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I may, I think, appeal to you, my brethren, that I have never shunned to “declare unto you the whole counsel of God;" that while I have laboured to give the grand and distinguishing doctrines of the gospel their due prominence, I have been careful to inculcate their practical influence; and that while I have always urged the doctrine of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ for acceptance with God, I have not neglected to testify also that “this is the will of God, even your sanctification.” Upon these principles the following “ Lectures” are founded. The topics which they embrace seem to me not inappropriate to the present state of things in the religious community at large. I trust they come forth under the sanction of my Divine Master; and that humble as my efforts are, he will honour them with his blessing to the spiritual benefit of some,--the only end I have in view.
It is my heart's desire and prayer, my dear brethren, that, as a church and
people, you may ever be found walking worthy of the vocation wherewith you are called, and exemplifying in your lives “ whatsoever things are true, and honest, and just, and pure, and lovely, and of good report.” I bless God on your behalf for the peace and harmony which have been preserved among you; for the good you have instrumentally done in your neighbourhood; and especially for the many proofs and evidences which not a few of you have given of that change of heart, which is effected by the regenerating power of the Holy Ghost. And now, “commending you," once more, “to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among them that are “ sanctified,” I remain your faithful and devoted servant and pastor,
Islington, September, 1839.
The Author's CHRISTIAN CHARACTERISTIcs having been so favourably received by the friends of religion, has led him to hope that this little volume on CARISTIAN DUTIES would not be unacceptable; and, should this prove to be the case, he proposes, if life and health be granted him, to follow it with a small volume on CHRISTIAN PRIVILEGES.