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22. & 4.4. Epb. 5.27. 1Cor 12 12,13. Gen. 17 7. AEts 2. 39. Mat. 23. 7, 10 IO.
11. We agree, chat particular Sociecies of viable Saints, who under Christ their head, are tatedly joined together, for ordinary Communion with one another in all thcOrdinances of Christ, are particular Churches, and are co be owned by each other, as Inftituced Churches of Christ, though differing in Apprehensions and Praktice in some lesser chings. i Cor 14. 2;3, & 1. 2. & 12.27. Rev. 1. 4. Rom. 14.1.
I'. That none shall be admitted as, Mem. -bers, in order to communion in all the special Ordinances of the Gospel, but such Persons as are' knowing and sound in the Fundamental Doarine of tbe Cbriftian Religion, without scandal in their. Lives ; and to a Judgment regulated hy the Word of God, are Pentons of visible Holiness and Honesty ; credibly. pra fefling Cordial Subjection to Jesus Christ. Pro. 19. 2. A&. 8. 32. 2 Tim. 2. 19. Ezek. 44.9. Rom. 10. 10. 2 Cor. 9.13. ; . '
IV. A competent number of such vifible Saints, (as before described do become the capable Subjects of stated Communion in all the special Ordinaiices of Christ upon their mutual declared Consent and Agreement to walk togeober therein according to Gospel Rule. In which declaration, different degrees of Expliciteness, shall no ways hinder fuchChurches from owne ing each cther, as infiicured Churches. i liri 14. 23. A&. 20. 7 & 2.41.42 Rom. 14. 3
V. Tho' parocbial Bounds, be not of Divine. Rigbi, yet for common edificaciço, the Members of a particular Church ought (as much as conveniently may be) co live near one another.' 1 Tbef. 5. 11, 12, 13. Heb 10. 25.
VI. That each particular Ckarch hoch righe to use their own Officers; and being furnished with such as are duly qualified and ordained according to the Golpci Role, hach Authority. from Christ for exercising Gorennent, and of enjoying all ehe Crdinances of Wo: joip wishinie felf. iets 6. 2. Tit. 1. 5, 6, 7. 1 Tim. 4 14 Mar 18 17 i Cor 11 2
VII. In the Adminiftration of Church Power, it belongs to the Policys & othts Elders of every particular Church, it fich there te to rule & govern, and to the Brotherhord to consent according to the Rule of the Golpel. 1 Tim 5 17 Héb 3 17 i Cor 4 I Cor 5 4.2 Cor 6 8,10
VIII. That all Professors as before described, are bound in Dury, as they have opportunity to join themselves as fixed Members of lome: particular Church; their chus joyning being part of their profesicd fubjeélion to the Gospel of Ckrift, & an inftituted Means of their bin
blishment and Edificacion ; whereby they are under the PastoralCare, and in case of scandalous or offensive Walking, may be Authoritatively admonilhed or censured for their Recovery, for Vindication of the Truth and the Churcla profeffing it Aals 2 47.& 5 13 2 Cor 9 13 Heb 10 24,25' Į Tbel 5 12,14 A&t's 20 28
IX That a Visible Profilfur thus joined to a particular Cburcb cughe lo continue Ateadfaft with the said Church, and not forfake the Ministry, and Ordinances there dispensed without an orderly seeking a Recommendation unto another Church, which ought to be given, when the Case of the Perfon apparently requires ic. Els 2 42 Heb 10 25 Rom 16 i 2
II of the Minifry · IW E agree that the Minißerial Office is
V iafticuted by Jesus Christ for the Gathering, Guiding, Editying and Govern. ing of his Church ; and to continue to the end of the World Eph 4 11,12 Mat 28 19,20
II They who are called to this Office ought to be endued with competent Learning MiniBerial Gifts, as also with the Grace of God, found in Judgment, not Novices in the Faith and knowledge of the Gospel : without scandal, of Holy Conversation, and such as devote
v They who in competentne Grace of Sith themselves to the Work and service thereof. 2 Tim. 2. 24. Rom. 12. 6. I Tim. 3. 2, 3,4, 5,6,7. Tit. 1. 6;7. i Tim. 4. 16.
III. That ordinarily none shall be ordained to che Work of this Ministry, but such as aro Called and Chosen thereunto by a particular, Church. Alls 14. 23. . IV. That in so great and weighty a Mata ter as the Calling and Chufing a Paftor, we judge it ordinarily requisite, chat every such Church consult and advise with the Pastor of neighbouring Congregations Pro.11.14&15.22
V. That after such Advice the Persons consulted about, being cholen by the Brotherhood of that particular Church over which he is to be set, and he accepting, be duly. Ordained & set apart to his Office over chem ; wherein tis ordinarily requisite that the Pastors of Neighbouring Congregations concur with the Proach“, ing Elder or Elders, if such there be. A&t. 14. 23. & 1. 23. & 13. 23. 1 Tim. 4. 14.
VI. That whereas such Ordination is only in tended for such as never before bad beenOrdained to the MinisterialOffice; if any judge that in the case also of the removal of one formerly Ordained, to a new Stacion, or Pastoral barge, chere ought to be a like,solemn recommending him and his Labours to the Grace & Bleling of P
mo different Sentiments or Practice herein, shall be any occasion of Contention or Breach of C99munion among us. Pbil. 3. 15. Epb.4. 2, 3.
VII. It is expedient that they who enter on thework of preaching the Gospel, be not only qualified for the Communion of Saints ; but also, that except in Cases Extraordinary, they give proof of theirGifts & Fitness for the faidWork, unto the Pastors of Churches of known Abilities to discern and judge of their Qualifications ; that they may be sent forth with lolemn Approbation and Prayer ; which we judge necatol, that no Doubc may remain concerning their being called unto the Work; and for preventing (as much as in us lyech) Ignorant & rain Intruders. I Tim. 1. 22. & 3. 6.
Ilt. Of Cenfures. 1. A s it cannot be avoided, but that in the
o pureit Churches on Earth, there will lometimesOffences & Scandals arise by reason of Hypocrifie & prevailing Corruption, so Chrift hath made it the duty of every Church, to reform ic self by Spiritual Remedies appointed by him to be applyed in all such Cales, viz. Admonition & Excommunication. Mar. 8.7. Heb. 12 15. Tit. 3. 10. 1 Cor. 5. 6.
II. Admonition, being the rebuking of an Offending Member in order to Conv , is in