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" That thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in
the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar
and ground of the truth.”—1 Tim. 3:15.


William Burr, Printer.


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year

1847, by the Free-will Baptist Printing Establishment, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of New Hampshire.


BX 6377 F733


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The repeated revivals of religion within the last few years have often suggested to the mind of the Author of the following pages, the necessity of a book which should clearly present the duties of religion in practical life, and especially the duties of Christians in the church. In revivals in which he has labored, he has deeply regretted that he has had no suitable book, with sentiments congenial to the views of his denomination, which he might put into the hands of the converts, that should assist them onward in the Divine life.

Not a few churches are destitute of pastors; consequently there are many Christians who are not properly instructed into their duties as church members; many who do not know fully how they ought to behave themselves in the house of God, which is the church.” Hence disorders of the most serious nature have soon followed the most interesting revivals. These facts have suggested to the Author the idea of preparing this work, which in the outset he commenced more for his own benefit, that he might the better present the subjects contained in it to his own congregation, But this did not seem to be all that was wanted ; and he has been induced to enlarge them, and present them in the present form to the churches, hoping that in so doing he might be able, in some measure, to supply what was deemed a want in our Zion.

In presenting the following pages, the author would remark, that Part. I. is principally the re

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