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Plain Sermons (10 vols.)

Gilbert & Rivington 1839

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The Contributors to the Tracts for the Times—a group of Oxford Movement leaders—first published Plain Sermons in 10 volumes between 1839 and 1848. The group maintained the fundamental ecclesiology of the Church of England was Catholic, rather than Protestant. As part of the Oxford Movement’s push for the reinstatement of lost Christian traditions and reintegration with the Roman Catholic Church, Plain Sermons was published to counterbalance the theoretical arguments of the Tracts for the Times with day-to-day application.

Included here are all 10 original volumes of Plain Sermons. The Logos Bible Software editions include all 347 sermons, fully indexed for instant search results. Scripture references appear in your preferred translation on mouseover, and all of your dictionaries and references tools are a click away, making this collection perfect for research and personal study.

The subjects treated of in the ‘Tracts’ were not set forth as mere parts of ideal systems, or as themes for disputation, matters only of sentiment, or party, or idle speculation, but are rather urged as truths of immediate and essential importance, bearing more or less directly on our every day behaviour, means of continual resource and consolation in life, and of calm and sure hope in death.

—Contributors to the Tracts for the Times

Key Features

  • All 347 of the Plain Sermons from leading Church of England clergy including John Henry Newman, John Keble, E. B. Pusey, Isaac Williams, and William John Copeland
  • The practical devotional companion piece to the Tracts for the Times

Contributors

Individual Titles

Plain Sermons, vol. 1

  • Author: Contributors to the Tracts for the Times
  • Publisher: Gilbert & Rivington
  • Publication Date: 1839
  • Pages: 340

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The volume contains:

  • Sermons I–XXXVI
    • Christian Responsibility
    • The Certainty of Judgment
    • Self-Examination
    • Religious Peace
    • Saints’ Days and Daily Service
    • Death of Young Persons
    • Value of Time I
    • Value of Time II
    • Our Lord: A Pattern of Private prayer
    • Moral Benefits of Private Prayer
    • Christian Feaer of Relapse into Sin
    • All Our Distresses Known to God
    • The Danger of Self-Confidence
    • Forgetfulness of Warnings
    • Danger of Presuming on God's Mercy
    • Benefits of Meditation on God's Mercy
    • Benefits of Meditation on the Holy Angels
    • Christ’s Lamentation over Jerusalem
    • God's Judgments on His Church
    • Fearlessness under God’s Judgment
    • The Fidelity of Abraham
    • The Church: An Unwelcome Prophet
    • The Unity of the Spirit
    • God an Impartial Judge
    • God will be Served in Fear
    • Kings to be Honoured for their office’ sake
    • The Sun of Righteousness
    • Christ’s Transfiguration
    • Saints are Like Sparks in Stubble
    • Godliness with Contentment
    • Christian Preparation
    • The Apostolic Church
    • The Christian Ministry
    • Christian Courage
    • Christian Perseverance

Plain Sermons, vol. 2

  • Author: Contributors to the Tracts for the Times
  • Publisher: Gilbert & Rivington
  • Publication Date: 1840
  • Pages: 310

The volume contains:

  • Sermons XXXVII–LXXII
    • Things Temporal and Things Eternal
    • Sudden Death
    • The Day of Judgment
    • The Day of Christ
    • Much Forgiven and Loving Much
    • Building and Adorning Churches
    • We Must have Root in Ourselves
    • The World’s Conduct to the Man of Sorrows
    • The Holy Women at the Sepulchre
    • Our Lord in the Intermediate State
    • Joy in Christ’s Resurrection
    • The Presence of God in Holy Places
    • Effects of Christ’s Ascension
    • Restraint: The Christian’s Blessing
    • Forgetfulness in Christians no Excuse
    • Grace Well Used Attracts More Grace
    • Christian Ministers, Tokens of Christ’s Presence
    • Why the Witness of God is Rejected
    • The Christian Life, a Life of Daily Improvement
    • Danger of Mistaking Darkness for Light
    • Danger of Mistaking the Shadow for the Substance
    • Lofty Aims and Lowly Duties
    • The Unprofitable Servant
    • The Sinner’s Wish in the World of Spirits
    • The Church Prayer-Book a Safe Guide
    • Christ in the Midst of His Worshippers
    • The Land of Promise
    • The Eye and Ear of God
    • The Strait Gate
    • The Door Closed
    • Conscience, an Earnest of the Last Judgment
    • Use to be Made of Misgivings of Conscience
    • Consolations of a Good Conscience
    • Privileges of Martyrdom
    • Wishing for Christ’s Coming
    • The Spirit of this World Exemplified in Herod

