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done this thing, and hast not with- | lieveth on him is not condemned ; held thy son, thine only son : that but he that believeth not is conin blessing I will bless thee, and in demned already, because he hath multiplying I will multiply thy seed not believed in the name of the only as the stars of the heaven, and as the begotten Son of God... He that besand which is upon the sea-shore ; lieveth on the Son hath everlasting and thy seed shall possess the gate life, and he that believeth not the of his enemies ; and in thy seed Son shall not see life ; but the wrath shall all the nations of the earth be of God abideth on him. blessed ; because thou hast obeyed
Gal. 3 : 22. The Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
CHAPTER III. 24. The law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we
CONFESSION OF CHRIST. might be justified by faith.
John 1: 12. But as many as received Christ, to them gave he pow- § 1. PUBLIC PROFESSION REQUIRED. er to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Mar. 10: 32. Whosoever there
Gal. 3 : 26. Ye are all the chil- fore shall confess me before men, dren of God, by faith in Jesus Christ. him will I also confess before my
John 16 : 27. The Father him- Father which is in heaven. But self loveth you, because ye have | whosoever shall deny me before loved me, and have believed that I men, him will I also deny before came out from God.
my Father which is in heaven.
(Luke 12 : 8.) T Acts 10 : 42. He commanded us John 12 : 42. Nevertheless, among to preach unto the people, and to the chief rulers also many believed testify that it is he which was or- on hiin; but because of the Pharises dained of God to be the judge of they did not consess him, lest they quick and dead. To him gave all should be put out of the synagogue. the prophets witness, that through For they loved the praise of men his name whosoever believeth on more than the praise of God. him, shall receive remission of sins. Rom. 10: 9. If thou shalt confess
Rom. 15 : 13. The God of hope with thy mouth, the Lord Jesus, and fill you with all joy and peace in shalt believe in thine heart that God believing.
raised him from the dead, thou shalt 1 Peter 1 : 8. In whom believ- , be saved. For with the heart man ing, ye rejoice with joy unspeaka- believeth unto righteousness, and ble and full of glory.
with the mouth confession is made 2 :7. To them that believe he is unto salvation. precious.
Heb. 10: 23. Let us hold fast the Rom. 9 : 33. Behold I lay in Sion a profession of our faith without wavstumbling-stone and Rock of offence, 1 ering. and whosoever believeth on him Phil. 2: 11. Every tongue should shall not be ashamed. (Isa. 28:16.) confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to
John 3: 14. As Moses lifted up the glory of God the Father. the serpent in the wilderness, even 1 Tim. 6: 12. Fight the good so must the Son of man be lifted up; fight of faith ; lay hold on eternal that whosoever believeth on him life, whereunto thou art also called, should not perish, but have eternal having witnessed a good profession, life... For God so loved the world, before many witnesses. that he gave his only begotten Son, HEB. 3:1. Consider the Apostle that whosoever believeth on him and high priest of our profession, should not perish, but have ever- Christ Jesus. lasting life. — 17. God sent not bis 4 : 14. Seeing then we have a Son into the world to condemn the great bigh-priest that is passed into world, but that the world through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, him might be saved. He that be- let us hold fast our profession.
10: 23. Let us hold fast the pro- , with a holy kiss. The churches of fession of our faith without waver
Christ salute you. ing.
16 : 5. Greet Priscilla and Aquila 1 JOHN 4: 15. Whosoever shall ... likewise the church that is in confess that Jesus is the Son of God, their house. God dwelleth in him and he in Col. 4: 15. Salute ... Nymphas, God.
and the church which is in his MARK 8 : 38. Whosoever there- house, and when this epistle is read fore shall be ashamed of me, and of among you, cause that it be read in my words, in this adulterous and sin- the church of the Laodiceans, and ful generation, of him also shall the that ye likewise read the epistle Son of man be ashamed, when he from Laodicea. cometh in the glory of his Father Phil. 1: 1. Paul and Timothy ... with the holy angels. (L. 9: 26.) unto Philemon ... and the church
2 Tim. 2 : 12. If we deny him, he in thy house, grace to you, &c. also will deny us.
Acts 8:1. At that time there was 1 John 2 : 23. Whosoever denieth great persecution against the church the Son, the same hath not the which was at Jerusalem. Father.
