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conveyed in a most unobtrusive manner the glad tidings of salvation, into the regions of ignorance, prejudice, and superstition; and these men are pursuing “the noiseless tenor of their way,” with an evident blessing from on high resting upon them. Doubtless, a long night of error has existed in this land, but “ the Sun of Righteousness has arisen with healing under his wings,” and now pursues a steady course, diffusing light, and heat, and joy, and gladness among those who possess the sacred Scriptures. Doubtless the Church remained long insensible to the privileges with which she was invested; but the Lord has roused her ; has shaken her from the dust; has put on her beautiful garments ; has spoken comfortably to her; has acknowledged in an abundant manner the labours of her devoted and spiritually minded Ministers ; and is employing her as a chosen vessel to bear his name among the despisers of it. Truly we may say, “ the Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we should be glad ; and we are called

upon to give him no rest until he make his spiritual Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” Let the Gospel's joyful sound be heard from every pulpit ; let the Lord Jesus Christ be lifted up in an uncompromising message ; let there be no water mixed with the pure wine of divine truth ; let no alloy appear in the pure gold.

There is a spiritual temple to be built ; let no attempt be made to lay any foundation save that which is laid, even Jesus Christ. There

is a way to eternal blessedness to be pointed

out; let the eye and the heart be directed to him who is that way. His name is “above every name:” and as it was announced from Heaven by an Angel, so ought it to be reechoed from earth by all who make mention of it—that both worlds may be filled with His glory.

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PETER ROE.

THE

NECESSITY OF MAINTAINING

SCRIPTURE DOCTRINE,

AND ENDEAVOURING BY EVERY MEANS

TO PROMOTE

PEACE AND UNION IN THE CHURCH OF CHRIST,

CONSIDERED IN

TWO ACT SERMONS,

PREACHED BEFORE THE UNIVERSITY,

IN THE

CHAPEL OF TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN,

On Sunday the 25th of January, and Sunday the 1st of

February, 1818.

FOR THE DEGREES OF B. D. AND D. D.

PREFACE.

In the view taken of Church History, in the first Discourse, the Author has followed EUSEBIUS, DUPIN, and Milner's History of the Church of Christ ; but particularly the latter. To this valuable work he feels himself peculiary indebted, as well for the ideas which suggested the plan of this Discourse, as the assistance it afforded him in the prosecution of it. Milner's is a most interesting History of the Church, and has been conducted on a plan which cannot fail to engage the attention of every one who feels an interest in such subjects. It is gratifying to find that the Work has been taken up and carried on, on the same plan, and in a very able manner, by the Rev. John Scott, of Hull

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