Back to
Main Index
of Books
Tracts Online  
   Menu Page        
Are you a Christian?
or
Jesus Christ Aid to Self Examination
Jesus is holy and pure Rev. Hubbard Winslow 1837

   In the prologue, Rev. Winslow begins with a very intriguing comment introducing the reader to his book. Next, he asks sixteen very thought-provoking questions, each with a corresponding heart-provoking answer, scripture, and a four line poem.
   Every word is written not only to help, but to challenge the reader's relationship with God. He ends with a short word of encouragement in the epilogue. It all comes together to make this short book a glorious jewel from the past.
Jesus is holy "Prove all things, hold fast to that which is good." I Thessalonians 5:21
Questions
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
TO THE READERChrist Jesus

   These few pages are addressed to your most serious and reflecting moments. Are you not solicitous to know whether you are so living as to accomplish, most successfully, the great object of this life? Is there not danger that, amidst the bustling cares and fleeting pleasures of this world, you will lose sight of the only true and enduring interest? and will be compelled, in the close of life, to say, with unavailing lamentation, that you have laboured in vain, and spent your strength for naught?
Are you a Christian?
   It is the design of these pages to point out to you some of the most distinguishing traits of Christian character, and to show you how you may make progress in piety. As you peruse them, let the prayer ascend:

"Search me, O God, and know my heart;
O Godtry me, and know my thoughts;
know my thoughts and see if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me and lead me in the way everlasting.
"
and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

Question #1
or
Back to Top
~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question
~~~~~~~~~~~~
#1. Do you surrender yourself unreservedly
surrender yourself to the government of God?

   Doing this, implies cordially yielding to His authority; heartily consenting to have Him reign over you; fully determining to obey Him forever in all things; and instantly entering upon the actual performance of all known duty.

"Thy will be done."Matthew 6:10

With my whole heart I've sought thy face,
O let me never straynever stray
From thy commands, O God of grace,
Nor tread the sinners way.


Question #2
or
Back to Top
~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question
~~~~~~~~~~~~
#2. Do you take God for your
eternal portion supreme and eternal portion?

   Taking God for your portion, implies being willing to relinquish whatever comes in competition with Him as an object of your affection; preferring His favor, and dreading His frown, before that of all other beings; deriving comfort in your afflictions by making Him your refuge; and resting in Him alone, as your sovereign and supreme good.

"Thou art my portion, O God.
my portion O God Whom have I in heaven but thee ?
"
my portion Whom have I in heaven but thee ?Psalm 73:25 & 119:57

Now I forbid my carnal hope,
my hopeMy fond desires recall,
I give my mortal interest up,
my interestAnd make my God my all.

Question #3
or
Back to Top
~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question
~~~~~~~~~~~~
#3. Do you trust in Christ
Christ alonealone for salvation?

   This is ceasing from all dependence upon your own doings; your resolutions; your convictions and repentings; your prayers, or the prayers and efforts of your friends; your supposed obedience to the law; your deeds of kindness and charity, to recommend you to justice; and resting solely upon the atoning righteousness of Christ for pardon and salvation.

"We are justified freely by grace
my portion O God through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
By his stripes we are healed.
"
By his stripes we are healed. Romans 3:24 & Isaiah 53:5

No more, my God, I boast no more
my hopeOf all the duties I have done
I quit the hopes I held before,
my interestTo trust the merits of thy Son.

Question #4
or
Back to Top
~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question
~~~~~~~~~~~~
#4. Is it the ruling purpose of your mind
serve Christ aloneto serve Christ in the promotion of His cause?

   This purpose is a disposition to inquire at all times, what Christ would have you to do; a willingness to follow the indications of His pleasure, at whatever sacrifice; and an habitual consecration of all your powers to Him and His service.

"Ye are not your own.
to live, is ChristFor me to live, is Christ.
"
For me to live, is Christ. I Corinthians 6:19 & Philippians 1:21

My gracious Lord, I own thy right
hopeto every service I can pay,
And call it my supreme delight
my interestTo hear thy dictates, and obey.