3 John 9. I wrote unto the church.
2 Cor. 6 : 14. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers : for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness ? and what communion hath light with
darkness ? and what concord hath CHAPTER IV.
Christ with Belial ? or what part
hath he that believeth with an infiTHE CHURCH, OR
OR- del ? and what agreement hath the GANIZATION.
temple of God with idols ? for ye
are the temple of the living God; § 1. CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS A as God hath said, I will dwell in
them, and walk in them; and I will
be their God, and they shall be my Acts 12: 5. Prayer was made people. Wherefore come out from without ceasing of the church unio among them, and be ye separate, God, for him [Peter.]
saith the Lord, and touch not the 14:27. And when they were come unclean thing; and I will receive and had gathered the church togeth- you ; and will be a Father unto you, er, they rehearsed all that God had and ye shall be my sons and daughdone with them, and how he had ters, saith the Lord Almighty. opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
Acts 15 : 8. And being brought on their way, by the church, they § 3. THE UNITY OF THE CHURCH. passed through Phenice.... when they were come to Jerusalem they Mat. 16: 18. On this rock will were received of the church, and of I build my CHURCH. the apostles and elders.
Acts 5: 11. Great fear came on 1 Cor. 1: 1. Paul... unto the all the church. church which is at Corinth, to them 1 Cor. 12: 12. For as the body that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, is one, and hath many members, called to be saints, with all that in and all the members of that one every place call upon the name of body, being many, are one body: Jesus Christ, our Lord, Grace be so also is Christ. For by one Spirit unto you, and peace from God our are we all baptized into one body, Father, and from the Lord Jesus whether we be Jews or Gentiles, Christ.
whether we be bond or free; and Rev. 1: 4. John, to the seven have been all made to drink into churches, which are in Asia. one Spirit.
2:1. Unto the angel of the church GAL. 3: 26. For ye are all the of Ephesus, &c.
children of God by faith in Christ Rom. 16 : 16. Salute one another Jesus. For as many of you as have
DISTINCT COMMUNITY OR CHURCH.
been baptized into Christ have put 12: 14. For the body is not on Christ. There is neither Jew one member but many. - 26. And nor Greek, there is neither bond nor whether one member suffer, all the free, there is neither male nor members suffer with it; or female: for ye are all one in Christ member be honored, all the memJesus.
bers rejoice with it. Now ye are Eph. 4: 1. I, therefore, the pris- the body of Christ, and members oner of the Lord, beseech you that in particular. ye walk worthy of the vocation i Peter 5: 13. The church that wherewith ye are called, with all is at Babylon, elected together with lowliness and meekness, with long- you, greeteth you. suffering, forbearing one another in Acts 20: 28. Feed the church of love, endeavoring to keep the unity God. of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 1 Cor. 15: 9. I persecuted the There is one body, and one Spirit, church of God. even' as ye are called in one hope of your calling: one Lord, one faith, Churches only spoken of as existone baptism, one God and Father ing in different places. of all, who is above all, and through Acts 9: 31. Then had the all, and in you all. But unto every churches rest. one of us is given grace according 15: 41. He (Paul) went through to the measure of the gift of Christ. Syria and Cilicia, confirming the
5: 26. That he might sanctify churches. and cleanse it with the washing of 16: 5. So were the churches water by the word, that he might established in the faith. present it to himself a glorious 1 Cor. 7: 17. So ordain I, in all church, not having spot or wrinkle, the churches. or any such thing; but that it should Rev. 1: 4. To the seven churches be holy and without blemish.
which are in Asia.
