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STUDY TO SHEW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD, A WORK

MAN THAT NEEDÉTH NOT TO BE ASHAMED., RIGHTLY
DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH.

S. Paul,

THE THIRD EDITION.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL U ME THE FIRST

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR T. SCOLLICK, IN THE CITY-ROAD
AND T. WILSON AND R. SPENCE, YORK.

M,DCC LXXXVIII.

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1 7 - 15-1924

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HE following essay is published in

its present form for the use of those studious ministers in our protestant difsenting churches, who have not enjoyed the advantage of a regular academical education. Whatever end it may answer, our churches will allow me the honour of having taken some pains to endeavour to serve them.

One, of the many invaluable privileges, which our congregations enjoy, is that of choosing their own ministers. The principal object of attention among our people in choosing their ministers is the piety of candidates; consequently, the choice often falls on a man, whose religious principles are his whole qualification: "The far greater part of these ministers, however, are men of good natural abilities, and sincere piety; they have a thorough knowledge of the prac. tical part of scripture, just notions of civil and religious liberty, an unblemished moral deportment, an honest and good heart, and an extensive usefulness among the people of their charge. They are the ministers of the people's own choice, and therefore highly esteemed by them.

The most learned of their brethren, who know the true interest of the whole

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