Make Up for Lost Time, Sermons

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Literary Collections - 128 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871. Excerpt: ... 167 SERMON XIV. ACTIVE FELLOWSHIP WITH THE CHURCH. tE&trtJ Sbtm&aB to Hetit. Romans, xii. 4, 5. As we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office; so we, being many, are one Body in Christ, and every one members one of another' PpHE neglect of sacramental grace in days past goes far to explain the lamentable unprofitableness of our lives. The grace of Holy Baptism forgotten, little stirred up, treated too often as if it had never been, more often-rebelled against, according to that warning voice, 'Grieve not the Holy Spirit, ' 'the Spirit of God' which 'dwelleth in you;'1 the grace of Holy Communion utterly ignored, or put aside for a more convenient season, or lightly regarded through the more pressing force of a sudden temptation or a long cherished habit, or at least hidden from our eyes by a multitude of excuses, scarce one of which we could plead before God;--all this surely forms a large and deadly ingredient in that cup of bitterness which we have mixed for ourselves, and which has overflowed these many years, to our own great shame and distress. 1 Eph. iv. 30; 1 Cor. iii. 16. And when we set ourselves, with real purpose of amendment, to return to the love and service of our Lord; and that we may so return, resolve no longer to despise those sacred means appointed by Himself; we are met by this very serious question: 'Where are these means to be found? in whose keeping are they? to whom were they committed? who, since they must be administered by men, are the men who. may minister therein for our comfort?' Notice, I pray you, what the Scripture gives for an answer. Sacramental grace is connected with 'the Church, which is' Christ's 'Body, the fullness of Him which filleth all in all: '1 the grace of the Christening Sacram...

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