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i'^ volume has before been published in this country. It will be found to

J^ contain sermons by several ministers whose productions are comparatively

*» little known to the American public. Among these might be mentioned

»4 that of Daniel Moore, the worthy successor of Melvill, at Camden Chapel.

^ Mr. Moore is justly celebrated both as a preacher and a writer. In the

^ * The sermon by Dr. Bums was preached and published in another form during his
recent visit to this country.



4 INTRODUCTION.

latter sphere he has been the successful competitor for several prizes.
His writings are destined to be more extensively known in this country.
The sermon by him in this volume is one of a series which he delivered
before the University of Cambridge.

It is believed that the " English Pulpit" is in no respect inferior to any
similar work that has appeared from the American press, while it differs
from all of them in two particulars — it contains but one sermon by the
same individual, and is designed to embody specimens of the pulpit efforts
of some of the most eminent living divines of England. In making these
selections, the editor has not confined himself to any one branch of the
Christian church, but has freely ranged through all denominations main-
taining the essential principles of Christianity. And he indulges the hope,
that from this wide field he has culled such fruit as will prove both pleas-
ant to the eye and good for food -^ fruit tending to increase knowledge
and promote piety.

The editor would not of course be willing to be held responsible for
every sentiment maintained in these pages ; still, it has been his endeavor
not to give greater publicity to fundamental error. By glancing at the
table of contents it will be seen that a choice variety of subjects are here
discussed, and by referring to the sermons the attentive reader will dis-
cover something of that " diversity of gifts " in the Christian ministry,
which, from their respective peculiarities of style, compass of thought,
habits of illustration, and natural temperament, is calculated to render
their ministrations adapted to " the edifying of the whole body of Christ,"
and for bringing sinners " to a knowledge of the truth." It has been
well observed by the Rev. John Newton that, " in the variety of gifts
conferred on the faithful ministers of the gospel, the Lord has a gracious
regard to the different tastes and dispositions, as well as to the wants of
his people ; and by their combined effects the complete system of his
truth is illustrated, and the good of his church promoted with the highest
advantage ; while his ministers, like officers assigned to different stations
in an army, have not only the good of the whole in view, but each one
his particular post to maintain."

It has been often remarked of the ministers of Great Britain, that a very
large proportion of their sermons are addressed to the church, and that
the great dividing line between saints and sinners is not made sufficiently
distinct. In its general application this remark is doubtless just,* but

* Since writing the above, the editor has for the first time met witli the following state-
ment by the Rev. John Young, of London. After having preached at Albion Chapel nearly
twelve years, in commencing a series of sermons to the unconverted, he says : " It is an
unusual thing to preach to the unconverted. I have never yet preached an entire sermou
to the unconverted. There may be detached passages in many sermons that are applicable
to this class ; there may be particular warnings, exhortations, and appeals that are addressed
to them ; but it is unusual to preach wholly and expressly to the unconverted as a class.
It is not the present system." He admits, however, that " this is not in harmony with
apostolic example," but that " all the sermons — sketches of sermons rather — that axe pre-
sented in the New Testament, were preached to the unconverted."



INTRODUCTION. 6

there are many honorable exceptions to it. As an example, might be
mentioned James Parsons, of York, " a burning and a shining light," and
one of the brightest ornaments of the English pulpit. A large propor-
tion of his sermons are addressed to the impenitent ; and seldom does
he preach a discourse which does not contain pungent and soul-stirring
appeals to the consciences of sinners; and, as the result of his faithful
labors, " much people has been added to the Lord." The " Sermons to
the Unconverted, by B. W. Noel," show that he does not forget his obli-
gations to this class of his hearers. To this list might be added the names
of Bunting, James, Aitken and others. There is undoubtedly danger, lest,
from the delightful and elevating nature of heavenly themes, we should
be induced to preach more frequently to saints, than is consistent with a
faithful discharge of our duty to those who are far from God. It is im-
portant to mature and perfect the work of grace in the hearts of those
that have embraced Christ ; but the great majority of most congregations
are in the broad way to perdition ; and the minister who is anxious to give
" full proof of his ministry," and whose grand, conspicuous aim is, " to
save himself and them that hear him," will be careful to " give to every
one his portion in due season."

It was observed by the prince of philosophers, " that no man would ever
become a good philosopher until he saw all nature in the bosom of the
Creator ; " with equal truth it may be said, in reference to the work of the
ministry, that no man will ever be a good and " faithful minister of Christ,"
who does not view his responsibility in the light of another world. He
must feel that he is an ambassador of God, commissioned by him to
" preach the word ; to be instant in season and out of season ; to reprove,
rebuke and exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine." Such a minister
will strive to obtain deep and realizing views of the worth of the immor-
tal soul — of the imminent danger of its being lost, and of the awful
responsibility, should one perish through his neglect. Penetrated with
these views, he will feel no inclination to cater to the taste of those
" which say to the seers, see not ; and to the prophets, speak unto us
smooth things ; " * but he will adopt as his motto :

" Careless, myself a dying man,
Of dying men's esteem;
Happy, my God, if thou approve.
Though all the world condemn."

