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PRESBYTERIAN MESSENGER.

VOL. I.-NEW SERIES.

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THE ENGLISH

PRESBYTERIAN MESSENGER.

A LECTURE TO SABBATH-SCHOOL TEACHERS.

BY THE REV. JAMES HAMILTON, REGENT-SQUARE CHURCH, LONDON. MY DEAR FRIENDS AND Fellow- ( history by far the most amazing and the LABOURERS,—You will scarcely expect most momentous was the visit of the me to say anything original or remark- Saviour,—the incarnation, death, and able on a subject which has employed so resurrection of the Son of God; and many vigorous minds, and so many you believe that the most significant and powerful and fluent pens. Some of you surprising facts which can be taught are take in the “ Scottish Sabbath-school those included in the story of redempTeacher's Magazine,” and besides the tion. And just as you believe that the publications of Mr. James, and Mr. Gall, most important hour in the history of an most, I presume, have read the very immortal spirit is the hour when it is lively and very business-like book of a brought to the saving knowledge of Christ; clever American, “Todd's Sunday-school so you further believe that the truest joy is Teacher's Guide,” and another work no less brought to Immanuel, and the highest practical, “ The Teacher Taught.” The glory to God, when a soul is turned from most that I can hope is to stir up your sin to the Saviour. And believing these minds by way of remembrance; and I shall things, you magnify your office. You see greatly rejoice if the following remarks how solemn are the verities with which suggest to your candour or kindness any you deal, and how sublime are the results fresh motive or more effective method. at which you aim. But all the security and

1. It seems hardly needful to name comfort with which you ply your work it as the first requisite in a Sabbath will depend on how far these verities are school teacher, a sincere and paramount vivid to your own convictions, and these love to the Saviour. A common teacher results dear to your own desires. If your may be animated by many considerations. own soul be filled with the grace and the He may be an enthusiast for the classics, grandeur of the Gospel, you will contrive or for some branch of learning. He may ways to expound it; and if your heart be have a strong affinity for the youthful burning with a Saviour's love, it will be mind, or be a zealot in the mere art of a joy and a relief to commend Him to teaching; or he may be strongly im- others. Catechetical instruction is good, pressed with the evils of popular igno- and Bible exercises are good; but after rance, and from philanthropic impulses all, the end and essence of Sabbath may do his best for the diffusion of use- teaching is to explain the Gospel and enful knowledge. But however much you dear the Lord Jesus Christ. And this may share such feelings, the mainspring can be best accomplished by the glad eye of your action is a more sacred and lofty and glowing tongue of one who exults motive. You believe that the knowledge in God his Saviour. In that genial most comprehensive of present happiness moment when the faithful saying is soundand essential to future blessedness is the ing joyful to your inmost earknowledge of Christ crucified. You be- see into the soul of Immanuel capacious, lieve that the event in our earth's compassionate, and piteously yearning

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