Question #5
or
Back to Top
~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question
~~~~~~~~~~~~
#5. Are you faithful
Faithful?in secret devotions?

   Secret devotions are not ejaculatory offerings merely, made in your mind as you go about your business by day, or after you have retired to your bed in the night; although these are good in their place.
    According to our Saviour's directions, they include entering some retired place, and on your knees before God offering up to Him the desires of your heart; confessing your sins; seeking His forgiveness; acknowledging His mercies; invoking the Holy Spirit to enlighten and sanctify you; and praying, with importunity, for individual blessings upon others, and for the coming of Christ's kingdom.
   This should be connected with reading the Scripures, and should be performed at least every morning and evening. If you faithfully maintain communion with God, these seasons will be pleasant and often exceedingly refreshing to you.

"Lord, teach us to pray. Praying always
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit.
"
Lord, teach us to pray.Luke 11:1 & Ephesians 6:18

Lord, I desire with thee to live,
LordAnew from day to day,
In joys the world can never give,
LordNot ever take away.

Question #6
or
Back to Top
~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question
~~~~~~~~~~~~
#6. If you are at the head of a family,
family devotions? do you maintain family devotions?

   Entrusted to your special guardianship, are all the members of your household; and it is your duty to consecrate for them an altar of domestic prayer, and to conduct them to the throne of grace. This should be done every morning and evening, with the whole household assembled. It should be connected with the reading of the Scriptures, at least in the morning, and also, if practicable, with singing. The prayers should be of moderate length; adapted to the capacities of all present; varying, with circumstances; always affectionate and solemn.

"As for me and my house,
to live, is Christwe will serve the Lord.
"
we will serve the Lord Joshua 24:15

To thee I consecrate my house,
teachAnd teach my family to pray,
teachOur morning and our evening vows,
GodTo thee, O God, we gladly pay.

Question #7
or
Back to Top
~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question
~~~~~~~~~~~~
#7. Do you carry the principles of religion
the principles of religion through your family?

   Doing this, implies keeping your household clear, as far as practicable, of all persons of corrupt sentiments and vicious habits; conducting toward its members with Christian affection; avoiding domestic irritations, and rebuking with gentleness and firmness those who do wrong; inculcating upon them the truths and duties of religion, evincing its excellence in your habitual conduct; and faithfully seeking the temporal and everlasting welfare of all in your house. Some are better Christians abroad than they are at home: is it so with you?

"I will walk within my house
a perfect heartwith a perfect heart.
"
we will serve the Lord Psalm 101:2

I'll cleanse my family around,
teachAnd make the wicked flee;
teachSo shall my house be ever found
GodA dwelling fit for thee.

Question #8
or
Back to Top
~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question
~~~~~~~~~~~~
#8. Are you faithful to your covenant
Church communion with the Church?

   Faithfulness in this repect, implies loving the church with a sacred and strong affection; praying much for it; being very jealous for its purity and honor; seeking its increase; faithfully attending its meetings of Christian fellowship and prayer; sympathising deeply in its prosperity or adversity; contributing to its edification; and finding great enjoyment in the communion of the saints.

"And hath made us to sit together
a perfect heartin heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
"
heavenly places in Christ Ephesians 2:6

I love thy kingdom, Lord,
teachAnd house of thine abode;
teachThe church our blest Redeemer saved,
GodWith His own precious blood.

Question #9
or
Back to Top
~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question
~~~~~~~~~~~~
#9. Do you with Christian boldness and meekness,
Christian hopelabor to secure the conversion
Christian witness of all whom you can influence?

   This you may do by praying for them; by writing to them; by conversing with them; by placing Christian books in their hands; and by all the means through which you can bring their minds in contact with the truths and influences of the gospel.

"Go work to-day in my vineyard.
witnessHe that converteth a sinner from the error of his ways,
shall save a soul from death. witnessing
witnessIn meekness, instructing those that oppose themselves.
"
heavenly places in Christ Matthew 21:28 & James 5:20 & II Timothy 2:25

Am I a soldier of the cross?
teachA follower of the Lamb?
teachAnd shall I fear to own his cause,
GodOr blush to speak his name?

Question #10
or
Back to Top
~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question
~~~~~~~~~~~~
#10. Do you, as a steward of the Lord,
Christian hope conscientiously contribute of your property
Christian witness to extend his kingdom?

"The silver is mine,
witnessand the gold is mine, saith the Lord.
"
heavenly places in Christ Haggai 2:8

All that I have and all that I am,
teachShall be forever thine;
teachWhate'er my duty bids me give,
GodMy cheerful hands resign.

Question #11
or
Back to Top
~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question
~~~~~~~~~~~~
#11. Are you increasingly convinced of sin?

   It is the tendency of living near to God to convince us more and more of the deep moral depravity of our hearts, and of the exceeding sinfulness of sin as committed against God, against the Saviour, against the Holy Spirit, against the law and the gospel, against great light and privileges, against the Redeemer's kingdom, and the everlasting well-being of man, and against our own souls. This produces deep self-abhorrence, humility, and contrituon.

"Now mine eye seeth thee, wherefore I abhor myself.
God be merciful to me a sinner.
" mercy
heavenly places in Christ Job 42:5-6 & Luke 18:13

My lips with shame my sins confess,
teachAgainst thy law, against thy grace;
teachLord, should thy judgments grow severe,
GodI am condemned, but thou are clear.

Question #12
or
Back to Top
~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question
~~~~~~~~~~~~
#12. Do you earnestly seek to be delivered from all sin,
to grow in grace? and to grow in grace?

