Gospel-conversation: wherein is shewed, I. How the conversation of believers must be above what could be by the light of nature. II. Beyond those that lived under the law. III. And suitable to what truths the Gospel holds forth. By Jeremiah Burroughs, preacher of the Gospel to Stepney and Criplegate, London. Being the third book published by Thomas Goodwyn, William Greenhil, Sydrach Simpson, Philip Nye, William Bridge, John Yates, William Adderly.
Burroughs, Jeremiah, 1599-1646., Goodwin, Thomas, 1600-1680.
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THE CONTENTS

    SERMON I.
  • THE Words opened. Page 2
  • Doct. 1 Those that profess the Gospel, must have a great care of their Conversati∣ons 6
  • 1 That God may be honored 7
  • 1 Because the Saints are Gods witnesses 8
  • 2 They hold forth Gods renew∣ed Image 9
  • 3 They further Gods designs Ibid
  • 4 They make up the great dis∣honor He hatb from the world ibid
  • 2. In respect of wicked men 10
  • 1 That you may convince them ibid
  • 2 To stop their mouthes 11
  • 3 To convert them ibid
  • 4 To condemn them 12
  • 3 In respect of the Saints ibid
  • 1 They rejoyce in it ibid
  • 2 They bless God for it ibid
  • 3 They have boldness before men ibid
  • 4. They are established by it. 13
  • 5 They are edified by it ib.
  • 4 In respect of your selves ibid
  • 1 It evidenceth the truth to your souls. ibid
  • 2 It continueth and encreaseth what is in you 14
  • 3 It gets honor in the conscien∣ces of men ibid
  • 4 It is an instrument of pub∣lick good ibid
  • 5 it furthers a joyful account at the great day ibid
  • 6 It keeps up the honor of Re∣ligion from one generation to another ibid
  • Application 1 To reprove careless professors. 16
  • 2 To exhort to be careful of your Conversations 19
  • Arg. 1 It is a mercy you have conversation among men 20
  • Page  [unnumbered] 2 Wicked men are able to passe judgment on your lives, but not on your principles 21
  • 3 Sometimes you must displease wicked men ibid
  • 4 Your lives are but short 22
  • 5 The eyes of all are upon you 23
  • 6 God promiseth salvation to them that order their Conver∣sation aright 24
    SERMON II.
  • Rule 1 Have a special regard to the duties of your relation 25
  • 2 Take heed of the sins you are most inclined to 26
  • 3 Take heed of the temptations of your callings 27
  • 4 Take heed of the sins of the times 28
  • 5 Take heed of secret sins. ibid
  • 6 Look not upon those that are below, but upon those that are above you in profession 29
  • 7 Be constant to the end 30
  • Doct. 2 The Conversation of Profes∣fessors must be sutable to the Gospel of Christ.
  • 1. It must be higher than the light of Nature will raise it 32
  • Viz. 1 That we are to knew God 33
  • 2. That we must do as we would be done to ibid
  • 3 We must make conscience of secret sins ibid
  • What Conversation becomes the Gospel, that is above the light of Nature
  • 1 To worship God as a father 35
  • 2 To love our enemies 36
  • 3 To do to others as God hath don to us 37
  • 4 To labor for the mortification of the body of sin within us. 39
  • 5 To love the Commandement you obey 40
  • Secondly, It must go beyond such as lived under the Law
    SERMON III
  • Consider first as a Covenant of works for life, as it was at first made to Adam 42
  • 1 Obedience to God meerly as Creator 43
  • 2 Had only promise of natural things ibid
  • 3 He must work by his own strength ibid
  • 4 He was in hazard of miscar∣rying in his eternal estate ib.
  • 1 The Saints are in a better condition.
  • 1 They serve God as a father 44
  • 2 Ʋpon better promises ibid
  • 3 Our strength is not put into Page  [unnumbered] own hands to keep 54
  • 4 Are delivered from the haz∣zard of eternal miscarrying ibid
  • 2. As the Law was in the mini∣stration of it by Moses 47
  • 1 Given under low promises. ibid
  • 2 Their Ordinances mean 48
  • 3 Their burden great ibid
  • 4 The administration terrible ibid
  • 5 Their spirits servile ibid
  • But under the Gospel
  • 1 Our Covenant is better 48
  • 2 Our Worship more spiritual 49
  • 3 Our yoke more easie 50
  • 4 We have access with boldnes to the throne of grace ibid
  • 5 We have the spirit of Adop∣tion ibid
  • 3. It must be sutable to what the Gospel holds forth 53
  • Herein consider
    • 1 What the Gospel holds forth
    • 2 How to sute our Con∣versations according.
