
Then shall the Minister say to the Person desiring to be baptized,
OUR Lord Jesus commanded, that all persons baptized should be instructed in his holy gospel. You, in the profession of the christian faith, present yourself to be baptized according to his institution. Do you now promise, that you will receive the instructions of the christian religion, and govern your faith and practice by its doctrines and laws?
Answ. This I now promise, and by the help of God, will endeavour to perform.
The Minister shall then baptize the Person, saying,
I BAPTIZE thee in the name of the Father,
Min. Let us pray.
ALMIGHTY God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, regard in mercy the prayers of thy people; and bless thy servant, who hath now been acknowledged as a member of the christian church, by baptism. Incline his heart to receive with all readiness the doctrines and instructions of Christ, and to submit faithfully to the authority of his laws. Give him strength to triumph over the temptations of vice, and to be steadfast in the practice of that holiness which baptism is designed to represent; that, living as becometh a good and faithful member of the christian church here on earth, he may at length partake in heaven of that eternal kingdom which thou hast revealed to us by Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
WE give thee humble thanks, O heavenly Father. that thou hast vouchsafed to call us to the knowledge of thy grace, and faith in
thee; increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore, that we may be enabled to mortify all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily to proceed in all virtue and godliness of living, till we come to that eternal kingdom, which thou hast promised by Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
govern your faith and practice by its doctrines and laws. May you carefully keep in mind this promise, and perform it faithfully. To this end, you are diligently and honestly to search the scriptures. These contain every thing necessary to eternal salvation; and from these you may obtain all that information which is requisite to improve your understanding and confirm your faith. Above all, you are carefully to obey the precepts of the gospel, and to cultivate that purity of heart and affections, which all its laws, ordinances, and doctrines are designed to promote.
Having the fear of God before your eyes, be you now exhorted to discharge, with fidelity and exactness the duty you have now acknowledged. To the due observance of it may God incline your heart; and
may he bless you with success, for your improvement in christian knowledge, and holiness of life, for the honour of religion, and the glory of his holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
NOW unto him who is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory, with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, through Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen.
IN obedience to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all persons baptized be instructed in his holy religion; you have now engaged, by a solemn promise before God and this assembly, that you will receive the instructions of the christian religion, and
END OF BAPTISM OF THOSE OF RIPER YEARS