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IX. PRAYER.

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Jesus Summoning Men to Pray. The Nature of

Prayer. What to Pray for, and How. Does

Jesus Teach Importunity? The Lord's Prayer.

X. THE LAW OF BROTHERHOOD.

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The Supreme Rule of Life. The Scope of Brother-

hood. Fellowship in the Christian Church.

XI. THE LAW OF REVERENCE AND REGARD..

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The Worth of a Man. The Law of Reverence in

Jesus' Life. Reverence for Self. Reverence for

Fellow Man. The Rule of Reverence as an

Instrument of Power.

XII. THE LAW OF GRACE AND GOOD WILL..

106

Was the Teaching New? The Law in God and

Man. The Law of Forgiveness. The Spirit of

Good Will. Jesus' Confidence in the Power of

Good Will.

XIII. THE LAW OF SERVICE AND SACRIFICE.

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The Law of Service. The Mark of a Christian.

How Men May Serve God. The Law of Sacri-

fice. The Principle of Service To-Day.

XIV. THE LAW OF BROTHERHOOD AND THE NATIONS.... 122

Some Objections. Some Teachings of Jesus.

Cæsar or Christ. The New Nationalism. The

New Internationalism. Christianity and War.

XV. THE DISCIPLE AND THE WORLD.

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Some Opposing Views. God's World. Jesus'

Words About Wealth. What Jesus Teaches.

The Christian Man in the World

XVI. STEWARDSHIP AND LIFE.

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Jesus' Words About Stewardship. Two Funda-

mental Principles. Stewardship as Broad as

Life. The Stewardship of Business. The Spend-

ing of Money.

XVII. THE KINGDOM AS A GIFT AND A GOOD..

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What is the Kingdom? The Kingdom as a Good.

What is this Good? The Kingdom as Life.

The Kingdom as a Gift.

XVIII. THE KINGDOM AS A TASK....

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Gifts and Tasks. God's Rule as our Task. Eter-

nal Life as a Task. The Summons of Jesus.

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THY KINGDOM COME ON EARTH

THE kingdom of God does not complete itself in the redemption of the individual. It includes the individual and infinitely more. The Kingdom means that some day science and society, commerce and letters and trade shall be purified, and uplifted till they are in happy harmony with the will and purpose of the divine Father. Only so can there be anything like an adequate answer to the first petition of our Lord's Prayer, “Thy kingdom come and thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Jesus clearly intended that his disciples should interest themselves in the temporal and earthly aspects of the heavenly Father's dominion and power. They are to pray for the coming of his Kingdom, and the accomplishment of his will on earth, even as they pray for daily bread or for the forgiveness of sin. “Thy kingdom come. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins.” To pray thus sincerely and intelligently presupposes active participation in the working program of the Kingdom; that is, in all those activities making for that transformation and reconstruction of life through which alone individuals and organized society can be brought into accord with the will and the rule of God.

Too often in human history the sharp contrast between actual conditions and the higher demands of the Christian ideal has discouraged those upon whom rested the responsibility for making that ideal real. A short-range view of life has obscured the actual growth of the Kingdom which the larger perspective of history reveals. In the face of the overwhelming preponderance of sin and selfishness in the world the Christian Church has again and again contented itself with snatching as many brands as possible from the burning, without, at the same time, seeking to organize the constructive forces of life and of society for the seemingly impossible task of putting out the conflagration. Thus the actual process of the Kingdom's coming among men has proceeded for the most part “without observation,” like the first growth of the seed that has been buried in the soil.

It is possible to-day, in the light of the completed records of the Old and New Testaments and the subsequent history of the Christian centuries, to discover definite stages of advance with successive landmarks of progress in the gradual establishment of the reign of God in individual lives and in the institutions of mankind. Such a survey of progress already achieved should hearten the organized Christian forces in their forward look and their endeavor to establish still more firmly among men the principles and ideals of the Kingdom. It should encourage the individual to redouble his efforts and inspire in him an unfaltering confidence in the ultimate realization and triumph of God's rule. Herein lies the purpose of the special course of study in the development of the Kingdom of God in which this volume constitutes one textbook.

Beginning with a brief consideration of the fundamentals of religion and the nature of man and of Deity, the. studies trace the development of religious experience and ideas among the Hebrews and the Jewish people down to the beginning of the Christian era. This early period, covering the development of the Kingdom in Old Testament times, is presented in two volumes of twenty-six study chapters each, the division being made at the point in the historical development following the rise of eighth-century prophetism and the fall of Samaria. In similar manner two volumes are devoted to the Life and Teachings of Jesus which are assumed to be of central importance in the forward and upward movement of humanity. The Teachings of Jesus are presented in this volume.

Subsequent studies present in two volumes a survey of the development of the Kingdom since the time of Christ, including a discussion of those social-religious movements of the present day, the support and inspiration for which are to be found primarily in the Christian conception of

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