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Parochial Sermons

The Posthumous Works of the Late Right Reverend John Henry Hobart, D.D.
Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New-York.

Volume Three.

New-York: Swords, Stanford, and Co., 1832.

Sermon I. The Illuminating Power of the Gospel.

The light of the glorious Gospel. 2 Corinthians iv. 4.

Sermon II. The Manifestation of Christ to the Soul of the Believer.

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians iv. 6.

Sermon III. The Folly of Trusting to the Future.

Ye know not what shall be on the morrow. James iv. 14.

Sermon IV. The Instability of Human Reasonings in Contrast with the Stability of the Word of God.

The fashion of this world passeth away. 1 Corinthians vii. 31.

Sermon V. The Race not to the Swift.

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. Ecclesiastes ix. 11.

Sermon VI. The Character of Simeon.

And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. Luke ii. 25.

Sermon VII. Duties Inculcated by the Sovereignty of God.

But now, O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou art the potter; and we are all the work of thy hand. Isaiah lxiv. 8.

Sermon VIII. The Appeals of Christ to the Sinner.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and sup with him, and he with me. Revelation iii. 20.

Sermon IX. Parable of the Marriage Feast.

And he sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Matthew xxii. 3.

Sermon X. The Rule of Final Judgment.

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation, he that feareth him and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. Acts x. 34, 35.

Sermon XI. The Called and the Chosen.

For many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew xxii. 14.

Sermon XII. The Importance of Fidelity in Warning Sinners.

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Isaiah lviii. 1.

Sermon XIII. Self-Examination.

Let us search and try our ways. Lamentations iii. 40.

Sermon XIV. The Delays of Repentance.

Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. Acts xxiv. 25.

Sermon XV. Death-bed Repentance.

And the door was shut. Matthew xxv. 10.

Sermon XVI. The Petition of the Penitent.

God be merciful to me a sinner. Luke xviii. 13.

Sermon XVII. The Nature and Necessity of Prayer.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Matthew vii. 7.

Sermon XVIII. The Necessity of Diligence in our Christian Calling.

Give diligence to make your calling and election sure. 2 Peter i. 10.

Sermon XIX. The Grace of God Requiring Human Co-operation.

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians ii. 12, 13.

Sermon XX. Self-Communion.

I commune with mine own heart, and search out my spirit. Psalm lxxvii. 6.

Sermon XXI. Consideration of Temporal and Spiritual Duties.

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord. Romans xii. 11.

Sermon XXII. Christ Riding into Jerusalem.

And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus, the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. Matthew xxi. 10, 11.

Sermon XXIII. Abraham Offering up Isaac.

And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. Genesis xxii. 10.

Sermon XXIV. The Lamb of God.

He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter. Isaiah liii. 7.

Sermon XXV.

Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me. And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth. Isaiah lxiii. 1-6.

Sermon XXVI. The Grave of Jesus--The Scene of the Resurrection.

In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. Matthew xxviiii. 1.

Sermon XXVII. The Display of the Divine Glory in Our Redemption.

Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it; shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel. Isaiah xliv. 23.

Sermon XXVIII. The Reasons of Joy Contemplating the Day of the Lord.

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm cxviii. 24.

Sermon XXIX. The Excellency of Faith.

Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. John xx. 20.

Sermon XXX. The Life and Acts of Jesus, during the Period between His Resurrection and Ascension.

Jesus himself stood in the midst of them. Luke xxiv. 36.

Sermon XXXI. The Importance of Being Partakers of the Holy Ghost.

Made partakers of the Holy Ghost. Hebrews vi. 4.

Sermon XXXII. The Different Ways in which We May Quench the Spirit of God.

Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God. Ephesians iv. 30.

Sermon XXXIII. The Witness of the Spirit.

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs: heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. Romans viii. 16, 17.

Sermon XXXIV. The Christian's View Directed to Unseen Things.

While we look not at the things which are seen. 2 Corinthians iv. 18.

Sermon XXXV. The Nature and Importance of Self-Devotion to God.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans xii. 1.

Sermon XXXVI. The Path of the Just.

The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Proverbs vi. 18.

Sermon XXXVII. The Distribution of the Talents.

The kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. Matthew xxv. 14.

Sermon XXXVIII. The Ten Lepers.

Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. Luke xvii. 17, 18.

Sermon XXXIX. The Rich Man and Lazarus.

There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: and there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, who was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores. Luke xvi. 19, 20, 21.

Sermon XL. The Sources of Human Trouble, and Its Antidote.

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. John xiv. 1.

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