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member therefore from whence Antioch, with Paul and Barnabas ; thou art fallen, and repent, and namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, do the first works; or else I will and Silas, chief men among the bretanes, which I also hate. Joined och, and Syria, and Cilicia. 562 The Form of Church-Government. Of Synodical Assemblies.

Touch THE scripture doth hold out another sort of assemblies

for the government of the church, beside classical and No man ought congregational, all which we call Synodical k.

Pastors and teachers, and other church-governors, (as Ordination is also other fit persons, when it shall be deemed expedient,) Ordination is are members of those assemblies which we call Synodical

, some publick ch
where they have a lawful calling thereunto.
Synodical assemblies may lawfully be of several sorts

, as
provincial, national, and oecumenical.
It is lawful, and agreeable to the word of God, that there wil

, A man can rec be a subordination of congregational, classical

, provincial

, 11.14 How it and national assemblies, for the government of the church sa tim in whom el

Of Ordination of Ministers.
UNDER the head of Ordination of Ministers is to be praeter! Ver. "

considered, either the doctrine of ordination, or the song preach except power of it.

Touching of peace, and bri things saith he that holdeth the

with Acts xx. 17, 28. (See in leto

prophesy lies in seven stars in his right hand, who terh.) walketh in the midst of the seven

not, neither golden candlesticks; Ver. 2. I know

Paul and Barnabas had no small
thy works, and thy labour, and thy dissension and disputation with
patience, and how thou canst not
bear them which are evil; and thou
hast tried them which say they are
apostles, and are not, and hast found
them liars. Ver

. 3. And hast borne, question. Ver. 6. And the apostles
and hast patience, and for my name's

and elders came
sake hast laboured, and hast not
fainted. Ver. 4. Nevertheless, I have
somewhat against thee, because thou

with the whole church, to send
hast left thy first love. Ver. 5. Re.

chosen men of their own company to
come unto thee quickly, and will
place, except thou repent. Ver. 6.

this thou hast, that thou
hatest the deeds of the Nicolai-

it is written, How feet of them that

good things ! Jer.

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Lord said unto

k Acts xv. 2. When therefore

them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem un. to the apostles and elders about this

chem them, neither spa prophesy unto yo divination, and and the deceito v. 4. And no i pour unto himse ed of God, as w

Tit. i, 5. thee in Crete, in order the thi and ordain eld had appointed I charge thee Lord Jesus

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together for to consider of this matter. Ver. 22. Then it pleased the apostles and elders,

angels, that th

without prefe ther, doing Ver. 22. Lay

man, neither

nien's sins: 1

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remove thy candlestick out of his by them after this manner : The

thren : Ver. 23. And wrote letters apostles, and elders, and brethren, send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antie

I John

Touching the Doctrine of Ordination.

N° man ought to take upon him the office of a minister

of the word without à lawful calling '.
Ordination is always to be continued in the church".

Ordination is the solemn setting apart of a person to some publick church office ".

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I John iii. 27. John answered and n Numb. viii. 10. And thou shalt said, A man can receive nothing, ex bring the Levites before the Lord,

cept it be given him from heaven, and the children of Israel shall put Ho Rom. x. 14. How then shall they call their hands upon the Levites : Ver.

on him in whom they have not be 11. And Aaron shall offer the Levites lieved ? and how shall they believe before the Lord, for an offering of in him of whom they have not heard ? the children of Israel; that they may and how shall they hear without a execute the service of the Lord. Ver. preacher ? Ver. 15. And how shall 14. Thus shalt thou separate the they preach except they be sent ? As Levites from among the children of. it is written, How beautiful are the Israel: and the Levites shall be nine. feet of them that preach the gospel Ver: 19. And I have given the Leof peace, and bring glad tidings of vites as a gift to Aaron, and to his good things ! Jer. xiv. 14. Then the sons, from anong the children of Is. Lord said unto me, The prophets rael, to do the service of the children prophesy lies in my name : I sent of Israel in the tabernacle of the conthem not, neither have I commanded gregation, and to make an atonement them, neither spake unto thenı : they for the children of Israel: that there prophesy unto you a false vision, and be no plague among the children of divination, and a thing of nought, Israel, when the children of Israel and the deceit of their heart. Heb. come nigh unto the sanctuary. Ver. V. 4. And no man taketh this ho 22. And after that went the Levites pour unto himself, but he that is call in to do their service in the tabered of God, as was Aaron,

nacle of the congregation, before m Tit. i. 5. For this cause left I Aaron, and before his sons: as the thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set Lord had commanded Moses concernin order the things that are wanting, ing the Levites, so did they unto them. and ordain elders in every city, as I Acts vi. 3. Wherefore, brethren, look had appointed thee. 1 Tim. v. 21. ye oụt among you seven men of honest I charge thee before God, and the report, full of the Holy Ghost and Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect wisdom, whom we may appoint angels, that thou observe these things, over this business. Ver. 5. And the without preferring one before ano saying pleased the whole multitude ; ther, doing nothing by partiality. and they chose Stephen, a Ver. 22. Lay hands suddenly on no full of faith and of the Holy man, neither be partaker of other Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, nien's sins: keep thyself pure.

