|Author:||Venning, Ralph, 1621?-1674.|
|Title:||Christ's school consisting of four classes of Christians : I. Babes, II. Little children, III. Young men, IV. Fathers : with their several characteristical differences and attainments : also the doctrines proper to be taught to each of them : being the substance of many sermons preach'd many years ago in Southwark / by Ralph Venning.|
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Christ's school consisting of four classes of Christians : I. Babes, II. Little children, III. Young men, IV. Fathers : with their several characteristical differences and attainments : also the doctrines proper to be taught to each of them : being the substance of many sermons preach'd many years ago in Southwark / by Ralph Venning.
Venning, Ralph, 1621?-1674.
London: Printed for John Hancock, Senior and Junior ..., 1675.
Second epistle to the reader signed: James Barron. John Collins.
Reproduction of original in Cambridge University Library.
Sermons, English -- 17th century.
to the reader
This following Advertisement was intended as an Epistle to the Reader before the Author's own was found.
Christ's School: Consisting of Babes, Children, Young-Men and Fathers.
I. The INTRODUCTION. Where the general design and scope of the Treatise is laid down, asserted; clear∣ed and applied.
II. Several things premised for the fur∣ther clearing and understanding of this Subject, before I speak to each Classis.
III. A further continuation of the Prae∣cognita, things to be premised.
The FIRST CLASSIS or FORM OF BABES.
I. That there is such a state.
II. Of their Attainments.
Their Feeding on Milk.
The more particular attainments of Babes, as Repentance, Faith, &c.
Of their Repentance from dead Works.
The Application follows.
II. Of their Faith towards God.
III. Of their submission to Baptism, &c.
IV. The Resurrection of the Dead, and Eternal Judgement.
V. Of their tasting that the Lord is gra∣cious, and their desiring the sincere Milk of the Word to grow thereby, From 1 Pet. 2.1,—3.
VI. Their Love to the Brethren
III. Of the Babes defectiveness in compa∣rison of other Saints, and wherein they are as carnal, and walk as men.
1. Of their defectiveness, and wherein they fall short in comparison of the higher Classes of Saints.
II. Of their being as Carnal and walking as men.
IV. The Use of the whole.
II. Use of Exhortation.
To them within of all ranks.
The SECOND CLASSIS IN THE School of CHRIST, Viz. Little CHILDREN.
CHAP. I. Of their Attainment, or their knowledge of the Father, in two Sections.
CHAP. II. How they come to and by this knowledge of the Father, in three Sections.
SECT. 2. Discovering the persons that God singles out to place them among the Little Children, and to give them the assurance of his love and being their Father.
SECT. 3. A Continuation.
CHAP. II. Continued and inlarged. Shewing how they come to know the Father by the witness of the Spirit, in five Sections.
SECT. 2. Shewing what this witness is in three things; it is clear, sure and powerful.
SECT. 3. Shewing what the effects of this witness are, and the influences they have upon the Soul and Spirit of the Children.
SECT. 4. Shewing how the Testimony of the Spirit may be distinguished from delusions of Satan, and the presumptions of our own hearts.
SECT. 5. A Continuation.
CHAP. III. Shews the priviledges and injoyments of the little Children in knowing the Fa∣ther, in four Sections.
SECT. 2. A Continuation.
SECT. 3. Proving this to be a glorious priviledge.
SECT. 4. Shews wherein the glory and sweetness of this priviledge consists.
CHAP. IV. Shewing the frame and conversation of these little Children, who know the Fa∣ther: in two Sections.
SECT. 2. A Continuation.
CHAP. V. The Application, in two Sections.
SECT. I. An Exhortation to Babes.
SECT. 2. An Exhortation to the little Children in se∣veral particulars.
The THIRD CLASSIS IN THE School of CHRIST, Viz. YOUNG MEN.
CHAP. I. What is meant by Young men.
CHAP. II. What is meant by their being Strong.
CHAP. III. How they come by this Strength. viz. By the Word of God abiding in them.
CHAP. IV. Shewing what or who is meant by the wick∣ed one.
CHAP. V. What the dispute is about, or what the temptations are which Young men do un∣dergo and conquer.
SECT. 1. About Christs and the Young mens Tempta∣tions.
SECT. 2. A Continuation.
SECT. 3. A further Continuation.
SECT. 4. One Temptation more which they undergo and conquer too.
CHAP. VI. What is meant by their overcoming the wicked one.
CHAP. VII, and VIII. How the Word of God strengthens you, and how strength conduceth to the Victory.
CHAP. IX. Setting forth the greatness of this Victory.
CHAP. X. The tokens and signs of the Victory.
CHAP. XI. The result of the Victory as to their frames and Conversations.
CHAP. XII. The Application.
The FOURTH CLASSIS, OR, FATHERS IN ISRAEL.