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A Letter To Mr. C. W. Ethelston, M.A.

Fellow Of The Collegiate Church In Manchester, Rector Of Worthenburt, And Minister Of St. Mark’s Chapel, Cheltham.

Sir,—You perhaps will pardon an obscure individual for venturing to make a few remarks upon your pamphlet, entitled “The Unity of the Church,” &c. I can assure you, Sir, that the unity of the church is a subject of such importance that I cannot conceive how it is possible for any real minister of Christ to lose sight of it.

Union to Christ, and to one another, as the blessed members of his mystical body, is a doctrine pregnant with incalculable importance; and were I disposed to ground what I have to say upon this subject upon anything but the word of God, I would cite a passage out of your own wonderful performance (page 45) “In advocating such a cause, tameness would be cowardice, supineness criminal.” You will, Sir, at once perceive that…

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78. Photinus

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An Old Man Of Ninety Years, Called Photinus, Miserably Maltreated For The Testimony Of Jesus Christ, Before the Tribunal, At Lyons, In France, Who Afterwards Died In The Prison, About The Year 179

In Eusebius’ Church History, as well as in several other ancient writers, mention is made of a certain old man, of more than ninety years, called Photinus, a teacher of the church at Lyons, in France. It is stated of him, that on account of his great age he could not walk, but, having such a burning desire to die for the name of Christ, he, as A. Mellinus has recorded, had himself carried before the judgment seat, in order to be sentenced to death with the other martyrs. When he was brought to the tribunal by the soldiers, the magistracy of the city of Lyons, and the whole multitude of the people followed him, and began to cry out, that he was…

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“Great Things Jesus Had Done”

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When the Lord Jesus Christ had delivered the Gadarene demoniac from Legion and set him free from Satan’s bondage, Mark tells us, ‘he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him’. Having once met the Lord this man would not let Him go.

What a transformation had occurred! The wild man of the tombs who struck fear into the hearts of all around is ‘sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind’. Many talk of…

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A Sermon Preached By John M’Kenzie At Zoar Chapel, Great Alie St, London, On Thursday Evening, September 4th, 1845

“And he said, Draw not nigh hither; put of thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.”—Exodus 3:5

Everything in this fallen world is corrupted, depraved, and ungodlike; and the child of God cannot be in it without suffering from its pollution and defilement. But spiritual and supernatural things have an intrinsic value, beauty, and glory in all their parts and bearings; and when they are made known feelingly and powerfully to the heart by the Holy Ghost, every branch of them becomes solemn and sacred to the soul. But, in different states of feeling, and in different stages of experience, various branches of truth have different effects upon the mind. At one time, the doctrines of grace are sweet, glorious, and full of consolation to our spirits; at other times, when greatly tried and exercised, it is more suitable and adapted to our feelings to have the experience of the saints portrayed as in God’s Word set forth and unfolded to view; then, there are other times when the promises lay hold of our heart, move and enlarge our soul, draw up our affections to God, and kindle a spirit of faith and trust in him. But there are other times, when the work of God the Holy Ghost becomes exceedingly dear and sweet to our minds: to see how he has engaged to…

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“Counsellor”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Reviewing the three main parts of Isaiah’s prophecy concerning the Messiah, as recorded in Isaiah 9:6
• Explaining the meaning of the term “counsellor”
• First, Christ is Counsellor, with the Father and the Spirit, in the eternal decree of creation, providence and salvation
• Second, Christ is Counsellor, to the angelic host
• Third, Christ is Counsellor, to the non-elect humans
• Fourth, Christ is Counsellor, to the elect humans
• Highlighting four ways Christ is Counsellor to the elect—as Prophet, Priest, King and Vine

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“Restoring The Backslider”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Reviewing the definition for the Greek verb, katartizō, and the four ways it is used in the New Testament
• Explaining who are the “brethren” in the opening words of Galatians 6:1
• Outlining the text—(1) the nature of backsliding; (2) the nurture of restoration
• Explaining what it means to be overtaken in a fault
• Highlighting five ways a believer may be overtaken in a fault
• Explaining what it means to be “spiritual”
• Highlighting the two instructions given to those who are spiritual—(1) restore the backslider in a spirit of meekness; (2) consider yourself, lest you also be tempted

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I recollect once asking an Arminian how a soul must be saved; to which he replied, “By the blood of Jesus Christ.” I said, “Do you believe in that Scripture passage, “The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin?“ He replied, “I do.” “Do you believe that the blood and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ is sufficient alone of itself to save a soul from hell?” He said, “I do.” “Then what are sinners sent to hell for?” To which he replied…

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“Waiting For The Inheritance”

A sermon preached by Kevin Price, in remembrance of departed saints of Bethesda Baptist Church, Kensington Place.

