From the Introduction:
You have been more than forty years in the ministry -- in the Pastoral Office twenty-three years, ten years Professor in a Theological Seminary, and to this day still in the ministry. While a pastor, several very interesting revivals of religion were experienced in your church and congregation, a good number were hopefully converted, some entered the ministry whose labors have been blessed, and some now occupy places of commanding influence. Your attention has daily been directed to the Holy Scriptures, and you have been exposed to the influences of almost every variety of opinion; now we ask, On what ground are you willing should rest your own hope of final salvation?
To those who make the above inquiry this volume is most affectionately dedicated by the author