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mility of mind: 2. Our special work, Take heed to yourselves, and to all the flock: 8. Our doctrine, Repentance toward Godoy and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ : 4. The place, I have taught you publicly, and from house to house: 5. The object and manner of teaching, I ceased not to warn every one, night and day, with tears : 6. His innocence and self-denial herein, I have coveted no man's silver or gold: 7. His patience, Neither count I my life dear unto myself. And among all other motives let these be ever before our eyes: 1. The Church of God, which he hath pur chased with his own blood: 2. Grievous wolves shall enter in; yea, of yourselves shall men arise, speaking perverse things.
Write this upon your hearts, and it will do you more good than twenty years' study. Then you will have no time to spare : you will have work enough. Then likewise no preacher will stay with us who is as salt that has lost its savor. For to such this employment would be mere drudgery. And in order to it, you will have need of all the knowledge you can procure, and grace you can attain.
The sum is, Go into every house in course, and teach every one therein, young
and old, to be Christians inwardly and outwardly; make every particular plain to their understandings; fix it in their minds; write it on their hearts. In order to this, there must be line upon line, precept upon precept. What patience, what love, what knowledge, is requisite for this! We must needs do this, were it only to avoid idle
Do we not loiter away many hours in every week? Each try himself: no idleness is consistent with a growth in grace Nay, without exactness in redeeming time, you cannot retain the grace you receive in justification.
Quest. 2. Why are we not more holy? Why do we not live in eternity? Walk with God all the day long? Why are we not all devoted to God? Breathing the whole spirit of missionaries ?
Ans. Chiefly because we are enthusiasts; looking for the end without using the means. To touch upon only two or three instances: Who of us rises at four, or even at five, when we do not preach? Do we know the obligation or benefit of fasting or abstinence? How often do we practice it? The neglect of this alone is sufficient to account for our feebleness and faintness of spirit. We are continually grieving the Holy Spirit of God by the habitual neglect of a plain duty. Let us amend from this hour.
Quest. 3. How shall we guard agains: Sabbath-breaking, evil-speaking, unprofitable conversation, lightness, expensiveness or gayety of apparel, and contracting debts without due care to discharge them?
Ans. 1. Let us preach expressly on each of these heads. 2. Read in every society the sermon on evil-speaking. 3. Let the leaders closely examine and exhort every person to put away the accursed thing. 4. Let the preachers warn every society that none who is guilty herein can remain with us.
5. Extirpate buying or selling goods which have not paid the duty laid opon them by government, out of our Church. Let none remain with us who will not totally abstain from this evil in every kind and degree. Extirpate bribery, receiving anything, directly or indirectly, for voting at any election. Show no re spect to persons herein, but expel all that touch the accursed thing. And strongly advise our people to discountenance all treats given by candidates before or at elections, and not to be partakers, in any respect, of such iniquitous practices.
SECTION IX. The Method of Receiving Traveling Preach
ers on Trial, Quest. How is a Preacher to be reoeived on trial ?
Ans. 1. By the Annual Conference ?
2. In the interval of the Conference, by a Bishop, or the Presiding Elder of the district, until the sitting of the Conference.
But no one shall be received unless he first procure a recommendation from the Quarterly Conference of his circuit or station. We may then, if he give us satisfaction, receive him on trial. But before any such candidate is received on trial, or ordained Deacon or Elder, he shall give satisfactory evidence respecting his knowledge of those particular subjects which have been recommended to his consideration.
When a Preacher's name is not printed in the Minutes, he must receive a written license from a Bishop or Presiding Elder.
Observe! taking on trial is entirely different from admitting a Preacher into full connection. One on trial may be either admitted or rejected, without doing him any wrong: otherwise it would be no triaj at all.
At each Annual Conference, those who are received on trial, or are admitted into full connection, shall be asked whether they are willing to devote themselves to the missionary work ; and a list of the names of all those who are willing to do 80 shall be taken and reported to the Corresponding Secretary of the Missionary Society; and all such shall be considered as ready and willing to be employed as missionaries whenever called for by either of the Bishops.
The Manner of Receiving Traveling
Preachers into Full Connection.
Quest. What method do we use in rem ceiving a Preacher at the Conference into full connection?
Ansu. After solemn fasting and prayer, every person proposed shall then be asked, before the Conference, the following ques tions, (with any others which may be thought necessary,) namely: Have you faith in Christ? Are you going on to perfection? Do you expect to be made per fect in love in this life? Are you groaning after it? Are you resolved to devote your