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salvation is needless; but put him in remembrance that, since faith is the gift of God and a fruit of the spirit, and since the spirit's most usual time to work is the period of youth, it highly concerns him to listen to the calls of grace, comply with the motions of the fpirit, and engage in the work of his falvation now in this peculiarly acceptable time, left being hardened through the deceitfulness of fin, and through an evil heart of unbelief, he depart from the living God.

Tell him how he must seek the gift of divine grace. Since faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God, he must frequently read, diligently hear, and carefully examine this word; attend to the evidences of its truth and the importance of its contents; consider his own immediate concern in its discoveries ; pray for divine direction and illumination ; guard against the temptations which would harden him in the practice of his fins and divert him from the care of his soul. Caution him against evil company, dangerous amusements, and the follies, vanities and lufts which are especially incident to his age. Instruct him to seek the favour of his maker immediately, earnestly, constantly and perseveringly, and yet to seek it humbly, and with a sense of his unworthiness.

Tell him of the fins which, you see, most easily befet him, and from which, you apprehend, his greatest danger arises ; warn him to avoid them; furnish him with arguments against them ; represent to him the destructive influence they will have on his reputation, comfort, interest, and especially on his soul; fhow him, how they harden the heart, waste the conscience, grieve the spirit, defeat the word, dishonor God, provoke his wrath, and terminate in misery. Point out to

him the baleful influence of his evil communication and example to corrupt the hearts, viciate the morals, and ruin the souls of others ; hold up to his view the awful judgment of God against those who corrupt the earth with their abominations. The smoke of their torment will afcend forever and ever ; and the saints will give glory to God for his righteous judgment.

Tell him of his duty in its various branches ; the duty of fear, truft, resignation and obedience which he owes to God ; of faith, gratitude and love which he owes to the redeemer ; of benevolence, truth, justice, condescension and peaceableness, which he owes to mankind ; of fobriety, charity, temperance and humility, which he owes to himself. Represent to him the beauty, amiableness and importance of these virtues. Whatfoever things are true, just, pure, honest, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy, bid him think on these things.

Tell him that he must die. He is apt to put away the thoughts of death. Urge him to consider, that death is as certainly appointed for him, as it was for his ancestors, who are already gone to the grave ; that, though he is now in the bloom of youth and vigour of health, he is no more fure of life, than his grandfire who stoops with

age and bends on his staff-apply for his awakening the deaths of others, and especially the deaths of the young-press upon him the wise man's exhortation, “ Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might, for there is no work in the grave, whither thou goeft.”

Finally. Tell him of an approaching judgment, at which both small and great must stand before God. Remind him that God will judge the secrets of all hearts-will disclose the hidden things

of darkness-will try every man's work of what fort it is will render to all according to their deeds whether good or evil-to them, who by patient continuance in well doing have fought for glory, honour and immortality ; eternal life : but to them who have not obeyed the truth, but have obeyed unrighteousness ; indignation and wrath. If you see him, in contempt of all your warnings, Pill refolved to walk in his own ways, and in the fight of his own eyes, bid him remember, that for all thefe things God will bring him into judgment,

These are the fubjects on which you should talk to the young, and to which you should often call their attention.

And now, that I may discharge a part of my own duty, I turn myself to the young. You have seen that it is the duty of parents, ministers, the aged, and all who regard your happiness, often to speak to you. And surely, if it is our duty to speak, it is yours to hear us, when we fpeak. If you will not bear, we may as well be filent. We shall, indeed, thus deliver our own fouls ; but we fhall aggravate the destruction of yours. Therefore hear inftruction, be wife and refuse it not. Be of a teachable disposition. Receive our commandments, humbly; take our reproofs thankfully; regard our counsels seriously, if you doubt their propriety, examine them honestly, and pros pose your objections modestly ; if you find them to be just and pertinent, follow them conscientiously. Consider, weigh and apply the things which have been spoken in your hearing.

There is a God, who made and preserves you: fear and love him with all your hearts; honour and obey him in all your ways. You have immortal fouls, which must live, and be happy or

miserable, in a future world : make your souls your first care. You are fallen creatures, tranfgressors of God's law, and as such you are expofed to the wrath of God : awake to a sense of your danger ; flee from the wrath to come. А Redeemer has appeared, died and risen, that he may deliver you from that wrath, and bring you to glory and happiness in heaven-Flee for refuge to him, and lay hold on the hope which he has set before you.

That you may obtain falvation through him, commit yourselves to him by faith ; renounce fin by repentance ; seek the grace of the spirit by prayer

and attendance on all appointed means ; watch against sin and against the temptations which await you ; be not conformed to the world, but prove what is the acceptable will of God i be not weary in well doing, for in due season you will reap, if you faint not. That you may be quickened in your duty and in the work of your falvation, think much on death and the judgment to come.

u Hear the conclusion of the whole matter; Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”

SERMON III.

Youth invited to the Lord's Supper.

EXODUS xii, 26, 27.

And it fhall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, what meant

you by this service ? that ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord's passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses.

WHEN God selected the feed of Abra. ham for a people to himself, he prescribed to them the form of worship, which he would accept. Among the various ordinances which he instituted, a principal one was that of the passover. The inftitution, occasion and design of this ordinance are related in the chapter where our text is.

The great Jehovah was now about to deliver his chosen people from their long and grievous oppressions in Egypt. This deliverance he determined to effect in a manner which should demon. strate his power and supremacy in distinction from the pagan divinities. To perpetuate the remembrance of this great falvation, he instituted the pafsover, to be observed by the Israelites on that solemn night, when he fent forth his angel to destroy all the first-born in the Egyptian houses, and thus subdued the stubborn spirit of the Egyptian king, to dismiss this afflicted people.

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