  • 1 The Gospel holds forth,
    • 1. The infinite love of God to mankind 53
    • 2 Love in us becomes this love of God 54
    SERMON IV.
  • 2. The willingness of God to to be at peace with man 63
  • 1 When we were enemies to Him 64
  • 2 We were under his power. ibid
  • 3 He had no need of us ibid
  • 4 He begins the work of recon∣ciliation ibid
  • 5 It costs Him very dear ibid
  • 6 He will never be at enmity with us again 65
  • This cals us to love peace, ib.
  • 3 The infinite mercy of God to miserable creatures 69
  • It should work mercy in us. 70
  • 4 He is merciful in such a way that justice is not wronged 74
  • It should warn us first, not to turn the grace of God into wantonness 75
  • To be just in our Conversations 77
  • 5 What a high price he sets up∣on the Law. 78
    SERMON V
  • 6 Gods infinit hatred of sin 80
  • It should move us to hate it. 82
  • 7 The great price of souls 85
  • It should teach us,
  • 1 To set a high price upon our souls 86
  • 2 Not to pollute them with sin 88
  • 8 The great honor God hath put upon human Nature above An∣gels 89
  • Page  [unnumbered] 1. In the personal union of mans Nature with the God-head ibid
  • 2 The body is the temple of the holy Ghost 90
  • 3 The Personal Vnion of our Natures with the second Per∣son in Trinity 91
  • 4 The great example of Self-denial 93
    SERMON VI.
  • 9 Our Conversations should be sutable to spiritual worship 96
  • 10 Our spiritual union with God 100
  • 1 God is a Father, Beleevers are Children ibid
  • 2 We are one Spirit with God and Christ 102
  • 3 The union of the Saints one with another 104
  • 4 Their hapines in heaven 110
    SERMON VII.
  • What Conversation becomes the Gospel 114
  • 1 Denying ungodliness ibid
  • 2 Sequestred from this world. 118
  • 3 A change of estate 120
  • 1 From what there was before the Gospel came ibid
  • 2 Between one man and ano∣ther 122
  • 4 Becoming the Ordinances of the Gospel 123
  • 5 Sutable to the power of the Go∣spel ibid
  • 6 Seeing the glory of the Gospel, have a glory in our Conversa∣tions 125
  • Application 1 To reprove those whose Conver∣sations becomes not the Gospel 126
  • 2 Exhortation to walk worthy of the Gospel 129
  • Five Motives to it
    JOHN, 18. 36 SERMON I.
  • TEXT Opened 139
  • Doct. 1. Christ hath a Kingdom ibid
  • 1 Providential 136
  • 2 Mediatory ibid
  • Doct. 2 Christs Kingdom is not of this world 137
  • Difference between worldly King∣doms & Christs Kingdom ib.
  • 1 In regard of pomp and glory ibid
  • 2 In regard of his subjects 138
  • 3 In regard of his rule 139
  • 4 His Laws are spiritual ibid
  • 5 His homage spiritual 141
  • 6 The Officers by Divine institu∣tion 143
  • 7 His weapons spiritual 144
  • 8 In regard of priviledges 147
  • Page  [unnumbered] 9 In regard of penalties 147
    SERMON II.
  • Priviledges of the Saints 1 All their businesses are in the Court if Christ 152
  • 2 They are all free men 153
  • 3 They have free trade to heaven ib.
  • 4 They have right to all the Ordi∣nances of Christ ib.
  • 5 They have his protection 154
  • 6 They shall have certain victory over their enemies ib.
  • 7 They are all Kings ib.
  • 8 They have peace and joy in the holy Ghost 155
  • 9 They have right to the gifts and graces of all the Saints 156
  • 10 They are coheirs with Christ 157
  • Why Christs Kingdom is not of this world. 1 Because he would confound the wisdom of the world 157
  • 2 Because he delights to exercise the graces of his Saints ib.
  • 3 That his power and wisdom may appear the more glorious 158
  • Application Use 1 There is a happiness be∣yond the things of this world 159
  • Their world called 1 An evil world 160
  • 2 The Devil is called the god of it ibid
  • 3 The pomp of it is not of the Fa∣ther ibid
  • 4 Its glory is but darkness ibid
  • 5 It knows not God 161
  • 6 It lies in wickedness ibid
    PSALM, 17. 14.
