Letters on Missions: Addressed to the Protestant Ministers of the British Churches

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Flagg and Gould, 1815 - Missions - 216 pages
 

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Page 182 - God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; by pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left...
Page 182 - By honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things
Page 28 - I here address. Teach them to interest themselves in this blessed work, as becomes men, who are distinguished by thy venerable name, and honoured by the ministration of thy glorious Gospel ! Baptize us all with the fire of that love which is stronger than death ! Delightfully oppress our gratitude with the everlasting mountains of thy benefits, until every sentiment of frail mortality be suppressed, — until faith give us the victory over the world, — over life and death, — until love compel...
Page 186 - is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
Page 21 - At the bar of Scripture and of conscience," he said, " fathers, brethren, ministers of Christ, in the presence of God I charge you, I charge myself, with betraying the grand interests of our Master by refusing to propagate His Gospel. I charge you with the habitual, open violation of Christ's command : ' Go, preach the Gospel to every creature.
Page 177 - He engages to go where God pleases, and to do or endure what he sees fit to command, or call him to, in the exercise of his function. He virtually bids farewell to friends, pleasures, and comforts, and stands in readiness to endure the greatest sufferings in the work of his Lord, and Master. It is inconsistent for ministers to please themselves with thoughts of a numerous auditory, cordial friends, a civilised country, legal protection, affluence, splendour, or even, a competency.
Page 177 - A Christian minister is a person who in a peculiar sense is not his own ; he is the servant of God, and therefore ought to be wholly devoted to him. By entering on that sacred office he solemnly undertakes to be always engaged, as much as possible, in the Lord's work, and not to choose his own pleasure, or employment, or pursue the ministry as a something that is to subserve his own ends, or interests, or as a kind of bye-work. He engages to go where God pleases, and to do or endure what he sees...
Page 181 - Saviour has commanded us to be renewed in the spirit of our minds, and to let our light so shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father who is in heaven.
Page 177 - It is inconsistent for ministers to please themselves with thoughts of a numerous auditory, cordial friends, a civilised country, legal protection, affluence, splendour, or even, a competency. The slights, and hatred of men, and even pretended friends, gloomy prisons, and tortures, the society of barbarians of uncouth speech, miserable accommodations in wretched wildernesses, hunger, and thirst, nakedness, weariness, and painfulness, hard work, and but little worldly encouragement, should rather...
Page 201 - If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind...

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