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Biography Biography of Samuel Davies (1724-1761) - He was a Congregational minister, and, in some respects, was a most remarkable man. As a pulpit orator, this country has furnished but few equals. For persevering industry and toil in his Master's service, he has left an example worthy the imitation of the pious in all ages. For great success in his labors, as a Christian minister, he was singularly successful. Few men, perhaps, in any age have been more highly honored, than was our author, in accomplishing the great objects contemplated in the Christian ministry. R. W. A.
Atheism Practical Atheism, in Denying the Agency of Divine Providence, Exposed - "The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." [1 Samuel 16:7] Samuel Davies
Attributes of God The Divine Perfections Illustrated in the Method of Salvation, Through the Sufferings of Christ
- "Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!" [John 12:27-28]
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Christ [01] Christ Precious to All True Believers - "Unto you therefore who believe, He is precious!" [1 Peter 2:7] Samuel Davies
Christ [02] The Sufferings of Christ, and their Consequent Joys and Blessings - "Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief. When you shall make his soul an offering for sin—he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul—and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities!" [Isaiah 53:10-11] Samuel Davies
Christians The Sacred Importance of the Christian Name  - "The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch." [Acts 11:26] Samuel Davies
Christmas A Christmas Day Sermon  - "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good-will towards men!" [Luke 2:13, 14] Samuel Davies
Compassion [01] The Wonderful Compassion of Christ to the Greatest Sinners  - "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets, and stone those who are sent unto you; how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings—and you would not!" [Matthew 23:37] Samuel Davies
Compassion [02] The Compassion of Christ to Weak Believers  - "A bruised reed shall He not break, and smoking flax shall He not quench." [Matthew 12:20] Samuel Davies
Crisis The Crisis, or the Uncertain Doom of Kingdoms at Particular Times - Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger—that we do not perish?" [Jonah 3:9] Samuel Davies
Death [01] The Certainty of Death - "O wicked man—you shall surely die!" [Ezekiel 33:8] (A Funeral Sermon). Samuel Davies
Death [02] On the Death of King George II - "How the mighty have fallen!" [2 Samuel 1:19](Delivered on January 14, 1761, at Princeton College. It is interesting to note that Davies himself died shortly after delivering this sermon, on February 4—at the age of 37.) Samuel Davies
Death [03] Life and Immortality Revealed in the Gospel - "Who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel." [2 Timothy 1:9-10] (A sermon preached at the funeral of a young man). Samuel Davies
Death [04] Life's Shortness and Vanity - "What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on, those who have wives—should live as if they had none; those who mourn—as if they did not; those who rejoice—as though they did not rejoice; those who buy something—as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world—as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form, is passing away!" [1 Corinthians 7:29-31] (A sermon preached at a funeral). Samuel Davies
Death [05] This Very Year You Are Going to Die! - "Thus says the Lord—I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die!" [Jeremiah 28:16] (This message was preached at Princeton College on January 1, 1761. The author died shortly after, on February 4--at the age of 37! Thus in a way—he preached his own funeral sermon!) Samuel Davies
Dedication Dedication to God Argued from Redeeming Mercy - "What! Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." [1 Corinthians 6:19-20] Samuel Davies
Devotion Poor and Contrite Spirits--The Objects of the Divine Favor - "To this man will I look—even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at My Word." [Isaiah 66:2] Samuel Davies
Disasters [01] Lessons from the Recent EARTHQUAKE - "Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap, and those who escape the trap will step into a snare. Destruction falls on you from the heavens. The earth is shaken beneath you. The earth has broken down and has utterly collapsed. Everything is lost, abandoned, and confused. The earth staggers like a drunkard. It trembles like a tent in a storm. It falls and will not rise again, for its sins are very great!" [Isaiah 24:18-20] Samuel Davies
Disasters [02] The Justice of God--and the Sins of Our Country - "When disaster comes to a city—has not the LORD caused it?" [Amos 3:6] Samuel Davies
Eternity [01] Unseen Things to Be Preferred to Seen Things - "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen—but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary—but what is unseen is eternal." [2 Corinthians 4:18] Samuel Davies
