"Converting Sinners A Christian Duty" ---New Window
I. Enquire into the true idea of a sinner. What constitutes a sinner?
II. What is conversion? What is it to "convert the sinner from the error of
III. In what sense does man convert a sinner?
IV. We must next enquire into the kind of death of which the text speaks, "shall
save a soul from death."
V. We now consider the importance of saving a soul from death.
VI. He who converts a sinner not only saves more misery, but confers more happiness
than all the world has yet enjoyed, or even all the created universe.
"Christ Our Advocate with The Father" ---New Window
I. Explain the sense in which the term "advocate" is here used;
II. Show what is implied in the existence of this office;
III. Explain the essential qualifications of an advocate;
IV. State some of the conditions of his success.
"The Inner and The Outer Revelation" ---New Window
Probably no thoughtful man has ever read the Bible without noticing
that there has been a previous revelation given in some way to man. It assumes many
things as known already. I may have said in the hearing of some of you that I was
studying in my law-office when I bought my first Bible, and that I bought it as one
of my law-books. No sooner had I opened it than I was struck to see how many things
it assumed as known, and therefore states with no attempt at proof. For instance,
the first verse in the Bible--"In the beginning God created the heavens and
the earth." This assumes the existence of God. It does not aim to prove this
truth; it goes on the presumption that this revelation--the existence of a God--has
been made already to all who are mature enough to understand it. The Apostle Paul
also in his epistle to the Romans, asserts that the real Godhead and eternal power
of the one God, though in some sense "invisible things," are yet "clearly
seen," in the creation of the world, "being understood by the things that
are made," so that all wicked men are without excuse. His doctrine is that the
created universe reveals God. And if this be true of the universe without us, it
is no less true of the universe within us. Our own minds--their convictions, their
necessary affirmations--do truly reveal God and many of the great truths that respect
our relations to Him and to his government.
"On Quenching The Spirit" ---New Window
I. Show what it is to quench the Spirit;
II. How it is done;
III. Some of the consequences of doing it.
"What Men Highly Esteem, God Abhors" ---New Window
Text.--Luke 16:15: "Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth
your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men, is abomination in the sight
Christ had just spoken the parable of the unjust steward, in which He presented
the case of one who unjustly used the property of others entrusted to him, for the
purpose of laying them under obligation to provide for himself after expulsion from
his trust. Our Lord represents this conduct of the steward as being wise in the sense
of forethoughtful and provident for self--a wisdom of the world, void of all morality.
He uses the case to illustrate and recommend the using of wealth in such a way as
to make friends for ourselves who at our death shall welcome us into everlasting
habitations." Then going deeper, even to the bottom principle that should control
us in all our use of wealth, He lays it down that no man can serve both God and Mammon.
Rich and covetous men who were serving Mammon need not suppose they could serve God
too at the same time. The service of the one is not to be reconciled with the service
of the other.
"Variety in the Service Offered to God" ---New Window
Among the people who profess to serve God are three distinct classes, distinguishable
by obvious characteristics. It will be my present object to point out these classes
and their distinctive marks.
I. The first class are bond-servants;
II. The next class may be called mercenaries;
III. The third and only acceptable class of servants are described in our text.
"License, Bondage and Liberty" ---New Window
I. The spirit of license.
II. Some detail of those who have the spirit of bondage.
III. To consider the case of those who have the spirit of liberty.
"Living by Faith" ---New Window
I. I will first explain the sense in which all men live by faith; and
II. The sense in which the just live by faith.
"God's Commandments Not Grievous" ---New Window
I. When a commandment may be said to be grievous.
II. When a commandment is not grievous.
III. I am next to consider in special the commandments of God, to see whether they
can rightly be deemed grievous.
IV. What God's law does require.
"The Wages of Sin" ---New Window
I. Illustrate the nature of sin;
II. Specify some of the attributes of the penal sanctions of God's law;
III. Show what this penalty must be.
"The Wants of Man and Their Supply" ---New Window
I. Man, in consciousness, is a wonderful being.
II. Man has also an intellectual nature.
III. Man has another side to his nature--the moral and spiritual department.
"Where Sin Occurs God Cannot Wisely Prevent It" ---New Window
I. Sin is utterly inexcusable as to the sinner;
II. Then answer some objections, and conclude with remarks.
"The Ways of Sin Hard; Of Holiness, Pleasant" ---New Window
I. Enquire what true religion is;
II. What is implied in it;
III. What sin is;
IV. What a life of sin implies;
V. Show that religion is naturally easy and delightful;
VI. That on the contrary a course of sin is and must be, hard, oppressive, delusive
"The Indications and The Guilt of Backsliding" ---New Window
I. To show what lukewarmness is;
II. To present some unmistakable indications of this state of mind;
III. Show that it is a most guilty state;
IV. Explain the threatening--" I will spew thee out of my mouth;" and
V. Show that its folly is no less great than its sin.
"The Christian's Genuine Hope" ---New Window
Text.--1 John 3:3: "Every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself even
as He is pure."
The connection of this passage shows what its meaning must be. With admiring wonder
the apostle calls our attention to that love bestowed on us by the Father in calling
us sons of God. "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us
that we should be called sons of God!" This is a present blessing. "Behold,
now are we the sons of God; and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know
that when He shall appear we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."
The thing known and present is our sonship -- that we are the sons of God; the thing
future and not yet known pertains to what we shall be. This will come to light when
Christ shall appear; because, then, seeing Christ as He is, we shall certainly, by
the very laws of mind, and in accordance with the divine plan, be like Him. This
is the thing we hope for. This precisely constitutes the Christian's hope -- that
he shall see Christ as He is, and be eternally like Him.
"The Primitive Prayer-Meeting" ---New Window
I. The object of this prayer-meeting;
II. Its characteristics;
III. Its results.