Table Of Contents
Uses of religious biography. Birth of Edward Payson. His early impressions; intellectual qualities.; filial and fraternal conduct; moral character. His literary education; enters Harvard College; his reputation there.
Comprising a period of three years from the time of his leaving college.
His religious history during the period embraced in the preceding chapter.
Retires to Rindge, and devotes himself exclusively to his preparation for the ministry.
His state of mind in the immediate prospect of the ministry.
His first efforts as a preacher. His religious character further developed.
Visits Portland, óhis favorable reception, and Ordination.
His concern for his flock. Reverse in his temporal prospects. Is taken from his work by sickness.
Resumes his pastoral labors. Letters. Review of the year.
His dependence on God; its influence on himself and church. His uniform purpose to know nothing save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Illustration. Letters. Resolutions. Increased success.
Permanency and strength of maternal influence. Correspondence. Death-bed anguish, how alleviated. Disgraceful incident. Price of popularity. Reasons of former trials developed. Letters, &c.
Holy aspirations. Gratitude to the Saviour. Multiplied labors. Novel family scene. Danger averted. "Curious frame." Flattery deprecated. His marriage. Becomes sole pastor of the church. Retrospect of the year.
Forms of prayer. Thoughts on public prayer. His sincerity. The importance of this quality to a ministerís success.
The pastor in action. Methods of exciting, sustaining and extending a due interest in religious concerns. Preaching, administration of ordinances, church fast, conference, inquiry meetings.
The same subject. Bible class. Pastoral visits. Social parties. Special and casual interviews. Charm of his conversation. Singular encounter. Whence his competency. His publications.
His exertions without the bounds of his parish. Influence on his ministerial associates; in resuscitating and edifying other churches. Visits ę The Springs." Effect of his example, conversation, and prayers on other visitors. Excursions in behalf of charitable societies. Translation of ministers. He is invited to Boston and New York.
Letters to persons in various circumstances and states of mind.
His private character. His affections and demeanor as a husband, father, master, friend. His gratitude, economy, generosity. His temper of mind under injuries.
Further particulars relating to his personal history, and religious exercises, in connexion with his pastoral labors and their results.
His last labors. His spiritual joys, heavenly counsels, and brightening intellect, during the progress of his disease. His triumphant exit. Conclusion.
"Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul" (Psalm 66:16).
"My Beloved is mine, and I am his" (Song of Solomon 2:16).
"Now of the things which we have spoken unto you, this is the sum." (Hebrews 8:1).
THE NEW JERUSALEM.
"And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon to shine in it; for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof" (Revelation 21:23).
GOD IN THE MIDST OF HIS CHURCH.
"In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not; and to Zion, Let not thy hands be slack. The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love; he will joy over thee with singing" (Zephaniah 3:16-17).
ADDRESS TO SEAMEN.
Delivered before the Portland Marine Bible Society, Oct. 28, 1821.
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