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prophesieth, speaketh unto men to For when, for the time, ye ought edification, and exhortation, and com- to be teachers, ye have need that one fort, &c. He edifieth the church, &c. teach you again which be the first Forasmuch as ye are zealous of spi- principles of the oracles of God.ritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to Heb. v. 12. the edifying of the church, &c. If all Let us consider one another, &c. prophesy, and there come in one that not forsaking the assembling of ourbelieveth not, &c. he is convinced of selves together, as the manner of all, &c. he will report that God is in some is; but exhorting one another; you of a truth. How is it then, bre- and so much the more, &c.Heb. x. thren, when ye come together, every 24, 25. one of you hath a psalm, &c. Let all. As every man hath received the things be done to edifying, &c. Let gift, even so minister the same one the prophets speak, two or three, and to another, as good stewards of the let the other judge. If any thing be manifold grace of God. If any man revealed to another that sitteth by, speak, let him speak as the oracles let the first hold his peace. For ye of God: if any man minister, let him may all prophesy one by one, that all do it as of the ability which God may learn, and all may be comforted. giveth, that God in all things may be And the spirits of the prophets are glorified.—1 Pet. iv. 10, 11. subject to the prophets. For God, &c. Let your women keep silence in the EIGHTHLY. Of other Acts done in, churches, &c. Wherefore, brethren, and by these particular Churches, covet to prophesy, &c. Let all things in sending Messengers to other be done decently, and in order.
Churches ; and, upon occasion, de1 Cor. xiv. 1. 3—5. 12. 23–26. termining Controversies in religious 29-34. 37. 39, 40.
Matters ; writing, and sending We also believe, and therefore Epistles, and ordering other Afspeak.--2 Cor. iv. 13.
fairs. Of their meeting together, As ve abonnd in every thing, in · in order hereto, and receiving, and faith, in utterance, and knowledge, hearing such Epistles: the Epistles &c.—2 Cor. viii. 7.
so directed to the whole Body. Be ye filled with the Spirit, speak When tidings of the Gentiles reing to yourselves in psalms, &c. sing- ceiving the gospel came unto the ears ing, &c.--Eph. v. 18, 19.
of the church which was in Jerusalem, Many of the brethren in the Lord they sent forth Barnabas, that he waxing confident by my bonds, are should go as far as Antioch, &c. much more bold to speak the word When the dearth came which was without fear. Some, indeed, preach prophesied of, the disciples, every Christ out of envy, &c. What then ? man according to his ability, deter&c. Christ is preached, and I therein mined to send relief unto the brethren do rejoice, &c.-Phil. i. 14–18. which dwelt in Judea. Which also
Let the word of Christ dwell in you they did, and sent it to the elders by richly, in all wisdom, teaching and ad- the hands of Barnabas and Saul. monishing one another.-Col. iii. 16. Acts xi. 22. 28–30.
Comfort (or exhort) one another Paul and Barnabas coming to Anwith these words. 1 Thess. v. 11. tioch, gathered the church together,
Take heed, brethren, lest there be and rehearsed all that God had done in any of you an evil heart of unbe- for them, and how, &c.—Acts xiv. lief, &c. But exhort one another 26, 27. daily, while it is called to day; lest When the matter of circumcision any of you be hardened through the was in dispute in the church at Andeceitfulness of sin.-Heb. iii. 12, 13. tioch, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain others of them, received in the Lord, that thou fulfil should go up to Jerusalem unto the it. Col. iv, 16, 17. apostles and elders, about this ques- I charge you by the Lord, that this tion. And being brought on their epistle be read unto all the holy breway by the church, &c. when they thren.—1 Thess. v. 27. were come to Jerusalem, they were Salute all them that have the rule received of the church, and of the over you, and all the saints.-Heb. apostles, &c. All the multitude kept xiii. 24. silence, and gave audience to Bar- Peter, having written at large to nabas and Paul, &c. Then James the saints, speaks' distinctly to the spake, &c. Then pleased it the apo- elders thus : The elders which are stles and elders, with the whole among you, I exhort, &c. to feed the church, to send chosen men of their flock of God, &c.—1 Pet. v. 1-3. own company to Antioch, &c. and I wrote unto the church, but Diowrote letters by them after this man- trephes, who loveth to have the prener; The apostles, and elders, and eminence among them, receiveth us brethren, send greeting unto the bre- not: wherefore if I come, I will rethren which are of the Gentiles, &c. member his deeds, &c. and not conIt seemed good to us, being assembled tent therewith, neither doth he himwith one accord, to send chosen men self receive the brethren, and forunto you, &c. it seemed good to the biddeth them that would, and casteth Holy Ghost and to us, &c. They came them out of the church. Beloved, to Antioch ; and when they had follow not that which is evil.—3 John gathered the multitude together, 9-11. they delivered the epistle.-Acts John wrote to the seven churches xv. 1—4. 6. 12, 13. 22, 23. 25. 27, in Asia distinctly, though they were 28. 30.
