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Fight the good fight, and stand secure
In faith's impenetrable shield;
With all his fiery darts repell’d.
But call their lingering battle on;
And bear the world and Satan down.
The helmet of salvation take,
The Lord's, the Spirits conquering sword ;
Cry out, and thunder,—from the word.
Jesus alone resolved to know;
Go conquering, and to conquer go.
Be mindful of a dying God;
Look up, and seal the truth with blood.
NOTE TO PAGE 143.
The following epitaph upon Dr. Coke was written by the Rev. Richard Watson. It is inscribed upon a marble tablet in the City-road chapel, London, near the tablets which have been erected there in memory of the Rev. John and Charles Wesley, and Mr. Fletcher. Mr. Watson greatly admired the missionary zeal of Dr. Coke; and has, with a master's hand, sketched the peculiarities of his character, and his publie labours :
“ ETHIOPIA shall soon stretch out her hands unto God,
And the isles shall wait for his law."
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
OF JESUS COLLEGE, OXFORD;
Church, He gave up himself, A. D. MDCCLXXVI, to the direction of the
Rev. John Wesley, M. A.,
And did the work of an Evangelist with much success in various
parts of Great Britain and Ireland.
of the Methodists ;
By the blessing of God on the Missions to the Negroes
in the West Indies,
into religious societies,
of that degraded class of human beings
islands of their bondage
His compassions were extended ;
spiritual emancipation of Western Africa.
After crossing tne Atlantic eighteen times, in the service of the
souls of men,
British India ;
of the first Methodist Missionaries sent to Ceylon.
world, had guided thousands into the paths of peace, Had now fulfilled its course ; and suddenly, yet rich in evening
splendour, sunk into the shadows of mortality. He died on the voyage ; and his remains were committed to the
great deep, until the sea shall give up her dead. His days were past; but his purposes were not broken off: The work which he had planned has been made to
Scriptures in the native tongues,
wretchedness of an Atheistic Creed,
comfort of the true religion.
The same love of Christ, which made him long the Advocate
and the Pattern of exertion in behalf of foreign lands, Constrained him also to works of pious charity at home.
Into many neglected districts of England, Wales, and Ireland,
or through his public influence:
This monument was erected, A. D. MDCCCXXII, at the personal
expense of the Methodist Ministers and Missionaries, As a record of their respectful gratitude for the disinterested
services, the eminent usefulness, And the long-tried and faithful attachment of their now glorified
“ He that winneth souls is wise."
RULES OF THE SOCIETY OF THE PEOPLE
CALLED METHODISTS. 1. In the latter end of the year 1739, eight or ten persons came to me in London, who appeared to be deeply convinced of sin, and earnestly groaning forredemption. They desired, (as did two or three more the next day,) that I would spend some time with them in prayer, and advise them how to flee from the wrath to come, which they saw continually hanging over their heads. That we might have more time for this great work, I appointed a day when they might all come together; which, from thenceforward, they did every week, namely, on Thursday, in the evening. To these, and as many more as desired to join with them, (for their number increased daily,) I gave those advices from time to time which I judged most needful for them; and we always concluded our meetings with prayer suited to their several necessities.
2. This was the rise of the UNITED SOCIETY, first in London, and then in other places. Such a society is no other than
a company of men having the form, and seeking the power, of godliness ; united, in order to pray together, to receive the word of exhortation, and to watch over one another in love, that they may help each other to work out their salvation."
3. That it may the more easily be discerned, whether they are indeed working out their own salvation, each society is divided into smaller companies, called classes, according to their respective places of abode. There are about twelve persons in every class ; one of whom is styled the leader. It is his business,
1. To see each person in his class, once a week at least, in order To inquire how their souls prosper ;
To advise, reprove, comfort, or exhort, as occasion may require ;
To receive what they are willing to give toward the support of the gospel :
II. To meet the ministers and stewards of the society once a week, in order
To inform the minister of any that are sick, or of any that walk disorderly, and will not be reproved ;
To pay to the stewards what they have received of their several classes in the week preceding : and
To show their account of what each person has contri, buted.
4. There is only one condition previously required of those who desire admission into these societies, namely," a desire to flee from the wrath to come, to be saved from their sins." But wherever this is really fixed in the soul, it will be shown by its fruits. It is therefore expected of all who continue therein, that they should continue to evidence their desire of salvation,
First, by doing no harm, by avoiding evil in every kind : especially that which is most generally practised, such as
The taking the name of God in vain :
The profaning the day of the Lord, either by doing ordi. Aary work thereon, or by buying or selling :
Drunkenness : buying or selling spirituous liquors, or drinking them, unless in cases of extreme necessity:
Fighting, quarrelling, brawling; brother going to law with brother ; returning evil for evil, or railing for railing; the using many words in buying or selling.
The buying or selling uncustomed goods :
The giving or taking things on usury; that is, unlawful interest :
Uncharitable or unprofitable conversation ; particularly speaking evil of magistrates or ministers :
Doing to others as we would not they should do unto us i Doing what we know is not for the glory of God; as, The putting on of gold or costly apparel ;
The taking such diversions as cannot be used in the name of the Lord Jesus ;
The singing those songs, or reading those books, which do not tend to the knowledge or love of God :
Softness, and needless self-indulgence :
Borrowing without a probability of paying; or taking up goods without the probability of paying for them.
5. It is expected of all who continue in these societies, that they should continue to evidence their desire of salva. tion,
Secondly, By doing good, by being in every kind merciful after their power, as they have opportunity ; doing good of every possible sort, and as far as is possible, to all men :
To their bodies, of the ability that God giveth, by giving food to the hungry, by clothing the naked, by helping or visiting them that are sick, or in prison :
To their souls, by instructing, reproving, or exhorting all we have any intercourse with ; trampling under foot that enthusiastic doctrine of devils, that “We are not to do good, unless our hearts be free to it."
By doing good, especially to them that are of the household of faith, or groaning so to be; employing them preferably to