William Guthrie - Sentences From Sermons


From the Appendix to Smellie's version of "The Christian's Great Interest" we get these, prefaced by:-

"Various sermons preached by the author of The Christian's Great Interest have been printed. Some of these may still be picked up by the -diligent collector in those little pamphlets in which they were originally given to the world. What quaintly delightful title-pages the libelli have, as when ,for example, ‘we are told of "Two Sermons, One upon Matthew XV1. 25, the other upon Matthew XV1. 20," that they are the pulpit-utterances of "Mr. William Guthrie, commonly called "The Fool of.Fenwick " Good John Howie, of Lochgoin, in his " Collection of Lectures and Sermons Preached in the Time of the Persecution," includes no fewer than seventeen of Guthrie's discourses; and every one of them is characteristic and worthy. But the extracts in this Appendix are gleaned from none of these sources, but from a precious manuscript volume - one of a noble band of seven - generously lent me by the Rev. James Kennedy, B.D., the Librarian of New College, Edinburgh, whose helpfulness has reminded me of what was beautifully said of another scholar, Henry Bradshaw of Cambridge " The only introduction you need to him is to be in a difficulty."
The contents of this volume consist mainly of Sacramental discourses, preached in many different parts of the Western counties of Scotland so that, in travelling through its pages, I have indeed been climbing the hills of spices; its six companion tomes are filled with expository lectures - such expository lectures as those for ‘which the Scottish pulpit ever since Reformation times has been famous, and which "could be sustained," as Professor George Adam Smith said recently, "only upon a continuous tradition and habit of scholarship. " Can the book, which has been a cherished counsellor for a number of months, have been, one wonders, "the pretty large quarto volume of Mr. Guthrie's Sermons, or notes of Sermons," ‘which John Howie had "the pleasure to see," but, at the same time, "the mortification to find" he could not obtain from "the Worthy and Reverend Person," in whose custody it then was? If so, I have been laetior sorte mea." (A.Smellie)

Lest the God of this World Blind Us
A Workman Not Needing to be Ashamed
All in All or Not at All
Thou Hast Delivered My Soul from Death
Which a Man Found, and Hid
"Joie! Joie! Pleurs! Pleurs!"
He Abideth Faithful
The Foolish Man Builds His House on the Sand
The Giver of Everlasting Life
The Reign of Darkness
A Good Soldier
Of Him, Through Him, To Him
A Sensible Armsfull of God
It is a Fearful Thing to fall into the Hands of God
The Dews of Sorrow are Lustred With his Love
Christus Consolator
The Wiles of the Devil
Confidence Towards God
A Tender Conscience
A Lie, Vanity, Tinsel and Paint
The Three Essential Truths
People are Slow to Believe
Christ's Witnesses are not Desolate
The Wars of the Lord
The High Prerogative of Suffering
From Self to the Saviour
Come and Welcome
The Unreason of Unbelief
Heaven's Easy, Artless Unencumbered Plan
The Bride Comes to the Wedding Feast
The Master is a-flitting
"Eine Feste Burg ist Unser Gott"


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