PREACHED AT THE OPENING
REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH,
PHILADELPHIA, MAY 16, 1816.
Rev. John Black,
PASTOR OF THE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH,
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.—
Be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with
every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men.—PAUL.
Printed by E. Pentland.
The substance of the following Discourse was delivered before the Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, better than two years ago.
The Author, by synodical appointment, had been enjoined to preach upon the subject of Church fellowship. By an act of Synod, all the discourses delivered at the opening of that body, are to be furnished, for the purpose of publishing them in a volume, at a convenient time. This volume is not yet published. But as the article of communion among professed Christians, is, at the present time, much agitated, the Synod recommended the Author to publish this discourse, with such notes or observations, as he might see proper.
The form of the discourse, is something different from that in which it was delivered and appears on the Author’s own responsibility.
That it may, through the Divine blessing, be useful in settling the minds of Christians respecting the scriptural basis of church fellowship, about which, they are, at present, far from being agreed, is the earnest prayer of the Author.
1819-John Black.-A synodical sermon expounding against open communion, setting forth the true limits of church fellowship and the need for confessionalism amongst church members.
1819-John Black.-A note on the true nature of imputation, saving faith and the covenants with Adam and Christ.
1819-John Black.-A note observing that separate communions imply some underlying problem which must be addressed before there can be ecclesiastical union and communion.
1819-John Black.-A note explaining how ecclesiastical fellowship differs from Christian fellowship in its nature and scope.
1819-John Black.-A note on the breadth to be observed in church communion.
1819-John Black.-A note on the importance that church union only be attempted on principled grounds.
1819-John Black.-A note explaining that the rights of conscience do not give any liberty to disregard the rights of God or his law.
1819-John Black.-A note on the identity and duty of the two witnesses.
1819-John Black.-A note discussing the duty of the two witnesses to testify against antichrist together with an exposition of the identity of antichrist and his duration in history.
1819.John Black.-A note explaining that there is the same obligation to believe as there is to obey.
1819-John Black.-A note on the ecclesiastical use of creeds and confessions with respect to church fellowship and intercommunion.