Page images
PDF
EPUB

Christians to esteem them very highly in love for their works' sake.

And then for their right to an honourable maintenance, St. Paul assures all Christians, that the Lord himself ordained, That they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. And therefore, when we tell people of the great fin of defrauding the ministers of God, and of denying the rights which the laws of God and man have appointed them, we are doing our duty as faithfully as when we set before them the sin of stealing, of adultery, or of any other breach of the commands of God, which will be followed by a curse in this life, and, if not repented of, with damnation hereafter.

I shall detain you no longer than while I conclude this discourse with these following observations:

In the first place, you will observe how necessary it was, that the church of God should appoint certain times, which should be folemnly observed by all Christians, for begging of God to send faithful pastors to serve in the sacred ministry, such as may, both by their life and doctrine, set forth the glory of God, and set forward the salvation of men. And every man would do well, before he reproaches any clergyman for his conduct, to ask himself this question ; Have I myself done my duty, and joined with the church of God to pray for all such as are called to

the

the ministry, that they may live worthy of their vocation ?

In the next place, we must beg all that hear us to consider, that the contempt of God's ministers will end in the contempt of God himself, of his word, his worship, and of every thing that belongs to him.

In short; Christians' respect for their paftors, and the ministers of God, ought to be very great, as they expect God's blessing; but then the ministers of God ought to make it their great endeavour to deserve this respect, by a sober, prudent, serious, godly, and pious life and conversation ; ever remembering, that by a mean, light, and foolish conduct, unbecoming the dignity of one who calls himself, and ought to be, God's ambassador to men, he will render the ministry contemptible, and cause men to be guilty of that disrespect and fin which he complains of.

Lastly. We should all consider, that a man may have a lawful call to the ministry, and as such ought to be obeyed in things pertaining to God, and yet, for want of answering the ends of his calling, he may oppose the great and gracious design of God, who would have all men to be saved.

May God of his great mercy preserve this church from such pastors ; and give all those who have been, or are to be, ordained to his immediate service, grace, that in the exercise of their ministry they may depend upon

God,

God, ever pray for his guidance and blessing, and be instruments of bringing glory to God, and many souls to salvation, through Jesus Christ.

To whom, with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

SERMON

SERMON XC.

PREACHED AT AN ORDINATION.

THE DUTIES OF MINISTERS AND PEOPLE.

1 Cor. iv. I.

LET A MAN SO ACCOUNT OF US, AS OF THE MINISTERS OF

CHRIST, AND STEWARDS OF THE MYSTERIES OF GOD
MOREOVER, IT IS REQUIRED IN STEWARDS, THAT A MAN
BE FOUND FAITHFUL.

TH

HE duties which belong to us as Mini

sters of Christ, and Stewards of the myteries of God, and to you, as you are the flock committed to our charge, and as we are over you in the Lord; these duties are so great, and so necessary to be known and remembered, that one cannot well omit such an occasion as this, of repeating, and recommending them to your serious consideration, as well as to our own.

Let a man, faith the apostle, (that is, let every Christian) account of us, as of the ministers of Christ

. Account of us; that is, esteem and treat us, not as their ministers or fervants, but as the ministers of Christ. Account

of

« PreviousContinue »