in one country, and charges each If then ye have judgment of things church with its own guilt, and compertaining to this life, set them to mends each church by itself: takes judge who are least esteemed in the no notice of any power that any had church.- 1 Cor. vi. 4.
over other. He directs his epistles When I come, whomsoever you to the angel of the church ; but the shall approve by your letters, them matter lie speaks to the whole church : will I send to bring your liberality and concludes, Hear what the Spirit unto Jerusalem.--Cor. xvi. 3. saith unto the churches.-Rev. i. 4.
We have sent with him the bro- ii. iii. ther, &c. who was also chosen of the See more of Church Acts in Discichurches to travel with us, with this pline. grace (or gift), &c. Whether any do inquire, &c. of our brethren, they are
Ninthly. Of the ending of Controthe messengers of the churches, and versies arising between the Memthe glory of Christ.—2 Cor. viii. 18,
bers of the Church to avoid going 19. 23.
to Law before the Infidels. I supposed it necessary to send to Dare any of you, having a matter you Epaphroditus, &c. your messen- against another, go to law before the ger, and he that ministered to my unjust, and not before the saints ? wants.-Phil. ii. 25.
Do ye not know, that the saints shall When this epistle is read among judge the world? and if the world you, cause that it be read also in the shall be judged by you, are ye unchurch of the Laodiceans; and that worthy to judge the smallest matters ? ye likewise read the epistle from Lao- Know ye not, that we shall judge dicea. And say to Archippus, Take angels'? how much more things that heed to the ministry which thou hast pertain to this life ? &c. Set them to
judge, who are least esteemed in the sus, how he said, It is more blessed church. I speak to your shame : Is to give than to receive.--Acts xx. it so that there is not a wise man 34, 35. among you ? no, not one that shall It hath pleased them of Macedonia, be able to judge between his bre- and Achaia, to make a certain contrithren: but brother goeth to law with bution for the poor saints which are brother, and that before the unbe- at Jerusalem. - Rom. xv. 25, 26. lievers. Now, therefore, there is Now, concerning the collection for utterly a fault among you, because ye the saints, as I have given order to go to law one with another: why do the churches of Galatia, even so do ye not rather take wrong? &c. ye; upon the first day of the week, 1 Cor. vi, 1-8.
let every one of you lay by him in
store, as God hath prospered him, Tentily. Of the Relief of the Poor
that there be no gathering when I of the Churches ; and their Con
come.—1 Cor. xvi. 1, 2. tributions to the Necessity of other
By occasion of the forwardness of Churches, and the Order of it.
others, and to prove the sincerity of And the multitude of them that your love ; for ye know the grace of believed, were of one heart, and one our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he soul: neither said any of them, that was rich, &c. Not that other men be ought of the things which he pos- eased, and you burdened: but by an sessed was his own : but they had equality, &c.—2 Cor. viii. 8,9. 13, 14. all things common, &c. Neither wasE very man, according as he purthere any among them that lacked : poseth in his heart, so let him give; for as many as were possessors of not grudgingly, or of necessity : for lands, or houses, sold them, and God loveth a cheerful giver, &c. The brought the prices, &c. and laid them administration of this service not only down at the apostle's feet : and dis- supplieth the want of the saints, but tribution was made unto every man it is abundant also by many thanks, according as he had need.--Acts iv. givings unto God, &c. They glorify 32.34, 35.
