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The right of infants to baptism proved, from the covenant
made with Abraham-Their capacity to partake of spiritual
blessings-The practice of the Apostles, and the history of
The question Whose children have a right to the ordinance
Importance and advantages of baptism. P. 151.
The subject relating to infant baptism pressed upon the cou-
sciences of parents-Certain questions proposed for their
consideration-Short addresses to professors, and church
Sacrament of the Supper, instituted by Christ-Command to
observe it binding on all in gospel countries, who have
come to years of understanding-especially on baptized
The nature of the supper further unfolded, by a consideration
of its external signs, and form of administration-A brief
view of the absurdity of transubstantiation, and the impiety
of the mass-The doctrine of Christ's presence stated.
Design of the supper, not to atone for sin, but to commemo-
rate the death of Christ-to seal the blessings of the cove-
nant to strengthen the faith and animate the hopes of
believers—and to promote the exercise of brotherly affec-
Qualifications for the supper--Assent to the doctrines of the
church, one of the terms of communion-Nature of an ac-
Engagements made at the Redeemer's table-Unfaithfulness
of professors-Exhortation to universal and holy obedience,
with a few directions. P. 230..
Excuses of professors for absenting themselves from the table:
of the Lord, considered-and the duty of the church in re-
lation to such stated. P. 246..
Serious address to non-communicants-Their excuses an-
swered their guilt stated-and their duty pointed out-
3. Sermon on the doctrine of Eternal Election. p. 319.
4. Address on Family Religion. p. 343.
5. Persuasive to Public Worship. p. 359.
N. B.-No reasonable pains have been spared to have the typographical execution of this work correct. Notwithstanding this, a few errors of minor importance have escaped detection. The reader is requested to bear in mind, that the word sacraments, p. 194, line 14, ought to be elements—and the words they do, p. 258, line 13, ought to be he does.
Introductory remarks-Importance of the proposed discussion-What may be asserted ought to be compared with Scripture-and the truth is to be received in the love of it.
MORE than six years ago, you were pleased to give me an invitation to labour among you in word and doctrine; and in the faithful discharge of the duties of a gospel minister, to feed the flock, and edify the body of Christ. In the instrument, with which you then presented me, are these words: "We hereby solemnly, and in the fear of the Lord, do call you, to be our pastor and teacher, to preach the word in truth and faithfulness; to administer the holy sacraments, agreeably to the institution of Christ; to maintain Christian discipline; to edify the congregation, and especially the youth by catechetical instructions; and, as a faithful minister of Jesus Christ, to fulfil the whole work of the gospel ministry; agreeably to the word of God, and the excellent rules and constitution of our Reformed Dutch Church, established at the last national Synod held at Dordrecht, and ratified and explained by the ecclesiastical Judicatory under
which we stand, and to which you, upon accepting this call, must with us remain subordinate."
The acceptance of such a call, and the assumption of such engagements, you will do me the justice to believe, filled my mind at the time with deep anxiety; and has to this day engaged my meditations, my exertions, and my prayers, that I may approve myself both to you and ny Master, a faithful steward of the mysteries of God.
With my professional services, both in and out of the pulpit, you are generally acquainted; and my family, and my closet can testify that I have not ceased to remember you in my prayers to God, day and night, that you may be established in the truth and order of the gospel-be built up in faith and holiness-and at last be saved, with exceeding joy and eternal glory.
Nothing but a continued regard for the welfare of your souls, and the prosperity of our Zion, has induced me to address to you these familiar and pastoral letters; in which, I do not expect to advance much, if any thing new, on the subjects to which they relate, but to put into your hands, in a cheap form, important and seasonable truths, which, perhaps, otherwise would not come under your observation. The character of these letters will satisfy you that I expect not to acquire celebrity as an author, by their publication. It is an humble attempt to do you good, and managed in a way which to me appeared best calculated to accomplish so desirable an object.