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The Sum of SAVING KNOW. NATIONAL and SOLEMN

LEDGE (contain'd in the Holy LEAGUE. Scriptures, and held forth in ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of SINS the faid Confession and Cate- and ENGAGEMENT to Dochifuns) and practical use there- TIES. of,

DIRECTORIES. COVENANTS;

FORM of CHURCH-Govern

MENT, OC.

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ACTS of Assembly and Parliament, relative to, and ape

probative of the fame.

Deut. vi. 6, 7. And these Words which I command thee this Doy, ball

be in thy Heart. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy Children, and salt talk of them when thou fittest in thy Houp, and wben thou walkeft by the Way, and when theu lieft down, and when

thou rises up.

Printed in the Year, M DCC LXVIII.

THE

GENERAL CONTENTS

THE

THE Preface, by fundry English Divines.

Mr. Manton's Epistle to the Reader.
I. The Confefion of Faith.
II. - The Larger Catechism.
Iti. The Shorter Catechifin.
IV. The Sum of Saving Knowledge.
V. The National Covenant.
VI. The Solemn League and Covenant.
VII. The Acknowledgment of Sins, c.
VIII. The Directory for Publick Worship,
IX. The Form of Presbyterial Church-Government.
X. The Directory for Family-worship.

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THE

THE Preface, by fundry English Divines.

Mr. Manton's Epistle to the Reader.
1. The Confeffion of Faith.
11.- The Larger Catechism.
IM. The Shorter Catechism.
IV. The Sum of Saving Knowledge.
V. The National Covenant.
VI. The Solemn League and Covenant.
VII. The Acknowledgment of Sins, &c."
VIII, The Directory for Publick Worship,
IX. The Form of Presbyterial Church-Government.
X. The Directory for Family-worship.

are nothing in fpiritual knowledge, are easily made any thing. Clouds without water are driven to and fro with every wind, and ships without ballant liable to the violence of every tempeft. But yet the knowledge we especially commend, is not a brain knowledge, a mere fpecnlation; this may be in the worst of men, pay, in the worst of creatures, the devils themselves, and that ia such eminency, as the best of laints cannot attaid to in this life of imperfection : But an inward, a favory, an heart-knowledge, such 2: was in that martyr, who, tho' fhe could not dispute for Chrilt, could die for him.. This is that spiritual sense and feeling of divine truths, the apostle speaks of Heb. v. 14., "Having your senses exercised, &c.

Bat, alas, we may fay of the most mens religion what learned Rivet * fpeaks concerning the errors of the Fathers," they were not so much

their own errors, as the errors of the time wherein they lived.” Thus do mot men take up their religion upon no better an account than Turks and Papists take up theirs, because 'tis the religion of the times and places wherein they live ; and what they take up thus flightly they lay down as easily. Whereas an ioward taste and relich of the things of God, is an excellent preservative to keep us settled in the most unset. dled times. Corrupt and unsavory principles have great advantage upon us above thole that are spiritual and found; the former being suit. able to corrupt nature, the latter contrary ; the former sprioging up of themselves, the latter brought forth not without a paioful industry. The ground Deeds no other midwifry in bringing forth weeds, than only ihe neglect of the husbandman's hand to piuck them up;

the air Deeds no other cause of darkness, than the absence of the fuo ; nor water of coldoefs, than its distance from the fire, because thefe are the geneide products of nature : Were it so with the foul (as some of the phi. lofophers have vainly imagined) to come into the world an “ab rala Fabula," a mere blank or piece of white paper, on which neither any thing written, nor any blots; it would then be equally receptive of good and evil, and no more averse to the one than to the other : But how much worfe its condition indeed is, were fcripture silent, every man's experience does evideptly manifeft. For who is there that koows any thing of his owo heart, and knows not thus much, that the suggestions of Satan have so easy and free admittance into our hearts, that our utmost watchfulness is too little to guard us from then whereas the motions of God's Spirit are founacceptable to us, that our utmost diligence is too little to get our hearts open to entertain them. Let therefore the excellency, Decessity, difficulty of true wisdom ftir up endeavours in you, fomewhat proportiooable to fuch an accomplishment; Above all getting, get understanding,' Prov. iv. 7. • Aud fearch for wisdom as for hidden treasures,' Prov.iv. 4. It much concerns you in respect of yourselves. Our second advice concerns heads of families, in respect of their fa•

milics * Rivet, Crit. Sacr.

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