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Lectures on Preaching:
CONTAINING ALL THE
RULES AND EXAMPLES NECESSARY FOR EVERY
SPECIES OF PULPIT ADDRESS.
REVISED, AUGMENTED, AND NEWLY ARRANGED, WITH ALL THE ESSENTIAL
PARTS OF THE AUTHOR's 'LETTERS AND CONVERSATIONS.
BY S. T. STURTEVANT.
Vive, vale ! si quid novisti rectius istis,
IN TWO VOLUMES.
RICHARD BAYNES, 28, PATERNOSTER-ROW;
J. NISBET, BERNERS-STREET.
LE C T U R E S.
CONSIDER THE PRINCIPLES OF A WORD OR ACTION.
For example, John v. 14: “Behold, thou art made whole; sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” This was the language of Jesus Christ to the man whom he had just before healed of an infirmity of thirty-eight years' standing. Him Jesus now found in the temple. It is not imaginable that this meeting was fortuitous, and unforeseen to Jesus Christ: his providence, no doubt, conducted the man that
way, directed him to the temple, whither he himself went to seek him. Examine, then, upon what principles Jesus Christ went to seek this miserable sinner ; and you will find, 1. He went in great love to the poor man : he went in that same benevolence which inclined him to do good to all who had need, and in every place that he honoured with his presence. Jesus was, as it were, a public source of benefits; his hands every where bestowed beneficent gifts, and he even sought occasions when they did not present themselves. 2. He went by an engagement of ancient love, which he had made on behalf of this paralytic: his second favour flowed from his first : nor would he leave his work imperfect. Thus, it is said, in regard to