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Of the Church.
are to meet at Edinburgh, to agree to and conclude in THE Preface,
, the Parliament of England; which ratification shall be the licensores timely intimate and made known by the Commissioners this kirk residing at London. Provided always, That of the Ordinances this act be no ways prejudicial to the further discussion and examination of that article which holds forth, That the doctor or teacher hatli power of the administration of the sacraments, as well as the pastor; as also of the distinct rights and interests of presbyteries and people in the calling of ministers; but that it shall be free to debate and discuss these points, as God shall be pleased to give further light.
several sorts of A
FORM OF PI
Of Congregational Assemblies, that Of the Church.
is, the Meeting of the ruling Of the Officers of the Church.
Officers of a particular CongrePastors,
gation, for the government thereOther Church-governors.
Of Classical Assemblies. Of particular Congregations.
Of Synodical Assemblies. Of the Officers of a particular Con
Of Ordination of Ministers. gregation.
Touching the Doctrine of Ordiof the Ordinances in a particular
Touching the Power of Ordina. Of Church-government, and the tion. several sorts of Assemblies for the Concerning the Doctrinal Part of the
Ordination of Ministers. Of the Power in common of all these | The Directory for the Ordination of Assen blies, :
FORM OF PRESBYTERJAL CHURCH-GOVERNMENT.
is called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace a ; of the increase of whose governnient and peace there shall be no end; who sits upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and justice, from henceforth, even for ever; having all power given unto him in heaven and in earth by the Father, who raised him froni the dead, and set him at his own right hand, far above all principalities and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is nained, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come, and put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all: he being ascended up far above all heavens, that he night fill all things, received gifts for his church, and gave officers necessary. for the edification of his church, and perfecting of his saints b.
a Isa. ix.. 6, 7. b Mat, xxvijt. 18, 19, 20. Epli. i. 20, 21, 22, 23. Compared with Epli. iv. 8, 11. and Psal. Ixviii. 18.
Of the Church, THER THERE is one general church visible, held forth in the New Testamenta. ,
a i Cor. xii. 12. For as the body body, being many, are one body; so is one, and hath many members, also is Christ. Ver. 13, For by and all the members of that.: one one Spirit are we all baptized in
cation of his
The ministry, oracles, and ordinances of the New Testament, are given by Jesus Christ to the general church visible, for the gathering and perfecting of it in this life, THE officers u until his second coming . Particular visible churches, members of the general are
, some extrao church, are also held forth in the New Testamento. Par. phets
, which are ticular churches in the primitive times were made up of visible saints, viz. of such as, being of age, professed faith ether church-çox in Christ, and obedience unto Christ, according to the rules of faith and life, taught by Christ and his apostles ; and of their children
THE pastor i to one body, whether we he Jews whole body fitly joined together, or Gentiles, whether we be bond or and compacted by that which every free ; and have been all made to joint supplieth, according to the drink into one Spirit. Ver. 28. And effectual working in the measure of God hath set some in the church; every part, maketh increase of the first, apostles; secondarily, prophets; budy, unto the edifying of itself in thirdly, teachers; after that miracles; love. then gifts of healings, helps, govern
Gal. i. 21. Afterwards I came mients, diversities of tongues. [To into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; gether with the rest of the Chapter.]
Ver. 22. And was unknown by face 01 Cor. xii. 28. (See before.]
unto the churches of Judea which Eph. iv. 4. There is one body and were in Christ. Rev. i. 4. John to one Spirit, even as ye are called in the seven churches which are in one hope of your calling; Ver. 5. Asia : Grace be unto you, and peace, One Lord, one faith, one baptism.
from him which is, and which was, Compared with Ver. 10. He that de and which is to conie; and from the scended is the same also that ascend.
seven Spirits which are before his ed
up far above all heavens, that he throne. "Ver. 20. The mystery might fill all things. Ver. 11. And
the seven stars which thou sawest in he gave some apostles, and some
my right hand, and the seven golprophets, and some evangelists, and
den candlesticks. The seven stars some pastors and teachers; Ver. 12.
are the angels of the seven churches; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ :
Rev. ii. 1. Unto the angel of the Ver. 13. Till we all come in the
church of Ephesus write; These unity of the faith, and of the know. things saith he that holdeth the
your li ledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the sfature of the fulness of Christ. golden candlesticks. Ver. 15. But speaking the truth in love, may grow up unto him in all things, which is the head, even
tized every one of you in the Christ; Ver, 16. From whom the
mission of sins, and the gift of the Holy Then they that word were baptize day there were about three thousa Praising God, at with all the peop! added to the chu should be saved Acts v. 14. And more added to th both of men ar 12. Unto the c is at Corinth, tised in Christ mints, with all call upon the our Lord, both hared with 2 C the experiment they glorify Go subjection unto and for them, and unt
and the seven candlesticks which
For the prom
seven stars in his right hand, who
d Acts ii. 38. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be bap
off, even as God shall ca the unbelievi by the wife
name of Jesus Christ, for the re
day there were added unto them ankar Praising God, and having favour
Of the Officers of the Church.
cation of his church, and the perfecting of the saints, ho are, some extraordinary, as apostles, evangelists, and proall phets, which are ceased.
