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work of God the Holy Ghost, both in them that preach and in them that hear the Gospel, in order to produce its eventua) trappy consequences ;” and lastly, observes, That, “ in every instance, where the Lord is pleased to send his word, we have the fullest confidence that he will give the liearing ear and the believing heart. * The Discourse concludes with an affectionate and aniinated Address to the Society
We have said, that on this occasion we shall refrain from criticism and comparison, nor can we envy the feelings of any man who could hear, or even read such Discourses, with a heart so little in: terested by the importance of their doctrine and the fervour with which they were delivered, as to permit him coolly to criticise ex: pressions, arrange particulars, or measure periods. Surely the great Head of the Church hears the Discourses of his servants with a very different attention, and will award his plaudits on very dif. ferent principles.
A Sermon preached at the Parish Church of St. Andreou by the Wardrobe,
and St. Anne, Blackfriars, on Tuesdoy in Whitsun Week, June 8, 1802, before the Society for Missions 10 Africa and the East, instituted by Memá bers of the Established Church ; being their Second Anniversary. By the Rev. Charles Simeon, M. A. Fellow of King's College, Cams bridge. Also the Report of the Committee to the Annual Meeting, held on the same Day; and a List of Subscribers and Benefactors.
For the institution of this Society, and the Serinon preached on that occasion, we must refer our readers to our last volume (p. 258 and 360.) By the Report added to the Sermon, it appears, 'That, after the most assiduous enquiries thoughout the kingdom for clergymen to engage in the Missionary views of the Society, they have not been able to succeed; and that, therefore (after the example of The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge) they have extended their correspondence abroad; though, unhappily, with no better success at present.
In the second object of the Society, however, the Committee have made greater progress; and the following publications, through the diligent labours of the Rev. Mr. Brunton, have been printed for the benefit of the Heathen world; viz. 200 Grammar and Vocabulary of the Susoo language; 1000 Spelling-books, ditto ; soo each of three Catechisms ; soo Dialogues against Mahometanism, &c.; and 1000 Christian Instruction for the Susoos; being an abridgment of Scripture History and Doctrine. These, the Committee observe, are the first books ever printed in the native language of Western Airica.
The design of printing the Scriptures in the Chinese language, as proposed last year, has been resigned into the hands of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowlege ; who have expressed a disposition to uudertake it. The Coinmittee of this Society have therefore turned their attention to the Persian language ; in which, they have it in contemplation to publish the New Testament.
The Sernion preached on this occasion by Mr. Simeon, is founded on Phil. ii. 5-6.; and the humiliation of Christ is here considered as a face to be believed, and a pattern to be initated. Under the second lead, the points of imitation are reduced to these two, – The feeling a render regard for the welfare of mens' souls; and a willingles to do and suffer any thing for their good. The motives
to this benevolence are much inforced, by considering, What would . have been the state of the whole world, if the same mind had been in Christ that is in us? How much we are indebted to the benevos lence of our fellow-creatures! How kindly Christ will accept such labours of love! and how necessary it is to resemble Christ, if ever we would participate of his glory! Upon the whole, this Sermon, though short, is not deficient, either in energy of language, or in Evangelical savour.
SERMONS, by WILLIAM JAY. 8vo. This volume contains twelve Discourses on the following texts and subjects : - 1. Mistakes concerning the Number of the Righteous, Rom. xi. 2-4.-11. The Triumphs of Patience, Rev. xiv.12. - III. Vows called to Remembrance, Gen. xxxv. 1-3. – IV. The Nature of Genuine Religion, Ezek. xi. 19, 23. V. The Young admonished, 1 Kings xviii. 12. — VI. The Gospel demands and deserves Attention, Mark iv. 23. - VI. The Sufferings of our Saviour necessary, Heb. ii. 10. - VIII. The Condemnation of Self-will, Job xxxiv. 33. - IX. The Secure alarmed, Amos vi. 1. X. On Progress in Religion, Josh. xiii. 1. – XI. The Privileges of the Righteous, Ps. Ixxxiv. 11. - XII. Condition of Christians in the World, John xvii. 15.
