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I. The Divine Origin and Institution of the Christian Ministry 3
II. The Dignity of the Christian Ministry.
III. Uses and necessity of the Christian Ministry.
IV. The trials and difficulties of the Christian Ministry .
V. The comforts and encouragements of the Christian Ministry 17
VI. The qualifications of the Christian Ministry
VII. Preparation for the Christian Ministry.
Sect. I. Habits of General Study. .
II. Special Study of the Scriptures.
III. Habits of Special Prayer.
IV. Employment in the Cure of Souls.
GENERAL CAUSES OF THE WANT OF SUCCESS IN THE
CHRISTIAN MINISTRY .
I. The Scriptural warrant and character of Ministerial success ;
together with the symptoms of want of success.
II. The withholding of Divine Influence the main cause of the
want of Ministerial success
III. The enmity of the natural heart a main cause of the want of
IV. The power of Satan a main hindrance to Ministerial success 84
V. Local hindrances to Ministerial success
VI. The want of a Divine call a main cause of failure in the
CAUSES OF MINISTERIAL INEFFICIENCY CONNECTED
WITH OUR PERSONAL CHARACTER . . . 103
I. Want of entiré devotednéss of heart to the Christian Ministry 106
II. Conformity to the world .
III. The fear of man.
IV: The want of Christian Self-denial
V. The Spirit of covetousness
VI. Neglect of retirement
VII. The influence of spiritual pride
VIII. Absence or defect of personal religion
IX. The defect of family religion; and the want of connection
of the Minister's family with his work.
X. Want of Faith.
THE PUBLIC WORK OF THE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY . 185
1. The institution and importance of the ordinance of Preaching 188
II. Preparation for the Pulpit
Sect. I. Composition of Sermons
II. Habits of Meditation
III. Special Prayer.
III. The Scriptural mode of preaching the Law
Sect. I. The preaching of the Law-its character-uses-and
II. The connection of the Law with the Gospel.
IV. The Scriptural preaching of the Gospel .
Sect. I. Doctrinal preaching of the Gospel :
II. Experimental preaching of the Gospel .
III. Practical preaching of the Gospel :
IV. Applicatory preaching of the Gospel
V. Discriminating preaching of the Gospel
VI. Decided preaching of the Gospel
V. The mode of Scriptural preaching.
Sect. I. Topical and expository preaching
II. Extempore and written Sermons
VI. The Spirit of Scriptural preaching
SECT. I. In Boldness.
II. In Wisdom.
III. In Plainness .
IV. In Fervency
V. In Diligence
VI. In Singleness.
VII. In Love
THE PASTORAL WORK OF THE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY 341
I. The Nature and importance of the Pastoral work.
II. Treatment of cases in the Pastoral work
SECT. I. The Infidel .
II. The Ignorant and Careless
III. The Self-righteous.
IV. The False Professor
V. Natural and Spiritual Convictions .
VI. The Young Christian .
VII. The Backslider.
VIII. The Unestablished Christian.
IX. The Confirmed and Consistent Christian .
III. The Visitation of the Sick .
IV. Pastoral Ministry of the Young
SECT. I. Catechizing.
II. The Sunday School—its importance, constitution, and
III. Infant Schools.
IV. Weekly Schools.
V. The Treatment of the Young in a hopeful state of
VI. Young Men.
VII. Practical suggestions on Confirmation.
V. Sacramental Instruction.
Sect. I. Baptism.
II. The Lord's Supper.
VI. Clerical and Church Communion.
SECT. I. Clerical Communion.
II. Church Communion.
VII. The office and uses of Helpers.