Plain Sermons, vol. 3

  • Author: Contributors to the Tracts for the Times
  • Publisher: Gilbert & Rivington
  • Publication Date: 1848
  • Pages: 338

The volume contains:

  • Sermons LXXIII–XCII
    • The Cross Borne for Us, and in Us
    • Real Obedience in All Things
    • Christian Life a Struggle, but Victory
    • Sudden Death
    • The Christian’s a Risen Life
    • Victory Over the World
    • Holy Communion: Exceeding Danger in Careless Receiving, Death in Neglecting
    • Holy Communion: Privileges
    • Obedience: The Condition of Knowing the Truth
    • St. Barnabas: Christian Kindness and Charity
    • St. James: Obeying Calls
    • Pray without Ceasing
    • Conditions of Acceptable Prayer
    • Distractions in Prayer
    • The Transfiguration of Our Lord: The Christian’s Glory
    • Baptism: The Ground and Encouragement to Christian Education
    • God's Glories in Infants Set Forth in the Holy Innocents
    • Christian Joy
    • The Value and Sacredness of Suffering
    • Conversion

Plain Sermons, vol. 4

  • Author: Contributors to the Tracts for the Times
  • Publisher: Gilbert & Rivington
  • Publication Date: 1842
  • Pages: 332

The volume contains:

  • Sermons XCIII–CXXVIII
    • Of Not Receiving God's Grace in Vain
    • Of Abounding More and More
    • The Relapsed Sinner
    • Practical Faith: The Condition of Life
    • St. Peter’s Fall
    • St. Peter’s Repentance
    • Christ: A Redeemer for Sin
    • Balaam’s Thoughts of Death
    • On the Death of a King
    • St. Paul at Athens
    • Life and Death is in the Tongue
    • The Gospel Promise of Long Life
    • Danger of Unsteadiness
    • Danger of Despondency
    • The Man of Worldly Expedients
    • The Man After God’s Own Heart
    • Acknowledgement of Sin: The Only Safe Way
    • Acknowledgement of Sin: The Only Comfortable Way
    • Danger of Irreverence
    • Meditation on Christ’s Passion
    • The Good Samaritan
    • True Love Exemplified
    • Holy Childhood
    • The Prayer-Book of Christ and His Saints
    • Christian Divisions
    • Christian Worldliness
    • Necessity of Practical Conversion
    • Man’s Sin, God’s Judgment
    • God’s Mercy Should Make Us Fear Him
    • None Shal Escape God’s Judgment
    • Watching for the Unknown Day
    • Prayer for Wisdom
    • Waiting for the Lord
    • Final Meeting of Pastors and People
    • Mystery of Christ’s Birth and Our New Birth
    • Returning to God

Plain Sermons, vol. 5

  • Author: Contributors to the Tracts for the Times
  • Publisher: Gilbert & Rivington
  • Publication Date: 1839
  • Pages: 354

The volume contains:

  • Sermons CXXIX–CLXIV
    • The Lapse of Time
    • Religion a Weariness to the Natural Man
    • The World Our Enemy
    • The Praise of Men
    • Temporal Advantages
    • The Season of Epiphany
    • The Duty of Self-Denial
    • The Yoke of Christ
    • The Crucifixion
    • Attendance on Holy Communion
    • The Gospel Feast
    • Love of Religion: A New Nature
    • Religion Pleasant to the Religious
    • Inward Prayer
    • Infant Baptism
    • The Unity of the Church
    • Steadfastness in the Old Paths
    • Reverence in Worship
    • Divine Calls
    • The Trial of Saul
    • The Call of David
    • Curiosity: a Temptation to Sin
    • Miracles: No Remedy for Unbelief
    • Josiah: A Pattern for the Ignorant
    • Inward Witness to the Truth of the Gospel
    • Jeremiah: A Lesson for the Disappointed
    • Endurance of the World’s Censure
    • Doing Glory to God in Pursuits of the World
    • Vanity of Human Glory
    • Truth Hidden When Not Sought After
    • Obedience to God: The Way to Faith in Christ
    • Sudden Conversions
    • The Shepherd of our Souls
    • Religious Joy
    • Ignorance of Evil

