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duct; while the work of the ministry is evidently the great business and pleasure of a man's life, and the minister is the friend and counsellor, as well as the teacher, of the people, and their servant for Christ's sake; this secures affection from many, and respect from almost all except determined persecutors. But nothing short of this can produce the same effects on the hearts, minds, and consciences, of mankind. The ministers, thus briefly described, are " the servants of God who teach "men the way of salvation." Beware, then, of false prophets and blind guides.
Some present may have heard, from time to time, from our deceased brother, the grand truths of the gospel with a degree of approbation; yet without exactly distinguishing between his views, and those of such as they heard on other occasions; and without practically entering into the design of them. In respect of such persons, what can we do more than adopt the apostle's words, "We then, as "workers together with God, beseech you also "that ye receive not the grace of God in vain?" All the labours of ministers, nay all that Jesus has done and suffered, with all his invitations and entreaties, will be in vain, as to you, unless you renounce every other confidence, and " flee for refuge "to this hope which God has set before you."
Some among you may consider the whole of this day's solemnities as a matter of course; and be ready to say in your hearts, ' I see no peculiar reason for mourning on the occasion as many do.' —My fellow sinners, the unconscious babe, the thoughtless child, or the rebellious son who wickedly covets his father's property, may not mourn at the decease of a wise and good parent, which fills the heart of his elder, more prudent, and more dutiful brethren, with overwhelming sorrow. But the loss is far the greatest to those who least lament it. Thus it is also in your case. "Be "afflicted, and mourn, and weep; let your laughter "be turned into mourning, and your joy into hca"viness; humble yourselves under the mighty "hand of God."
Have any of you, after a season of apparently zealous profession, "forsaken your first love i" Let me earnestly recommend to your consideration, the words of our Lord to the church at Ephesus. "Remember, therefore, from whence thou "art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; "or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will "remove thy candlestick out of his place, except "thou repent."l
My christian brethren, do not mourn," as those "who have no hope." "Jesus is the same, yes"terday, and to-day, and for ever." Remember the words and actions of your deceased pastor: endeavour to conceive what he would now say to you, if he were permitted to speak; and what counsel he would give you. Beg of God to give you wisdom and grace to follow the counsels which he has given, and which you know he would, if it might be, now give you. Remember that your conduct on this emergency is of great consequence to yourselves, to your families, to your neighbours, and to the church of God. Do not suffer your grief to waste itself in useless lamentations; but inquire in what way it is in your power, according to the duties of your several stations, to prevent the worst consequences of this bereaving providence; to make up the loss to survivors; and thus to follow your pastor, that, " when the chief "Shepherd shall appear, you may receive a crown "of glory that fadeth not away."
1 Rev. ii. 4, 5.
But some of my brethren in the sacred ministry are before me. What shall I say to them? One and another of my juniors are taken away: I cannot expect long to continue: but while I am here I would adopt, and commend to you, the words of Solomon: "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, "do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor "device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave, "whither thou goest."1 May God grant that while we live we may bring forth fruit, which may "remain" for the benefit of others long after we are called hence! and may he crown the present attempt with his blessing !—To himv therefore, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be glory for ever: Amen!
1 Eccl. ix. 10.
THE SPIRIT AND PRINCIPLES OF A GENUINE MISSIONARY:
PREACHED IN THE PARISH CHURCH OP
ASTON SANDFORD, BUCKS, ON SUNDAY, MAY 27,1810,
ON OCCASION OF THE DEATH OF
THE REV. JOHN CHARLES BARNETH,
LATELY SENT OUT AS A MISSIONARY TO THE SUSOOS BY THE SOCIETY FOR MISSIONS TO AFRICA AND THE EAST.
"THOl' DIDST WELL IN THAT IT WAS IN THINE HEART." 2 CBRON. vi. 8.