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ON THE LATTER PART
REV. ISAAC WILLIAMS, B.D.
LATE FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, OXFORD,
“ Troubled on every side ..... but not in despair."
FRANCIS & JOHN RIVINGTON,
W7 23 jul
The present Volume of Sermons consists of nothing more than the conclusion of the series of Lectures on the Catechism, which forms the ninth volume of “ The Plain Sermons:” the two former parts, i.e. those on the Creed and the Ten Commandments, being comprised in that volume, and the two latter parts, i.e. those on the Lord's Prayer and Sacraments, in this publication. Their use and character has been explained in the Preface to that preceding volume, as being the substance of questions and explanations in the public catechizing of children in Church; delivered on the same occasion to the congregation in their present form, comprising all the points which had been just gone over in instructing the catechumens.
In some of these Lectures, references to the Fathers, and their expressions have been introduced; such, of course, could not have formed any part of the previous instruction of the children ; and perhaps some of them may be such as could not be fully understood by every parochial congregation. They have not been introduced in a tone of controversy, which has been as much as possible avoided; but the poor will be found to be interested and instructed by such allusions, and, generally speaking, the style of the Fathers is not uncongenial to their feelings and tone of mind.
The troubles of our Church, arising from oppressions of the State, and our consequent dangers from the Church of Rome, are made the subject of frequent allusion in these Sermons. For this, the times in which we live must serve as a sufficient apology. For surely our great means of defence are the prayers of the poor; and how can we ask for these prayers, unless the dangers which beset their Christian inheritance are constantly brought before them?
THE EXHORTATION TO PRAYER.
Phil. iv. 13. “ I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
FORMS OF PRAYER.
EccLEs. v. 2. “ Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter
any thing before God: for God is in Heaven, and thou upon earth.”
OUR FATHER, WHICH ART IN HEAVEN.
Gal. iv. 6. “ And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the SPIRIT of His Son
into your hearts, crying, Abba, FATHER.” .
2 Pet. iii. ll, 12. “ What manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and
godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God?”
THY WILL BE DONE,
John vi. 38. “ For I came down from Heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the
will of Him that sent ME."