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REV. JOHN EDMUND JONES, M. A.
OF ST. EDMUND HALL, OXFORD.
LATE CURATE OF ST. NICHOLAS, AND LECTURER
AT ST. JOHN'S, GLOUCESTER.
“ Only let your conversation be as becometh the Gospel of Christ;
HATCHARD AND SON, 187, PICCADILLY ;
SOLD BY HOUGH, LEA, AND JEW, GLOUCESTER; AND BY BETTISON,
WILLIAMS, ROBERTS, AND PO CHELTENHAM.
The following sermons were written with no further view than for delivery from the pulpit, and the considerations which have induced the writer to offer them to his friends and the public in their present form, have been far from originating in the judgment he has formed of them as any thing beyond plain parochial addresses of a very humble order. He presumes, however, that circumstances may render that measure allowable, which in itself, might perhaps have been regarded as inexpedient and uncalled for; and upon this principle his apology for the present publication must rest. Incapacitated by from many,
indisposition from the duties of a populous parish, and separated unexpectedly
many, endeared to him by ties which a minister alone can fully appreciate, it has been the wish of the writer to leave with them, as well a memorial of the office he exercised among them, and a sincere but unassuming token of his christian regard, as a remembrancer of the inestimable truths it has been his privilege publicly to proclaim. To the indulgent kindness of his friends in affording their sanction and assistance in furtherance of this his proposed labour of love,' the subjoined list of subscribers bears the most gratifying testimony, and justly claims the expression of his grateful acknowledgements.
Whilst he feels assured as many of his former hearers as have received the truth
in the love of it,' will value the word of life, however humble the medium through which it may be ministered to them: all which he would request of others, is, a candid consideration of those statements which they will here find, and that they will bring them fairly to the test of Scripture and the formularies of our Church. Such a spirit and practice was once commended by an Apostle as eminently noble; and indeed what line of conduct can be conceived of either more reasonable in itself, or from which greater good may be fairly anticipated?
If, by means of these pages, but one individual be awakened to a consideration and knowledge of the things that belong unto his peace; or, if any pilgrim to Zion be in any degree helped onward in bis heavenward journey-instructed and animated in the spiritual conflictbrought nearer to Christ--and led to a