Eternity [02] The Vessels of Mercy and the Vessels of Wrath Delineated - "Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use? What if God, choosing to show His wrath and make His power known, bore with great patience the vessels of His wrath—prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the vessels of His mercy—whom He prepared in advance for glory—even us, whom He also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?" [Romans 9:21-24] Samuel Davies
God The Name of God Proclaimed by Himself - Then Moses said, "Now I beseech you, show me your glory." And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion." [Exodus 33:18-19] Samuel Davies
Gospel [01] The Nature and Danger of Making Light of Christ and Salvation - "But they made light of it." [Matthew 22:5] Samuel Davies
Gospel [02] The Success of the Gospel by the Divine Power upon the Souls of Men - "The weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ!" [2 Corinthians 10:4-5] Samuel Davies
Gospel [03] The Success of the Ministry of the Gospel, Owing to Divine Influence - "I planted the seed, Apollos watered it—but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything—but only God, who makes things grow." [1 Corinthians 3:6-7] Samuel Davies
Government Divine Government--the Joy of Our World - "The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of islands be glad!" [Psalm 97:1] Samuel Davies
Heaven An Enrollment of Our Names in Heaven—the Noblest Source of Joy - "The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name!" He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven!" [Luke 10:17-20] Samuel Davies
Holiness The Connection Between Present Holiness and Future Happiness - "Follow after holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." [Hebrews 12:14] Samuel Davies
Holy Spirit The Happy Effect of the Pouring out of the Spirit - "Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yes, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city: Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left; the forts and towers shall be for dens forever, a joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks; Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest. Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places; When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place." [Isaiah 32:13-19] Samuel Davies
Hope The Hope of the Righteous - "The wicked is driven away in his wickedness; but the righteous has hope in his death." [Proverbs 14:32] Samuel Davies
Ingratitude Ingratitude to God - "Hezekiah's heart was proud—and he did not respond appropriately to the kindness shown him; therefore the LORD's wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem." [2 Chronicles 32:25] Samuel Davies
Jesus Christ Jesus Christ, the Only Foundation - "Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold! I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner-stone, a sure foundation: he who believes shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place!" [Isaiah 28:16-17] Samuel Davies
Judgment The Universal Judgment - "In the past God overlooked such ignorance—but now He commands all people everywhere to repent. For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the Man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men—by raising Him from the dead." [Acts 17:30-31] Samuel Davies
Justification The Nature of Justification - "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith." [Romans 1:16-17] Samuel Davies
Lord's Supper The Christian Feast - "Therefore let us keep the Feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth." [1 Corinthians 5:8] Samuel Davies
Love [01] Evidences of the Lack of Love to God - "But I know you—that you have not the love of God in you." [John 5:42] Samuel Davies
Love [02] The Nature of Love to God and Christ, Opened and Enforced - The third time Jesus said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." [John 21:17] Samuel Davies
Love [03] The Rule of Equity - "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." [Matthew 7:12] Samuel Davies
Lukewarmness The Danger of Lukewarmness in Religion- "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold—I am going to vomit you out of My mouth!" [Revelation 3:15-16] Samuel Davies
Ministry [01] The Christian Ministry - "This is a true saying, if any man desires the office of a bishop—he desires a good work." [1 Timothy 3:1] Samuel Davies
Ministry [02] The Love of Souls, a Necessary Qualification for the Ministerial Office - "So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only—but also our own souls, because you were dear unto us." [1 Thessalonians 2:8] Samuel Davies
Ministry [03] The Tender Anxieties of Ministers for Their People - "My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ is formed in you, I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice: for I stand in doubt of you." [Galatians 4:19-20] Samuel Davies
Preaching Preaching of Christ Crucified, the Means of Salvation - "Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God!" [1 Corinthians 1:22-24] Samuel Davies
Priority The One thing Needful - "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needful. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." [Luke 10:41-42] Samuel Davies
Regeneration The Nature and Author of Regeneration - "Marvel not that I said unto you: You must be born again." [John 3:7] Samuel Davies
