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CONFESSION OF FAITH;
LARGER AND SHORTER CATECHISMS,
Scripture-proofs at Large:
(CONTAINED IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, AND HELD FORTH IN THE SAID
CONFESSION AND CATECHISMS, AND PRACTICAL USE THEREOF;
• ENGAGEMENT TO DUTIES;
FORM OF CHURCH GOVERNMENT, &c.
WITH ACTS OF ASSEMBLY AND PARLIAMENT, RELATIVE TO, AND
APPROBATIVE OF, THE SAME.
Deut. vi. 6, 7. And these words which I command thee this day shall be
in thine heart : and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy chilo
PRINTED BY SIR D. HUNTER BLAIR AND M. S. BRUCE,
Printers to the King's most Excellent Majesty.
| Covenant. II. Mr. Manton's Epistle to the IX. The Acknowledgment of Reader.
Sins, &c. III. The Confession of Faith. x. The Directory for Publick IV. The Larger Catechism.
Worship. V. The Shorter Catechism. XI. The Form of Presbyterial VI. The Sum of Saving Know Church-Government. ledge.
XII. The Directory for Family VII. The National Covenant.
HEADS OF FAMILIES. AS we cannot but with grief of soul lament those multiA tudes of errors, blasphemies, and all kinds of profaneness, which have in this last age, like a mighty deluge, overflown this nation ; so, among several other sins which have helped to open the flood-gates of all these impieties, we cannot but esteem the disuse of family instruction one of the greatest. The two great pillars upon which the kingdom of Satan is erected, and by which it is upheld, are ignorance and error; the first step of our manumission from this spiritual thraldom consistsin having our eyes opened, and being turned from darkness to light, Actsxxvi.18. How much the serious endeavours of godly parents and masters might contribute to an early seasoning the tender years of such as are under their inspec. tion, is abundantly evident, not only from their special influence upon them, in respect of their authority over them, interest in them, continual presence with them, and frequent opportunities of being helpful to them; but also from the sad effects which, by woeful experience, we find to be the fruit of the omission of this duty." It were easy to set before you a cloud of witnesses, the language of whose practice hath been not only an eminent commendation of this duty, but also a serious exhortation to it. As Abel, though dead, yet speaks by A 2