Spiritual refining: or A treatise of grace and assurance Wherein are handled, the doctrine of assurance. The use of signs in self-examination. How true graces may be distinguished from counterfeit. Several true signs of grace, and many false ones. The nature of grace under divers Scripture notions or titles, as regeneration, the new-creature, the heart of flesh, vocation, sanctification, &c. Many chief questions (occasionally) controverted between the orthodox and the Arminians. As also many cases of conscience. Tending to comfort and confirm saints. Undeceive and convert sinners. Being CXX sermons preached and now published by Anthony Burgess sometime fellow of Emanuel Colledge in Cambridge, and now pastor of the church of Sutton-Coldfield in Warwickshire.
Burgess, Anthony, d. 1664.
SECT. IX. Of the work of Grace under the Notion of Conversion or Turning unto God.
- SERMON LXVI. Ezek. 33. 11. Say unto them, As I live faith the Lord God, I have no plea∣sure Page [unnumbered] in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live: Wherefore turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; For why will ye dye, O house of Israel. Shewing, that the damnation of wicked men, is unpleasing to God, and that which he delights not in.
- SERMON LXVII. Divers Propositions or Considerations introductory to the Doctrine of Conversion.
- SERMON LXVIII. The impediments and obstruction of Conversion; and what kinde of persons are most unlikly ever to be converted; not to drive them to despair, but to awaken them out of their security.
- SERMON LXIX. The motives and grounds of our turning unto God.
- SERMON LXX. Answering some prejudices and cavils of ungodly men against con∣version or turning unto God.
- SERMON LXXI. That ungodly Friends and Relations are great hindrances of ones Conversion: With some helps or directions to those that are thereby kept in their sins.
- SERMON LXXII. Some Helps and Encouragements to those that are discouraged, be∣cause of the fruitlesness of their Resolutions to repent, or the hainousness of their sins.
- SERMON LXXIII. Jer. 18. 11. Thus saith the Lord, Behold I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: Return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good. Of Gods framing and devising evil of Calamities, that men might turn from their evil doings: Also, what Gods framing and de∣vising evil implies; and why judgements and afflictions, which are the good effects of Gods Justice, Wisdom and Power, are called evil.
- SERMON LXXIV. Of Afflictions, the difference between penal destructive calami∣ties, Page [unnumbered] and those that are Medicinal: And how Afflictions are operative to the Conversion of men.
- SERMON LXXV. Of the time of turning unto God (viz.) Presently.
- SERMON LXXVI. That Conversion puts a man upon leaving his beloved sin: The Reason of the difference of Darling sins in men; and the signs by which a man may know his beloved sin.
- SERMON LXXVII. Sheweth that all persons have need to turn unto God: And sets forth the true acceptable motives to repentance.
- SERMON LXXVIII. Jer 18. 12. And they said, There is no hope, but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imaginations of his evil heart. Of the wilful obstinacy that is in some men, with the causes there∣of: And that ignorance of ones duty is no excuse.
- SERMON LXXIX. Joel 2. 12, 13. Therefore also now, saith the Lord, Turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping and mourning, and rent your hearts, and not your gar∣ments, &c. Of turning not onely from sin, but to God; and how many ways men may do the former, and not the latter: Also, what it is to turn to God.
- SERMON LXXX. That our turning to God must be with the whole heart: Wherein hearty Conversion consists, with the effects of it.
- SERMON LXXXI. Of Tears and Sorrow for sin, and that they must accompany con∣version.
- SERMON LXXXII. The nature and necessity of godly sorrow and weeping for sin, as accompanying Conversion.
- SERMON LXXXIII. Jer. 23. 22. But if they had stood in my Counsel, and had caused my people Page [unnumbered] to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil ways, and from the evil of their doings. Of the Ministery of the word, as the means of Conversion, with the other ends thereof, &c.
- SERMON LXXXIV. Why Gods power unto Conversion, doth not always go along with his word, though dispensed by a faithful Ministry: And whether corrupt or prophane Ministers may be a means of Conversion.