FIRST WORDS

TO

YOUNG CHRISTIANS


by

Robert Boyd

WITH CHAPTERS ON

How to Make a Success of the Christian Life

How to Use the Bible

AND

Hints on True Christian Living

Copyright @ 1905

THE MOODY PRESS CHICAGO


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION


(Written about 1874)

FOR the past few months I have been continually asked by young converts where to get a book in which they might find advice that would be helpful to them. I felt the need of some good advice when I first became a Christian, and know the value of words fitly spoken then.

Some weeks ago I had sent to me a copy of this book, which seemed just the thing needed at this time.

I have known the author, Dr. Robert Boyd, for many years, as a dear father in Israel. I have read his work carefully, and recommend it to all young Christians for prayerful meditation.

D. L. Moody

 

CHAPTERS


01. A GOOD BEGINNING

High honor - what kind? - the godly deacon - a laborer, not a loiterer - not feelings, but CHRIST

02. MAKING A PUBLIC CONFESSION

Joining the church - excuses - mistaken views - false humility - thirteen praying sailors - fear of man - what denomination? - an evangelical ministry

03. SPIRITUAL GROWTH

No growth without life - Christless professors - growing life - gradual growth - prayer and Bible study - a high Example

04. DUTIES IN THE CHURCH

The Lord’s table - attendance at church services - what people miss - love of the brethren - how to re prove offences - sharing in church support - a pleas ant interview

05. DUTIES TO THE PASTOR

High esteem - love and confidence - co-operation - pray for him - Charles G. Finney's testimony - "Touch not Mine anointed!" - how to help him - a fearless preacher

06. DUTIES IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL

Robert Raikes' efforts - the want of teachers - the power of love - attractive, spiritual instruction - the conversion of children - punctual attendance - how Tom Dempster was changed

07. DUTIES IN THE WORLD

Created unto good works - testing our love to CHRIST - the value of personal effort - personal conversation - skill and wisdom needed - the minister's visit - immediate trust in CHRIST

08. FOES TO GRACE

Watching against temptation - religious festivals and bazaars - fashionable parties - dancing - an incident from a pastor's experience - "A fourth pleasure" - the theatre - the discomfited clergyman

09. HELPS AND HINDRANCES IN DAILY LIFE

Personal responsibility to GOD - study of GOD's Word - good books - the abiding presence of the HOLY SPIRIT - tenderness of conscience - godless marriage - business cares - "He died wickedly rich!"

10. THE SPIRITUAL MIND

Proof of a renewed heart - ensures happiness - the best preservative against temptation - new vigor to every duty - the best support amid sorrows and afflictions

11. HINDRANCES AND HELPS TO SPIRITUAL MINDEDNESS

The indulgence of known sin - covetousness - the merchant's "sacrifice" - a terrible deathbed - conversation about heavenly things - prayer and praise

12. CONSECRATION

Struggle and trial - what consecration means - in CHRIST, not in our resolutions - CHRIST's purpose hearty and complete - body, soul, all our powers - the principle plain

13. HOW TO MAKE A SUCCESS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

Begin right - confess CHRIST openly before men - study the Word - pray without ceasing - go to work for CHRIST -give largely - keep pushing on

14. HOW TO USE THE BIBLE

15. HINTS ON TRUE CHRISTIAN LIVING


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