God for your professed subjection The price of the land ? While it unto the gospel of Christ.—2 Cor. ix. remained, was it not thine own? and 7. 12, 13. after it was sold, was it not in thine If any would not work, neither own power ? why hast thou ? &c.- should he eat, &c. But ye, brethren, Acts v. 1-4.
be not weary in well doing, &c. When the number of the disciples 2 Thess. ïï. 10–13. was multiplied, there arose a mur- If any widow have children or muring of the Grecians against the nephews, let them learn first to shew Hebrews, because their widows were piety at home, and to requite their neglected in the daily ministration. parents, &c. If any provide not for Whereupon the church chose deacons his own, &c. If any man or woman to look to this matter. -Acts vi. 1-6. that believeth, have widows, let them
The disciples, every man according relieve them; and let not the church to his ability, determined to send re- be charged, that it may relieve them lief onto the brethren, &c.-Acts xi. that are widows indeed.—1 Tim. v. 28-30.
4. 8. 16. These hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that, so labouring, ye ought to support the weak; and to remember the words of the Lord Je
Eleventhly. Of the Officers of shewed you all things, how that, 80
particular Churches, their Power, labouring, ye ought to support the Duty, and Recompense : how they weak; and to remember the words should be qualified for the Office; of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is and of the Churches' Duty to them more blessed to give than to receive. as such.
-Acts xx. 17, 18. 28–31. 35.
Let us wait on our ministering; or I. Of the Officers, Power, Duties, &c. he that teacheth, on teaching; or he
I will give you pastors according that exhorteth, on exhortation, &c. to mine heart, which shall feed you he that ruleth, with diligence, &c.with knowledge and understanding. Rom. xii. 7, 8. -Jer. iii. 15. xxiii. 4. John xxi. 15, 16. It is required in stewards, that a
Thou shalt speak my words unto man be found faithful.- 1 Cor. iv. 2. them, whether they will hear, 'or God hath set some in the church : whether they will forbear.-—Ezek. ii. first apostles, secondarily prophets, 7. Levit. X. 11.
thirdly teachers, &c. helps, governI have made thee a watchman, &c. ments. -1 Cor. xii. 28. give them warning from me. When He gave some apostles, and some I say unto the wicked, &c. and thou prophets, and some evangelists, and givest him not warning, &c. his blood some pastors and teachers ; for the will I require at thine hand : yet if perfecting of the saints, for the work thou warn, &c.--Ezek. ii. 17-19. of the ministry, for the edifying of
They shall teach my people the the body of Christ; till we all come difference between the holy and pro- in the unity of the faith, &c.—Eph. fane, and cause them to discern be- iv. 11-14. tween the unclean and the clean, &c. To all the saints in Christ Jesus and they shall keep my laws and my which are at Philippi, with the bishops statutes in all mine assemblies, &c. and deacons.-Phil. i. 1. Ezek. xliv. 23, 24. Jer. xv. 19. Say to Archippus, Take heed to Levit. x. 8-10.
