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“ Entered nccording to Act of Congress, in the year 1831, by J. Emory and B. Waugh, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York."


1. A GENTLEMAN in the west of England informed me a few day, ago, that a clergyman in his neighbourhood designed to print, in two or three volumes, the Sermons which had been published in the ten volumes of the Arminian Magazine. I had been frequently solicited to do this myself, and had as often answered, “I leave this for my executors." But if it must be done before I go hence, methinks I am the properest person to do it.

2. I intend, therefore, to set about it without delay: and if it pleases Gov to continue to me a little longer the use of my understanding and memory, I know not that I can employ them better. And perhaps I may be better able than another to revise my own writings; in order, either to retrench what is redundant, to supply what is wanting, or to make any farther alterations which shall appear needful.

3. To make these plain discourses more useful, I purpose now to range them in proper order; placing those first which are intended to throw light on some important Christian doctrines; and afterwards those which more directly relate to some branch of Christian practice : and I shall endeavour to place them all in such an order that one may illustrate and confirm the other. There may be the greater need of this, because they were occasionally written, during a course of years,

order or connection at all ; just as this or the other subject either a curred to my own mind, or was suggested to me at various times by one or another friend.

4. To complete the number of twelve sermons in every volume, I have added six sermons to those printed in the Magazines; and I did this the rather, because the subjects were important, and cannot be too much insisted on.*

5. Is there need to apologize to sensible persons, for the plainness of my style? A gentleman, whom I much love and respect, lately informed me with much tenderness and courtesy, that “men of candour made great allowance for the decay of my faculties; and did not expect me to write now, either with regard to sentiment or language, as I did thirty or forty years ago.” Perhaps they are decayed; though I am not conscious of it. But is not this a fit occasion to explain myself, concerning the style I use, from choice, not necessity? I could, even now, write as floridly and rhetorically as even the admired Dr. B-; but I dare not; because I seek the honour that cometh of God only.

• This Preface was written by Mr. Wesley for the edition of his Sermons, printed la 4 volz. 12mo.

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What is the praise of man to me, that have one foot in the grave, and am stepping into the land whence I shall not return? Therefore, I dare no more write in a fine style than wear a fine coat. But were it otherwise, had I time to spare, I should still write just as I do. I should purposely decline, what many admire, a highly ornamented style. I cannot admire French oratory : I despise it from my heart. Let those that please be in raptures at the pretty, elegant sentences of Massillon or Bourdaloue ; but give me the plain, nervous style of Dr. South, Dr Bates, or Mr. John Howe: and for elegance, show me any French writer who exceeds Dean Young or Mr. Seed. Let who will admire the French frippery; I am still for plain, sound English.

6. I think a preacher, or a writer of sermons, has lost his way, when he imitates any of the French orators; even the most famous of them; even Massillon or Bourdaloue. Only let his language be plain, proper, and clear, and it is enough. God himself has told us how to speak, both as to the matter and the manner : If any man speak,” in the

name of God, " let him speak as the oracles of God;" and if he would ' imitate any part of these above the rest, let it be the First Epistle of St | John. This is the style, the most excellent style, for every gospe

preacher. And let him aim at no more ornament than he finds in that sentence, which is the sum of the whole gospel, “We love him, because he first loved us."

London, Jan. 1, 1783


SERMON LIX.-On Eternity.

From everlasting to everlasting thou art God, Psalm xc, 2


SERMON LX.-On the Trinity.

There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy

Ghost : and these three are one, 1 John v, 7 .


SERMON LXI.—God's Approbation of his Works

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good, Gene-

sis i, 31


SERMOX LXII.-On the Fall of Man.

Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return, Genesis ü, 19


SERMON LXIII.-On Predestination.

Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of

his Son :-whom he did predestinate, them he also called : and whom he called,

them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified, Romans

viü, 29, 30

SERMON LXIV.-God's Love to Fallen Mar

Not as the offence, so also is the free gift, Romans v, 15

SERMON LXV.-The General Deliverance.

The earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons

of God.

For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by rerson of him

that subjected it :

Yet in hupe that the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of

corruptiun, into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.

For we know that the whole creation groaneth, and travaileth in pain together

until now, Romans viii, 19-2


SERMON LXVI,– The Mystery of Iniquity.

The mystery of iniquity doth already work, 2 Thessalonians ü, 7


SERMON LXVII.- The End of Christ's Coming.

For this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that he might dostroy the works

of the devil, 1 John iii, 8


SERMON LXVIII.— The General Spread of the Gospel.

The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea,

Isaiah xi, 9


SERMON LXIX.- The New Creation.

Behold I make all things new, Revelation xxi, 5


SERMON LXX.The Duty of Reproving our Neighbour.

Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy

aeighbour, and not suffer sin upon him, Leviticus xix, 17

SERMON LXXI.— The Signs of the Times.

Yo can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the timor )

- Matthew Ivi, 3

SERMON LXXII.-On Divine Providence.

Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered, Luke xü, 7

SERMON LXXIII.-The Wisdom of God's Counsels.

Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God, Romans


SERMON LXXIV.—The Imperfection of Human Knowledge.

We know in part, 1 Corinthians xüï, 9


Sermon LXXV.— The Case of Reason Impartially considered.

Brethren, be not children in understanding : howbeit in malice be ye children, but

in understanding be men, 1 Corinthians xiv, 20


SERMON LXXVI.-On Good Angels.

Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall he

heirs of salvation, Hebrews i, 14


SERMON LXXVII.-On Evil Angels.

We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,

against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in

high places, Ephesians vi, 12 .



Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched, Mark ix, 48 147

SERMON LXXIX. - On the Church.

I beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are callod, with

all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love;

endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is

one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One

Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and

through all, and in you all, Ephesians iv, 1-6



That there might be no schism in the body, 1 Corinthians xii, 25


SERMON LXXXI.-On Perfection.

Let us go on unto perfection, Hebrews vi, 1


SERMON LXXXII.-Spiritual Worship.

This is the true God, and eternal life, 1 John v,


SERMON LXXXIII.-On Spiritual Idolatry.

Little children, koep yourselves from idols, 1 John v, 21


Serxon LXXXIV.- On Dissipation.

This I speak .... that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction, 1 Corinth-

ians vii, 35


SERMON LXXXV.-On Friendship with the World.

Yo adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is

enmity with God? Whosoever, therefore, desireth to be a friend of the world,

is an enemy of God, James iv, Á


SERMON LXXXVI.-In what Sense we are to leave the World.

Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the LORD, and touch not

the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

And I will be to you a Father, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the

Lord Almighty, 2 Corinthians vi, 17, 18


SERMON LXXXVII.-On Tennptation.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: And God is

faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will

with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ve may be able to bear it,

1 Corinthians x, 13


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