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IN THE FORM OF QUESTION AND ANSWER, FOR TIIE

INSTRUCTION OF YOUTH.

BY JOHN BEVANS.

"Let us hold fast the profession of our faith withont wavering, and let us
consider one another to provoke unto love, and to good works." Heb. x. 23,24.

PHILADELPHIA:

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PREFACE.

EXPERIENCE has proved that, in the present constitution of our nature, the human mind, without proper cultivation, is more likely to be productive of noxious weeds, than of those fruits which evince love to God and benevolence to man; hence the Scriptures enjoin that children should be brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; and the apostle Paul speaks in commendation of Eunice the mother of Timothy, who, it appears, had instilled into his youthful mind, that knowledge which makes “ wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

The author hopes that those parents or tutors who are thus endeavouring to enlarge

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the kingdom of the Redeemer among men, may derive some assistance from this little work. In compiling it, although his primary object has been the instruction of youth, yet his views have not been confined to this class; for (whatever deficiencies may appear in the following attempt to illustrate the truths of the Gospel) Christian Redemption is a subject peculiarly interesting to all : because it embraces our most important inter"ests in time, and in eternity. Indeed, whether we consider the unfathomable love wherein it originated, or the height of happiness to which it is designed to raise fallen, degenerate man, it demands of us every sentiment af gratitude, adoration, and praise to an allwise Creator, who is called, and whose nature is, Love.

CONTENTS.

Sect. 1. Happiness the principal object pursued by.
mankind ; how it is to be attained. 52. Of the Deity.

-Proofs of his existence. He reveals himself to man
by his Holy Spirit, and also by the Holy Scriptures.
§ 3. The Scripture account af the creation of the world.
Of the creation of irrational animals, and lastly of man.
$ 4. Adam's fall from the image of God in which he was
ereated. Its effects upon himself and his posterity.

55. God has compassion on fallen man, and provides a Sa-

viour to restore him.-Jesus Christ is this Saviour,

$ 6. That God did, previously to the coming of Christ, re-

veal his will to man, 1st. By the Patriarchs : 2dly. By the

Law : 3dly. By the Prophets : also universally by the

Spirit of Christ. 97. of the Patriarchs-- Abraham leaves -

his native country in obedience to a divine command-

His faith in the promises of God on the fulfilment of

these promises.

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