But, if the preacher's heart is not deeply imbued with the spirit of his
calling, he is very liable to be unduly influenced in the choice of his sub-
jects, and in his style of preaching, by that class of hearers who regard
sermons only as a species of entertainment, or intellectual treat. There
are many qualified, it may be, to perceive, and ready to admire the

* Isaiah xxx. 10.



6 INTRODUCTION.

beauties of fine composition, who are exquisitely alive to the powerful
charm of eloquence, that would feel no interest in, nay, be disgusted with,
a discourse embodying the most important truths, if presented in a serious
and simple style, without the graces of literary elegance and the attrac-
tions of oratory. But the preacher of the gospel should never forget that
it is quite possible to minister to the gratification of cultivated taste with-
out promoting the growth of piety — that the wondering multitude may be
thrilled and electrified by his eloquence, without being alarmed by the
warnings, or interested in the doctrines of the gospel. He may be " unto
them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play
well on an instrument ; they may hear his words but do them not."*
They are pleased with the preacher, and at ease with themselves. But so
far as these are concerned, the important and solemn office of preaching
has failed to secure its appropriate effect.

Happy the preacher who, when called to " finish his course, and the
ministry which he has received of the Lord Jesus," can address those
with whom he has labored, in the language of the apostle, " Now, behold,
I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of
God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this
day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned
to declare unto you all the counsel of God." t

* Ezek. xxxiii. 32. t Acts. xx. 25—27.



ALPHABETICAL ARRANGEMENT OF PREACHERS.



SUBJECT. PAGE.

The Glory of the Gospel, 376

God's Love to the World, 168

Christ Crucified, 123

The Transmission of Scripture Truth to Posterity, 331

The Double Transfer, 241

Birt, I The Spiritual Building, • 180

Bloomfield, C. J. . The Nature and Efiects of Justifying Faith, 26

. Ease for the Troubled Spirit, 201

. Earthly and Heavenly Things Contrasted, 250

. The Nature and Unreasonableness of TJnbeUef, 13

. Doctrine of the Atonement, 209

Bums, J The Great Theme of the Christian Ministry, 112

Cumming, J. . . Duty of Assailing the EiTors of the Church of Rome, 353

East, T Man's Happiness Dependent on his Coming to Christ, 304

Fletcher, A. ... An Address to Children, 291

Ford, D. E. . . . Early Dedication to God, 155

Gibson, T The Worth of the Soul, 391

Hamilton, J. . . . Industry, 76

Hamilton, R. W. . Scene of the Last Judgment, 229

Christianity a System of Love, 96

Opposition to Christ, 190

The Knowledge of Christ Crucified, 48

Translation of Elijah, and Death-Bed of Elisha, 260



PREACHER.

Adkins, T. . .
Atherton, W. .
Beaumont, J. E.
Belcher, J. . .
Bennett, J. . .



Bradley, C. . .
Bromley, J. . .
Bunting, J. . .
Bunting, W. M.



James, J. A.
Jay.W. . .

Jobson, F. J.
Melvill, H. .



Moore, D Paul before Felix,



84



Newton, R.
Noel, B. W.
Parsons, J.
Parsons, E.
Raffles, T. .
Shermon, J.



. The Happy Man a Religious Man, 272

. The Nature of Justifying Faith, 341

. The Character and Privileges of a Christian, 35

. The Song of Angels, 136

. The Church of Christ, • 64

. The Wisdom of Winning Souls, (to S. S. Teachers,) 317



WolflP, J A Coming Lord, 148

Young, R Human Agency in the Conversion of Sinners, 361



BIBLICAL ARRANGEMENT OF TEXTS.



TEXTS. PREACHER. PAGE.

