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points : the elucidation of some fundamental doctrines of our faith; and the inculcation of a practical truth of the highest moment, yet a truth which too often, if we may judge by the language in common use among men when speaking either concerning theme selves or others, is fatally undiscerned or disregarded, that nothing short of an avowed and unreserved surrender of the whole heart to God through Christ, evinced, under the blessing of divine grace, by a zealous and habitual pursuit of universal holiness, is Religion.

Many persons appear to imagine that, when once the researches of an individual into the Christian Revelation have satisfied him as to its sacred authority, the remainder of his ree ligious course lies plain and easy before him. They perceive not that he has ascended but the first and the least laborious acclivity of the mountain. Surely it requires but a small degree of insight into human nature and the Scriptures to discover with how much greater

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facility the understanding is convinced of
speculative truth, than the heart is subdued
to a productive faith and a practical love of
holiness. I shall rejoice if any part of the
following pages should be rendered instru-
mental in dissipating the pernicious delusion
which I have mentioned.
I am, with fincere respect,

My Lord,
Your Lordship’s obliged

and affectionate Servant,

THOMAS GISBORNE.

Yoxall Lodge,
April 20, 1802.

CO N T E N T S.

SERMON I.

Jesus Christ the Corner-Stone.

I PETER, ii. 6. Bebold! I lay in Sion a chief Corner-Stone,

clect, precious: and be that believeth on Him Shall not be confounded.

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SERMON II.

The Christian Method of Justification ex

plained and vindicated.

ROMANS, iii. 20-22. By the Deeds of the Law there Mall no Flesh be juftified in His Sight : for by the Law is the Knowledge of Sin. But now the righteousness of God without the Law is manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets ; even the righteousness of God which is by Faith of Jesus Christ.

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S E R M O N III. On the Nature and Efficacy of Divine Grace.

2 Cor. xii. 9. And be said unto me, My Grace is sufficient

for thee: for My Strength is made perfect " in Weakness.

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SERMON IV. On the Nature and Efficacy of Divine Grace.

-2 COR. xii. 9. And be said unto me, My Grace is sufficient

for thee: for My Strength is made perfect « in Weakness."

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SERMON V. On the Nature and Efficacy of Divine Grace.

2 COR. xii. 9. And be faid unto me, My Grace is sufficient

for thee : for My Strength is made perfect in Weakness.

97 SERMON VI. On the Marks which distinguish a real

Chriftian.

GAL. V. 24. They that are Christ's have crucified the Flesh

with the Affections and Lufts. 128

SERMON VII.
On the Duty of openly ranging ourselves on

the side of the Lord.

EXODUS, xxxii. 26.
Then Mofes stood in the Gate of the Camp, and
faid: " Who is on the Lord's Side ?"

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SERMON VIII. .
On the Sin of dissembling with God.

xlii. 20.

JEREMIAH, re dissembled in your Hearts, when ye fent me.

unto the Lord your God, saying ; Pray for us unto the Lord our God: and according unto all that the Lord our God shall say, fo declare unto us, and we will do it.

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SE RMONIX..
On the Nature and the Consequences of

Excuses for not giving up the Heart to
Religion.

LUKE, xiv. 18.
And they all with one Consent began to make
Excuse.

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