Repentance The Nature and Necessity of True Repentance - "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men everywhere to repent!" [Acts 17:30] Samuel Davies
Restoration Divine Mercy to Mourning Penitents - "I have surely heard Ephraim's moaning: 'You disciplined me like an unruly calf, and I have been disciplined. Restore me, and I will return, because you are the LORD my God. After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I struck my thigh in grief! I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.' Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him! I will surely have mercy upon him!" declares the LORD. [Jeremiah 31:18-20]   Samuel Davies
Resurrection [01] The General Resurrection - "Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come out; those who have done good—unto the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil—unto the resurrection of damnation!" [John 5:28-29]   Samuel Davies
Resurrection [02] The Resurrection of Damnation - "Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come out; those who have done good—unto the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil—unto the resurrection of damnation!" [John 5:28-29] Samuel Davies
Salvation [01] The Characters of the Healthy and Sick, in a Spiritual Sense, Considered and Contrasted - "It is not the healthy who need a physician—but those who are sick." [Matthew 9:12] Samuel Davies
Salvation [02] The Nature of Looking unto Christ - "Look unto Me—and be saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else!" [Isaiah 45:22] Samuel Davies
Salvation [03] The Method of Salvation Through Jesus Christ - "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him, should not perish—but have everlasting life." [John 3:16] Samuel Davies
Salvation [04] Saints Saved with Difficulty; and the Certain Perdition of the Wicked - "For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us—what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And if it is hard for the righteous to be saved—what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?" [1 Peter 4:17-18] Samuel Davies
Salvation [05] Sinners Entreated to be Reconciled to God - "We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God!" [2 Corinthians 5:20] Samuel Davies
Salvation [06] The Nature and Process of Spiritual Life - "But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved!" [Ephesians 2:4-5] Samuel Davies
Salvation [07] The Primitive and Present State of Man Compared - "For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man; how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ." [Romans 5:17] Samuel Davies
Sickness A Time of Unusual Sickness - "O Lord, are not your eyes upon the truth? You have stricken them—but they have not grieved; you have consumed them—but they have refused to receive correction! They have made their faces harder than a rock: they have refused to return." [Jeremiah 5:3] Samuel Davies
Sons of God The Nature and Blessedness of Sonship with God - "Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us—that we should be called the sons of God! Therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear—we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is!" [1 John 3:1-2] Samuel Davies
Sovereignty God the Sovereign of All Kingdoms - "The Most High God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men—and gives them to anyone he wishes!" [Daniel 4:25] Samuel Davies
Time A New Year's Gift - "Knowing the time—that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." [Romans 13:11] Samuel Davies
Unbelief [01] Rejection of Christ - "He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, 'They will respect my son.'" [Mark 12:6] Samuel Davies
Unbelief [02] Rejection of Gospel Light, the Condemnation of Men - "And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light—for fear that his deeds will be exposed!" [John 3:19-20] Samuel Davies
Unbelief [03] The Nature and Universality of Spiritual Death - "As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved!" [Ephesians 2:1-5] Samuel Davies
Wisdom True Religion the Highest Wisdom, and Sin the Greatest Madness and Folly - "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His commandments have good understanding." [Psalm 111:10] Samuel Davies
War [01] In Times of War - "An oracle concerning the Valley of Vision: What troubles you now, that you have all gone up on the roofs, O town full of commotion, O city of tumult and revelry? Your slain were not killed by the sword, nor did they die in battle. All your leaders have fled together; they have been captured without using the bow. All you who were caught were taken prisoner together, having fled while the enemy was still far away. Therefore I said, 'Turn away from me; let me weep bitterly. Do not try to console me over the destruction of my people.' The Lord, the LORD Almighty, has a day of tumult and trampling and terror in the Valley of Vision, a day of battering down walls and of crying out to the mountains!" [Isaiah 22:1-5] Samuel Davies
War [02] Serious Reflections on War - "From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?" [James 4:1] Samuel Davies

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