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A Reprint of the Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Church for 1787
Trieste Publishing Pty Limited,Various
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Page 25 - And, in fact, every believer, till he comes to glory, works for as well as from life. " 3. We have received it as a maxim, that a man is to do nothing in order to justification. Nothing can be more false. Whoever desires to find favour with God should ' cease from evil, and learn to do well.
Page 21 - Do they know God as a pardoning God? Have they the Love of God abiding in them ? Do they desire and seek nothing but God ? And are they holy in all Manner of Conversation ? 2 Have they Gifts (as well as Grace) for the Work?
Page 26 - Is this an exception to the general rule ? It is a doubt, whether God makes any exception at all. But how are we sure, that the person in question, never did fear God, and work righteousness ? His own saying so is not proof: for we know, how all that are convinced of sin, undervalue themselves in every respect.
Page 37 - Sabbath-breaking, evil-speaking, unprofitable conversation, lightness, expensiveness or gayety of apparel, and contracting debts without due care to discharge them, 1. Let us preach expressly on each of these heads. 2. Read in every Society the Sermon on Evil-speaking. 3. Let the Leaders closely examine and exhort every person to put away the accursed thing. 4. Let the Preachers warn every Society that none who is guilty herein can remain with us.
Page 13 - Act in all things, not according to your own will, but as a son in the gospel, ' As such it is your part to employ your time, in the manner which we direct: partly in preaching and visiting from house to house; partly in reading, meditation, and prayer. Above all, if you labor with us in our Lord's vineyard, it is needful that .you should do that part of the work which we advise, at those times and places which we judge most for his glory.
Page 40 - Many are willing to hear, but not to bear the expense. Nor can it as yet be expected of them. Stay till the word of God has touched their hearts, and then they will gladly provide for them that preach it.
Page 24 - The most effectual way of preaching Christ is to preach him in all his offices; and to declare his law, as well as his Gospel, both to believers and unbelievers. Let us strongly and closely insist upon inward and outward holiness in all its branches.
Page 31 - God go on in their soul: the more watchful they are against all sin; the more careful to grow in grace, the more zealous of good works, and the more punctual in their attendance on all the ordinances of God. (Whereas just the contrary effects are observed, whenever this expectation ceases.) They are saved by hope, by this hope of a total change, with a gradually increasing salvation. Destroy this hope and that salvation stands still, or rather decreases daily. Therefore whoever would advance the...