Acts 2: 44. And all that believed 1 Col. 1: 18. He (Christ) is the were together, and had all things head of the body, the church. common, and sold their possessions
1 Cor. 1: 10. Now I beseech and goods, and parted them to all you, brethren, by the name of our men, as every man had need. Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you ; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judg- $ 3. ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH. ment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by
I. Public Worship. them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions 1. Appointed and Illustrated. among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Mark 16: 15. Go ye into all the Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of world, and PREACH THE GOSPEL to Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ every creature. divided? was Paul crucified for you? 1 Cor. 1: 21. After that, in the or were ye baptized in the name of wisdom of God, the world by wisPaul?
dom'knew not God; it pleased God, 3: 1. ` And I, brethren, could not by the foolishness of preaching, to speak unto you as unto spiritual, save them that believe. but as unto carnal, even as unto LUKE 9: 60. Let the dead bury babes in Christ. ... For whereas their dead, but go thou and preach there is among you envying, and the kingdom of God. strife, and divisions, are ye not car- 4: 44. He, (Christ) preached in nal and walk as men? For while the synagogues of Galilee. one saith, I am of Paul; and anoth- Acts 13: 14. Paul.... came to er, I am of Apollos ; are ye not Antioch, and went into the synacarnal? - 21. Therefore let no man gogue on the sabbath-day and sat glory in men; for all things are down. And after the reading of the yours.... and ye ARE CHRISTS,' and law and the prophets, the rulers of Christ is God's.
the synagogue sent unto them say- from the cities of Judah, &c. ... ing, Ye men and brethren, if ye have bringing sacrifices of praise unto the any word of exhortation for the house of the Lord. people, say on. Then Paul stood
Ps. 22: 25. My praise shall be of up, and beckoning with his hand thee in the great congregation. said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear 35: 18. I will give thee thanks in God, give audience. 42. And the great congregation ; I will praise when the Jews were gone out of thee among much people. the synagogue, the gentiles besought 107: 31. O that men would praise that these words might be preached the Lord for his goodness, and for to them, the next sabbath.... And his wonderful works to the children the next sabbath, came almost the of men. Let them exalt him also in whole city together, to hear the the congregation of the people, and word of God.
praise him in the assembly of the Mat. 11:5. The poor have the elders. gospel preached unto them.
108: 2. Awake, psaltery and harp; MARK 2: 2. Many were gathered I myself will awake early. I will together, insomuch that there was praise thee, O LORD
peono room to receive them; no, not ple, and I will sing praises unto thee so much as about the door ; and he among the nations. preached the word unto them.
111: 1. I will praise the Lord Acts 17: 17. Therefore disputed with my whole heart, in the assemhe (Paul) in the synagogues with bly of the upright, and in the conthe Jews, and with the devout per- gregation. sons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.
PSALM CXLVIII, John 6:59. These things said he
1. Praise ye the LORD. in the synagogue, as he taught in Ca
Praise ye the Lord from the heavens : pernaum.
Praise him in the heights. Acts 11: 26. Then departed Bar- Praise ye him, all his angels :
Praise ye him, all his hosts. nabas to Tarsus to seek Saul, and Praise ye him, sun and moon: when he had found him, he brought Praise him, all ye stars of light. him to Antioch. And it came to pass,
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens,
And ye waters that be above the heavens. that a whole year they assembled Let them praise the name of the Lord : themselves with the church, and
For he commanded, and they were created,
He hath also established them forever and ever: taught much people. And the disci- He hath inade a decree which shall not pass, ples were called Christians first in Praise the Lord from the earth, Antioch.
Ye dragons, and all deeps ;
Fire, and hail; snow, and vapors ; Heb. 10: 24. Let us consider one Stormy wind fulfilling his word: another to provoke unto love, and Mountains, and all hills;
Fruitful trees, and all cedars : to good works ; not forsaking the Beasts, and all cattle ; assembling of yourselves together, Kings of the carth ; and all people: as the manner of some is.
Princes, and all judges of the earth : Acts 18: 4. And he reasoned with Both young men, and maidens; them in the synagogue, and persua
Old men, and children:
Let them praise the name of the LORD : ded the Jews and the Greeks.
For his name alone is excellent ;
He also exalteth the horn of his people,
The praise of all his saints;
Even of the children of Israel, a people near unto I. Devotional Exercises.
(1.) Praise. Ps. 100: 1. Make a
PSALM CXLIX. joyful noise unto God, all lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: en
1, Praise ye the Lord.
