Prayer being an expression of dependence and reliance upon God is an ordinance in a single congregation. God’s people are commanded thus to offer their desires unto him, Ps. 62:8. Christian prayer, being offered through the mediation of Christ, is to be offered in his name, John 16:23; and that by the grace of his Spirit...Read More
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Form Of Presbyterial Church-Government Pt. 11 - Of Church-government, And The Several Sorts Of Assemblies For The Same.
Thus do the Erastians and others err maintaining a governing of the church in the hands of civil officers. Christ is the builder of his church, Zech. 6:12, 13; and, as such, in the exercise of church discipline, they must come together in the name of Christ, 1 Cor. 5:4. That name gives to what they do...Read More
Thus do the Erastians err maintaining that it belongs only to civil officers to convene ecclesiastical assemblies. They are confuted for the following reasons: 1.) Such power was retained in the Jewish church, Matt. 12:14; 26:57, 59; Acts 5:21. 2.) The keys of the...Read More
Form Of Presbyterial Church-Government Pt. 13 - Of Congregational Assemblies, That Is, The Meeting Of The Ruling Officers Of A Particular Congregation, For The Government Thereof.
This was a power common to all ecclesiastical assemblies. Such was practiced by Moses, Ex. 12:21; 34:31; such was the practice of the Jewish church...Read More
Thus do the Papists and Prelatists err who deny there to be a presbytery in the church. They are confuted for the following reasons: 1.) Scripture mentions a plurality of presbyters or elders associated together in presbyterial churches, both in...Read More
Thus do they err who deny there to be higher ecclesiastical assemblies than congregational and classical. The ground and warrant for juridical synods is demonstrated by the following reasons: 1.) The words of the Law hold forth an...Read More
Thus do they err who hold a universal allowance to preach apart from Christ’s ordinance. They are confuted for the following reasons: 1.) In the Old Testament, not only the high priest, but all other priests and Levites were by divine appointment inaugurated to their ministerial...Read More
Thus do the Fanatics and others err who maintain that a man might take upon himself the office of minister of the word without a lawful calling. In the sacred assembly all things ought to be done decently and in...Read More
Thus do the Papists and Prelatists err maintaining that ordination is the act of a bishop. Now we know that in Scripture the bishop and the presbyter is all one, Acts 20:17, 28, wherein we see the same persons called elders (πρεσβυτέρους-presbuterous) in verse 17, that are called overseers or bishops (ἐπισκόπους-episkopous) in verse 28. Next...Read More
Form Of Presbyterial Church-Government Pt. 19 - Concerning The Doctrinal Part Of Ordination Of Ministers.
Thus do the Fanatics and others err who maintain that a man might take upon himself the office of minister of the word without a lawful calling. The Scriptures hold out the following things concerning a lawful calling: 1.) Mission is essential to the constitution of a minister, Rom. 10:14, 15. The apostle’s...Read More