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(3) Hearing: Every opportunity? With prayer before, at, after? Have you a Bible always about you?
3. The Lord's supper: Do you use this at every opportunity? With solemn prayer before? With earnest and deliberate selfdevotion ?
4. Fasting: Do you use as much abstinence and fasting every week, as your health, strength, and labour will permit ?
5. Christian conference: Are you convinced how important and how difficult it is to order your conversation aright? Is it always in grace ? Seasoned with salt? Meet to minister grace to the hearers? Do you not converse too long at a time? Is not an hour commonly enough? Would it not be well always to have a determined end in view? And to pray before and after it?
II. Prudential means we may use either as Christians, as Methodists, or as preachers. 1. As Christians: What particular rules have you in order to grow in grace? What arts of holy living?
2. As Methodists: Do you never miss your class or band?
3. As Preachers: Have you thoroughly considered your duty? And do you make a conscience of executing every part of it? Do you meet every society? Also, the leaders and bands?
These means may be used without fruit. But there are some means which cannot; namely, watching, denying ourselves, taking up our cross, exercise of the presence of God.
1. Do you steadily watch against the world? Yourself? Your besetting sin?
2. Do you deny yourself every useless pleasure of sense? Imagination? Honour? Are you temperate in all things? Instance in food: (1) Do you use only that kind and that degree which is best both for body and soul? Do you see the necessity of this? (2) Do you eat no more at each meal than is necessary? Are you not heavy or drowsy after dinner? (3) Do you use only that kind, and that degree of drink, which is best both for your body and soul? (4) Do you choose and use water for your common drink? And only take wine medicinally or sacramentally?
3. Wherein do you take up your cross daily? Do you cheerfully bear your cross, however grievous to nature, as a gift of God, and labour to profit thereby?
4. Do you endeavour to set God always before you? To see his eye continually fixed upon you? Never can you use these means but a blessing will ensue. And the more you use them, the more you will grow in grace.
Of the Duties of those who have the Charge of Circuits or Stations.
Quest. 1. What are the duties of the Elder, Deacon, or preacher, who has the special charge of a circuit ?
Answ. 1. To see that the other preachers in his circuit behave well, and want nothing.
2. To renew the tickets for the admission of members into love-feast quarterly, and regulate the bands.
3. To meet the Stewards and Leaders as often as possible.
4. To appoint all the Leaders, to change them when he sees it necessary, and to examine each of them, with all possible exactness, at least once a quarter, concerning his method of meeting a class. (See part i, ch. v, § 3, page 79.)
5. To receive, try, and expel members, according to the form of Discipline.
6. To hold watch-nights and love-feasts. 7. To hold quarterly meetings in the absence of the Presiding Elder.
8. To take care that every society be duly supplied with books.
9. To take an exact account of the members in society, and of the probationers, in their respective circuits and stations, keeping the names of all local Elders, Deacons, and preachers, properly distinguished, and deliver in such account to the Annual Conference, that their number may be printed in the Minutes.
10. To give an account of his circuit every quarter to his Presiding Elder.
11. To meet the men and women apart, in the large societies, once a quarter, whereever it is practicable.
12. To examine the accounts of all the Stewards.
13. To appoint a person to receive the quarterly collection in the classes.
14. To see that public collections be made quarterly, if need be.
15. To encourage the support of missions (see part iii, ch. iv) and Sunday schools, and the publication and distribution of Bibles, tracts, (see part iii, ch. vi,) and Sunday-school books, by forming societies and making collections for these objects in such way and manner as the Annual Conference to which he belongs, shall from time to time direct.
16. To publicly catechise the children in the Sunday school and at special meetings appointed for that purpose. It shall also be the duty of each preacher, in connexion with reporting the Sunday-school statistics at each Quarterly Conference, to state to what extent he has publicly or privately catechised the children of his charge.
17. To form Bible classes for the larger children and youth, and to attend to all the duties prescribed for the training of children in part i, ch. vi, page 85.
18. If the Annual Conference to which he belongs should not give any directions on the subject, to take up a collection in the course of the year, or raise a subscription, as he may judge expedient, the proceeds of which shall be at his disposal in the purchase and distribution of tracts.
19. To lay before the Quarterly Conference, at each quarterly meeting, as far as practicable, to be entered on its journal, a written statement of the number and state of the Sunday schools in the circuit or sta
tion, and to report the same to his Annual Conference according to the form published by the Sunday-School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church, together with the amount raised for the support of missions, and for the publication of Bibles and tracts.
20. To take an annual collection in each of his appointments in behalf of the Sunday-School Union.
21. To raise a yearly subscription in those circuits that can bear it, for building churches, and paying the debts of those which have been already erected.
22. To choose a committee of lay members to make a just application of the money where it is most wanted.
Quest. 2. What other directions shall we give him?
i. To take a regular catalogue of the societies in towns and cities, as they live in the streets.
2. To leave his successor a particular account of the circuit, including an account of the subscribers for our periodicals.
3. To see that every band-leader have the rules of the bands.
4. To enforce vigorously, but calmly, all the rules of the society.
5. As soon as there are four men or women believers in any place, to put them into a band.
6. To suffer no love-feast to last above an hour and a half.
7. To warn all from time to time, that