Excerpt from A Little One Shall Become a Thousand: A Sermon Preached at the Opening of the Cuddesdon Theological Institution, on Thursday, June 15, 1854
But in the lower branches of religious duty, relating rather to the system, than to the doctrines of the Church, we may see with what a beautiful variety the minds of men are constituted: so that every part of the work of Christ may be allotted to a mind especially fitted for it. The ser vants of God may be divided into the two general classes of the men of memory and the men of hope: the one pre serving and cherishing every holy usage and every time honoured institution; the other, bent upon advancing the standard of the cross, and bringing new countries and new nations within the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Between these two classes of men, both so necessary to the full work of the Church, there is no other ground of preference than a simple priority of operation. There must be men of hope before there can be men of memory: those who planted the acorn must have preceded those who sit under the shade of the oak.
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