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II. It is composed only of those baptized on personal profession of faith.
I. The power of receiving, disciplining, and excluding its own members.
I. Each church is complete in itself; its decisions are subject to revisal by
no ecclesiastical tribunal on earth. Objections stated and examined.
II. Each church, though independent of all ecclesiastical authority on
earth, is aocountable to Christ as its sovereign Head.
tain rights and duties in relation to such church.
FIRST: Extraordinary Officers.
I. Temporary officers belonging only to the Apostolic period: 1. The
apostles ; 2. The prophets.
II. Officers permanently existing, but not essential to the full organiza-
tion of a church : 1. Evangelists; 2. Teachers and preachers.
SECOND: Ordinary Officers.
I. Pastor8.-1. The terms bishop, presbyter, pastor, designations of one
office; 2. The duties of pastors, preaching of the gospel, adminis-
tration of ordinances, and spiritual oversight of the church ; 3. Pas-
tors not a mediating priesthood with sacrificial and absolving powers;
4. The number of pastors in each church not fixed by Scripture ;
5. A ruling eldership, as it exists under Presbyterianism, has nei-
ther precept nor example in Scripture.
II. Deacons.—1. The office permanent in the church; 2. Deacons chosen
by the congregation and ordained by the ministry; 3. Their duty is
ORDINATION OF CHURCH OFFICERS......
The scriptural form simple: 1. The ministry alone confer ordination;
2. The co-operation of other churches to be sought; 3. The form is
prayer and the laying on of hands; 4. It confers no new internal grace
The theory of apostolic succession stated; arguments against: 1. The
sacerdotal powers supposed to be transmitted were not possessed
III. The adjustment of differences affecting worldly affairs.
the faith and life required in a church member. Nature and effect of
II. A church valid only by virtue of conformity, in character, doctrine, and
organization, to the constitution given in God's word.
I. The number of the ordinances.
II. The administration of ordinances.
III. Obligation of the ordinances.
IV. Efficacy of the ordinances : 1. Symbols, or sensible representations of
the vital, essential truths of the gospel; 2. Symbolic acts, in which
a profession is made of personal faith in these truths.
V. Ordinances, in their form and order, not to be changed by man.
the rite; 2. Those passages in which the force of a comparison or
clinic baptism; 4. The testimony of all reputable historians.
Roman Catholic Church; 3. The German and Swiss Reformers ; 4. The
the primitive form, the doctrine of a vast majority of Christendom.
VIII. DR. DALE'S THEORY: BAPTISM NEVER AN IMMERSION: 1. Statement
of the theory; 2. Examination of his fundamental positions ; 3. Ex-
tion of Col. ii. 11, 12; Rom. xi. 16–24.
ii. 38, 39; 1 Cor. vii. 14; Acts xvi. 15, 32–34; 1 Cor. i. 16.
IV. Infant baptism in itself wrong, and its ultimate results evil: 1. It is
will-worship ; 2. It is the perversion of a divine ordinance; 3. Its prac-
power of the church of God.