by J. C. Ryle
The volume now in the reader's hands requires little introductory explanation. It contains a very miscellaneous selection of papers which I have sent forth from time to time, in one shape or another, during a forty-five years' ministry. Some of these papers are not known beyond a small circle of kind friends. Not a few of them are the substance of pulpit addresses delivered on important public occasions, and composed with more than ordinary pains. All of them, I venture humbly to think, will be found to contain some useful truths for the times, and words in season.
I have reached an age when I cannot reasonably expect to write much more. There are many thoughts in this volume which I do not wish to leave behind me in the precarious form of separate single sermons, addresses, lectures, and tracts. I have therefore resolved to gather them together in the volume I now send forth, which I heartily pray God to bless, and to make it a permanent blessing to many souls.
1 December 1887
J. C. LIVERPOOL
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Acts 1:13 "They Went Into an Upper Room."
II. Colossians 4:14 "Luke, the Beloved Physician."
III. Eccles. 12:12. Simplicity in Preaching.
IV. 1 Cor. 15:3-4. Foundation Truths.
V. Jer. 6:16. The Good Way.
VI. Acts 17:26. "One blood."
VII. John 7:37-38. "Let Any Man Come."
VIII. 1 John 5:4-5. Victory
IX. Acts 17:16-17. Athens.
X. Acts 26:24-29. Portraiits.
XI. John 6:68. "To Whom?"
XII. Heb. 4:14. Our Profession
XIII. Matt. 8:11. Many
XIV. 2 Sam. 23:4-5. Without Clouds.
XV. Canticles 4:12. The Lord's Garden.
XVI. Prov. 22:6. The Duties of Parents
XVII. Phil. 1:1. The Rights and Duties of Lay Churchmen
XVIII. John 3:3; 2 Cor. 5:17 Questions about Regeneration
XIX. Tit. 2:6. Thoughts for young Men
XX. Questions about the Lord's Supper
XXI. 1 Thess. 2:1-2. "For Kings."