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Too much religion begins with man. You and I shall never understand the way of grace, mercy and salvation until we see it as God’s work, performed in God’s way, according to God’s will. Millions who meet for worship today are no closer to grace than the legion of demons who possessed the Gadarene of Mark 5 – you can be in Christ’s company and heading for hell. If we are not to be among the legion of the damned our only hope is that the Lord Jesus Christ will come and deliver us from the bondage of our nature and the deserved condemnation of our sin.

When Jesus left the coast of Capernaum and headed out into Lake Galilee He was on a mission to find one of His elect. These two did not stumbled upon each other by chance! Like the Good Shepherd the Lord went looking for His…

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Duty faith makes the gospel a ministration of cruelty and injustice, but men are damned for law-breaking not for failing to savingly believe. I think we have shown sufficiently plain above, that duty faith in a covenant of grace unto salvation could never grow out of, nor come from the Eden covenant of works; so that such an obligation, to exist at all, must be new, and peculiar to the gospel dispensation as its cause. And then, in reply to this, we ask, and does the gospel give universal life and strength to all where it comes, to become such as the word of God declares to be believers unto salvation? We know it does not, for a natural man under the gospel is no more than a natural man anywhere else. And has any natural man in and of himself, or even had in Adam at first by that covenant, the power to make himself what the word of God declares a believer unto salvation? I say, no; and very few will venture to say, against all truth, that he has. And yet men holding duty faith, will say that the…

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“My Name Is Legion”

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A Sermon Preached By Grey Hazlerigg, At Forest Hill in May, 1882

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.”—1 Peter 5:6,7

If you look through the chapter from which I have taken my text, you will find it full of the preceptive part of God’s Word. Some people have such a dislike for the preceptive part; if a minister speaks of it, they call him legal directly, but why is it? Because they are not willing to walk in obedience to the Gospel precepts. How full all the epistles are of the preceptive part; and if a minister does not preach this part (though it may be termed nothing but legality), he will not be able to stand before God and say, “I have not shunned to declare the whole counsel of God.”

We will just look at the beginning of this chapter: “The elders which are among you I exhort, who also am an elder;” this refers to ministers more particularly, but might mean deacons as well. “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by…

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“The Mighty God”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Reviewing the three main parts of Isaiah’s prophecy concerning the Messiah, as recorded in Isaiah 9:6
• Showing the significance of the third name given to Christ (“The Mighty God”) in relation to the other four names
• Providing a definition for the Hebrew term translated “mighty”
• Examining how the term “mighty” is used with reference to God in Deuteronomy 10 and Romans 9
• Explaining how Christ is “The Mighty God” before the incarnation
• Explaining how Christ is “The Mighty God” after the incarnation
• Outlining the main features of the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ
• Showing how a proper view of the Person of Christ touches every aspect of a believer’s life in Christ

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“Mending Your Nets”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Providing a definition for the Greek verb, katartizō
• Outlining the four different ways this Greek term is used in the New Testament, and the number of times the term occurs under each heading
• Looking at the first way the term is used—repairing nets (Matt 4:21; Mk 1:19) and restoring backsliders (Gal 6:1)
• Highlighting five general observations about the incident recorded in Matthew 4 and Mark 1
• Underscoring four practical lessons that may be gleaned from the incident recorded in Matthew 4 and Mark 1
• First, these four men were organized by Christ into the first church
• Second, these four men were called by Christ into full time gospel ministry
• Third, their line of work as fishermen was honorable and commendable
• Fourth, do not undervalue your work, in comparison with that of a gospel preacher

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