  • TEXT Opened 295
  • Doctrine There are men to whom God gives some outward good for a while, and this is all they are like to have 298
  • Arguments of Gods love to Saul 1 He was chosen by God Himself &c. 300
  • Explication 1 Why God deals out something to wicked men 304
  • 1 They are His Creatures ib
  • 2 Their time of life is Gods patience ibid
  • 3 It is their day 305
  • 4 They do something for God here ibid
  • 5 To shew them what little good is in this world 306
  • 6 He hath time enough to ma∣nifest his justice upon them hereafter 307
  • 7 He shews what great things He hath reserved for His Children 308
  • Page  [unnumbered] 8 God fetcheth glory from hence ibid
  • 1 To harden their heart 309
  • 2 To chasten his own people ibid
  • 9 Because he would have no argument of love or hatred drawn from outward things ibid
  • 2 Here is all they are like to have 310
  • 1 Because their names are not in the book of life ibid
  • 2 They are vile in the eyes of God ibid
  • 3 Because they chuse it them∣selves 311
  • 4 They are sutable to them. 313
  • 5 They abuse the portion they have 314
  • 6 They have no interest in Je∣sus Christ ibid
  • 7 They are no sons 316
  • 8 The manifestation of Gods patience is ended ibid
  • 9 They must have imediately to deal with God 317
  • 3 Corrollaries flowing from hence
  • 1. This is the reason why worldly men are so cunning in things of this world 318
  • 2 This is the reason why so many great ones regard Re∣ligion so little 319
  • 3 This is the reason of the stir that is in the world to main∣tain this their Portion 328
  • 4 What kind of Portion this is that the men of the world have
  • 1 What poor things they are 329
  • 1 They are but imaginary ibid
  • 2 Of a low nature 330
  • 3 But a poor pittance 331
  • 4 It will vanish 332
  • 5 It will stand with the ha∣tred of God 333
  • 2 The tenure by which thou boldest them 335
  • Opened in 4. things. ibid
  • 3 There is a great deal of mix∣ture in what you have 336
  • 1 Of trouble ibid
  • 2 Of curse ibid
  • 4 What Portion thou losest by it 337
  • 1 It is fit for the Spouse of Christ ibid
  • 2 Sutable to an Heir of Heaven ibid
  • 3 It is the height of hap∣piness 338
  • 4 It is Gods great design in making Heaven and Earth ibid
  • 5 It requires the infinite power of God to support a creature in it ibid
  • 6 It remains to eternity ib
  • 5 What is like to be thy end ib
  • 1 Perplexity of spirit when Page  [unnumbered] death comes 339
  • 2 You'l be called to account for all 340
  • 3 A dreadful Portion at the day of Judgment ib.
  • 5 Who the man is that hath his Portion in this world
  • 1 God gives him nothing but what belongs to this life 341
  • 2 By the working of your hearts about your Portion 342
  • 1 Whether your hearts ter∣minate in what you enjoy ibid
  • 2 Whether they go out in full strength to them 343
  • 3 How the loss of them take thy heart ibid
  • 4 Whether they only be su∣table to thy heart 344
  • 5 What thou accountest thy cheefest good ibid
  • 6 What you strive to make most sure 346
  • 7 What thou most admirest men for ibid
  • 8 What thou art careful to lay up for thy children ib.
  • 9 Examine thy services in
  • 3 Particulars
  • 1 Are they slight? 347
  • 2 Hypocritical?
  • 3 Forced?
  • 10 Doest thou draw back in Religion? ibid
  • 11 Doth God for the present curse thy portion? ibid
  • 12 Doth God convince thee of what stops the current of his mercy ibid
  • 13. He spends his daies without fear of being put off with the things of this world 348
  • 6 Exhortation 1 To those that have evidences of a better portion 349
  • 1 Bless God for it 349
  • 2 Be content with it ibid
  • 3 Envy not wicked men ib.
  • 4 Mind higher and better things 350
  • 2 To all to put on for another Portion 351
  • Motive 1 Ye are capable of it 352
  • 2 Ye are in a fair way for it ib
  • Means 1 Be stir'd with the fear of God 353
  • 2 Take off your hearts from outward comforts ibid
  • 3 Set the glory of Heaven and Eternity before your eyes 354
  • 4 Honor God with your sub∣stance here ibid
  • 5 Let your services be choice services 356
  • 6 Be willing to cast away what you have sinfully got ibid
  • 7 Be willing to joyn with those that suffer for God 358
  • Conclusion ibid