Christ, when on earth, called men of different degrees of talent and of mental culture, and from various conditions of life, to preach His Gospel. He does so still. Many neglect the call.
Some defer it indefinitely--others until they can attain to a certain standard of literary qualifications. This book is designed to encourage all whom God calls, to enter at once upon the work of saving souls. It is hoped that it may be of practical service to young and inexperienced ministers of the Gospel. They will find in every chapter, hints and suggestions which, if heeded, may help them in their great work.
In this country, among all denominations, the people have more or less influence in determining who shall be their preachers. It is important that they should entertain correct, Scriptural ideas of what they have a right to expect of those whom they take as their spiritual guides. In these pages they may be assisted in coming to a just decision in this important matter.
In the work of soul saving, every follower of Christ should bear a part. He has duties to do which he cannot delegate to any; responsibilities to meet which he cannot transfer to other shoulders. In the pages which follow, the earnest endeavor is made to stir up Christians to a more lively appreciation of their duties, and to lay before them strong incentives to their performance.
The effort has been to take no position that is not sustained by a fair interpretation of the word of God. To this word we bow with the most cordial submission. If our work may be thought by some to be radical, we beg them to bear in mind that the Bible is a radical book.
This life is so short that we cannot afford to lose much time in experiments in the great work of saving men. Just as far as possible, we should profit by the experience of others. Under similar conditions, like causes produce like results. Where others have failed, we should learn a lesson from their failures, and carefully avoid the causes which led to their disappointment and defeat. We should turn the success of those who win, to our own advantage, by adopting, as far as circumstances permit, the methods by which they overcame. Hence, in these pages we frequently refer to those who, by their godly living and by the judicious employment of their time and means, left the world better for their labors. "Whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation, Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever."
The most of the matter contained in this volume has been written expressly for it. But when, in treating upon our subject, we have found what we wished to say already written, in articles which, from time to time, we have prepared for "The Earnest Christian," we have transferred it with suitable alterations, to these pages.
We have written from a deep conviction of duty, and with an abiding sense of the presence and help of God.
We have endeavored to write with the utmost plainness, so that none need be at a loss to comprehend our meaning. We speak in earnest, and we wish to be understood.
If what we have written shall add to the usefulness of those self-denying men who are laboring for the good of others, and thus be indirectly the means of bringing souls to Heaven, our object will have been accomplished, and God shall have the glory.
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