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THE

GREAT COMMISSION:

OR,

CHE CHRISTIAN CHURCH CONSTITUTED AND CHARGED TO CONVEY

THE GOSPEL TO THE WORLD.

BY THE

REV. JOHN HARRIS, D. 1).,

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PREFATORY NOTICE

BY

THE ADJUDICATORS.

To the mind of the Christian philanthropist no subject can possess a deeper interest than the state and prospects of the world in relation to the gospel of Christ; its state, as presenting, in the middle of the nineteenth century of the Christian era, so painfully mysterious an extent of ignorance, ungodliness, and misery; its prospects, as assured, by the promises of the God of truth and mercy, of an approaching period of universal knowledge, love, purity, and happiness. Estimating the value of means by the value of the end to which they are subservient, the subject of missions to the heathen, for the subversion of false religions by the diffusion and divine power of the true, cannot fail to hold a place preëminently high, in the minds of all who fear God, love the Savior, and desire the good of their race.

Influenced by such convictions and feelings, “a few friends of the missionary enterprise in Scotland,” connected with the Scottish Establishment, but modestly concealing their names, formed the purpose, between three and four years ago, of attempting the infusion of fresh spirit into the benevolent exertions of the Christian church at large, for the speedier evangelization of the world, by inviting a « friendly competition ” of talent and piety, in the production of a work less ephemeral than “ the many excellent sermons, tracts, and

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