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preaching; and after his example constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently
suffer for the truth's sake;”Hereby we declare, 1. That the doctrine and life of John are to be followed
by all. Mark, vi. 20; John, v. 35; Phil. iii. 17';
Heb. xiii. 7, 8. 2. That this is to be so done as to lead us,
(a) In obedience to his precepts, to repent truly
of sin. Matt. iii. 7-9; xxi. 32 ; Mark, vi. 12; Luke, xiii. 3-5; Acts, xvii. 30; xx. 21 ; 2 Cor.
vii. 10-11. (6) In conformity with his example, (i) To speak the truth constantly. Matt. 'xiv. 1-12; xi. 7; Prov. xii. 17-19-22; John,
X. 41 ; Rev. xxi. 8; Eph. iv. 25. (ii) To rebuke vice boldly. Mark, vi. 14-29 ;
Luke, iii. 19; vii. 24; Lev. xix. 17; Eph.
v. 11; 1 Tim. v. 20.
preceding texts.) John, v. 33; iii. 20;
offer our prayer. The Conclusion is :
“ through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” As before.
What is “repentance ?”
Saint Peter's Day.
A PRAYER FOR DILIGENT PREACHERS AND OBEDIENT
FOLLOWERS OF THE WORD OF GOD.
The Invocation is :
“ O Almighty God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy Apostle Saint Peter many excellent gifts, and commandedst him earnestly to feed thy flock;”—
Here, after invoking God as “ Almighty' we pass on to
state,1. That Saint Peter, His Apostle, had many excellent
gifts bestowed upon him by God. Acts, ii. 1-4, 14–18; iii. 12–16; iv. 7-10; v. 12-15; ix. 32–43 ;
2 Cor. iv. 6,7; Jam. i. 17. 2. That these gifts were given him by, or through,
God's Son, Jesus Christ. Luke, xxii. 31, 32; Acts, iv. 13; v. 34; Gal. ii. 8; 2 Pet. i. 1-3; 2 Cor.
i. 20. 3. That he was also commanded, and that earnestly, by
the same Son, to feed God's flock, for which work these gifts had prepared him. John, xxi. 15–17; 1 Pet. v. 2-4; 2 Pet. i. 12-15 ; iii. 1, 2; Ezek.
xxxiv. 2 ; John, x. 12; Jer. iii. 15; Acts, xx. 28. The Petition is :
“ Make, we beseech thee, all Bishops and Pastors diligently to preach thy holy Word, and thy people obediently to follow the same; that they may receive the crown of everlasting
glory;”In this Petition the following points are involved : 1. That the subject-matter of all preaching should be
God's holy word. Acts, iv. 29; v. 20; 2 Pet. i.
16-21; Col. i. 27, 28; 1 Cor. i. 17, 18. 2. That it is the duty of all bishops and pastors to
preach, and that diligently, this holy word. 2 Tim. iv. 3; ii. 2, 15, 16 ; i. 13; 1 Cor. ix, 16-19; 1 Tim. i. 2; iv. 13-16; Eph. ii. 17; Rom. xv. 19; 1 Cor.
xi. 1. 3. That when God's word is preached, it is the duty of
all God's people to follow obediently its instructions and guidance. 1 Thess. i. 5,6 ; Acts, ii. 37-41; Matt. vii. 21; Heb. ii. 1-4; iv. 1, 2; xiii, 7-17;
Jam. i. 22; Matt. vii. 24-27. 4. That when pastors and people so act, the one dili
gently preaching and the other obediently follow
ing the word of God, a crown of everlasting life
that God would make all so to act as their
respective positions require. The Conclusion is :
“ through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.
Supplementary Questions. What had Saint Peter bestowed upon him by God? Through Whom were these gifts given ? For what purpose ? What command was also given to him by Jesus Christ? Of whom does the flock of God consist ? On what are they to be fed ? See first point in the Pe.
tition. What should be the subject-matter of all preaching ? Whose duty is it to preach that word ? How should they preach that word ? How should that holy word be followed after it has been
preached ? By whom? What will a diligent preaching of this word on the part of
ministers, and an obedient following thereof on the
part of hearers, respectively lead to ? By Whom will those crowns of life and glory be bestowed ?
Saint James the Apostle.
A PRAYER FOR A READINESS TO FOLLOW God's
The Invocation is simply;
“O merciful God,”— And contains no acknowledgment. The Petition is :
“ Grant ...... that, as thine holy Apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, without delay was obedient unto the calling of thy Son, Jesus Christ, and followed him ; so we, forsaking all worldly and carnal affections, may be evermore ready to follow thy holy com
mandments;”— Herein, among other points, it is declared : 1. That Saint James was a holy Apostle of God. Matt.
iv. 21, 22; x. 2; Mark, i. 19, 20; iii. 17; Luke,
vi. 14; Acts, i. 13; xii. 2. 2. That he was called by God's Son, Jesus Christ, and,
when called, followed Him without delay. See
preceding texts. 3. That in doing this he left his father and all that he
had. See preceding texts. 4. That, in like manner, we should be always ready to follow God's holy commandments. Ps. cxix. 60;