Plain Sermons, vol. 6

  • Author: Contributors to the Tracts for the Times
  • Publisher: Gilbert & Rivington
  • Publication Date: 1844
  • Pages: 308

The volume contains:

  • Sermons CLXV–CCI
    • The Eternal New Year
    • The Cure of Wilfulness
    • The Wise Men Following the Star
    • Apostolical Sympathy
    • Christ’s Purifying Presence
    • The Outcast’s Place Filled
    • The Hardening of Pharaoh’s Heart
    • Christ and His Church in a Bad World
    • Pressing Onward to the Cross
    • Saint Mary Under the Cross
    • The Christian Good-Night
    • Christian Uprising
    • Christ the King of Angels
    • One Spirit, Many Gifts
    • Festival Joy
    • Apostolic Generosity in Encouraging Goodness
    • Self-Denying Loyalty to Christ
    • Charity Quickened by Repentance
    • Profit and Home Forsaken for Christ
    • Angels Waiting on the Church
    • How to Make Much of a Little
    • Angelical Order and Obedience
    • The Companion of the Saints
    • Inward Manifestations of Christ
    • Praise to God from All Saints
    • Christian Behavior in Harvest
    • St. Paul’s Joy in Prison
    • Resignation the School of Piety
    • God’s Threshing and the Corn of His Floor
    • Economy: A Help to the Faith
    • The Unspeakable Gift
    • Past Mercies: A Pledge of Mercies to Come
    • The Enemies of the Cross
    • God’s Family: A School of Good Works
    • Accounts to be Given of Church Privileges
    • Christian Energy
    • The Books Opened

Plain Sermons, vol. 7

  • Author: Contributors to the Tracts for the Times
  • Publisher: Gilbert & Rivington
  • Publication Date: 1845
  • Pages: 320

The volume contains:

  • Sermons CCII–CCXXXVIII
    • The Christian’s Confidence for the New Year
    • Christ Found in His Temple
    • God Bringing Good out of Evil
    • Christ Presented in the Temple
    • Lowly-Minded Perseverance in Prayer
    • The Sin of Shechem and Dinah, and its Fruits
    • Christ’s Forbearance and Considerateness Towards Jerusalem and Its Inhabitants
    • Christ’s Forbearance and Considerateness Towards His Apostles
    • Christ’s Forbearance and Considerateness Towards St. Peter
    • Christ’s Forbearance and Considerateness Towards Judas
    • Christ’s Forbearance and Considerateness Towards Pontius Pilate
    • Christ’s Forbearance and Considerateness Towards the Chief Priests
    • Christ’s Forbearance and Considerateness Towards the Penitent Thief
    • Christ our Passover
    • Christ our Resurrection from Sin
    • Christ our Resurrection from Death
    • Patient Waiting for Promises
    • Christ’s Baptism: A Token of Pentecost
    • The Breath of the Most High God
    • Individual Responsibility, Part I
    • Individual Responsibility, Part II
    • Religious Training
    • Government of the Tongue
    • Earnestness in Worship, Part I
    • Earnestness in Worship, Part II
    • Examples of Thankfulness in Distress
    • The Duty of Thankfulness in All Things
    • Preparation to Meet God
    • The Word Able to Save
    • The Faith that Overcometh the Word
    • A Contrite Heart the Best Sacrifice
    • The Lord Our Righteousness
    • Watching for the Coming of Christ
    • Sudden Death
    • The Lord at Hand
    • The Word Made Flesh
    • The Hidden God

Plain Sermons, vol. 8

  • Author: Contributors to the Tracts for the Times
  • Publisher: Gilbert & Rivington
  • Publication Date: 1846
  • Pages: 304

The volume contains:

