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THE

SERMONS,

AND OTHER

PRACTICAL WORKS,

Of the Late REVEREND and LEARNED

MR. RALPH ERSKINE, A. M.

Minifter of the Gofpel in DUNFERMLine.

CONSISTING OF

Above One Hundred and Fifty SERMONS,
befides his POETICAL PIECES.

IN TEN LARGE VOLUMES OCTAVO.

To which is prefixed,

An ACCOUNT of the AUTHOR'S LIFE and WRITINGS,
with an ELEGIAC POEM, and large CONTENTS.

I am fet for the defence of the gospel, PHILIP. i. 17.

VOL. IX.

FALKIRK:

PRINTED BY PATRICK MAIR,

For the Rev. JOHN STEWART, HUGH MITCHELL, Book feller,
and PETER MUIRHEAD,Merchant, the Publishers.

M.DCC.XCVI.

TIBBYKA

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I JOHN V. 10. He that believeth on the Son of God, bath

the witnefs in himself.

After a copious introduction, in which the connection is traced, the
words analized and explained, and a doctrinal propofition laid down,
the following general heads of method are profecuted, viz.

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SONG ii. 3. I fat down under bis shadow with great
delight; and bis fruit was sweet to my taste.

The words being viewed in their connection and scope, and a doctrine
raifed from them, the following heads of method are propofed, viz.

1. To confider the cafe of the believer, here supposed,

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5. To fpeak of the feast of faith that follows hereupon,
6. To apply the fubject in feveral inferences,

Ufe (1.) For information, in eight inferences;
(2.) By way of advice, in four particulars,

Eight kinds of apples which hang on the apple-tree,
The difcourfe before ferving the tables,
The difcourfe at the table-service,

SERMON CXLII, CXLIII.

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The Day of Effectual Calling, a Levelling Day; or, the Heights from which Sinners come down in the Day of effectual Vocation,

LUKE XIX. 5.

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Zaccheus, make hafte, and come down.

After a copious introduction, containing a large account of Zaccheus, with a divifion and ample explication of the words, and a doctrinal propofition raised, the following general heads are difcourfed, viz. 1. To speak of fome of these heights from which people must come down, that would anfwer the gospel-call,

2. To fhew in what refpects they come down,

3. To offer fome remarks on the day of effectual calling,

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4. To affign the reafons why the Lord calls them to come down, 132

5- To deduce fome inferences for the application,

Ufe (1.) Of information, in eight particulars,
(2.) Of exhortation, inforced by eight motives,
(3.) Of direction, in two advices,

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Mountains Overleaped; or, Chrift's coming to his People, leaping and fkipping on the mountains and hills in his way.

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SONG ii. 8. The voice of my Beloved! Behold, be cometh! leaping upon the mountains, and skipping upon the bills!

The words being viewed in their connection, and both a more general divifion, and particular analization and explication effayed, and a propofition expreffed, the following topics of difcourfe illuftrated, viz. 1. Some remarks offered concerning Chrift's coming to his people, 157 2. These mountains and hills over which he comes, fpoken of, 3. The manner of his coming opened up,

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4. The ftrangeness, and yet the certainty of his coming, confidered;

with the reafons why nothing fhall impede it,

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5. The application of the whole fubject, in eight inferences, Page 182

The discourse before ferving the first table,

The difcourfe at ferving the tables,

The difcourfe at the conclufion of the folemnity,

SERMON CXLV.

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Chrift's Love-fuit reinforced and repeated; or, his kindly Gospel-call renewed,

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SONG ii. 13. Arife, my love, my fair one, and come away.

The connection of the words, with the preceding context being taken. notice of, the words themselves analized, and a doctrinal obfervation laid down, the following heads of method are profecuted, viz. 1. A few things premised concerning the party invited,

2. The import of the titles here given to the

3. The import of the call and invitation,

party,

4. What may be implied in the repetition of these words, 5. Inferences deduced for the application,

Ufe (1.) Of information, in eight inferences,

(2.) Of exhortation, both to Saints and Sinners,

1. To Sinners, inforced by fix confiderations,

2. To Saints, urged by four confiderations,

The difcourfe before ferving the tables,
The difcourfe at ferving the firft table,

SERMON CXLVI, CXLVII.
CXLVII.

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ib.

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Prayer for Mercy, a seasonable Duty in Times of Sin

and Wrath,

HAB. iii. 2. O Lord, in wrath remember mercy.

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The words being explained, two doctrinal propofitions are obferved; The Firft is, That, in wrathful times, wherein God's church and people are under many tokens of his anger and displeasure, it is "most seasonable for them to plead with him, That he would remem"ber mercy." From this propofition, the following general heads of method are illuftrated.

1. When may a time be said to be wrathful,

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2. What are the inftances of mercy we need to feek at such a time, 261 3. The import of the Lord's remembering mercy, and our praying

that he would do fo,

4. That it is both feasonable and reasonable to plead that he

would remember mercy in wrathful times,

5. The application of the subject,

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