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The Sacrament a Memorial of our Redemption by Chrift,

of which every one makes publick Profeffion, by the A&

of communicating. The Sacrament a Renewal of the

Baptifmal Vow. The Efficacy of folemn Vows to engage

us to a good Life. A profane Neglect of the Sacrament,

virtually, a Renunciation of the Covenant in Chrift.

The ufe of the Gospel Ordinances the Tenure upon which

we bold and maintain the Gospel Privileges. The Sa.

crament a Means of obtaining the Grace of the Spirit;

and bow. Faith in Christ, as the Redeemer of Man-

kind, prefuppofed in all who receive the Communion. A

wifible Agreement in the Faith, necessary to vifible Com-

munion. Repentance a neceffary Qualification for the

Lord's Supper. The Nature of this Repentance explained

at large. Conftant Communion urged; and fuperftitious

Notions about Preparation rectified. The whole Chrif

tian Worship a Method of Difcipline training us up to a

Chriflian Life; and ferving to perpetuate the Faith of

the Gospel.
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Of the LORD'S DAY.

A Transition from hence to the Duty of obferving religious

Seafons. The Lord's Day fet apart early for the publick

Worship of God, and the Preaching of his Word. The

Neceffity of publick Preaching, under the free Ufe of the

Scriptures, hewn at large. The evil Confequences of

the Negle of attending upon publick Inftruction, feen in

the general Decay both of Faith and Morality. Hence

the Right of the Chriftian Magifirate to fecure the re-

ligious Obfervance of the Lord's Day, by obliging all his

Chriftian Subjects to refort to fome Place for publick

Worship, and by reftraining publick Bufinefs and publick

Diverfions, enforced. Private Diverfions on the Lord's

Day, how far unlawful. Gaming on the Lord's Day

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EFORE I enter upon the Particulars of the Chriftian Worship, it will be neceffary that I give a fhort Account of the Chriftian Doctrine. For the Chriftian Worship being founded upon the Chriftian Doctrine; without the one, the other cannot be fufficiently understood. By the Chriftian Doctrine I mean that Doctrine, or those Points of Faith, by which Chriftianity is diftinguished from all other Religions; for in Virtue of this it is, that the Chriftian Worship ftands diftinguished from all other Ways of Worship. With the Jewish Religion, ftrictly fo called, the Religion of Chrift hath nothing in common: For the Law of Mofes (which is

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properly Judaifm) had its Completion by the coming of Chrift. But the natural Law, being the eternal Law of God, hath never ceased, nor can ever cease, but must make an effential Part of every Religion that is truly fo. We have therefore only to fee in what refpect Christianity ftands diftinguished from mere Natural Religion; for that mere Natural Religion is not the Whole of Christianity, is molt evident. When Jefus was preaching in Judea, we read, that there came one running, and kneeled to him, and ofked, Good Mafier, What Shall I do, that I may inherit eternal Life? Here is, in the first Place, a Profession of his Belief in God, and his Expectations of a future State, which are the two grand Points of Natural Religion; and if you will at tend to what follows, you will find he wanted nothing of a common Virtue. For when Jefus faid - Thou knowef the Commandments, do not commit Adultery, do not kill, do not fleal, do not bear falfe Witness, defraud not, honour thy Father and Mother; he readily answered, All thefe Things have I observed from my Youth. Our Saviour difputes not this Matter with him, but replies, ONE Thing thou LACKEST, go thy Way, fell whatsoerver thou haft, and give to the Poor, and thou shalt have Treafure in Heaven, and come take up the Cross, and FOLLOW ME, Mark x. 17, &c. The Intention of our Saviour in this Anfwer, was to tell him, that allowing him to be the righteous Man he fuppofed himfelf to be, he could not be faved without becoming his Difciple. This was the one Thing he lacked. What was he to get by it? If nothing, it was a moft unreafonable Demand upon him, to purchase nothing at fo great an Expence: For he was to fell all he had (even great Potions) and give to the Poor; he was to take up the Cross, and follow Christ. Some Advantage therefore, fome Intereft in God to fecure to him the Hopes of a better Life must be fuppofed to be held forth to him, in his being called upon to follow Christ. There is another Pallage in Scripture which comes to the fame Point. Cornelius. a Centurion, a devout Man, and one that feared God with all his Houfe-faw in a

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