science; and not as busybodies,
or evil-doers .... 316
Thirdly. The duties of others;
and how we ought to behave
toward such as are afflicted and
persecuted • 317
To sympathize with them, visit,
help, comfort, and pray for them;
and take heed we add not to their
Chap. XXL Of public or common ca-
lamities and judgments, whence they
Sect. i. That they are of God's ap-
pointment, and none can guard
against them . . . . ib.
See alsa looking to God in affliction,
Sect. II. The privileges of the ser-
vants of God in such a time . 320
See more in saints' privileges in general,
Sect. iii. The duties of the righteous
in such times of distress . . 321
Chap. XXIL Of magistrates and ma-
Sect. I. That magistracy is an ordi-
nance of God: that by him magis-
trates are advanced to office; the
titles given to them . . . ib.
Sect. Ii. What they are in the sight of
God, and considered as men . . 324
Sect. iii. What are the duties of ma-
gistrates: what they should not be;
and what they should be . . 325
Sect. tv. The duties of subjects to ma-
gistrates, with respect both to their
persons and decrees . . . 329
First. What they may not do: when
and wherein they may not obey
Secondly. What they ought to do,
or wherein they should acknow-
ledge and obey them . . ib.
L To submit to, and obey them
in things lawful . . . ib.
IL To give them due honour and
respect. Not contemn their per-
sons, or speak evil of them . 330
IIL To pray for them . SSI
IV. To endeavour to get good
magistrates . . . ib.
V. To discover treasons . . ib.
VL To submit to lawful magis-
trates which God hath set up,
although they be not such as
they should be . ib.
See alto the kings of Israel and Judali,
Chap. XXIIL Of an oath for testimony,
confirmation, and ending of contro-
versies, and other occasions; and evil
oaths ...... ib.
Chap. XXIV. Of the gospel; gospel
preachers in general; their duty and
recompense ..... 334
Sect. i. What the gospel is; and its
Sect. ii. Of gospel preachers, their
duty and recompense . . . 3S5
See- more of church officers, chap. xxv.
Chap. XXV. Of the church of Christ,
nnder the several notions thereof,
and the things belonging thereto, in
general; and also with regard to
particular churches .... 339'
First. The several acceptations of the
church mentioned in scripture . ib.
L General, or universal . . ib.
IL Universal, visible . . . ib.
IIL Particular visible churches of
believers, who are joined toge-
ther as one body, and usually
meet together in one place, for
the participation of the same or-
dinances, and exercising duties
as a church, and one to another
as members thereof . . . ib.
Secondly. The dignity, privileges, and
blessings belonging to the church,
of Jesus Christ in general, as such 340
See union and relation between Christ and
his church, chap. xiv.
Thirdly. Of the qualifications of mem-
bers of the church of God; what
they should be ... 343
Fourthly. Of the property that parti-
cular churches had iu their members,
and of others joining themselves to
Fifthly, Of letters commendatory, and
the churches receiving of such as
were recommended to them by word
or letter ib.
Sixthly. Of the order of the churches
in their assemblies and meetings:
their stated regulations in constant
worship . • • • . ib.
Seventhly. Of the gifts of prayer, pro-
phesy ing, psalms, tongues, £cc.which
the members of churches received:
how they used them in the church
assemblies, and elsewhere, for the
edification one of another, and in-
struction of others: the order how
they should be used, directed: such
gifts to be desired for this end. . 345"
Eighthly. Of other acts done iu and by
these particular churches, in sending
messengers to other churches; and,
upon occasion, determining contro-
versies, writing and sending epistles
and other affairs, of their meeting
togetherin order thereto,and hearing
such epistles: the epistles directed
to the whole body . . . 347
Set Church discipline in this chapter,
Ninthly. Of the ending of controversies