In reviewing a single Discourse of Mr. Jay in our last volume (p. 443.) we had occasion to use terms of commendation, which must be repeated and enlarged, to characterize the Sermons now before us. Without making ourselves answerable for every sentiment casually expressed in a volune like this, which should never be supposed, we cannot do them justice without acknowledging that they possess uncommon excellence. The style, without being systematic, is remarkably scriptural; and, without dogmatism, senti. mental. The language is neat, perspicuous, and elevated, without being inflated, or discovering marks of labour. Indeed, if we were to remark any defect, it would be the want of that correctness, which, we doubt not, the hand of the author will give them in a second edition,-as we understand the first is nearly out of print. The topics are all practical; but instead of the dry philosophy of the Heathen schools, they are discussed and enforced upon Evangelical principles, and with that savour of piety which cannot fail to recommend them to the humble Christiani, while the weight of observation, and beauty of diction, make them worthy the study of scholars and divines.
As a specimen of Mi. Jay's manner, we give an analysis of the Fourth Sermon, with an extract: and we select this, because the subject has been so often discussed, that it requires no common talents to give it interest. The text is Ezek. xi. 19, 20. “ And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new Spirit within you," &c. from whence the preacher delineates the nature of genuine religion under four particulars : -1. Its Author; 2. The Disposition it produces; 3. The Obedience it demana's; and, 4. The Blessed. pess it ensures. From the second particular we shall give a short extract, lamenting that it is not in our power at present to enrich our work with a longer passage. The dispositions implanted by Christianity are, Singleness of heart, newness of spirit, - and a heart of flesh. On this it is remarked, “ He gives them an heart of flesh.” It was a heart of " stone" before. Take a stone, feel VOL. X
it, - how cold! Strike it, - it resists the blow. Lay upon it a burden, - it feels no pressure ! Apply a seal, – it receives no impression! Such were our hearts once, thus cold, impenetrable, senseless, unyielding, and unsusceptive. What a mercy is it to have this curse removed, and to have “ hearts of Aesh!'' - to be able to feel ; to feel spiritually; to be alive to “the powers of the world to coine !” to be no longer insensible to divine and heavenly things, when they come in contact with us! And remember, Christians, this holy sensibility is evidenced not only by your pleasing emotions, but also by your distressing ones. Your tears of sur run indicate sensation, as well as your tears of joy. Is not pain a proof of feeling? Yes; the Christian's heart is aan heart of fiesh." Bring it to the Word of God, he feels. “My heart," says Da. vid, standeth in awe of thy word.” “ It trembles at thy word," says Isaiah. He opens it with reverence ; he bows to its autho. rity ; he often compares himself with its demands; he reads the character and doom of apostates, and turns pale ; he dreads the threatenings; and longs for an interest in the promises! O how many feelings will one Sermon set in mction!
• Bring it to sin, --- he feels. A tender conscience, like the eye, is offended with a mote. A dead corpse is unaffected with the deepest wound; the point of a needle makes the living body to writhe. While others do not groan, though charged with heinous crimes; the Christian complains even of infirmities, of wandering thoughts, of earthly affections; and a look from his offended Lord, will make him “ go out and weep bitterly."
“Bring it to the dispensations of Providence, -he feels. “My flesh trembleth for fear of thee, and I am afraid of thy righteous judgments.” Or does he prosper? He is no stranger to a fear, lest “ his table should become a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto him."
• Bring it to the divine glory, — he feels. « Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because men keep not thy law.”,
• Bring it to the concerns of others, he feels. “ He weeps with them that weep. He considers them that are in adversity, as bound with them. Who is weak, and he is not weak? who is offended, and he burns not ?" For a tender heart is always accompanied with a tender hand, and a tender tongue. Such is the disposition which is formed in all the subjects of divine grace : and why is it produced ? To enable us to observe the whole revealed will of God, in a course of cheerful and active obedienço.' Zion's Pilgrim By R. Hawker, D.D. Second Edition, 89.0 and 12mo.
He that goes on pilgrimage after Bunyan, and writes his journal, undertakes a work of no small difficulty.' Dr. Hawker has, how. ever, struck out a path of so much novelty, and presented so many interesting objects on every stage of the journey, that, except at " the house of the interpreter," we are scarcely reminded of our old friend John in all the way. The literary form of the work has a distant resemblance to some of Sterne's writings; one incident arise ing out of another, in such a manner as to keep the attention conti. mally alive, as inay be seen in the following enumeration of contents, viz. Zion's Pilgrim ; --the Moral Man;-the Moral Preacher;
the Family at Prayers ; ---the Traveller;- the Prayer Meeting; -ilie Poor Miss Experience ;--the Meurnful Believer ;-ihe Cries I UTIL: Ct; -- a Believer under the Hidings of God's Countenance ; the Jew ;
the Sermon ; – the Remarks ;--the Dead Child ;- the Suicide ;the Plougliman ; - the Strayed Sheep; an Inn;
the Diary; -- Market Day ; – the Grace; - the Paralytic ;-the StableBoy ;--the Disaster ;-My Relations ;--the Book ;--the Brothers; the House of the Interpreter ; – the Picture Room;-Monuments; -Mottos.