Others ordinary and perpetual, as pastors, teachers, and finale other church-governors, and deacons.
Pastors. THE pastor is an ordinary and perpetual officer in the church, prophesying of the time of the gospel'.
First, mission of sins, and ye shall receive wife is sanctified by the husband; the gift of the Holy Ghost. Ver. 41. else were your children unclean, but Then they that gladly received his now are they holy. Rom. xi. 16. word were baptized: and the sanie For if the first-fruit be holy, the
lump is also holy; and if the root be about three thousand souls. Ver. 47. holy, so are the branches. Mark
X. 14. But when Jesus saw it, he with all the people. And the Lord was much displeased, and said unadded to the church daily such as to then, Suffer little children to should be saved. Compared with come into me, and forbid then not: Acts v. 14. And believers were the for of such is the kingdom of God. more added to the Lord, multitudes Compared with Mat. xix. 13. Then both of men and women.
1 Cor. were there brought unto him little. i. 2. Unto the church of God which children, that he should put his is at Corinth, to them that are sanc hands on them, and pray: and the tified in Christ Jesus, called to be disciples rebuked them.' Ver. 14. saints, with all that in every place But Jesus said, Suffer little children, call upon the name of Jesus Christ and forbid them not, to come unto our Lord, both theirs and ours. Com me: for of such is the kingdom of pared with 2 Cor. ix. 13. Whiles by heaven. Luke xviii. 15. And they the experiment of this ministration brought unto him also infants, that they glorify God for your professed he would touch them: but when his subjection into the gospel of Christ, disciples saw it, they rebuked them. and for your liberal distribution unto Ver. 16. But Jesus called them unto them, and unto all men, Acts ii. 39. him, and said, Suffer little children to For the prontise is unto you, and to come unto me, and forbid theni not: your children, and to all that are afar for of such is the kingdom of God, off, even as many as the Lord our e Jer. iii. 15. And I will give you God shall call. 1 Cor. vii. 14. For pastors according to mine heart, the unbelieving husband is sanctified which shall feed you with knowby the wife, and the upbelieving ledge and understanding. Ver. 16.
1. That the pri
2. That the m
being of a mor that the public!
To feed the to which he is comfort ".
faith, and of the knowledge of the occupieth the room of the unlearned
First, it belongs to his office,
To read the To pray for and with his flock, as the mouth of the which, people unto Gods, Acts vi. 2, 3, 4. and xx. 36. where preaching and prayer are joined as several parts of the
trusted with the same office. The office of the elder (that is, the pastor) is to pray for the sick, even in private, to which a blessing charge and com is especially promised; much more therefore ought he to perform this in the publick execution of his office, as a part law
, proved, is thereofi. And it shall come to pass, when ye
to the measure of the stature of the be multiplied and increased in the fulness of Christ. land, in those days, saith the Lord,
8 Acts vi. 2. Then the twelve they shall say no more, The ark of called the multitude of the disciples : the covenant of the Lord; neither
unto them, and said, It is not reason shall it conie to mind, neither shall
that we should leave the word of they remember it, neither shall they God, and serve tables. : Ver. 3. visit it, neither shall that be done Wherefore, brethren, Jook ye out any more. Ver. 17. At that time
among you seven men of honest ré. they shall call Jerusalem the throne
port, full of the Holy Ghost and wise of the Lord, and all the nations shall dom, whom we may appoint over be gathered unto it, to the name of this business. Ver. 4. But we will the Lord, to Jerusalem : neither shall give ourselves continually to prayer
, they walk any more after the imagi- and to the ministry of the word, nation of their evil heart.
Acts xx. 36. And when he had thus fi Pet. v. 2. Feed the flock of spoken, he kneeled down, and praya God which is among you, taking the
ed with them all. oversight thereof, not by constraint,
h Samies v. 14. Is any man sick biit willingly; not for filthy lucre, among you? let him call for the but of a ready mind.
Ver. 3. Nei- elders of the church, and let them ther as being lords over God's heric pray over him, anointing him with tage, but being ensamples to the
oil in the name of the Lord: Ver. 15. flock. Ver. 4. And when the chief
And the prayer of faith shall save the Shepherd shall appear, ye shall re
sick, and the Lord shall raise him ceive a crown of glory that fadeth up; and if he have connitted sins
, not away. Eph. iv. 11. And he gave they shall be forgiven him. some apostles, and some prophets,
il Cor. xiv. 15. What is it then? and some evangelists, and sone
I will pray with the spirit, and I will pastors and teachers; Ver. 12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the
pray with the understanding also :.. work of the ministry, for the edify
will sing with the spirit; and I will ing of the body of Christ; Ver. 13.
sing with the understanding also
. Till we all come in the unity of the
Ver. 16. Else, when thou shalt bless
with the spirit, how, shall he that Son of God, unto a perfect man, ur.
seeing he underst
thou sayest ?
* Deut. xxxi. 9.
say. Amen at thy giving of thanks