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SERMONS

ON THE

Subjects following, Viz. .

On the Nativity of our Blessed: Of the Dury and Advantages of

Lord and Saviour, wherein are Religious Abftinence. represented the Nature, Bles- The Nature and Necessity of SacraSings and Beaefits of our Re- mental Communion' explaio'd demption by him.

and inforcód. The Doctrine of the Resurrection The great Benefits of Christ's A. asserted from the Authorities of scension with respect to His

Scripture, Reason, and Fact. Church in general, and every A distinct view of the Long.suf- Member of ic ia particular.

fering and Mercies of God in the The Doctrine of Repentance (tated, Pardoa of Sia, and the Efficacy and the Necessicy of it evinc d of Repentance to procure that in order to our Happiness. Pardon.

A Discourse thewing that the safeThe beauty of Holiness discover'd ty of private Persons, and pub

in the Harmony and Excellence lick Bodies, is only and imme. of Religious Duties as performid diately fouaded on the Power

in the Publick Worlhip of God. and Providence of God. A Discourse lhewing the lawful use, The Nacure, Use and improve

and the Laful Abuse of Oaths, in ment of spiritual Gifts exa. opposition to Superstition and min.d. Propbaness.

An inquiry into the Distinction, The Neceflity, Reasonableness, and Guilt and Danger of Mortal Sins,

Excellency of doing Goud, Ilu- or what are those circumstances {trated.

which render any sin such.

By THOMAS GREGORY, M. A.

Late of Wadham College in Oxford.

L 0 N D 0 N : Printed for MAURICE ATKINS at

the Golden Ball in St. Paul's Churchyard, 1708.

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lick; for besides, that 'tis an Office both of Tenderness and Piety to place out the Orphan, when the Parent is Dead, especially where there is ground to believe he would have dispos’d of it in this very way, had it pleas'd God to have prolong’d his Life. The Custom of Prefacing has moreover creptinto lo general a vogue, that the most serious and concerning Subjects cannot steal abroad without the varnish of a Prefaçė, or the passport of a Dedication: Indeed, of all Subjects I should think that Religious Discourses might make their way without so much Ceremogy, since the importance of their Matter, and the honesty of their Delign, is a fair Plea for their Friendly Reception; and perhaps they might enjoy the Advantage of this distinction, did not their

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variety and number stand in bar to their Succefs ;' for to say Truth, the Press has within 40 Years latt past, presented the World with so many excellent Discourses upon all the parts of Practical Piety (and Sermons more especially) that the less Zealous and Devout (which are far the bigger Family) seem overcharg’d with the Plenty, like the Ifraelites of old with their Quails and Manna. And then for those that have more Piety, but withal a nicer Palate, they are very shy of admitting any Pieces of this kind, that are not Grac'd with the Names and Authorities of the greatest Mafters in this way; so that between the Coolness of the one fide, and the Delicacy of the other, the best Discourses, under the Title of Sermons, can hardly

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