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that to Jesus Christ, the Head of this kingdom, Christians are directly responsible in faith and conduct; and that to Him all have immediate access without mediatorial or priestly intervention.

X. We believe that the Church of Christ, invisible and spiritual, comprises all true believers, whose duty it is to associate themselves in churches, for the maintenance of worship, for the promotion of spiritual growth and fellowship, and for the conversion of men; that these churches, under the guidance of the Holy Scriptures and in fellowship with one another, may determine-each for itself—their organization, statements of belief, and forms of worship; may appoint and set apart their own ministers; and should co-operate in the work which Christ has committed to them for the furtherance of the gospel throughout the world.

XI. We believe in the observance of the Lord's day as a day of holy rest and worship; in the ministry of the Word; and in the two sacraments, which Christ has appointed for His church: Baptism, to be administered to believers and their children, as the sign of cleansing from sin, of union to Christ, and of the impartation of the Holy Spirit; and the Lord's Supper as a symbol of His atoning death, a seal of its efficacy, and a means whereby He confirms and strengthens the spiritual union and communion of believers with Himself.

XII. We believe in the ultimate prevalence of the kingdom of Christ over all the earth ; in the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesns Christ; in the resurrection of the dead; and in a final judgment, the issues of which are everlasting punishment and everlasting life.

The Commission also submit for the use of the churches in the admission of members, the following

CONFESSION OF FAITH:

What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all His people. [Psa. cxvi. 12–14.]

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. [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 your-
selves 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 prom-
ise 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 in the
gospel, saying:

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, onr Lord; who was conceived by
the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pi-
late, 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 liave 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, proba-
bly from dislike of the misleading popular mistranslation Hell, and on the ground of its omis-
sion 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.]

919

Misery of man, 308.
Monastic vows, 49.

S.
Moral inability, 779.

Sabbath, 646; the Christian, 747, 754.
Moravian Easter Litany, 799.

Sacraments, 223, 285, 328, 424, 467, 502, 541,

660, 810, 822; efficiency of, 503; right
N.

administration of, 471; to whom they ap-
Neighbors, duty towards our, 537.

pertain, 474; use of, 15.
New Arians, errors of the, 178.

Salvation, way of, 743; freeness of, 744, 773,
New Hampshire (Baptist) Confession, 742.

779, 793.
New obedience, 11.

Sanctification, 410, 534, 629, 745, 754.

Satan, 246.
0.

Savoy Declaration, 708.
(ath, 513.

Saxon Visitation Articles, 181.
Oaths, lawful, 649, 813.

Scandals, 204.
Oberlin Declaration, 737.

Schismatics, 228.
Orders and sects, 201.

Schwenkfeldians, 177.
Orders, ecclesiastical, 15.

Scotch Confessions, 437, 480.
Ordination of the clergy, 206, 278, 511. Scriptures, Holy, 211, 237, 260, 385, 526, 599,
Original sin, 8, 97, 213, 400, 440, 492, 530, 600, 749, 751, 781, 791; authority of, 386,
767, 808, 816.

464, 742; difference between canonical and

apocryphal, 387; inspiration of, 381; intent
P.

of, 212; interpretation of, 211, 239; sufficien-
Penitence of man, 262.

cy as only rule of faith, 387, 736; sufficien-
Perfection, 794.

cy of, for salvation, 489,767, 781, 808, 810.
Perseverance of Saints, 571, 592, 636, 746, Second Helvetic Confession, 831.
754, 774, 795.

Sects, 173.
Philadelphia Confession, 738.

Service of God, 227, 295, 534.
Pilgrimages, 2012

Signs, 201.
Prayer, 204, 296, 350.

Sin, 247, 615, 777; after baptism, 496; after
Predestination and election of God, 165, 185, justification, 809; after conversion, 820;
189, 252, 497, 528, 531, 581, 820.

cause of, 20, 217; hereditary, 778, 792.
Promises, 260.

Sins, remission of, 205.
Promises, revelation of, 441.

Sonship of believers, 814.
Providence, 244, 396, 529, 612, 749.

Spirits, presence of, 301.
Punishment for sin, 615, 748, 756.

State of the soul after death, 543, 670, 756.
Purgatory, 206, 301, 501, 810.

Supererogation, worl:s of, 809, 819.

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508;

Q.

T.
Quakers, Confession of, 789.

Ten Commandments, exposition of, 74, 342,

519, 685, 868.
R.

Testament, Old, 491,510, 601, 808, 816; New,
Recreations, 798.

540, 601.
Redemption of man, 311, 402, 561, 586, 756, Thankfulness, 338.
778, 792.

Traditions of men, 212, 239 ; of the Church,
Reformed Episcopal Articles, 814.

distinction of, 42.
Reforms of abuses, 207.

Trinity, Holy, 240, 606, 781; faith in, 487,528,
Regeneration, 753, 779, 817.

807, 814; proof of the, 390.
Religion, the Thirty-nine Articles. See Ar-
ticles of Religion.

U.
Repentance, 14, 631, 744, 753, 818.

Union Catechism, 831.
Resurrection, 447, 489, 543, 670, 756,
766.

V.
Retribution, 756.

Visitation Articles of Saxony, 181.
Revelation, immediate, 790.

Vows, lawful, 619.
Reward of good works, 268.

Vows of purity, 202.
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Worship of God, 243; of Saints, 26.
Worship, religious, 646, 796.

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W.
Waldenses, Confession of, 757.
Wearing of apparel, 201.
Westminster Confessions, 599; Catechisms,

674, 676.
World to come, 748.

Zwingli, U., Sixty-seren Articles or Conclu-

sions of, 197.

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