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SERMON I.

EXPERIENCE AND DOCTRINE.

BY REV. GEORGE BATES, TURNER,

EPHESIANS II: 3,

" AND WERE BY NATURE, THE CHILDREN OF WRATH

EYEN AS OTHERS,

No subject within the wide range of biblical history, or of christian theology, is of deeper importance, or of more thrilling and vital interest to mankind, than that of experimental religion. In this subject, is obviously involved all that pertains to the present enjoyment, and the future hopes and prospects of the pilgrim of earth; all that" enters into, and constitutes the essential elements of true piety—all that forms the character, elevates the affections, and disposes the soul for communion with Heaven. It should be considered, also, that experimental religion is an individual, personal matter ; that we are not

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