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case of private Offences to be performed according to the Rulein Mat.18 15,16,17.and in care of Publick Offences openly before the Church, as the Honour of the Gospel, and the nature of the Scandal shall require, and if either of the Admonitions take place for the recovery of the fallen Person, all further Proceedings in a way of Cenfure are thereon to cease, & fariso fa&tion to be declared accordingly. I Tim. 1.20 Mat. 18. 15. 17.
III. When all due Means are ufed, according to the Order of IbeGospel for the reftoring anotfending & fcandalous Brother, and he notwithftanding remains impenitent, theCensure of Excommunication is to be proceeded unto; wherein the Paftor & other Elders (if there be such) are to lead & go before the Churob ; and the Brotherhood to give their Consent in a way of Obedience unto Christ, and to the Elders, as over them in the Lord. Mat. 18. 15, 16, 17. Tit. 3. 10. 1 Cor. 5. 1 Tbef. 5. 5. 12.
IV. It may sometimes come to pass, that a Churcb Meraber, not otherwise fcandalous may Jully withdraw, and divide himself from the Communion of the Church to which he belongeth: In which case, when all due means for the reducing him, prove ineffectualhe having cheren by cut himselt off from that Churches Communi on ; the Church may justly eleem & dec!
self discharged of any further Inspection over him. Heb. 10.25. Rom. 16. 17. 2 Tbef. 3. 14
IV. Of Communion of Churches.
I. E agreethat particular Churches ought
not to walk so diftinct and separate from each other, as not to have Care & Tenderness towards one another. But their Pastors ought to have frequent Meetings together, that by mutualAdvice, Support, Encouragement, & Brotherly Intercourse, they may strengthen the Hearts & Hands of each other in the Ways of she Lord. A&t. 15. 23. & 20. 17,28.
II. That none of our particular Churches fhall be subordinate to one another,each being endued with equality of Power froen. Jesus Christ. And thac none of the faid particular Churches, their Officer or Officers, fhall exercise any Power, or have any Superiority, over any other Church or their Officers. Rev. 1. 4. Cant: 8.8. I Cor. 16. 19. AET. 1523.
III. That known Members of particular Churches constituted as aforesai 1, may have occasional Communion with one another in the Ordinances of the Gospel, viz.chelVord, Prayer, Sacraments, singing of Psalms, dispensed according to the mind of Christ : Uniefs tirac Church, with which they desire Communion, haih any
just Exception against them. . 18. 27. Rom, 16. 1,2., 2 Cor. 3. 1. 1 Cor. 12. 13.
IV. That we ought noe to admit anyone to be a Member of our respective Congregations, that hach joyn'd himself to another, without Endeavours of mutual Satisfaction of the Con. gregation concerned. Heb. 13. 1. I Cor. 14.40.
V. That oneChurch ought not to blame the proceedings of another, untilic hath heard, what that Church charged,ics Elders or Mefsengers, can say in vindication of themselves from any charge of Irregular or Irjurious Proceedings. Mat. 7. 1. Prov. 18. 17. Deut. 13. 14.
VI. That we are most willing and ready to give an Account of our Church proceedings to each other, when desired ; for preventing or removing any Offences, that may arise among
Likewise we shall be ready to give the Right Hand of Fellowship,&walk together according to the Gospel Rules of Communion of Churches. 1 Pet 3 15. Rom. 14.19. AE.11.2, 3, 4.18. Joh. 22.13.21, 30. Gal. 2 9. Col.2.5. I Pei.4.10, 11, 1Cor.10.24Rom. 1. 15 Gal. 6.10
V. Of Deacons and Ruling Elders.
agree, the Office of a Deacon is of
Divine Appointment,& that it bel to their Office to receive, lay out, and din
the Churches Stock to its proper Uses, by the direction of the Pastor, & Brethren,if need be. And whereas diverse are of Opinion, that there is also the Office of Ruling Elders, who labour not in Word and Doctrine ; and others think otherwise ; we agree that this Difference make no breach among us. Aa. 6. 3,5,6 Pbil. 1. 1. I Tim. 3. 8, to 13 Rom. 12. 8. i Cor. 12.28. I Tim. 5. 17. Phil. 3 15, 16.
VI. Of occasional Meeting of Ministers, &c.
agrec that in order to Concord, and
in other weighty and difficult cases, it is needful and according to the mind of Chrift, that the Ministers of the severalChurches be confulted & advised with about such Matters. Prov. 24. 6. A. 15. 26.
II. That such Meetings may confift of smaller or greater Numbers, as the Matter shall require.
III. That particular Churches, their respegtive Elders and Members, ought to have a reverencial Regard to their Judgment, so given, and not diffent therefrom without apparent Grounds from the Word of God. A&.16.4,5. Cor. 14. 32,33. Gal. 1. 8. 1 Pet. 4. 11.
VII. Of our Demeanour towards the Civil
Magiftrase. 1. WE do reckon our felves obliged conti
tinually to pray for God's protection, Guidance and Blessing upon the Rulers fet over us. iTim.2.2 Pfal. 20.1,t0 4.
II. That we ought to yield unto them not only Subjection in the Lord, buc Support according to our Station and Abilities. Mat.22. 21. Ron. 13. 5,6. Neb. 5., 18.
III. That if at any time, it shall be their pleasure to call together any number of us, to require an Account of our Affairs, & the State of our Congregations, we shall moft readily express all dutiful regard to them herein. Isa 49 23. 2Cbron.29. 4,80 11. Rom. i 3.1. Tit. 3.1.
VIII. Of, a Confeffion of Faitb.
Judgment in matters of Faith, we efteem it fufficient that a Church acknowledge the Scriptures to be the Word of God, the perfect and only rule of Faith & Practice, & own either the Doctrinal part of those commonly called the Articles of TheChurch of England, or the Confeffion or Catechisms, fhorter or larger compiled by the Assembly at Weft minfier, or the Confeflion agreed on at the Savoy, to be agreeable to the said Rule,
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