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We daily break God's laws. In what
do we break them?
By not doing what they enjoin; omission of duty.
infer from this? The necessity of repentance. Quote Ezekiel xviii. 30–32. “Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgres
have transgressed ;
saith the Lord God;
tian's heart through life. What is Faith in Christ ?
Receiving Him; trusting in Him.
Life, salvation, all spiritual blessings. Repeat the words of St. Paul. 1 Cor. vi. 11. “But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are
justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the
Spirit of our God.”
Deep and unfeigned humility.
Gratitude, peace, and joy.
What does the whole of spiritual religion make us ?
Humble, holy, spiritually minded. Quote Romans viii. 6. Col. iii. 2. “To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually
minded is life and peace.”
affections on things above, not on things on
the earth.” Who produces this spiritual religion in the soul ?
God the Holy Ghost. Quote St. Paul's words, Rom. viii. 9. “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in
any man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his."
VI. PRACTICAL RELIGION.
What do you understand by Practical Piety?
Obedience to the laws of God. What are we required to do? To employ all our powers, time, and talents as God re
quires us to employ them. Quote St. Paul's words, Rom. vi. 13. “ Yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from
the dead, and your members as instruments of righ
teousness unto God.” Describe Christian Duty in three words.
Sobriety, Righteousness, Godliness. Prove this veiw to be Scriptural. Titus. ï. 12. “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly
lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly,
in this present world.” What do you mean by Sobriety ?
Moderation in all things.
What does it especially describe ?
The duty of the Christian with regard to himself. What is it as to the body ?
Temperance, chastity; just control of appetites and desires. What is it as to the mind ?
Content with such things as we have. Quote 1 Tim. vi. 6, and Heb. xiii. 5.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain;"
“Be content with such things as ye have,” &c. Quote a passage which shows the sobriety of St. Paul. 1 Cor.
ix. 27. “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjec
The duty owing to other men.
Justice and Benevolence.
To our actions and words.
Both the bodies and souls of men.
Not only not doers of evil, but also doers of good.
influence ? That we are God's stewards. What does St. James say that "pure religion and undefiled
before God and the Father is ?" “ To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and
to keep himself unspotted from the world.” What does the word Godliness describe ?
The duty which I owe to God.
As to outward duty; how are you to regard His day—the
I am to search them, meditate and delight in them.
I am to worship God in them regularly. What private service do you owe to God?
I am to pray to Him daily in private.
I am to observe and do them.
life. Describe briefly the whole life of the true Christian.
It is a life of faith and love ; of holiness and obedience.
VII. RELIGION WITH ESPECIAL REFERENCE TO CHRIST.
Who is the Author and Finisher of our faith?
The Lord Jesus Christ.
“ The Sun of Righteousness.” Why is He so called ?
Because He is the light and life of the world. State what may be called the two great facts of the Gospel.
Christ died as a sacrifice for our sins :
He rose again for our justification. What is the source of the Christian's life?
Christ is our life; we live by being in Him. What is the sum of the Christian's excellence ?
It is to be like Christ; more and more so.
To be with Christ.
When we rightly regard Christ. When do we rightly regard Him? When we know Him, believe in Him, love Him, and obey
Him. Prove that we must know Him. Phil. iï. 8. “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the
excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my
Lord.” Prove that we must believe in Him. St. John iï. 36. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and
he that believeth not the Son shall not see life: but
the wrath of God abideth on him." Prove that we must love Him. Eph. vi. 24. 6 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ
in sincerity." Prove that we must obey Him. St. John xv. 14.
“Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you." Prove that we must follow Him. St. Matt. xvi. 24. “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take
and follow me.” Prove that we must copy his example. 1 John ü. 6. “He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself so to
walk, even as He walked." Prove that we are to live to Him. Rom. xiv. 8. “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord: and
whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we
live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.” If we thus regard Christ, what is our spiritual state?
We are in Christ, and He is in us. Quote St. John xv. 4. " Abide in me, and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me."