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Every minister of the word is to be ordained by imposi- No man is to be or tion of hands, and prayer, with fasting, by those preaching megation

, if they of presbyters to whom it doth belong.

exception against It is agreeable to the word of God, and very expedient, that such as are to be ordained ministers, be designed to

Touchin some particular church, or other ministerial charge P. He that is to be ordained minister, must be duly qualified

, both for life and ministerial abilities, according to the rules ORDINATION

The power of of the apostle". He is to be examined and approved by those by whom is in the whole pre

tängregations than he is to be ordained'.

No

fixed or not fixed,
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2. Because the in a presbytery

tery did ordain.

The preachin cities or neighb

Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of given to hospitality, apt to teach :
Antioch: Ver. 6. Whom they set

Ver. 3. Not given to wine, no striker

, before the apostles; and when they not greedy of filthy lucre, but patient

; power in ordinatid had prayed, they laid their hands on not a brawler; not covetous : Ver. 4. them.

One that ruleth

well his own howe single congregatio • 1 Tim. v. 22. Lay hands sudden- having his children in subjection with

assume to itself ly on no man, neither be partaker of all gravity: Ver. 5. (For if a man other men's sins: keep thyself pure. know not how to rule his own house

, Acts xiv. 23. And when they had how shall he take care of the church ordained them elders in every church, of God ?) Ver. 6. Not a novice, lest, and had prayed with fasting, they being lifted up with pride, he fall in commended them to the Lord, on

to the condemnation of the devil. Jerusalem, w whom they believed. Acts xii. 3. Tit. i. 5. For this cause left I thee in congregations w And when they had fasted and pray- Crete, that thou shouldest set in order ed, and laid their hands on them, the things that are wanting, and orthey sent them away.

dain elders in every city, as I had apP Acts xiv. 23. [See before.] Tit. i.

pointed thee. Ver. 6. If any be blame5. For this cause left I thee in Crete, less

, the husband of one wife

, having position of han that thou shouldest set in order the faithful children, not accused of riot, things that are wanting, and ordain

or unruly: Ver. 7. For a bishop must elders in every city, as I had appoint- be blameless

, as the steward of God; Acts xx. 17. And from

not self-willed, not soon angry, not Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and call given to wine, no striker, not given ed the elders of the church. Ver. 28. Take heed therefore unto yourselves,

of hospitality, a lover of good men, and to all the flock over the which

sober, just, holy, temperate ; Ver. 9. the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God,

hath been taught, that he may which he hath purchased with his able by sound doctrine both.io own blood.

exhort and to convince the gain91 Tim. iii. 2. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife,

sayers. vigilant, sober, of good behaviour,

within their bo

ed thee.

to filthy lucre; Ver. 8. But a lover

Holding fast the faithful word, as he

be

which are withou reproach, and the Ver. 10. And let proved; then let of a deacon, bein | Tim. v. 22. ) on no man, net other men's sins

si Tim. ïïl. 2 be blameless,

si Tim. iii. 7. Moreover, he must have a good report of them

which

claris position of hands doth appertain, for those congregations

No man is to be ordained a minister for a particular congregation, if they of that congregation can shew just cause of exception against him.

Touching the Power of Ordination. ORDINATION is the act of a presbytery":

The power of ordering the whole work of ordination is in the whole presbytery, which, when it is over more 011

congregations than one, whether those congregations be fixed or not fixed, in regard of officers or members, it is indifferent as to the point of ordination".

It is very requisite, that no single congregation, that can conveniently associate, do assume to itself all and sole power in ordination :

1. Because there is no example in scripture that any the single congregation, which might conveniently associate, did

assume to itself all and sole power in ordination; neither is there

any rule which may warrant such a practice.

2. Because there is in scripture example of an ordination Ng in a presbytery over divers congregations; as in the church

of Jerusalem, where were many congregations: these many congregations were under one presbytery, and this presbytery did ordain.

The preaching presbyters orderly associated, either in cities or neighbouring villages, are those to whom the im

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which are without; lest he fall into wife, vigilant, sober, of good ben reproach, and the snare of the devil, haviour, given to hospitality, apt to Ver. 10. And let these also first be teach. Tit. i. 7. For a bishop niust proved; then let them use the office be blanieless, as the steward of God. of a deacon, being found blameless, ti Tim. iv. 14. Neglect not the 1 Tim. v. 22. Lay hands suddenly gift that is in thee, which was on no man, neither be partaker of given thee by prophecy, with the other men's sins : keep thyself pure, laying on of the hands of the pres

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9. No man is to be ordained a minister for a particular congregation, if they of that congregation can shew just cause of exception against him.

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