“Faith is the fountain of prayer, and prayer should be nothing else but faith exercised…. The efficacy of faith in the use of means is not from its own merits, but from God’s power and grace….. Faith is but the instrument; it is a grace that hath no merit in itself…”
“There is no saint recorded in the word of God, but his failings and errors are recorded. In the visible church there may be errors; none doubteth but God’s children, the elect, may be sometimes led aside, not totally, not finally, and very hardly, into gross errors : Mat. xxiv. 24, ‘Insomuch as, if it were possible, they would deceive the very elect;’ it is not possible totally, because of the infallible predestination and efficacious protection of God. It is true, they may die in a lesser error, such as is consistent with faith and salvation, but otherwise they are under the conduct of God’s Holy Spirit, that fundamentally they cannot err, or finally. Well, then, the best had need be cautious. …. God’s own children may err, and dangerously for a while.”
“When sin lets us alone we may let sin alone; but as sin is never less quiet than when it seems to be most quiet, and its waters are for the most part deep when they are still, so ought our contrivances against it to be vigorous at all times and in all conditions, even where there is least suspicion.”
For Each Other
Members must be careful one of another; this is the communion between saints…. As no man is born for himself, so no man is born anew for himself. We often converse together as men, but not as Christians.