On “Farewell Sunday” in August of 1662 countless Puritan “non-conformist” pastors delivered last sermons as a result of The Great Ejection. Thomas Watson, that rich and racy preacher, offered two farewell messages to the St. Stephen’s, Walbrook congregation. In the second he gave “twenty directions . . . as advice and counsel with you about your souls.” Here they are in brief. What a window into faithful ministry.
20 Directions to Church Members
- Keep constant hours every day with God.
- Get good books in your houses.
- Have a care of your company.
- Have a care whom you hear.
- Follow after sincerity.
- As you love your souls, be not strangers to yourselves.
- Keep your spiritual watch.
- You that are the people of God, often associate together.
- Get your hearts screwed up above the world.
- Trade much in the promises.
- To all you that hear me, live in a calling.
- Let me entreat you to join the first and second tables of the law together, piety to God, and equity to your neighbor.
- Join the serpent and dove together, innocence and prudence.
- Be more afraid of sin than of suffering.
- Take heed of idolatry.
- Think not the worse of godliness because it is reproached and persecuted.
- Think not the better of sin because it is in fashion.
- In the business of religion serve God with all your might.
- Do all the good you can to others as long as you live.
- Every day think upon eternity.
Read all this and more in Sermons of the Great Ejection.