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16. Is continued attendance on the means of grace a chief object of the suint's desire?
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. (27 P.4.)
17. When prevented from enjoying his pricileges, does he long for their return ?
As the hart panteth after the water-brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? (42 P. 1, 2.)
18. Is this love for public worship connected with the honor of his God?
Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honor dwelleth. (26. P. 8.)
19. Does the true Christian esteem the preachers of the gospel?
How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (10 Rom. 15.) (52 Is. 7.)
20. What hearers of the gospel are truly blest ?
Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it, (11 Lk. 28.)
21. Is he truly blessed and benefited who improves the privileges of public worship?
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. (65 P. 4.)
Those that be planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of our God. (92 P. 13.)
22. What gracious promise has our divine Saviour given to encourage social worship?
Where two or three are gathered together in my name, ere am I in the midst of them. (18 Mt. 20.)
23. Does the saint hope to dwell in God's house for ever?
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. (23 P. 6.)
24. Is reverence required in God's house?
God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. (89 P.7.)
Holiness becometh thine house, O Lord, for ever. (93 P.5.) 25. Must we take great care what and how we hear? Take heed what ye hear. (4 Mr. 24.) Take heed, therefore, how ye hear. (8 Luke 18.) 26. Should faith be connected with hearing?
Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (10 Ro. 17.)
The word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. (4 Heb. 2.)
27. Must we practise and persevere in the good instructions we receive?
Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves: for if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass; for be beholdeth himself and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (1 Jas. 22 to 25.)
28. Will God punish those who refuse to hear his word, or who abuse their privileges ?
They refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear; yea, they made their hearts as an adamant-stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his Spirit by the former phets: therefore came a great wrath from the Lord of hosts. (7 Zech. 11, 12.)
29. Shall we be accountable to God in proportion to our superior privileges ?
Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required. (12 Lk. 48.)
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1. Are we born to trouble?
Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. (5 Job, 6,7.)
2. Is affliction caused by sin?
Wherefore doth a living man complain; a man for the punishment of his sins? (3 Lam. 39.)
3. Should a sense of our sinfulness render us humble and resigned under affliction?
Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall .arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. I will bear, the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness. (7 Mic. 8, 9.)
4. Does Christ tell his disciples to expect persecution ?
If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you. (15 Jn. 20.)
5. Did St. Paul state the same truth?
All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (II. Tim. 3. 12.)
6. Is affliction instructive?
Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law. (94 P. 12.)
7. Did the Psalmist rejoice in sanctified affliction?
Before I was afficted I went astçay; but now have I kept thy word. It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn thy statutes. (119 P.67, 71.)
8. Are sorrow and sympathy truly beneftcial?
It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter: for, by the sadness of the countenance, the heart is made better. (7 Ec. 2, 3.)
9. Is spiritual joy often possessed, by the pious, amidst worldly disappointments ?
Although the fig-tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls; yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will joy in the God of my salvation. (3 Hab. 17, 18.)
10. Is affliction calculated to improve the Christian's graces?
We glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience, and experience, hope. (5 Rom. 3, 4.)
11. How did St. Paul estimate present sorrows?
I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us.—We know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (8 Rom. 18, 28.)
12. Does God sanctify affliction to promote the eternal happiness of his people?
Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day: for our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. (II. Cor. 4. 16, 17.)
13. Why did Moses “by faith” refuse to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter?”
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. (11 Heb. 25, 26.)
14. Are we warned against either despising or sinking under affliction?
My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him; for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (12 Heb. 5, 6.)
15. Is the temporary pain of affliction productive of great subsequent benefit?
No chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless, afterward, it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. (12 Heb. 11.)
16. Does God invite us to cast our troubles upon him?
Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. (65 P. 22.)
17. Do present sorrows, when sanctified, promote future joy and improvement?
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy: he that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again, with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. (126 P.5,6.)
18. Does God in his infinite mercy judge that afflictions are necessary for us?
The Lord will not cast off for ever: but though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies; for he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men. (3 Lam. 31, 32, 33.)
19. Are Christian mourners blessed ?
Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted, (5 Mt. 4.)
20. What blessing has Christ pronounced on those who are persecuted for his sake?
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness” sake: for their's is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven. (5Mt. 10, 11, 12)