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It's Law-giver-Apostolic authority-Its polity.
89. Who is the rightful Lawgiver in Zion?
Mat. 23. 8. Be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren. And call no man your Father upon the Earth: for one is your Father which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master even Christ.
Ep. 1. 22. And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the Head over all things to the church, which is his body.
90. Did the inspired apostles receive any peculiar ec-~ clesiastical authority to establish the christian dispensation?
Mat. 16. 19. I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven.
Mat. 18. 18. Verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven. Jn. 20. 23. Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
91. Is a large number of persons essential to a christian church?
1 Cor. 16. 19. Aquilla and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. Col. 4. 15. Salute Nymphas and the church which is in his house. Philemon 2.
92. What officers were appointed in the primitive churches?
Ac. 15. 23. The apostles, and elders, and brethren, send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles. Ph. 1. 1. Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus, which are 1 Tim. 8-8. at Philppi, with the bishops and deacons.
93. Did any apostolical churches have a plurality of lders?
Ac. 14. 23. And when they had ordained them el
ders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord,
And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, elders of the church.
Ac. 20. 17. and called the Jam. 5. 14. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church. Tit. 1. 5.
94. Is there any sense in which the primitive elders or bishops were rulers?
1 Tim. 5. 17. Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in word and doctrine.
Heb. 13. 7. Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow. 17, and 24.
95. Are bishops, elders and pastors different names to signify the same office?
Ac. 20. 17. And called the elders of the church. 28. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, [bishops] to feed the church of God.
Ep. 4. 11. And he gave some apostles, and some prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry for the edifying the body of Christ.
1. Tim. 3. 2. A bishop then must be blamelessapt to teach.
Tit. 1. 7. A bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God. 9. Holding fast the faithful word, as he hath been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort, and to convince the gainsayers.
1 Pet. 5. 1. The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder.- -Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
Its polity-Its ordinances.
96. Have one class of bishops, elders or pastors ecclesitical authority over others?
Mat. 20. 25. Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
97. Upon whom was the authority of church discipline conferred?
Mat. 18. 15. Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican.
1 Pet. 5. 2. Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
98. What ordinances were appointed for the church?
Mat. 28. 19. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Ac. 11. 26. And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people.
1 Cor. 11. 23. I have received of the Lord, that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread
Its ordinances-Profession of religion.
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come. Mat. 26. 26. Lk.
99. Are christian ordinances a privilege?
Ps. 36. 8. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
Ps. 63. 1. My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is, To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen t. thee in the sanctuary.
Ps. 65. 4. Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
Ps. 84. 4. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. 10. For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather lea door-keeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Ps. 92. 13 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.
100. Ought christians to profess religion, and observe christian ordinances?
Is. 44. 5. One shall say, I am the Lord's; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel.
Mat. 5. 14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light
Profession of religion-Rules of discipline.
a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick: and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Mat. 26. 27. And he took the cup and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, drink ye all of it.
He that believeth and is baptized, shall
Mk. 16. 16. be saved.
Lk. 22. 19, 1 Cor. 11. 26. and drink this cup,
This do in remembrance of me.
For as often as ye eat this bread, ye do show the Lord's death`till he
101. Is a public confession of the faith of the gospel a condition of salvation?
Mat. 10. 32.
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Lk. 12. 8, 9.
Mk. 8. 38. Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Rom. 10. 9. If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thy heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
102. What is said respecting church order and discipline?
Mat. 18. 15. Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass, against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three