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RISE AND PROGRESS

OF

RELIGION IN THE SOUL:

ILLUSTRATED IN A COURSE OF SERIOUS AND PRACTICAL
ADDRESSES, SUITED TO PERSONS OF EVERY CHARACTER

AND SITUATION :

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PRINTED FOR THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY,

Instituted 1799 ;
AND SOLD AT THEIR DEPOSITORY, 50, PATERNOSTER ROH;
ALSO BY JA NISBET, 21, BERNEA'S STREET; AND BY

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CONTENTS

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CHAP, I.

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TUIE Introduction, with an account of the design of the Work 1

A prayer for success in promoting the rise and progress of religion 9

CHAP. II.-The careless sinner awakened.

11

The meditation of a singer who begins to be awakened

19

CHAP. II -The awakened sinner urged to immediate consider-

ation, and cautioned against delay

21

A prayer for one who is tempted to delay

27

CHAP. IV.-The sinner arraigned and convicted

29

The confession of a sinner, convinced in general of his guilt 37

CHAP. V.-The sinner stripped of his vain pleas

39

'The meditation of a convinced sinner, giving up his vaiu pleas 47

CHAP. VI.-The sinner sentenced

48

The reflection of a sinner struck with the terror of his sentence

CHAP. VII.-The helpless state of the sinner under condemnation 57

The lamentation of a sinner in this miserable condition

61

CHAP. VIII.-News of salvation by Christ brought to the con-

vinced and condemned sinner

63

l'he sinner's reflection on this good news

69

CHAP. IX.-A more particular account of the way of salvation 70

The sinner deliberating on this method of salvation

77

CHAP. X.-The sinner seriously urged to accept of salvation 79

The sinner declaring his acceptance of salvation by Christ

81

CHAP. XI.-A solemn address to those who will not be per-

suaded to fall in with the desigo of the gospel

86

A compassionate prayer in behalf of the impenitent sinner

97

CHAP. XII.-An address to a soul overwhelmed with a sense of

the greatness of its sins, that dares not apply to Christ

100

Reflection on the encouragements he has to do it

104

CHAP. XIII.-The doubting soul more particularly assisted 107

The soul submitting to divine examination, the sincerity of its

repentance and faith

119

CHAP. XIV.A more particular view of the several branches of

the christian temper

114

A review of this temper in a scriptural prayer

126

CHAP. XV.The reader reminded how much he needs the

assistance of the Spirit of God

130

An humble supplication for the influences of divine grace

CHAP. XVI..The christian convert warned of, and animated

against discouragements

1.36

The soul alarmed by a sense of these difficulties committing itself

to Divine protection

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CIIAP. XVII.---The christian nryed to, and afslated in, an express

act of self-dedication to the service of God

143

An example of self-dedication

146

CHAP. XVIII.--.On entering into church communiou by an

attendance on the 'Lord's Supper

152

A prayer for one who earnestly desires to attend, yet has some

remaining doubts concerning his right to that solemn ordinance 158

CHAP. XIX.--Some more particular directions for maintaining

continual communion with God

160

A serious view of death, proper to be taken as we lie down . 173

CHIAP. XX.--A serious persuasive to such a method of spending

our days as is represented in the former chapter

175

A prayer suited to the state of a soul that longs to attain such a life 182

CHAP. XXI.-A caution against various temptations, by which

the young convert may be drawn aside.

185

The young convert's prayer for Divine protection.

193

CHIAP. XXII.-The case of spiritual decay and languor in religion 195

A prayer for one under spiritual decays

209

CIIAP. XXIII.--The sad case of a relapse into known and deli-

berate sin, after solemn acts of dedication to God.

205

A prayer for one who has fallen into gross sin, after religious

resolutions aud engagements

212

CHAP. XXIV.---The case of the Christian under the hidings of

God's face

915

An humble supplication for one under the hidings of God's face 295

CHAP. XXV.---The Christian struggling under heavy afflictions 298

An address to God under the pressur of heavy affliction

231

CIIAP. XXVI..--The Christian assisted in examining into his

growth in grace.

231

The Christian breathing earnestly after growth in grace

2412

CHAP. XXVII.---The advanced Christian reminded of the mer.

cies of God, and exhorted to the exercises of love and joy 244

An example of the genuine workings of this grateful joy in God 249

CHAP. XXVIII.--The established Christian urged to usefulness 253

The Christian breathing after more extensive usefulness

262

CHAP. XXIX.-The Christian rejoicwg in the views of death

and judgment

263

The meditation and prayer of a Christian, whose heart is warmed

with these prospects

271

GIIAP. XXX.-The Christian's dying behaviour

973

A meditation and prayer suited to the case of a dying Christian W10

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RISE AND PROGRESS

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RELIGION IN THE SOUL.

CHAPTER I.

INTRODUCTION DESIGN OF THE WORK.

WHEN we look round about us with an attentive eye, and consider the characters and pursuits of men, we plainly see, that though in the original constitution of their nature, they only, of all the creatures that dwell on the face of the earth, are capable of religion, yet many of them shamefully neglect it. And whatever different notions people may entertain of what they call religion, all must agree in owning, that it is very far from being a universal thing.

Religion, in its most general view, is such a sense of God on the soul, and such a conviction of our obligations to him, and of our dependence upon him, as shall engage us to make it our great care, to conduct ourselves in a manner, which we have reason to believe will be pleasing to him. Now when we have given this plain account of religion, it is by no means necessary that we should search among the savages of the African or Ame rican nations to find instances of those who are strangers to it. When we view the conduct of the generality of people at home, in a Christian and Protestant nation, in a nation whose obligations to God have been singular, almost beyond those of any other people under heaven.

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