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SECTION IV.

THE OBJECTS WHICH A CHURCH SHOULD AIM TO SECURE.

First, personal edification, p. 16, 17—howpromoted by Christian

fellowship, 17—all should seek to impart, as well as to receive

good, 17—second, the Divine glory, 18—this is secured by the

act which brings them together, 19—by the public and united

religious exercises of the body, 19—this is to be regarded as

the supreme object, 20—to be placed before personal comfort,

or even edification, 20—third, the preservation and extension

of Divine truth, 20—the church is bound to aim at this, 21—

competent to secure it, 21—necessary results of these state-

ments, 21—a church may exist under any form of civil govern-

ment, 21, 22.

SECTION V.

THE DUTIES WHICH ARE INCUMBENT UPON THE MEMBERS

OF A CHURCH.

All arise out of the new relations into which they have entered,

p. 23—first, the duties they owe to Christ, viz., a determination

to submit to no authority but his, 24—supreme reverence for

his authority, 24—diligent study of his laws, 24, 25—care to

execute them, 25—second, to each other—love, 25, 26—mu-

tual watchfulness, 26—28—faithfulness of reproof, 28, 29—

forgiveness, 29—32—forbearance 32, 33—general cordiality of

bearing and conduct, 33, 34—sympathy with the poor, 35—

third, to the world, 35—should aim at its salvation by exhi-

biting a holy example, 36—by securing an efficient administra-

tion of Divine ordinances, 37—by diffusing the light of truth

in the vicinity, county, country, world, 40, 41.

people, 51—the right of the people to choose the pastor es-
tablished, 52—55—the second step, viz., solemn induction into
office or ordination explained, 56—in whom the power to ordain
is rested, 57, 58—the authority which ordination confers upon
the pastor explained, 59—is restricted to- what comes within
the range of the pastoral office, 60—is ministerial, not legis-
lative, 60—is not distinct from that of Christ, 61, 62—the
deacon's office, 63—its origin, 63—the requisite qualifications
for it, 64—is not a spiritual office, 65—why the qualifications
mentioned in Timothy, &c, are required, 66—should not be
elected annually, 67, 68.

SECTION VII.

THE GOVERNMENT OF A CHURCH.

The opinion that no form of government is of Divine authority

examined, p. 69—arguments both h priori and h posteriori

against it, 69, 70—difference of opinion on this subject ac-

counted for, 71—the Popish form of government explained, 72

—the assumptions on which it rests, 72—these examined and

overthrown, 72—76—the Episcopalian form, &c, explained,

76—simple episcopacy, 76—diocesan episcopacy, 76, 77—the

ground on which episcopacy rests shown to be untenable, 77—

the Congregational and Presbyterian forms, &c, described, 77—

the essential principles of the former explained, 77—79—Dr.

Dick's account of Congregationalism shown to be incorrect, 80,

81—examination of the first great principle in contest between

Congregationalists and Presbyterians, viz., whether a single con-

gregation of believers is a complete church or not, 82—arguments

of the Presbyterians opposed, 83—the Congregational sense of

the term established, 83-—86—examination of the second great

principle in contest, &c &c viz., whether every church, in the

Congregational sense, has the full power of government within

itself, 86—Dr. Dick's statements, especially his account of the

council at Antioch, examined, 87—that council shown to afford

no support to Presbyterianism, 93—direct arguments in sup-

port of the second principle of Congregationalism, 94—direct

arguments in support of both principles, 97—101.

SECTION VIII.

THE DISCIPLINE OF A CHURCH.

Discipline explained, 102—should be exercised, first, in the ad-
mission' of members to the church, 102—the law of admis-
sion, 102—importance of acting upon it, 102—secondly, in

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