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SermonFanatical Excitement-Letter Seven
      While upon the subject of excitement, I wish to make a few suggestions on the danger that highly-excited feelings will take a wrong direction, and result in fanaticism. Every one is aware that, when the feelings are strongly excited, they are capable of being turned in various directions, and of assuming various types, according to the circumstance ...read
SermonFULNESS THERE IS IN CHRIST
      'For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power.'--Col. 2:9, 10. The connection in which this text stands, shows that the Apostle is laboring to establish the distinction between an outside legal religion, and religion by faith in Christ. For this purpos ...read
SermonGod Cannot Please Sinners
       Luke vii. 31--35. "And the Lord said, Whereunto, then, shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the market-place, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. For John the Baptist came neither ...read
SermonGod's Anger Against the Wicked
      "God is angry with the wicked every day." -- Psalms 7:11. In speaking from this text I design to show briefly: I. WHO ARE "WICKED" IN THE SCRIPTURE SENSE OF THIS TERM; II. THAT GOD IS ANGRY WITH THEM; III. THE NATURE OF THIS ANGER; IV. THE REASONS FOR IT; V. ITS DEGREE; VI. ITS DURATION; VII. THE TERRIBLE CONDITION OF SINNER ...read
SermonGod's Love Commended To Us
      "But God commendeth His love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." -- Romans v. 8. WHAT is meant here by "commend?" To recommend; to set forth in a clear and strong light. Towards whom is this love exercised? Towards us -- towards all beings of our lost race. To each one of us He manifests this love. Is it not w ...read
SermonGod's Love for a Sinning World
      "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." -- John 3:16. Sin is the most expensive thing in the universe. Nothing else can cost so much. Pardoned or unpardoned, its cost is infinitely great. Pardoned, the cost falls chiefly on the great atoning Su ...read
SermonGOSPEL LIBERTY
      Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.--Galatians 5:1. In this lecture I shall show, I. WHAT IS INTENDED BY THE YOKE OF BONDAGE. II. WHAT IT IS TO BE ENTANGLED WITH IT. III. WHAT IS THE LIBERTY HERE SPOKEN OF. IV. HOW CHRIST MAKES US FREE. V ...read
SermonHOW TO CHANGE YOUR HEART
      EZEKIEL xviii. 31.--Make you a new heart, and a new spirit, for why will ye die? In the former discourse upon this text, I discussed three points, viz: 1. The meaning of the command in the text. 2. Its reasonableness. 3. Its consistency with those passages which declare a new heart to be the gift and work of God. In answer to th ...read
SermonHow To Preach Without Converting Anybody
      Preach on every doctrine that centers the attention on man rather than Jesus. Teach every doctrine that makes man the center of God's attention rather than God the center of man's devotion. Tell people only what God will do for them. Avoid preaching about the necessity of a radical change of heart, through the truth revealed to the heart by the a ...read
SermonJUSTIFICATION
      'There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.' Rom. 8:1. In this discourse, I shall notice, I. WHAT IT IS TO BE IN CHRIST JESUS. II. WHAT IS INTENDED BY NO CONDEMNATION. III. WHY THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION TO THEM WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS. IV. WHAT IS I ...read
SermonJustification By Faith
      TEXT--"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified."--Gal 2:16 THIS last sentiment is expressed in the same terms, in ...read
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Lectures on Revivals - Table of Contents
       Lectures on Revivals of Religion By CHARLES G. FINNEY THE LECTURER'S PREFACE. Let it be remembered, that these Lectures were delivered to my own congregation. They were entered upon, without my having previously marked out any plan or outline of them, and have been pursued, from week to week, as one subject naturally introduced a ...read
SermonLegal Experience
      TEXT.--The 7th chapter of Romans. I HAVE more than once had occasion to refer to this chapter, and have read some portions of it and made remarks. But I have not been able to go into a consideration of it so fully as I wished, and therefore thought I would make it the subject of a separate lecture. In giving my views I shall pursue the following ...read
SermonLegal Religion
      TEXT:-- "Who is on the Lord's side?" --Exodus xxxii. 26. LAST Friday evening, you will remember, that in discoursing from this text, I mentioned three classes of professors of religion; those who truly love God and man, those who are actuated solely by selfishness or at most by self-love in their religious duties, and those who are actuated only ...read
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Letters on Revival - Table of Contents
      To All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Beloved in the Lord:--Many of you are aware that several years since a series of Lectures on the subject of Revivals was published through the columns of the N. York Evangelist. These Lectures were preached by me to my own congregation in the city of N. York, and repor ...read
SermonLove is the Whole of Religion
      TEXT.--Love worketh no ill to his neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.--Romans xiii. 10 IN speaking from these words, I design, I. To make some remarks on the nature of love. II. To show that love is the whole of religion. III. Some things that are not essential to perfect love. IV. Some things that are essential. ...read
SermonLove Of The World
      I John ii.15. --Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. In discussing this subject, I shall pursue the following order:-- I. What we are to understand by the love of the world. II. Who love the world in this sense. III. That they do not love God. ...read
SermonMen Invited To Reason Together With God
      "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." -- Isaiah 1:18. GOD is a moral agent. If he was not, he could not have moral character. That he has moral character is sufficiently manifest from the revealed fact that ma ...read
SermonMen Often Highly Esteem What God Abhors
      "Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men, is abomination in the sight of God." -- Luke xvi. 15. CHRIST had just spoken the parable of the unjust steward, in which He presented the case of one who unjustly used the property of others entrusted to him, for the purpos ...read
SermonMoral Insanity
      "The heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live." -- Eccl. ix. 3. THE Bible often ascribes to unconverted men one common heart or disposition. It always makes two classes, and only two, of our race -- saints and sinners; the one class converted from their sin and become God's real friends; the other r ...read

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