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5. To speak of the feast of faith that follows hereupon,
6. To apply the subject in several inferênces,
Use (1.) For information, in eight inferences,
(2.) By way of advice, in four particulars,

Eight kinds of apples which hang on the apple-tree,
The discourse before serving the tables,
The discourse at the table-service,


The Day of Effectual Calling, a Levelling Day; or,

the Heights from which Sinners come down in the Day of effectual Vocation,


Luke xix. 5. -Zaccheus, make bafte, and come down.

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After a copious introduction, containing a large account of Zaccheus,

with a division and ample explication of the words, and a doctrinal

proposition raised, the following general hcads are discoursed, viz. 1. To speak of some of these beigtits from which people must come

down, that would answer the gospel-call, 2. To fhew in what respects they coine down, 3. To offer foine remarks on the day of effectual calling, 4. To afligo the reasons why the Lord calls them to come down, 5. To deduce fóme inferences for the application, Ufe (1.) Of information, in eight particulars, .(2.) Of exhortation, insorced by eight motives,

15+ (3.) Of direction, in two advices,




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Mountains Overleared; or, Christ's coming to his Peo

ple, leaping and skipping on the mountains and hills in his way.


Song ii. 8. Tbe voice of iny Beloved! Behold, be cometh! leaping upon the mountains, and skipping upon the bills!

The words being viewed in their connection, and both a more general

division, and particular anal zation and explication essayed, and a

proposition expresied, the following topics of discourse illustrated, viz. 1. Some remarks offered concerning Christ's coming to his people, 152 2. These mountains and hills over which he comes, spoken of, 164 3. The manner of his coming opened up, 4. The strangeness, and yet the certainty of his coming, considered;

with the reasons why nothing Mall impede it, - ... .177


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5. The application of the whole subject, in eight inferences, Page 182 The discourse before serving the firf table,

191 The discourse at serving the tables,

194 The discourse at the conclusion of the solemnity, e


SERMON CXLV. Chrill's Love-fuit reinforced and repeated; or, his kindly renewed,



Song ii. 13. Arife, my love, my fair one, and come away.

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The connection of the words, with the preceding context being taken

notice of, the words themselves analized, and a doctrinal observation

laid down, the following heads of inethod are prosecuted, viz.
1. A few things premised concerning the party invited,
2. The import of the titles here given to the party,

210 3. The import of the call and invitation,

4. What may be implied in the repetition of these words,
5. Inferences deduced for the application,
Use (1.) Of information, in eight inferences,

(2.) Of exhortation, both to Saints and Sinners,
1. To Sinners, inforced by six considerations,
2. To Saints, urged by four confiderations,

The discourse before serving the tables,
The discourse at serving the first table,


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SERMON CXLVI, CXLVII. . Prayer for Mercy, a feafonable Duty in Times of Sin and Wrath,


Hab. iii. 2. O Lord, in wrath remember mercy.

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The words being explained, two doctrinal propositions are observed :

The First is, " That, in wrathful times, wherein God's church and
6 people are under many tokens of his anger and displeasure, it is
“ inost seasonable for thein to plead with hin, That he would remeni-
6 ber mercy.” From this proposition, the following general heads

of method are illustrated.
1. When may a time be said to be wrathful,

2. What are the instances of mercy we need to seek at such a time, 261
3. The import of the Lord's remembering mercy, and our praying
that he would do so,

264 4. That it is both seasonable and reasonable to plead that he would remember mercy in wrathful times,

272 5. The application of the subject,


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Prov. iii. 17. Wisdoms ways are ways of pleasantney's,

and all ber paths peace.

SERMON CLIII. Some Signs of an Evening-Time with the Church of God,

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2£ch. xiv.7.-But it Mall come to pass, that at eveninga

time it fall be light.

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After mentioning the division of the text, the design of the discourse

is to evince, That the present time we live in, is an evening-time
with the church of God: This is done, by considering the Signs

of the Times ; which is essayed under two heads, viz.
1. Some prognosticating signs, that not only thew forth much pre-

sent darkness, but that a darker evening-time is hastening on, on 2. Some promulgating signs, thewing that the present time is 23 an eveninz-time,




Gospel-Hearers have a firm Ground for Faith and Hope in the worst of Times,


Rom. iv. 18. Wbo, against bope, believed in bope.

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The words being opened and explained, in several remarks laid

down concerning the patriarch Abraham, and a doctrinal propo

sition mentioned, the following general heads are proposed.
1. The truth of the doctrinal proposition illustrated in a few remarks, 399
2. The nature of this faith and hope enquired into : . 401
3. Some of the hopeless and desperate-like cases that may take

place with the people of God mentioned, and yet a firm ground
for faith and hope remain,

405 4. The grounds there are for faith and hope, in such distressing

cases, pointed out,
5. Several inferences deduced from the application,

Six things mentioned more generally as grounds of hope, ib.
Fifteen particular grounds of hope condescended upon,

415 Ule 1. Of inforination, in two particulars,

420 2. Of trial and examination,

421 3. Of exhortation,

422 Eight objections propounded and answered,


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SE R MON CLVI, CLVII. Faithi in Christ, the Surest way of Relief, in the :...Saddest Cafe,

Page 426 JONAH ii. 4. Then I said, 1 om oost out of thy figbt;

yet will I look again toward thy holy temple.



The words being divided and explained, two doctrinal observations

are raised from them. The First is, " That a truly gracious soul 66 may sometimes be brought under defponding fears, lest they be 6 cast out of God's fight.” From this propolition tlie following

plan of method is laid down for the illustration of it, viz. 1. To explain a little the term, “ I am cast out of thy sight," 428 2. To offer some remarks concerning the fears the Lord's people may have, left they be cast away,

429 3. Lay down some grounds from which these fears procced, 4. Deduce some inferences for the application,

431 Use 1. Of information, in four particulars; 2. Of examination and trial,

432 3. Of exhortation,

433 The Second proposition is, “ That the surest way of relief, from the claddest case the people of God can be in, is faith in the mercy bi of God, through Christ; or, faith's looking a-new unto God's 6 holy temple.” In discoursing this doctrinal observation, the

following particulars are essayed. 1. Some remarks offered for clearing the doctrine,

436 2. The import of Jonah's resolution in the text, enquired into, 437 3. Some of the special discouragements mentioned, that faith has

to furinount, when it would look towards God's holy temple, 441 4. Sonie reasons assigned, why this is the best way of relief from the greatest difficulties,

445 5. The lubject applied in several uses, Use 1. Of information, in four particulars,

2. Of trial and examination,
3. Of exhortation, to three forts of persons,

. A Ministerial Declaration, on the 6th of June 17.12, when an invasion

was attempted on Mr. Erskine's pulpit, by Mr. Hardie, : 452 II. A second Warning, offered to the Congregation, on the 22d. of

August, 1742. when steps were taken by the Presbytery to moderate a call for another minister in Mr. Erskine's room,

457 III. A third Warning, publicly read on Sabbath the ist. of May, 1742.

when the Presbytery had appointed Mr. Thomson to be settled in his Church,



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