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Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father, which is in heaven. [Matt. x. 32, 33.]

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. [Rom. x. 10.]

Dearly beloved, called of God to be His children through Jesus Christ our Lord, you are here that, in the presence of God and His people, you may enter into the fellowship and communion of His Church. You do truly repent of your sins; you heartily receive Jesus Christ as your crucified Saviour and risen Lord; you consecrate yourselves unto God and your life to His service; you accept His Word as your law, and His Spirit as your Comforter and Guide; and, trusting in His Grace to confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, you premise to do God's holy will, and to walk with this Church in the truth and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Accepting, according to the measure of your understanding of it, the system of Christian truth held by the churches of our faith and order, and by this Church into whose fellowship you now enter; you join with ancient saints, with the Church throughout the world, and with us, your fellow-believers, in humbly and heartily confessing your faith iu the gospel, saying:

I Believe in God the Fathek Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, bom of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; the third day He rose from the dead ;* He ascended into heaven; and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

[Then should baptism be administered to those who have not been baptized. Then should those rise who would unite with the Church by letter. To them the minister should say:]

* [The clause of the descent into Hades or the realm of departed spirits is omitted, probably from dislike of the misleading popular mistranslation Hell, and on the ground of its omission in the early Roman form of the Apostles' Creed. But the article contains the important truth of the universal bearing of Christ's work of redemption, and marks the transition from the state of his humiliation to the state of his exaltation. See Vol. II. p. 46, note 2.—Ed.]

Confessing the Lord whom we unitedly worship, you do now renew your self-consecration, and join with us cordially in this, our Christian faith and covenant.

[The members of the Church present should rise.]

We welcome you into our fellowship. We promise to watch qver you with Christian love. God grant that, loving and being loved, serving and being served, blessing and being blessed, we may be prepared, while we dwell together on earth, for the perfect communion of the saints in heaven.

"Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen." [Ileb. xiii. 20, 21.]

[Jude 24, 25 is proposed as an alternative benediction.]

On this result, reached after full and prolonged deliberation, the Commission invoke the kindly consideration of their brethren, and [he blessing of Almighty God.

Julius H. Seelye, Amherst, Mass.
Charles M. Mead, Andover, Mass.
Henry M. Dexter, Boston, Mass.
Alexander Mckenzie, Cambridge, Mass.
James Gibson Johnson, Rutland, Vt.
George P. Fisher, New Haven, Conn.
George L. Walker, Hartford, Conn.
George T. Ladd, Now Haven, Conn.
Samuel P. Leeds, Hanover, N. H.
David B. Coe, New York, N. Y.
William M. Taylor, New York, N. Y.
Lyman Abbott, Cornwall-on-the-Hudson, N. Y.
Augustus F. Beard, Syracuse, N. Y.
William W. Patton, Washington, D. C.
James H. Fairchild, Oberlin, O.
Israel W. Andrews, Marietta, O.
Zachary Eddy, Detroit, Mich.
James T. Hyde, Chicago, 111.
Alden B. Bobbins, Muscatine, la.
Constans L. Goodell, St. I,ouis. Ma
Richard Cordley, Emporia, Kan.
Georoe Mooar, Oakland, Cal.

New York, Dec. 19, 1883.

INDEX TO YOL. III.

A.

Absolution, 206, 825.
Adiaphora, 228, 302.
Adoption, 628.

Altnr, sacrament of the, 90. See Lord's

Supjter.

Anabaptists condemned, 13,17, 18, 178, 291,

306, 382, 433.
Angels, 246.

Antitiinitarians condemned, 179.
Apostles' Creed, exposition of, 77, 314, 518,
841.

Articles of Religion of the Church of England,
486; Arminian Articles, 545; Irish Arti-
cles, 527; Lambeth Articles, 523; Metn-
odist Articles, 807; Reformed Episcopal
Articles, 814.

Articles of the Evangelical Alliance, 821.

Ascension, 448.

Assurance of grace and salvation, 637.
Auburn Declaration, 777.
Augsburg Confession, 3.

B.

Baptism, 13, 85, 183, 188, 224, 289, 329, 425,
504, 542, 661, 741, 747, 755, 770, 797, 811,
823.

Baptists, Calvinistic, 738, 742, 749.
Baptists, Free-will, 749.
Belgic Confession, 383.
Bishop of Rome, 539.
Burial of the faithful, 301.

C.

Call, the Gospel, 753.

Calling, effectual, 624, 778.

Canonical books, 385, 490, 526, 601,759, 815.

Canons of the Synod of Dort, 550.

Catechism, the Anglican, 517; the Heidel-

berg, 307; Luther's, 74; Westminster

Larger, 674; Westminster Shorter, 676;

Union, 831.
Celibacy of priests, 30, 202, 304, 507.
Ceremonies, ecclesiastical, 16, 160, 295,

302, 812.

