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that to Jesus Christ, the Head of this kingdom, Christians are directly responsible in faith and conduct; and that to Him all have immediate access without mediatorial or priestly intervention.
X. We believe that the Church of Christ, invisible and spiritual, comprises all true believers, whose duty it is to associate themselves in churches, for the maintenance of worship, for the promotion of spiritual growth and fellowship, and for the conversion of men; that these churches, under the guidance of the Holy Scriptures and in fellowship with one another, may determine-each for itself—their organization, statements of belief, and forms of worship; may appoint and set apart their own ministers; and should co-operate in the work which Christ has committed to them for the furtherance of the gospel throughout the world.
XI. We believe in the observance of the Lord's day as a day of holy rest and worship; in the ministry of the Word; and in the two sacraments, which Christ has appointed for His church: Baptism, to be administered to believers and their children, as the sign of cleansing from sin, of union to Christ, and of the impartation of the Holy Spirit; and the Lord's Supper as a symbol of His atoning death, a seal of its efficacy, and a means whereby He confirms and strengthens the spiritual union and communion of believers with Himself.
XII. We believe in the ultimate prevalence of the kingdom of Christ over all the earth ; in the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesns Christ; in the resurrection of the dead; and in a final judgment, the issues of which are everlasting punishment and everlasting life.
The Commission also submit for the use of the churches in the admission of members, the following
CONFESSION OF FAITH:
What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all His people. [Psa. cxvi. 12–14.]
Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father, which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny
Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father, which is in
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the
Dearly beloved, called of God to be His children through Jesus
Accepting, according to the measure of your understanding of it, the
I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
[Then should baptism be administered to those who liave not been
* [The clause of the descent into Hades or the realm of departed spirits is omitted, proba-
Misery of man, 308.
Sabbath, 646; the Christian, 747, 754.
Sacraments, 223, 285, 328, 424, 467, 502, 541,
660, 810, 822; efficiency of, 503; right
administration of, 471; to whom they ap-
pertain, 474; use of, 15.
Salvation, way of, 743; freeness of, 744, 773,
Sanctification, 410, 534, 629, 745, 754.
Savoy Declaration, 708.
Saxon Visitation Articles, 181.
Scotch Confessions, 437, 480.
464, 742; difference between canonical and
apocryphal, 387; inspiration of, 381; intent
of, 212; interpretation of, 211, 239; sufficien-
cy as only rule of faith, 387, 736; sufficien-
cy of, for salvation, 489,767, 781, 808, 810.
Service of God, 227, 295, 534.
Sin, 247, 615, 777; after baptism, 496; after
cause of, 20, 217; hereditary, 778, 792.
Sins, remission of, 205.
Sonship of believers, 814.
Spirits, presence of, 301.
State of the soul after death, 543, 670, 756.
Supererogation, worl:s of, 809, 819.
Ten Commandments, exposition of, 74, 342,
519, 685, 868.
Testament, Old, 491,510, 601, 808, 816; New,
Traditions of men, 212, 239 ; of the Church,
distinction of, 42.
Trinity, Holy, 240, 606, 781; faith in, 487,528,
807, 814; proof of the, 390.
Union Catechism, 831.
Visitation Articles of Saxony, 181.
Vows, lawful, 619.
Vows of purity, 202.