the ministry which thou hast received Their widows were neglected in in the Lord, that thou fulfil it. Col. the daily ministration. Then the iv. 17. : twelve called the multitude of the Neither give heed to fables, and disciples unto them, and said, It is endless genealogies; which minister not reason that we should leave the questions, rather than godly edifying, word of God, and serve tables; &c. from which some having swerved, wherefore, brethren, look ye out have turned aside unto vain jangling. among you seven men of honest re- - Tim. i. 4. 6. port, full of the Holy Ghost and of If a man desire the office of a wisdom, &c. but we will give our- bishop, he desireth a good work: a selves continually to prayer, and the bishop then must be blameless, the ministry of the word.-Acts vi. 1-4. husband of one wife ; vigilant, sober,
Paul sent to Ephesus, and called of good behaviour (or modest); given the elders of the church ; and when to hospitality, apt to teach ; not they were come to him, he said unto given to wine, no striker, not greedy them, &c. Take heed therefore unto of filthy lucre, but patient: not a yourselves, and to all the flock, over brawler, not covetous: one that the which the Holy Ghost hath made ruleth well his own house, having his you overseers (or bishops), to feed children in subjection with all grathe church of God, &c. I know this, vity : for if a man know not how to that after my departing, grievous rule his own house, how shall he take wolves shall enter in among you, &c. care of the church of God?' not a therefore watch, &c. and I have novice (or one newly come to the
faith), lest, being lifted up with pride, had appointed thee. If any be blamehe fall into the condemnation of the less, &c. not accused of riot, or undevil. Likewise must the deacons be ruly : for a bishop must be blameless, grave, not double-tongued, not given as the steward of God: not selfto much wine, not greedy of filthy willed, not soon angry, not given to lucre, holding the mystery of the wine ; no striker, not given to filthy faith in a pure conscience : and let lucre, but a lover of hospitality, a these also first be proved, then let lover of good men, sober, just, holy, them use the office, &c. let the dea- temperate ; holding fast the faithful cons be the husbands of one wife, word, as he hath been taught : that ruling their children and their own he may be able by sound doctrine houses well.-1 Tim. iii. 1-13. both to exhort, and to convince the
If thou put the brethren in remem- gainsayers.-Titus i. 549. brance of these things, thou shalt be Shewing thyself a pattern of good a good minister, &c. but refuse pro- works; in doctrine, uncorruptness, fane and old wives' fables, &c. Be gravity, sincerity, sound speech that thou an example of the believers in cannot be condemned, &c. these word, in conversation, in charity, &c. things speak and exhort, and rebuke give attendance to reading, to exhor- with all authority.-Titus ii. 7, 8. 15. tation, to doctrine, &c. meditate upon Them that have the rule, &c. watch these things : give thyself wholly for your souls, as they that must give unto them, &c. take heed unto thy- account.--Heb. xiii, 17. self and thy doctrine.-1 Tim. iv. 6, Is any sick among you ? let him 7. 11–13. 15, 16.
call for the elders of the church, • Rebuke not an elder, but intreat and let them pray over him, &c.-him as a father, and the younger men James v. 14. as brethren : the elder women, &c. The elders which are among you, Let the elders that rule well, be I exhort, &c. feed the flock of God, counted worthy of double honour; which is among you (or as much as especially they that labour in the in you is); taking the oversight word and doctrine.—1 Tim. v. 1. 17. thereof, not by constraint, but wil
0 Timothy, keep that which is lingly: not for filthy lucre, but of a committed to thy trust : avoiding ready mind ; neither as being lords profane and vain babblings.—1 Tim. (or over-ruling) over God's heritage, vi. 20.
but being examples of the flock. I put thee in remembrance, that 1 Pet. v. 1-4. thou stir up the gift of God which is Diotrephes, who loveth to have in thee, &c.—2 Tim. i. 6, 7.
the preeminence, receiveth us not. The things that thou hast heard of 3 John 9, 10. me, among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who Sect. II. Complaints of, and Threatshall be able to teach others also. &c. enings against, evil Officers, or a workman that needeth not to be Ministers of the Church. ashamed, rightly dividing the word of His watchmen are blind, they are all truth; but shun profane and vain ignorant, they are all dumb dogs : babbling, &c. The servant of the they cannot bark, sleeping, lying Lord must not strive, but be gentle down, loving to slumber : yea, they unto all men : apt to teach, patient are greedy dogs, which can never (or forbearing), in meekness, instruct- have enough ; and they are shepherds ing those that oppose themselves, if that cannot understand : they all look God peradventure, &c.--2 Tim. ii. 2. to their own way, cvery one for his 15, 16. 23–25.
own gain from his quarter : come ye, Ordain elders in every city, as I say they, I will fetch wine, and we