Christ, 9, 215, 314, 751; alone the giver of
eternal salvation, 254,499, 778,819; burial
of, 446; death of, 446, 561, 586; incarna-
tion of, 402, 443, 488, 751; intercession of,
413, 779; passion of, 446; person of, 147,
182, 187; his return to judgment, 17; res-
urrection of, 807, 814; second coming, 756,
783; the High-Priest, our satisfaction, 406,
507,811, 825; the Mediator, 619, 752; true
and eternal God, 393; two natures of,
404; very God and very man, 254, 444,
531, 766, 807, 814, 821; without sin, 496,
820.

Church, 11, 218, 271, 458, 499, 538, 657,
721, 746, 755, 810; authority of, 220, 500,
539, 821; censures of, 667; government
of and officers in, 421; nature of, 12,
442, 724; order and discipline of the,
423, 724, 733; the Catholic Christian,
416; the one Head of, 271; true, duty
of joining the, 418; true, marks of the,
419.

Civil government, 747.

Communion of Saints, 659.

Community of goods, 303, 513, 813, 826.

Conclusions of Berne, the Ten, 208.

Concord, Formula of, 93.

Confession, 13, 40, 825; the Augsburg, 3;
Baptist, 738, 742, 749; Belgic, 383; Con-
gregational, 707; Cumberland Presbyte-
rian, 771; Helvetic (First), 211; Helvetic
(Second), 233; French, 356; Genevan Free
Church, 781; Italian Free Church, 787;
Reformed Churches, 383; Quakers', 789;
Scotch (Firet), 437; Scotch (Second), 480;

Westminster, 599; Waldensian, 757.
Congregational Creeds, 707, 910.
Conversion of man, 262, 564, 586.
Conncils, General, 239, 465, 500, 539, 668,

822.

Covenant, God's, with man, C1C; the Nation-
al, 480.

Creation, 246, 395, 398, 440, 529, 611, 750.
Creed, 77, 492.

Creeds, the Three, 528. See Confession.
Cumberland Presbyterian Confession, 771.

D.

Deacons, 422.

Decalogue. See Ten Commandments.

Declaration of Savoy, 707; Congregational
Union of England and Wales, 730; Boston
Congregational Council, 734; Oberlin Na-
tional Council, 737; Auburn, 777.

Decree, eternal, 528, 608, 771; concerning
man's redemption, 215.

Descent into Hades, 159, 488.

Divorce, 655.

E.

Elders, 422.

Election, 252, 401, 444, 745, 777, 820.
Evangelical Alliance, Articles of, 827.
Excommunication, 202, 508.

F.

Faith, 218, 262, 532, 744, 753, 817; right-
eousness of, 114; saving, 630, 779.

Fall of man, 247, 398, 530, 564, 586,615, 743,
750, 777.

Fasts, 201, 298.

Fathers, the ancient, 212, 239.

Free will, 18, 106, 213, 214, 249, 493, 623,
773, 779, 809, 820.

Free-will Baptist Confession, 749.

Friends, Confession of Society of, 789.

C.

Gallican Confession, 356.

God, 7, 213, 240, 383, 439, 606, 749; one in
Essence, three in Person, 389; the Father,
315; knowledge of, 384; the justice and
mercy of, 405; the true, 742.

Good works, 20, 121, 200, 218, 208, 410,
494, 534, 633, 809, 819; cause of, 452;
what God holds as, 454, 495.

Goods, Christian men's, 813, 826.

Grace, extent of, in gospel, 718; in regenera-
tion, 744.

H.

Helvetic Confession, 211, 233.
Heresies and sects, 173.
Heretics and schismatics, 228.
Holy days, 201,298.

Holy Spirit, true and eternal God, 324, 394,
489, 751, 766, 784, 807, 815; faith in the,
450.

Homilies, 509.

I.

Idols, 241.

Immortality of the soul, 246, 459.
Imperfection of man, 456, 530.
Imputation of sin and righteousness, 778.
Infirmity of man, 398.
Intercession of Saints, 200.
Intermediate state, 756.

.1.

Judgment, last, 433, 543, 671, 756.
Justification, 10, 266, 407,409, 494, 532, 62G,

743, 754, 768, 773, 780, 793, 809, 818;

works before, 817.

K.

Knowledge, true founuation of, 789.

L.

Law and the Gospel, 126, 746.

Law, ceremonial, abolished, 412; perfection

of the, 456; the third use of the, 130.
Law of God, 259, 640.

Liberty of conscience, 613, 719, 720, 748, 797..
Light, saving and spiritual, 792.
Lord's Prayer, exposition of, 80, 351, 520,
698, 835.

Lord's Supper, 13, 29, 135, 181, 187, 225,
291, 332, 428, 505, 542, 663, 741, 747,
755, 797, 811, 823; both kinds in the, 29,
507, 811, 824; scope of the, 506.

11

Magistrates, 16, 203, 229, 305, 432, 474, 512,

536, 652, 720, 741, 797, 812, 826.
Man's condition by nature, 750, 782, 817.
Marriage, 202, 230, 304, 655, 812,826.
Muss, 34, 200, 507, 543.
Meats, choice of, 298; distinction of, 42.
Ministering to the congregation, 501, 502,

810, 822, 824; to the sick, 300.
Ministers, 906, 219, 221, 422; choice of, 221;

work of, 222.
Ministry of the Church, 10, 278, 538, 755,

795.

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