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SERMONS,

ON THE

DOCTRINES AND TRUTHS

OF

THE LORD'S NEW CHURCH:

DELIVERED IN THE

New Jerusalem Temple,

BIRMINGHAM.

And now published by Subscription, at the

Request of the Society.

By J. PROUD, N.H.M.

Et dixit fedens super throno, ecce nova omnia facio. APO. xxi. 5.

Nunc licet. E. S.

• BIRMINGHAM,
PRINTED AND SOLD BY J. BELCHER;
SOLD ALSO BY THE AUTHOR.

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WORTHY AND BELOVED BRETHREN,

OF

THE NEW JERUSALEM CHURCH, IN

BIRMINGHAM ;

FOR you the following difcourses were composed, to you they were delivered, and by your request they are now published; therefore to you they are more peculiarly dedicated. The approbation they have met with from so judicious a society, gives me reason to hope they may be acceptable, and useful, to those who shall read them: and I am happy in having this opportunity of publicly acknowledging, how much satisfaction and pleasure I feel in possessing

the

the good opinion and esteem, and above all, the AppEcTION, of that society, to which my private studies and public labors are particularly devoted.

.. . .. Love to God and man is the essence of our religion ; your love to God, I trust, is manifested by a regular life of piety and goodness, by a constant and zealous obedience to the holy commandments of the word; and your love to each other is evident to all. Harmony, unanimity, and peace, have been uninterruptedly preserved amongst us ; ' and 'I believe I am justified in saying,' that every real member loves his brethren as he loves himself. But your charity is not confined, will never be confined within the narrow limits of your own society; it does, and will extend to ALL MEN, near or diftant, friend or foe, of whatever name or nation. If we love God,

we

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