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ployed in the work of so gracious a Redeemer, or to spend and be spent in bis service. This consideration hath draws me often to think with my self by what means I might best promote your everlasting welfare. And after many serious thoughts, I bave judged it exceeding expedient for your benefit, to draw up a discourse of this nature, and to give to every Family among you , one of them. And I bleffé God that bath put it into my heart to fet about it," and bath enabled me to perform it. 'Trous your benefit, and the winning of your souls to Christ that was ibe grand motive to this undertaking, And if that great businesse ( through the blessing of God ) may be any way advanced thereby, I ball never repent of my pains, but shall very much rejoyce that tbe Lord bath enabled me (in any meafure) to be serviceable to you in the farthering of your salvation. And that yos may the better know how to make sle of this Treatise, I shall acquaint you in brief with the whole designe thereof.
In the fielt part, I have couched together in tbree Chapters the chief and necessary things that are to be known and believed concerning God, our selves, and the Mediacor between God and man. That so those that have a mind to know, may (in short) be informed of the main cbiogs they are so deeply concern'd to be acquainted with. And because 'tis of exceeding great
consequence, that people should well understand how
the things they profeß to believe are grounded on Gods Word, I have collected together most of those Scriptures that are scattered up and down in the Book of God ( upon which the Articles of our Faich are founded) and have reduced them to several heads, and printed them ar large, that fo
be as several constellations, or clusters of Scais, giving you the more light, and clearer asurance of the things they are brought to prove. This course I have taken also in the second Part; in reference to the things that are to be practised. My intent herein being, that mig Book should fully. inform
what is Gods mind and revealed will concerning those particulars I treat of, which may be of singular use" to you in several respects.
1. To strengthen and confirm your own belief of the Articles of the Christian Faith; to awe your Con ciences with the authority of Gods Word, and to engage your hearts to the pra&tise of those things that shall appear to be your duty.
2. To enable you to instruct your children and fervants in the Principles of Faith and obedience from the Scriptures here set down to your hands; which every one is not able readily to find out that has not come such help. :. 3. To secure you against Errors now fo rife among 14. Seeing you may hereby defend i be
Faith once delivered to che Saints, and confute the enemies of truth, as our Saviour did the Devil, by alledging the Sacred Scriptures for the things you believe and practise.
eve are grounded on ed together most of ered up and downs
reduced them to le
at large, that fo ations, or clusters light
, and clearer - brought to prove. En the second part, are to be practised. my Book should fully
and revealed will reat of, which maj val refpects
In the Second Part I treat of the thing. that concern your practise. And because consi deration of our waies, and examining the flat
of our fouls to God. ward is a matter of so exceeding che Articles of our greae use, that scarce any thing undoes Maskin
more her the neglect of it, I begin with thar And oh that I may prevail with you to a conscien tious practise of it. I have heard of a Gentlemar . that upon bis Death-bed laid this one command up on his wild son, and engag'd him to the perform ance of it by & foleran promise, that he should every day of his life be half an hour alone: Which this young man constantly observing', and spending his half hours retirement ( at first) in any kina of vain thoughts; at last he began to ponder with himself , why his Father should enjoyn him this
pes nance, and the Spiric of God suggesting to him Faith;
that his intent. therein could be no other but to bring him to consider of his evil waies, ana whither chey cended, and what would become of him hereafter it he went on; it pleased the Lord fo to set chose thoughes home upon his heart, that he became a new man: of so much advantage is consideration, and frequent taking car felves ir private to think of the state of our fouls.
In the three next Chaplers i handle the Do&trines of Repentance, Faich, and a new nacure and reformed life, being indeed the main things wherein the power and life of Godlinesa confiftsi. And therefore I intreat you give. The
rm your own belief
airb; to awe your
y of Gods Words
e praaise of those duty.
our children and h and obedience into your hands
to find out that
rors now so rife ereby defend the nes, and confule our did the De
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1. 8 Surau
The Epistle Dedicacory. more heed upto thens.
In the Fifth Chapter I treat of maintaining a he labour daily, close communion with God, and 3. Ov thew, 1. How we should awake with God in the mor. 4.
roceed ning, and so begin the day well.
2. How we should pour forch our fouls in feite a righ cret prayer and thankfgiving unto him; private
. These ar prayer being every ones duty, and a great help to Holines. And that people may not be flight anu jach formal in these duties, and so offend in the many ver
. ner of doing them, I give forse Directions for the right performance of them. 3. i shew how we should diligently read the
1 Scriptures, the Oracles of God, which are abling (through the operation of the Spiriç) to make of li us wise unto salvation.
3. 4. How we thould live continually as in the weli fight and view of God.
5. How we should live by Faich, in cen particulars. 6. How we should be diligent observers of
dere che Providence of God, that so we may order our fervices of prayer and praise accordingly.
7. How we should practise che greae duty of daily watchfalneffe continually watch. ing;
1. Over our thoughes, that we lodge not firful thougbes in our minds. 2. Over our Affections, that we allow not
In the Second Part I treat of the things that concern your practise. And because consideration of our waies, and examining the flate of our souls to God. ward is a matter of fo exceeding, great use, that scarce any thing undoes Markind more 'han the neglect of it, I begin with thar, And oh that I may prevail with you to a conscientio practise of it. I have heard of a Gentleman that upon bis Deathbed laid this one command up on his wild son, and engag'd him to the performance of it by a soleirn promise, thac he should every day of his life be half an hour alone: Which this young man constantly observing, and jpending his half hours recirement ( at first) in any
kind of vain thoughts; ar last he began to ponder with himself, why his Father should enjoyn him chis penance, and the Spirit of God Juggesting to him , that his intent therein could be no other bat to bring him to consider of his evil waies, and whither chey cended, and what would become of him hereafter it he went on; it pleased the Lord fo to set those thoughts home upon bis heart, that he became a new man: of so much advantage is consideration, and frequent taking car selves in private to think of the state of our fouls.
In the three next Chapters 1 handle the DoEtrines of Repentance, Faich, and a new nacure and reformed life, being indeed the main things wherein the power and life of Godlineffe confifts. And therefore 1 intreat you give che