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THE LORD'S PRAYER.

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UR Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy king.

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this day our daily bread. And give us our debts, as we forgi
debtors And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil: For
chine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

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THE CREED.

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BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;

and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord, which was conceived by
the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, dead, and buried : he descended into hell * ; in the state of the the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into power of death till heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Al

mighty, from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost : the holy catholick church; the cominunion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

the third day.

So much of every question, both in the Larger and Shorter Catechism, is
or sentence in itself; to the end the learner may further improve it upon all
occasions, for his increase in knowledge and piety, even out of the course of
catechising, as well as in it.

And albeit the substance of the doctrine comprised in that abridgment,
commonly called The Apostles Creed, be fully set forth in each of the Cate-
chisms, so as there is no necessity of inserting the Creed itself; yet it is here
annexed, not as though it were composed by the Apostles, or ought to be
esteemed canonical scripture, as the Ten Commandments, and the Lord's
Prayer, (much less a prayer, as ignorant people have been apt to make both
it and the Decalogue,) but because it is a brief sum of the Christian faith,
agreeable to the word of God, and anciently received in the churches of
Christ,

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THE

SUM OF SAVING KNOWLEDGE;

OR, A

BRIEF SUM

OF

CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE,

CONTAINED IN THE

HOLY SCRIPTURES,

AND HOLDEN FORTH IN THE FORESAID

CONFESSION OF FAITH AND CATECHISMS;

TOGETHER WITH THE

PRACTICAL USE THEREOF.

Joun vi. 37. All that the Father hath given me shall come to me ; and hina

that cometh to me I will in no wise cast aut.

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Warrants and Motives to Believe. 1. God's hearty invitation, 2. His earnest request to be recon

ciled. 3. His command, charging all to be

lieve, 4. Much assurance of life given to believers, &c.

Evidences of true Faith. 1. Conviction of the believer's obli.

gation to keep the moral law. 2. That the believer practise the

rules of godliness and righteous

ness. 3. That obedience to the law run in

the right channel of faith in Christ. 4. The keeping of strait communion

with Christ the fountain of all
grace and good works.
For strengthening the believer in

faith and obedience, by these
evidences.

THE

SUM OF SAVING KNOWLEDGE, &c.

The Sum of Saving Knowledge may be taken up in these four heads : 1. The

woeful condition wherein all men are by nature, through breaking of the covea nant of works. 2. The remedy provided for the elect in Jesus Christ by the covenant of grace.

3. The means appointed to make them partakers of this 4. The blessings which are effectually conveyed unto the clect by these means.

-Which four heads are set down each of them in some positions.

covenant.

few pro

HEAD I. Our woeful condition by nature, through breaking the cove

nant of works. Hos. xiii. 9. O Israel, thou hast de

stroyed thyself. 1. THE almighty and eternal God, the Father, the Son,

and the Holy Ghost, three distinct persons in the one and the same undivided Godhead, equally infinite in all perfections, did, before time, most wisely decree, for his own glory, whatsoever cometh to pass in time; and

doth

doth most holily and infallibly execute all his decrees, without being partaker of the sin of any creature.

II. This God, in six days, made all things of nothing, very good in their own kind : in special, he made all the angels holy; and he made our first parents, Adam and Eve, the root of mankind, both upright and able to keep the law written in their heart. Which law they were naturally bound to obey under pain of death; but God was not bound to reward their service, till he entered into a covenant or contract with them, and their posterity in them, to give them eternal life, upon condition of perfect personal obedience; withal threatening death in case they should fail. This is the covenant of works.

III. Both angels and men were subject to the change of their own free-will, as experience proved, (God having reserved to himself the incommunicable property of being naturally unchangeable :) for many angels of their own accord fell by sin from their first estate, and became devils. Our first parents, being enticed by Satan, one of these devils speaking in a serpent, did break the covenant of works, in eating the forbidden fruit; whereby they, and their posterity, being in their loins, as branches in the root, and comprehended in the same covenant with them, became not only liable to eternal death, but also lost all ability to please God; yea, did become by nature enemies to God, and to all spiritual good, and inclined only to evil continually. This is our original sin, the bitter root of all our actual transgressions, in thought, word, and deed.

HEAD II. The remedy provided in Jesus Christ for the elect by the core

nant of grace. Hos. xiii. 9. O Israel, thou hast destroyed

thyself; but in me is thine help. 1. ALBEIT man, having brought himself into this woe

ful condition, be neither able to help himself, por willing to be helped by God out of it, but rather inclined to lie still, insensible of it, till he perish ; yet God, for the glory of his rich grace, hath revealed in his word a way save sinners, viz, by faith in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of

God,

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