These scenes are, many of them, very pathetic; and are all, more or less, enriched with traits of Christian experience, described in language beautifully simple and appropriate. The following little extract, from the experience of the converted Jew, may serve to justify our opinion, and excite the reader's appetite to peruse the whole.
One little event more,' he added, " I will, if you please, re. late, which happened soon after my going into this church. My business of selling my pens obliged ine to go to another city, about twelve miles distant from the one where s dwelt; and calling at a pastry-cook's shop, who occasionally dealt with me, a circumstance occurred which became highly serviceable to me in my new path of life. - There sat in the shop a venerable gentleman, dressed in black; the mistress of the house stood behind the counter, and I was just within the door. A poor beggar, looking miserably ill, came in for a tart.' "Ah! John," cried the old gentleman, “ what, you have left the infirmary! Is your disorder declared to be incurable ?" - -- “ Yes, Sir,” replied the poor man,“ they say they can do nothing more for me."--"Well, John,” answered the old gentleman, " there is one physician more which I would have you try; and he never fails to cure; and he doth it also without mea ney and without price." -“The poor man's countenance seemed to brighten at this; and he said, ' - Who is he?"_“ It is the Lord Jessis Clirist,” said the gentleman; “Pray go to him, John; and, if he be pleased to heal your body, it will be a blessed recovery for you indeed ; and, if not, he can and will heal your soul." - "The poor man did not relish the advice; for he went away lovking angrily. As for me, I cried out (for I could not refrain) May the Lord bless you, Sir, for what you have said in your recommendations of my Master and Saviour! He is indeed all you have described him, for he hath cured both my body and soul. Astonished at what I said, the gentleman expressed his surprise in observing,'—"I thought you were a Jew!" - I was, Sir, I answered, once; but by grace I am now a Christian. He caught me by the hand, and intreated me to 'go with him to his house, where 1 related to him, as I have to you, the means, under God, of my conversion. And when I had finished my story, at his request, we dropped on our knees in prayer And oh i Sirs, the fervour and earnestness with which hę prayed, and the thanksgivings which he expressed for the Lord's inercy to my soul, never shall I forget. The recollection, even at this distance, continues to warın my heart.' Zion's WARRIOR; or the Christian Soldier's Manual, In which the Duties
and Occupations of the Military Life are spiritualized and improved, By R. Fawker, D, D. 204 Edit, &vo and 12 mo.
Dr. Hawker having exercised a considerable part of his ministry among the army, originally sketched the above for their use; and it is now reprinted uniform with the above elegant editions of Zion's. Pilgrim, and may be had bound up with them. They will be found a pair of very agreeable companions to every experienced Christian, either in the closet, the parlour, or the field.
The Christian Minister, a chosen Vessel to bear the Name of Jesus. A Charge at the Ordination of the Rev. W. Harris. By J. Bowden,
This Charge was previously delivered at the ordination of the Rev. T. Williams, of Shaftsbury; and the repeated and urgent solicitations of ministers and friends, prevailed with the Author to print it. From the character and conversion of Paul, Mr. Bow. den thus addresses his younger Brethren: -“ Suffer me, my dear Brother, from this passage, to remind you what you have to do, with whom you have to do, -in what light you are to regard yourself under this commission, and what, I trust, will be your solicitude, your ambition to appear to be, “a chosen vessel to bear the name of Jesus." Each of these topics is judiciously discussed; and the good sense, piety, and spirit of this discourse, are such as to make it worthy the attention of every young minister in the kingdom. Sin Overtaken : a Sermon preached in the Parish Church of High Wycombe,
Bucks, on Sunday, July 19, 1801, at the particular Request of James Dormer, zuho was executed at Reading, on the Thursdav preceding, for the Murder of John Robinson. By the Riv. W. B. Williams, Curate of Wycombe, and Chaplain to the Marquis of Downshire. 31 Edit.
The awful occasion, and peculiar circumstances attending this Discourse (the culprit having lived servant with the preacher) united with the intrinsic merit of the Discourse itself, gave it peculiar interest; and the second edition having been long out of print, and much called for, we doubt not, this third edition will be acceptable to the public. Mr. Williams has also published “A Thanksgiving Sermon on Account of the Peace," dedicated to the Duke of York; and proposes to print, by subscription, Thirty Lectures on the Church Catechism, in one vol. 8vo. SELECT LIST OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
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