Alexander Directions to Grow in Grace

Alexander Directions to Grow in Grace is a sermon on practical directions on how to grow in piety. His chapters are when there is no growth, there is no life. The need of the Holy Spirit, Pet Sins, afflictions accelerate grace. Gracious pardon, one step at a time.

Alexander Directions to Grow in Grace is a sermon on practical directions on how to grow in piety. His chapters are when there is no growth, there is no life. The need of the Holy Spirit, Pet Sins, afflictions accelerate grace. Gracious pardon, one step at a time.

Table of Contents of Alexander Directions to Grow in Grace

1. When there is no growth, there is no life.
2. The Need of the Holy Spirit
3. Pet sins.
4. Afflictions accelerate grace.
5. Gracious Pardon.
6. One step at a time.

Excerpt Pet Sins

If you find, upon examination, that you have been living in any sinful indulgence, probe the festering wound to the core; confess your fault before God, and do not rest until you have had an application of the blood of sprinkling. You need not ask why you do not grow, while there is such an ulcer within you. Here, it is to be feared, is the root of the evil. Sins indulged are not thoroughly repented of and forsaken; or the conscience has not been purged effectually, and the wound still festers. Come to ‘the fountain opened for the washing away of sin and uncleanness’. Bring your case to the great Physician.

6. Cultivate and exercise brotherly love more than you have been accustomed to do. Christ is displeased with many of His professed followers, because they are so cold and indifferent to His members on earth, and because they do so little to comfort and encourage them; and with some, because they are a stumbling block to the weak of the flock, their conversation and conduct not being edifying, but the contrary. Perhaps these disciples are poor and in the lower walks of life, and therefore you overlook them as beneath you. And thus would you have treated Christ Himself, had you lived in His time; for He took His station among the poor and afflicted; and He will resent a neglect of His poor saints with more displeasure than He would of the rich.

Perhaps they do not belong to your party or sect, and you are only concerned to build up your own denomination.

Remember how Christ condescended to treat the sinful woman of Samaria, and the poor woman of Canaan, and remember what account He has given of the last judgment, when He will assume to Himself all that has been done, or neglected to be done, to His humble followers. There should be more Christian conversation and friendly intercourse between the followers of Christ. In former days, ‘They that feared the Lord spoke often one to another, and the Lord hearkened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written for them that feared the Lord and thought upon his name.’

7. If you are in good earnest to make greater progress in piety, you must do more than you have done for the promotion of God’s glory and of Christ’s kingdom on earth. You must enter with livelier, deeper feeling into all the plans which the Church has adopted to advance these objects. You must give more than you have done. It is a shame to think how small a portion of their gains some professors devote to the Lord. Instead of being a tithe, it is hardly equal to the single sheaf of first-fruits.

If you have nothing to give, labor to get something. Sit up at night and try to make something, for Christ has need of it. Sell a corner of your land and throw the money into the treasury of the Lord. In primitive times many sold houses and lands and laid the whole at the apostles’ feet. Do not be afraid of making yourself poor by giving to the Lord or to His poor. His word is better than any bond, and He says, ‘I will repay it.’ Cast your bread on the waters, and after many days you will find it again. Send the Bible-send missionaries-send tracts to the perishing heathen.

8. Practice self-denial every day. Lay a wholesome restraint upon your appetites. Be not conformed to this world. Let your dress, your house, your furniture, be plain and simple, as becomes a Christian. Avoid vain parade and show in everything. Govern your family with discretion. Forgive and pray for your enemies. Have little to do with party politics. Carry on your business on sober, judicious principles. Keep clear of speculation and surety-ships. Live peaceably with all men as much as in you lies. Be much in ejaculatory prayer. Keep your heart with all diligence. Try to turn to spiritual profit every event which occurs, and be fervently thankful for all mercies.

Practical Directions How to Grow in Grace and Make Progress in Piety
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Alexander Directions to Grow in Grace is a sermon on practical directions on how to grow in piety. His chapters are when there is no growth, there is no life. The need of the Holy Spirit, Pet Sins, afflictions accelerate grace. Gracious pardon, one step at a time.
Table of Contents
1. When there is no growth, there is no life.
2. The Need of the Holy Spirit
3. Pet sins.
4. Afflictions accelerate grace.
5. Gracious Pardon.
6. One step at a time.

Author:Archibald Alexander
Category:Sanctification
Date:May 26, 2021
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