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EELICT OF THE LATE REV. THEOPHILUS LINDSETf,
IN TESTIMONY OF
AS A TRIBUTE OF
ADORNED HIS ZEAL FOR IT WITH THE SPIRIT OF HUMILIT*,
MEEKNESS, AND LOVE:
AS A MEMORIAL OF THE FRIENDSHIP WITH WHICH BOTW
AND OF THE OBLIGATIONS THEY HAVE CONFERRED ON HIM,
ARE INSCRIBED BY
rjPHE Author of this volume has so frequently experienced the candour of the public, that he would not harbour a fear of its being shewn to him on the present occa- sion; though he now addresses it in a form of publication, that is cbmmon and trite.
But destitute as this species of composition may be of the recommendation of novelty; it can plead in its favour a great interest derived from the nature of the. subjects discussed, a congruity with the office of a preacher sustained by the author for many years, and a tendency to extend through a wider circle, and to perpetuate, when his tongue is silent in the grave, the usefulness of that character. The sincere and zealous minister may, laudably, wish to speak, even when dead, to his surviving friends, whom it was his pleasure as well as his duty to address from the pulpit; and to leave with their children a memorial of the mutual respect and affection which subsisted between their parents and himself.
With these views the following Sermons are offered from the press. In the selection of them the author has been governed by a regard to the singularity of the subjects, in connection with their importance and practical tendency.
He is so well known to differ from many of his. fellow Christians in his ideas of the Christian doctrine, that the denomination under which he has classed some of the discourses cannot mislead any person. But though he does not apply the term, evangelical, in the sense in which it is exclusively claimed by a large number in the present day, yet he thinks it truly belongs to those discourses, the leading design of which is to unfold and improve the character of Jesus of Nazareth, as a messenger,of mercy, the Messiah, the minister of reconciliation, the sent of God, exalted to be a Prince and Sa
viour, to execute the counsels of love, and to effect a scheme of salvation. These are topics strićtly “evangelical,” according to the original sense of the word, which signifies good news or glad tidings;* and the primitive application of it to that joyful news which was announced to the world, when it was preached, that “the kingdom of heaven was “at hand, and that Jesus of Nazareth was the “CHRIST, and was risen from the dead.” Some of the discourses, if not all, the author hopes, will be deemed suited to the use of families, and level to the capacity and apprehension of the least informed members of a christian household. He fears, indeed, that the pračtice of our pious forefathers, of reading sermons, or religious treatises, to their families, on the evening of the Lord's day, is now much laid aside. He cannot but express, under this apprehension, his surprise and grief,
* It may be submitted to the consideration of those who appropriate to their own strain of preaching the term “evan“gelical,” with what propriety gloomy pićtures of hereditary depravity, and awful representations of divine anger and justice, inexorable without a satisfaction, and, as it is often said, an infinite satisfaction, can come under the description of . “glad tidings.”