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CHAPTER II. Obtains a curacy at South Peiherton?Builds a
gallery?Becomes acquainted with Mr. Maxfield?Seriously affected by
Alleine's Alarm?Reads his sermons?Becomes evangelical in his
preaching?Church frequented by Dissenters?Interview with Mr.
Hull?Becomes acquainted with an old Methodist?Preaches in some
dwelling-houses in his parish?Finds the pardoning love of
God?Begins to preach extempore? Effects of this
preaching?Persecution?Excluded from the pulpit?Chimed out of the
church?Encouraged by Mr. Max- Jield?Preaches twice near the church
door?Finds an asylum in the family of Edmonds. DR. COKE, having now
exhausted his patience, in waiting on those proficients in
artificial friendship? who squeeze my hand, and beg me come
to-morrow, began seriously to look around him for some respectable
curacy, that would promise to be permanent. It was not long before
one of this description offered itself, at South Petherton, in
Somersetshire. This he readily embraced, as it afforded him an
ample field for the exercise of his talents, of his zeal, and above
all, of his earnest desire to be useful, which, from his earliest
recollection, had always been predominant in his heart. On his
arrival at Petherton, though a stranger to vital godliness, he
selected for the subjects of his discourses, some of the most
momentous truths of the Gospel; and delivering these with a degree
of animation, to which his auditors had not been accustomed, he
soon attracted more than ordinary congregations. To enforce the
doctrines which he taught, in a manner best calculated to recommend
them to his hearers, he endeavoured to form his sermons upon the
best models ofthe age, that, by the blessing of God, they might
enlighten the understandings, affect the hearts, and reform the
lives of those who were c...
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