Sprague, William B.
Lectures to Young People consists of seventeen messages, originally cast in the setting of Sprague's pastorates in West Springfield, Massachusetts and Albany, New York. The aim of the author can also be described by a reference to the life of Judah's godly reformer, Josiah - "while he was still a youth, he began to seek the God of his father David." These Lectures evidence a passion to see youth follow in the early way of Josiah.
As to the nature of this title, Sprague himself writes, "In the series of discourses which I am now bringing to a close, I have contemplated a youth, first, as exposed, perhaps yielding, to the temptations of the world, and neglecting his immortal interests; then, as actually complying with the conditions of the gospel, and becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus; and subsequently, as walking in the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, and thus growing in knowledge, piety and usefulness." Sprague concludes by considering a youth person seized by the hand of death, contemplating his past and looking forward to his eternal future.
Lectures to Young People provides parents a faithful means of presenting the breadth of gospel truth to young people. This title represents what is for this age a scarce commodity - sound and searching evangelism.
Table of Contents:
Introductory Address by Rev. Dr. Miller
Lecture 1: Importance of the Period of Youth (Prov. 4:10)
Lecture 2: Danger of Evil Company (1 Cor. 15:33)
Lecture 3: Danger of Evil Instruction (Prov. 19:27)
Lecture 4: Danger of a Life of Pleasure (Eccl. 11:9)
Lecture 5: Regard to the Favor of the World Contrasted with a Regard to the Favor of God (1 Thess. 2:4)
Lecture 6: Religion an All Pervading Principle (Matt. 13:8)
Lecture 7: Persuasive to Religion (Luke 14:17)
Lecture 8: Excuses for the Neglect of Religion (Luke 14:18)
Lecture 9: Awaking to Religion (Acts 16:30)
Lecture 10: Embracing Religion (Acts 16:30)
Lecture 11: Evidence of Religion (Matt. 7:21)
Lecture 12: Profession of Religion (Isaiah 44:5)
Lecture 13: Defense Against Temptation (Matt. 26:41)
Lecture 14: Christian Decision (Daniel 3:18)
Lecture 15: Growth in Grace (2 Pet. 3:18)
Lecture 16: Doing Good (2 Pet. 3:18)
Lecture 17: The Young Christian's Course (2 Tim. 4:7)