2 Kings 13 : 14, . ... H. Melvill, Episcopal, 260

Psalm 78 : 2-7, .... J. Belcher, Baptist, 331

Psalm 94 : 19, C. Bradley, Episcopal, 201

Psalm 144 : 15, . . . . R. Newton, Methodist, 272

Proverbs 11 : 30, . . . .J. Sherman, Oongregational, 317

Isaiah 40 : 6-8, .... J. Bromley, Methodist, 250

Jeremiah 3:4, . . . . D. E. Ford, 165

Jeremiah 50 : 14, ... J. Gumming, Presbyterian, 353

Matthew 12 : 30, ... Wm. Jay, Congregational, 190

Matthew 14 : 18, . . . . T. Raffles, Congregational, 64

Matthew 16 : 26, . . . . T. Gibson, Episcopal, 391

Mark 6:6, J. Bunting, Methodist, 13

Luke 1 : 30-33, .... J. Wolff, 148

Luke 2 : 14, E. Parsons, Jr., Congregational, 136

John 3 : 16, W. Atherton, Methodist, 168

John 5 : 40, T. East, Congregational, 304

John 12 : 21, A. Fletcher, Presbyterian, 291

Acts 2 : 22, 23, .... J. E. Beaumont, Methodist, 123

Acts 24 : 25, D. Moore, Episcopal, 84

Romans 3 : 25, B. W. Noel, Episcopal, 341

Romans 10 : 10, . . . . Bishop of London, 26

Romans 12 : 11, . . . .J. Hamilton, Presbyterian, 76

1 Corinthians 2:2, . . F. J. Jobson, Methodist, 48

1 Corinthians 2:2, . . J. Bums, General Baptist, 112

Galatians 5 : 13, . . . . J. A. James, Congregational, 96

Ephesians 2 : 22, . . . . L Birt, 180

1 Timothy 1 : 11, . . . T. Adkins, 376

James 5 : 20, R. Young, Methodist, 361

1 Peter 1 : 19, . . . . W. M. Bunting, Methodist, 208

1 Peter 2:24, J. Bennett, Congregational, 247

1 Peter 4 : 16, J. Parsons, Congregational, 35

Revelation 20 : 11-13, . R. W. Hamilton, Congregational, 229



CONTENTS.



SERMON I.

BY REV. JABEZ BUNTING, D. D.
And he marvelled, because of their unbelief. — Makk vi. 6 13

SERMON II.

BY THE RIGHT REV. C. J. BLOOMFIELD, D. D., BISHOP OF LONDON.

With the heart man believeth unto righteousness ; and, with the mouth, confession is
made unto salvation. — Eomaks x. 10 26



SERMON III.

BY REV. JAMES PARSONS.
A Christian. — 1 Peter v. 16 36

SERMON IV.

BY REV. F. J. JOBSON.

I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified. —
1 CoK. ii. 2 48

SERMON V.

BY REV. T. RAFFLES, D. D., L. L. D.

And I say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church ; and
the gates of hell shaU not prevail against it. — Matthew xvi. 18 64

SERMON VI.

BY REV. JAMES HAMILTON.
Not slothful in business. — Romans xii. 11 76

SERMON VII.

BY REV. DANIEL MOORE.

And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled,
and answered. Go thy way for this time : when I have a convenient season, I will send for
thee. — Acts xxiv. 25 84

SERMON VIII.

BY REV. JOHN A. JAMES.
By love serve one another. — Galatians v. 13 $6



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SERMON IX.

BY REV. JABEZ BUENS, D. D.

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ and him cruci-
fied. — 1 CORIKTHIAXS ii. 2 112



SERMON X.

BY EEV. J. E. BEAUMONT, M. D.

Ye men of Israel, hear these words : Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among
you by miracles, and wonders, and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye
yourselves also know : Him being dehvered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge
of God ve have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain. — Acts ii. 22,
23. . . 123



SERMON XI.

BY EEV. EDWARD PAESONS, JE.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good-will towards men. — Luke ii. 14. . 136

SERMON XII.

BY EEV. JOSEPH WOLFF, D. D.

And the angel said unto her. Fear not, Mary ; for thou hast foimd favor with God. And,
behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name
Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest ; and the Lord God
shall give unto him the throne of his father David ; and he shaU reign over the house of
Jacob for ever ; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. — Luke i. 30-33 148

SERMON XIII.

BY EEV. D. E. FOED.

Wilt thou not from this time cry imto me, My Father, thou art the guide of my youth ? —
Jekemiah iii. 4 155

SERMON XIV.

BY EEV. WM. ATHEETON.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. — John iii. 16 168

SERMON XV.

BY EEV. ISAIAH BIET.

In whom ye are bnilded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit. — Ephe-
81AK8 ii. 22 • 180



SERMON XVI.

BY EEV. WM. JAY.
He that is not with me, is against me. — Matthew xii. 30 190

SERMON XVII.

BY EEV. CHAELES BEADLEY.

In the multitude of my thoughts within me, thy comforts delight my soul. — Psalm oxciv.
19 201



CONTENTS. 11

SERMON XVIII.

BY REV. W. M. BUNTING.
The precious blood of Christ. — 1 Peter i. 19 209



SERMON XIX.

BY REV. R. W. HAMILTON, D. D., L. L. D.

And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and
the heaven fled away ; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small
and great, stand before God ; and the books were opened ; and another book was opened,
which is the book of life ; and the dead were judged out of those things which wei-e written
in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it;
and death and hell dehvered up the dead which wei-e in them ; and they were judged every
man according to their works. — Revelations xx. 11-13. . . • 229



SERMON XX.

BY BEV. J. BENNETT, D. D.

Who his own self bare our sins La his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins,
should live vmto righteousness : by whose stripes ye were healed. — 1 Peter ii. 24. . . 241



SERMON XXI.

BY REV. JAMES BROMLEY.

The voice said, Cry. And he said. What shall I cry ? All flesh is grass, and all the
goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field : the grass withereth, the flower fadeth :
because the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it : surely the people is grass. The grass with-
ereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand for ever. — Isaiah xl. 6 —
8 250



SERMON XXII.



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