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OF THE LATE
REV. ASAHEL NETTLETON, D. D.
SERMONS, OUTLINES AND PLANS OF SERMONS, BRIEF OBSERVATIONS
COMPILED AND PREPARED FOR THE PRESS,
BY BENNET TYLER, D. D.
President and Professor of Christian Theology in the Theological Institute of Connecticut.
PUBLISHED BY ROBINS AND SMITH,
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1845, by
ROBINS AND SMITH,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Connecticut.
CASE, TIFFANY AND BURNHAM,
THE friends of Dr. Nettleton, especially those of them who were favored with the privilege of listening to those lucid and striking exhibitions of divine truth which fell from his lips in the pulpit, and in private conversation, have expressed deep regret that he did not commit more of his thoughts to writing. The fact that he did not, is to be attributed to the peculiar circumstances in which he was placed. In the early part of his ministry, while he enjoyed vigor of body and mind, he was almost constantly laboring in revivals of religion, and he was so much occupied in teaching publicly and from house to house, that he had but little time for the use of his pen. He was led to adopt the practice of preaching without writing, and this became his usual and habitual mode of preaching. The consequence was, that he never acquired the habit of writing with facility, and it eventually became rather an irksome employment. He wrote but few sermons, and scarcely any in full. There are very few, if any, of those which are contained in this volume, which were not considerably enlarged by extempore remarks at the time of delivery. And the skeleton's of many of his discourses, if they were ever written, have not been preserved. But still, his manuscripts, few and imperfect as they are, contain many valuable thoughts which ought not to be lost to the world.
A very strong desire has been manifested, in different quarters, that a volume should be compiled from Dr. Nettle
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ton's papers. In compliance with this desire, the present volume is given to the public.
In perusing these sketches, multitudes will be reminded of the solemn period in their history, when these very discourses were to them the power of God unto salvation. They will perceive, of course, that many of them are only outlines of the sermons as they were preached; but they will find in them many things which they will doubtless recollect. Some of these outlines of sermons were found among the manuscripts of Dr. Nettleton. Quite a number of them, however, were taken from his lips, and written at the time, during his last sickness..
It is proper that the reader should be apprized, that what is here exhibited will give but an imperfect view of the character of Dr. Nettleton's preaching; for many of his most impressive sermons, and parts of sermons, were never committed to writing. And besides, there was much in his manner of delivery, that gave interest and efficacy to his preaching, of which nothing can be learned by reading his discourses.
But this volume, if the compiler does not mistake, will be found to be rich in thought, and will be read both by ministers and private christians, with interest and profit.
That the same divine influence which accompanied the preaching of these discourses, may accompany the perusal of them, and bless them to the sanctification of christians, and the conviction and conversion of sinners, is the prayer of the compiler.
EAST WINDSOR, June 1st, 1845.
Christians urged to awake out of sleep.
Romans xiii: 11—And that knowing the time; that now it is high
Sinners affectionately entreated to enter on the Christian
Numbers x: 29-We are journeying unto the place of which the
Lord hath said, I will give it you. Come thou with us, and we will
do thee good; for the Lord hath spoken good concerning Israel.
The sin and consequences of being ashamed of Christ.
Luke ix: 26-For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and my words,
of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his
own glory, and of his Father, and of the holy angels.
True repentance not antecedent to regeneration.
Jeremiah xxxi: 19-Surely after that I was turned, I repented, 56