  • Sermons CCXXXIX–CCLXXIV
    • The Thief on the Cross: An Example of Faith
    • Christian Hope
    • Christian Charity
    • How to Profit by Saintly Examples
    • Necessity of Confession
    • Reverence Due to Holy Seasons
    • Christ’s Own Preparation for His Passion
    • Preparation for the Holy Week
    • The Lifting up of the Son of Man
    • The Rending of the Veil
    • The Sight of God Incarnate
    • Easter: A Help Against Temptation
    • Steps Towards Heaven
    • More Steps Toward Heaven
    • Worldly Toleration and Brotherly Love
    • Sympathy with Saints and Martyrs
    • The Great Comparison
    • The Almighty Witness
    • The True Riches
    • Jerusalem Refusing to be Gathered
    • Warnings After Crime
    • Catholic Faith Without Respect of Persons
    • The Shining of Moses’ Face
    • Harvest Thoughts
    • Contrition and Amendment
    • A Lesson of Humility
    • The Downfall of Pride
    • Rejoicing in Penitence
    • God’s Returns of Comfort
    • Justifying Faith
    • Each One His Own Judge, and Not Another’s
    • The Wrath of the Lamb
    • Our Lord’s Healing Touch
    • Danger of Unreal Confession
    • The Angels’ Christmas Hymn
    • Our Lord’s Nursing Father

Plain Sermons, vol. 9

  • Author: Contributors to the Tracts for the Times
  • Publisher: Gilbert & Rivington
  • Publication Date: 1847
  • Pages: 344

The volume contains

  • Sermons: CCLXXV–CCCX
    • The Christian Name
    • Godfathers and Godmothers in Baptism
    • A Member of Christ
    • A Child of God
    • An Inheritor of the Kingdom of Heaven
    • The World, the Flesh, and the Devil
    • All the Articles of the Christian Faith
    • God’s Holy Will and Commandments
    • God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth
    • Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord
    • Conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary
    • Suffered Under Pontius Pilate, was Crucified
    • Dead and Buried
    • He Descended into Hell
    • He Rose Again from the Dead
    • He Ascended into Heaven
    • Sitteth at the Right Hand of God
    • He Shall Come to Judge the Quick and the Dead
    • I Believe in the Holy Ghost
    • The Holy Catholic Faith
    • The Communion of Saints
    • The Forgiveness of Sins
    • The Resurrection of the Body
    • The Life Everlasting
    • The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost
    • The Ten Commandments
    • The First Commandment
    • The Second Commandment
    • The Third Commandment
    • The Fourth Commandment
    • The Fifth Commandment
    • The Sixth Commandment
    • The Seventh Commandment
    • The Eighth Commandment
    • The Ninth Commandment
    • The Tenth Commandment

Plain Sermons, vol. 10

  • Author: Contributors to the Tracts for the Times
  • Publisher: Gilbert & Rivington
  • Publication Date: 1848
  • Pages: 346

The volume contains:

  • Sermons CCCXI–CCCXLVII
    • On Religious Excitement
    • On Waiting with Patience
    • On the Preaching of Austerities
    • On Teaching with Mercy
    • On Preaching the Cross of Christ
    • On the Care of Each Little One
    • The Saints’ Days of Our Church
    • The Blessing of the Minister
    • Anniversary of Consecration
    • On Subscribing for Churches
    • The Mind which was in Christ I
    • The Mind which was in Christ II
    • Being Risen with Christ
    • Ascending to Heaven with Christ
    • Whitsunday
    • The Athanasian Creed
    • Christian Firmness in Evil Times I
    • Christian Firmness in Evil Times II
    • Christian Resignation
    • Humbling Ourselves Under God’s Hand
    • Covetousness
    • Contentment with Mean Things
    • God’s Willingness to Hear Our Prayers
    • God’s Commandments to be Loved
    • Quiet, Humble Dilligence
    • Necessity of Our Returning to God
    • The Love of the Truth
    • The Humbled Churchman
    • God’s Complaint of His People I
    • God’s Complaint of His People II
    • Infant Baptism and Confirmation
    • Christian Education
    • Danger of Bad Company
    • The Old Paths and the Good Way I
    • The Old Paths and the Good Way II

Product Details

  • Title: Plain Sermons
  • Author: Contributors to the Tracts for the Times
  • Publisher: Gilbert and Rivington
  • Volumes: 10
  • Pages: 3,296

About the Authors

The Contributors to the Tracts for the Times were members of the mid-nineteenth-century English Oxford Movement, an Anglo-Catholic revival group. The Contributors were lead by their largest contributor, John Henry Newman, and were made up of a dozen authors including Oxford Movement Leaders John Keble, Edward Pusey, Isaac Williams, and William John Copeland. They first published Plain Sermons in 10 volumes between 1839 and 1848.