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1, That we should besides, our solemn prayers, Jend up frequent, mental, ejaculacory prayers unto the Lord for his Grace, help, and affit
2. That every night we should recire, and reflect upon all our actions, and whole behavi. our in the day past, and so set all at rights between God and our souls before we go to Neep.
And because, whoever desires to grow in Knowledge and Grace, must conscientiously make ufeof, and improve the means of Grace that God affords him, therefore in the Sixth Chapter I treat,
j. Ofthe careful observacion of the Lords day. Shewing why we should observe it, and how. For my pari 1 xever saw crue Religion and the power of Godlineffe thrive in any per. fon, family, 'or Parish, where the religious and conscientious observance of that day was nego lected.
2. Concerning hearing the Word ; where dire&tions are given;
1. How we are to prepare our selves before we go io hear.
7. How we are to behave our felves in cime of hearing.
3. What we are to do after we have heard. And ob that I might prevail with you to read these Directions often (especially on Saturday-nights)
The Epistle Dedicacorý. that fo you might come prepared. The great reason of the unproficablenesse of preaching, and that Sermons do no more good, is, because people come without preparation.
3. Seeing that Heavenly duty of singing Psalms and lifcing up the praises of the most High, is now by some question d ( as indeed what is nos that tends to Gods Glory and mans good?) Iparposely handle that sabject, and prove it to be a duty under the Gospel, answer the Objections against it, and give some Directions for the right performing of it.
4. Forasmuch as Christians might exceedingly benefit one another by Religious conference; thereby warming and enlivening one another, and provoking one another to love and so good works,
In the next place I speak of thac duty, and fer down fome Rules concerning it.
Lastly, Because without medication 'tis not 10 be expected the Word should do much good, nor that the foul should ever chrive in Knowledge and Grace, I fhew the excellency and benefic thereof, and give some Directions for the practice of it.
The Seventh Chapter treats of the danger of frequencing, and unnecessarily conversing with bad company, whereby many have been everlastingly undone. A mars that prayes to be delivered from temptacions, must not wilfully run himself
The Epistle Dedicatory. into them. And because 'tis the duty of all true Christians betb for their own peace lake , and that they may adorn the Gospel of Christ, to serve their generation in some honest and commendable way (avoiding Idlenessc , that great snare of the Devil. )
In the eighth Chapter I discourse of diligence and conscienciousnesle in our parcicular places and callings.
And that the Name of God may not be blasphemed by the ill lives and practises of such as professe themselves Christians ;
In tbe Ninth Chapter I treat of just and uprighe dealing in Trading and Commerce, giving fome Rules both to buyers and sellers, and shew che necessicy of making reftitucion of, or lacis. faction for ill gotten goods.
The Tenth Chapter contains the ducies of Governours of Families, which I desire all that are in that relation often to read over, and seriously to meditate
There is a great ducy lies upon them, and greater than they usually are aware of. They may be exceeding instrumental of the falvation of those under their care, if they discharge their duties as they ought. But through their neglect of the Worship of God in their houses, and their ill lives and examples they prove too often an occafion of the ruine of many in their Families. And because very much of the life of Godlinesse consists in a faithful discharge of relative duties,
The Eleventh Chapter Thews the duties of Husband and Wife.
The Twelfth of Misters and Servants.
The Fourteenth of such as are in office and of Inferiours,
The Fifceeath of People cowards their Pafors and spiricual Guides. O what an honour would it be to Christian Religion , if all they that call chemselves Chriftians, would ende at'our to walk uprightly and faithfully in their respective places.
And seeing it is a real kindnesle, and an excellent expression of trne Christian friendship, to keep one anocher off from the pic of destruction, and to help one another on towards Heaven,
In the Sixteenth Chapter I treat of that great and hard duty of Christian reproof and admonition, which if it were prudently and faithfully discharged, would (by the blessing of God) much abate sin in the world, and exceedingly advance Piety:
The Seventeenth Chapter contains the duties of rich and poor. Many ducies belong to them both; and both have great temptacions, therefore they had need be careful to discharge the one, and avoid the other.
The Eighteenth Chapter speaks of the duties of Young and Old. Ministers find by experience that the Word hath the greatest operation of those that are young, who have not contracted
such strong habits of fin, nor so long resisted the Grace of God, nor so much provoked him to give them up to their own hearts lufts, as many ancient people have done, who have liv'd a great while in an unconverted state,under the light of the GoSpel. I have therefore shewed young persons the danger of delaięs, the advantages of turning to God becimes, and answered the Objections that many are apt to make against it. And because a Minister is also to have a care of the souls of the Ancient, and (to his utmost skill) to endeavour their salvacion, I have laid dowon several awakening considerations for them to think upon. I have shewed them the danger of vain presumpcions and groundlesse hopes of Heaven. I have set down some of those false grounds and fandy foundations whereon many ancient people build their hopes of happinesse, thut sothey may be undeceived, and may look better about them to secure their fouls, while there is time.
Intbe Nineteenth chapter there are Directions given for the healthy and the sick. To deal wisely and faithfully with fick persons in order to their souls welfare, is one of the hardest pieces of the Ministerial work, and requires much skill to perform it aright. and seeing a Minister is not ever at hand to visit fuch sick persons as may need his help ( and many times they stand in need of much help and instruction) I have drawn up such directions as I judged needful for