   Doing this, implies "denying ungodliness, and every worldly lust;" endeavoring to mortify and subdue all pride, envy, covetousness, ill-will, resentment, worldliness of spirit; "casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."
   To this end, you will fervently pray for the indwelling influences of the Holy Spirit, and He will sometimes make intercession for you "with groanings which cannot be uttered."

"Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind."
transformed by Christ Romans 12:2

O let thy love, with sweet control,
teachBind every passion of my soul;
teachBid every vain desire depart,
GodAnd dwell forever in my heart.

Question #13
or
Back to Top
~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question
~~~~~~~~~~~~
#13. Do you sometimes
affecting views have very affecting views of sin,
of sin as having occasioned the sufferings and death of Christ?

   Minds of defferent temperament and edcation are somewhat variously affected with this view of sin; but all truly penitent and believing minds, when they contemplate sin in the light of the cross, feel a peculiar tenderness of spirit on account of it, and aversion of soul towaards it; and some of their strongest motives to avoid it are drawn from the cross of Christ.

"He was wounded for our transgressions.
wounded for our sinIsaiah 53:5

Oh, how I hate those lusts of mine,teach
That crucified my Lord,teach
teachThose sins that pierced and nailed his flesh
GodFast to the fatal wood!

Question #14
or
Back to Top
~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question
~~~~~~~~~~~~
#14. Do you love the Bible?

   If you are truly regenerate, you love the Bible, not only for its literary beauties, its sublimity and pathos, its interesting histories, its treasures of intellectual knowledgge, but more especially for its moral character, its holiness, its disclosures of God and His government; its tendency to elevate and purify our sould; it adaptation to our moral necessities under all cirumstances.

"The word is a lamp unto my feet
light to my pathand a light unto my path.

wounded for our sinPsalm 119:105

Oh, how I love thy holy law!teach
'Tis daily my delight;teach
teachAnd thence my meditations draw
GodDivine advice by night.

Question #15
or
Back to Top
~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question
~~~~~~~~~~~~
#15. Do you love the Sabbath and
Sabbath Gospelthe preaching and ordinances of the Gospel?

   The truly religious man anticipates the Sabbath with desire; hails it with joy; delights in its services; and often finds it a sweet antepast of heaven; he dismisses worldly thoghts from his mind on that day, to afford exclusive entertainment to religion; nor does he indulge in sloth at the house of God, but gives his most wakeful powers to its holy and delightful services.

"My soul thirsteth for God.
light to my pathI was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

wounded for our sinPsalm 42:2 & 122:1

How did my heart rejoice to hearteach
My friends devouly say,teach
teachIn Zion let us all appear,
GodAnd keep the solemn day.

Question #16
or
Back to Top
~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question
~~~~~~~~~~~~
#16. Do you carry the religion of the closet
Jesus Christ lives and of the Sabbath into the world,
carry sabbath gospeland through the week?

   This implies the practice of strict Christian integrity in your dealings; a conscientious regard to truth in all things; and a careful avoiding of all evil speaking and slander, remembering that "if any man seemeth to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, that man's religion is vain." It is maintaining a consistent, elevated, pure, amiable, cheerful piety towards God and benevolence towards man, so that others may see that you have learned of Christ.

"Let your light so shine before men,
good worksthat they may see your good works,
Let your light so shineand glorify your Father which is in Heaven.

glorify your Father Matthew 5:16

So let our lips and lives expressteach
The holy gospel we profess;teach
So let our works and virtues shine,
GodTo prove the doctrine all divine.

Final Coments
or
Back to Top
~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self-Examination
~~~~~~~~~~~~
   These questions respect some of the most distinguishing traits of Christian character. You are requested not to pass hastily over them, but to examine yourself thoroughly upon every one of them, pondering well each passage in the explanations.
   You may not perhaps be able to do justice to more than one question at a time. Make the examinations in your place of secret devotions, and precede and follow them all with prayer. If you find yourself wanting in any particular, be not discouraged, but set yourself immediately to the work of reformation; for it is the true design of self-examination to detect what is wrong for the purpose of correcting it, rather than to obain present evidence of piety that we may rest upon it.

Back to Top

Back to main index of Books

Tracts.ca