Sing unto the Lord a new song, ter into his presence with thanksgiv- And his praise in the congregation of saints, ing ... Enter into his gates with
Let Israel rejoice in him that made him:
Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. thanksgiving, and into his courts. Let them praise his name in the dance : with praise. Be thankful unto him, Let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and bless his name.
For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people : HEB. 2: 12. In the midst of the He will beautify the meek with salvation. church will I sing praise unto thee.
Let the saints be joyful in glory:
Let them sing aloud upon their beds. Jer. 17 : 26. They shall come
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance :
11:13. Is it comely, that a wo1. Praise ye the LORD.
man pray to God uncovered ? Praise God in his sanctuary :
1 Tim. 2: 8. I will that all Praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts :
men pray every where, lifting up Praise him according to his excellent greatness, holy hands, without wrath or doubtPraise him with the sound of the trumpet : Praise him with the psaltery and harp.
i Thess. 5: 17. Pray without Praise him with stringed instruments and organs. ceasing. Praise him upon the loud cymbals : Praise him upon the high-sounding cymbals. Acts 6:4. We will give ourselves Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. continually unto prayer, and to the Praise ye the LORD.
ministry of the word. Isa. 38: 20. We will sing my songs
12: 5. Peter, therefore, was kept to the stringed instruments, all the in prison ; but prayer was made days of our life, in the house of the without ceasing of the church unto LORD.
God for him. Neh. 12: 3. Mattaniah ... was
1 Tim. 2:1. I exhort, therefore, over the thanksgiving, he and his that first of all, supplications, brethren.
prayers, intercessions, and giving of 2 Chron. 29:27. When the burnt- thanks, be made for all men.
1 K. 8: 22. And Solomon stood offering began, the song of the Lord began also, with the trumpets, and before the altar of the Lord, in the with the instruments ordained by presence of all the congregation of David, king of Israel ; and all the Israel, and spread out his hands tocongregation worshipped, and the ward heaven. (See his dedicatory singers sang, and the trumpeters prayer.) - 54. And it was so, that sounded.
when Solomon had made an end of 1 Cor. 14: 26. How is it then praying all this and
prayer supplicabrethren ? when ye come together, tion unto the Lord, he arose from every one of you ħath a Psalm, hath before the altar of the Lord, from a doctrine ... Let all things be done kneeling on his knees, with his hands to edifying.
spread up to heaven. Eph. 5: 18. Be filled with the
Acts 20: 36. And when he Paul Spirit, speaking to yourselves in had thus spoken, he kneeled down psalms, and hymns, and spiritual and prayed with them all. songs: singing, and making melody (See - Christian Duties.") in your hearts to the LORD, giving thanks always for all things unto God, and the Father, in the name
II. Religious Instruction. of our Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3: 16. Teaching and admon
Ps. 40: 9. I have preached rightishing one another in psalms, and Lo! I have not refrained my lips, o
eousness in the great congregation. hymns, and spiritual songs, singing Lord, thou knowest. I have not hid with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
thy righteousness in my heart. I James 5: 13. Is any merry ? let have declared thy faithfulness and him sing psalms.
thy salvation: I have not concealed 1 Cor. 14: 15. I will sing with thy loving-kindness and thy truth the spirit, and I will sing with the from the great congregation.
Col. 3:16. Let the word of Christ understanding also.
dwell in you richly in all wisdom. Men appointed to this service. 1 Cor. 14: 18. I thank my God, I 1 Kings 10: 12. 2 Chron. 9: 11.1 speak with tongues more than ye Chron. 9: 33. 15: 27. Ezra 2: 41. all: yet in the church I would rather
(2.) Prayer. Luke 18: 1. Men speak five words with my underought always to pray. – 10. Two standing, that by my voice I might men went up into the temple to teach others also, than ten thousand pray.
words in an unknown tongue. MAT. 6:7. When ye pray, use Acts 18: 26. Apollos spake and not vain repetitions.
taught diligently the things of the 1 Cor. 14 : 15. I wil pray with Lord... He began to speak boldly the Spirit, and I will pray with the in the synagogue. 28. He mightily understanding also.
convinced the Jews, and that pub