Bird, Anthony E.
Every family should have a copy of this marvelous volume of over 450 pages containing 33 sermons intended for the instruction of the heart and mind of children within the household and the church.
The Editor wrote the following in his Preface: "One important object of the present volume is to furnish practical hints, which may serve to encourage yonng ministers, and others who imagine it a difficult thing to preach to children, to make the attempt more frequently. It will be found that the variety of texts and subjects which may be adapted to children's capacities is almost endless.
The great requisites, in order to interest children, are plainness of speech and fertility of illustration. When these are employed, low and silly expressions are worse than useless, and trifling thoughts and foolish imaginations are a positive offense. It is perfectly practicable to adapt every essential, or strictly important religious topic, not only to the capacity, but even to the tastes of children; yea, to interest them deeply in such suhjects, and at the same time to preserve dignity of expression and purity of thought. How vastly important, therefore, is it for every minister to qualify himself for, and to habituate himself to, preaching the Gospel to children."
Rev. Lowther Barrington, preacher of the opening sermon of the book, was the author of a book by the same title. Of that book we are told, "These are a series of little sermons to children, delivered at a separate service instituted for them. They are, in our opinion, quite perfect in their way: we can hardly lay down the volume. Let all mothers by all means get this little tome, and read it to their children."
Introductory Lesson by C.H. Spurgeon: CHILDHOOD AND HOLY SCRIPTURE
Among the sermons are the following:
CREATION by Rev. L. Barrington
GOD'S WISDOM by Alexander Fletcher
GOD'S OMNIPRESENCE by Alexander Fletcher
GOD'S OMNISCIENCE by Alexander Fletcher
GOD'S LOVE by Alexander Fletcher
GOD'S JUSTICE by Alexander Fletcher
GOD'S HOLINESS by Alexander Fletcher
THE WORD OF GOD by John Crawshaw
THE HOUSE OF GOD by John Crawshaw
CHILDREN WALKING IN TRUTH by J.C. Ryle
LITTLE AND WISE by J.C. Ryle
THE TRANSGRESSOR by L.A. Eddy
A HARD WAY by L.A. Eddy
THE BAD HEART by L.A. Eddy
THE NEW HEART by L.A. Eddy
CUP OF SALVATION by Alexander Fletcher
RESURRECTION AND JUDGMENT-DAY by Alexander Fletcher
CHILDREN IN HEAVEN by Alexander Fletcher
Alexander Fletcher (1787-1860) was known as "the Children's Friend" and the man chosen to perform the marriage of Charles Haddon Spurgeon and Susannah Thompson. John Charles Ryle (1816-1900) was the gifted Bishop of Liverpool and author of numerous books, including his Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, intended to be used for Family Worship.
Although not as well-known, Revs. Lowther Barrington, John Crawshaw, and Lyman A. Eddy were also men gifted and faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and especially concerned about the sound instruction of the little lambs of Christ's flock.