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PREACHED IN ST. JOHN'S CHURCH, WESTMINSTER,
ON THE 3D OF APRIL, 1814, IN BEHALF OF THE WESTMINSTER FREE-SCHOOL.
2 Tim. iii. 14, 15. “ But continue thou in the things which thou hast
learned, and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus."
ST. JOHN, xiv. 1.
YE BELIEVE IN GOD, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME.
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To instil the true principles of Religion into the minds of the young, to explain to them the nature, excellence, and importance of the faith into which they were baptized, and to show them how
pass the time of” their “sojourning here,” to “that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things," and arrive at happiness in the end, is not only a duty, which every Christian Minister, who feels the awful responsibility of his office, will be most anxious to fulfil, but also a task, under which, while he has the opportunity to preach the good tidings of salvation, and the power to work in the vineyard of his Lord, he will never faint. To feed the
sheep of his Blessed Master in the best way he can, is his object.
is his object. Although, from a want of better judgment (for all are not equally gifted with abilities) he. may not choose the most skilful method of conveying edification to his hearers, yet, if he be sincere and earnest, and they willing to receive such spiritual nourishment as he can give them, there is every ground on which to build a hope, that Providence, working together with him, will bring his labours to good effect.
With these impressions on my mind, I have frequently, during my ministry amongst you,
my discourses to the young. I have done this with a view to assist in bringing up the rising generation *“ in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and with the hope of benefiting the world, not only while I am in it, but also after it shall please God, in the due course of his Providence, to take me from it. Into all my particular addresses, however, I have en