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Christian Belief and Experience
‘It is one of the clearest principles of Divine revelation, that holiness is the fruit of truth; and it is one of the plainest inferences from that principle, that the exhibition of the truth is the best means of promoting holiness. Christians regard the word of God as the only infallible teacher of those truths which relate to the salvation of men. But are the Scriptures really a revelation from God? If they are, what doctrines do they teach? And what influence should those doctrines exert on our heart and life?
The publishing committee of the American Sunday School Union have long felt the want of a book which should give a plain answer to these questions, and be suitable to place in the hands of intelligent and educated young persons, either to arouse their attention, or to guide their steps in the way of life.
If this little book should be instrumental, by the simple exhibition of the truth, in pointing out the way of life to those who are anxious to know what they must believe and what they must experience in order to be saved, it will answer the design of its preparation and publication.’
— From the Preface
Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I set before you the way of life. — Jeremiah 21:8
Table of Contents
CHAPTER I — The Scriptures Are the Word of God I. The internal evidence of the Divine origin of the Scriptures 1 II. The internal evidence of their Divine origin is the proper ground of faith in the Scriptures 12 III. External evidence of the Divine origin of the Scriptures. The testimony of the church 19 IV. The argument from prophecy 24 CHAPTER II — Sin I. All men are sinners. The nature of man, since the fall, is depraved 37 II. The sins of men are numerous and aggravated 44 CHAPTER III — Causes of Indifference to the Charge of Sin I. Sin, want of consideration, striving against the Spirit 59 II. Sophistical objections against the doctrine of the Bible 63 CHAPTER IV — Conviction of Sin I. Knowledge of Sin. Sense of personal ill desert 81 II. Insufficiency of our own righteousness and of our own strength 95 CHAPTER V — Justification I. Importance of the Doctrine. Explanation of the Scriptural terms relating to it. Justification is not by works. 105 II. The demands of the law are satisfied by what Christ has done 118 III. The righteousness of Christ the true ground of our justification. The practical effects of this doctrine 137 CHAPTER VI — Faith I. Faith is the condition of salvation. The nature of saving faith 149 II. Faith as connected with justification 162 CHAPTER VII — Repentance 173 CHAPTER VIII — Profession of Religion I. The nature and necessity of a public profession of religion 195 II. Baptism and the Lord’s supper. The nature, design, and efficacy of these ordinances 204 III. Obligation to attend upon the sacraments. Qualifications for the proper discharge of the duty 221 CHAPTER IX — Holy Living I. The nature of true religion 235 II. The means of sanctification 256
ISBN: 9781848719521 / BAN9521