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UNITARIAN CHURCH, NEWHALL HILL,

BIRMINGHAM.

BY JOHN GREEN.

LONDON:

E. T. WHITFIELD, STRAND.

BIRMINGHAM:
E. C. OSBORNE; F. GREW AND SON; JOSIAH ALLEN ; JAMES GUEST;
A. B. MATTHEWS; AND OTHER BOOKSELLERS.

1862.

100.0 49.

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B. O, OSBORNE, PRINTER, BENNETT'S HILL, BIRMINGHAM.

The publishing of the following discourses has been with much hesitation. Of a portion of them, variously, desires have been occasionally expressed; by members of the congregation, to possess them. And this has eventually decided me to meet their wishes, though it be but in part; there being other discourses concerning which, in their not being included, there may be disappointment: but a desire to keep the volume as low as possible in price, has influenced me not to extend it beyond its present dimensions. I trust that the publication may do good; and that the interest which has been expressed in having heard the discourses delivered, may be sustained now in their perusal.

My prayer for the Society is, that it may increase in its Christian efficiency, congregationally combining its usefulness: and to its teachers and pupils in its schools, and to its subscribers, and to all its attendants and members, I express my congratulation and encouragement, in the good work, the work of love, which is doing.

THE MISSION OF CHRISTIANITY.

Isaiah ii., 1, 2, 3 and 4 v. And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and

a Branch shall grow out of his roots: and the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge, and of the fear of the Lord; and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears : but with righteousness shall he judge

and

reprove with equity for the meek of the earth : and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he stay the wicked.

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the poor,

MY DEAR Fellow CHRISTIANS,

What more appropriate subject can occupy us, than the truthful prediction and spirit of the words that I have now read, on this, the annual commemorative period of their fulfilment, in the development of their principle being started in the earth, by the birth, and in the person, of Jesus, the Christ — who is thus called our Saviour ? I shall endeavour to shew, that it is in this—in the Creator's conferring a moral, a spiritual, an intellectual power in the world, that the salvation, or the calling forth of the soul, of man, is to be accomplished. I state the proposition, in commencing, that I believe the Christian dispensation is, to call forth the moral, the spiritual, the intellectual creation, or perfectness, of human being. I not only ascribe no partiality to God, in

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