Ratio Discipline, Or, The Constitution of the Congregational Churches

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William Hyde, 1844 - Church discipline - 324 pages
 

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Contents

Characteristics of a true church
30
Concluding remarks
32
CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES 13 Of the visible and invisible church
33
No immutable form prescribed to the visible church 15 Varieties of form and sects 16 Foundation or authorities of the Congregational system
35
Fundamental principles of the Congregationalists
36
Remarks on the preceding general principles
39
Facts on the origin of Congregational churches 20 Of the name Independents sometimes given
41
Origin and Import of the name Congregationalist 22 Views of Congregationalists in respect to the primitive churches
43
Of the churches immediately after the Apostolic
48
GATHERING OF CHURCHES 24 Duty of Christians to enter into a church state
49
Qualifications of church members
51
Testimonies of Congregational writers on this subject
53
Numbers requisite for a church gathering
54
Of articles of belief
56
Of the covenant and grounds of the same
57
Covenants authorized by scripture
58
Sentiments of the Primitive and of foreign churches
59
Of the public religious exercises
64
Form of the call or invitation
67
Further remarks on the office of Ruling Elders
73
Duties of a Pastor further considered
87
Grounds or reasons of the foregoing practice
93
CHOICE AND CALL OF A PASTOR
99
Necessary to the maintenance of purity in the ministry
105
ORDINATION OF THE PASTOR 63 of the necessity and authority of ordination
110
Of the meaning and comparative importance of ordi nation
111
Remarks on the early practice of the churches 1 Ordaining councils the representatives of the churches Note Form of Letter Missive
112
Reasons for calling the neighboring churches to the Council
114
Of the admission of laymembers or delegates sent Preparatory proceedings of the Council
117
Further proceedings of the Council
118
Ordaining Prayer
119
Import of the imposition of hands
120
Of the object and manner of the Charge
121
Of giving the Right Hand of Fellowship
122
Spirit of the Right Hand of Fellowship and closing services
123
Installation of a minister 82 Accountability of delegates and ministers to the churches
124
Of the members of a Council substituting others in their stead 84 Of inviting others to sit as members who are not cho sen by the churches
126
Of the churchmembership of a minister
127
ORDINATION OF MISSIONARIES 86 Occasions and need of Missionary ordination
130
Of ordaining for distant churches at the invitation of the same
131
Ordination of Missionaries to the heathen
132
Certain early instances of missionary ordination
133
This practice a security to the heathen themselves 91 Its consistency with the churchs right of election
134
Historical facts illustrative of the practice
135
Formation of the Council
136
OF CHURCH CENSURES AND EXCOMMUNICATION 95 Design or object of church censures
137
Of suspension and excommunication when the offence is private
138
Punishment of public and known offences
139
Note On the duty of pastors in respect to public scandals 93 Of the proper spirit or temper in dealing with offenders
140
Treatment and right of the excommunicate in in 100 Restoration of the offender on repentance
142
of refusing to attend the sacrament with scandalous persons
143
Form of suspension from Mathers DisciplinŠ
144
Form of excommunication from the same
145
Nature and obligation of the church covenant
146
The church to be consulted in cases of proposed re moval
147
Of sinful and of donbtful cases of departure 108 Just or sufficient reasons of removal
148
Of dismission from Congregational to other churches 110 Persons dismissed are to receive letters of Dismissal
150
Of letters of recommendation without dismissing
151
Origin of pastoral associations
152
Early Congregational views of ministerial removals
161
Treatises or authorities on this subject
162
Ist class of cases justifying a ministers removal 127 2d class of cases authorizing removal
163
minister 130 Testimonies in favor of the preceding principle
165
Of the calling and the nature of the Council
166
Proceedings of the Dismissing Council
167
Recommendation of Pastors regularly dismissed
168
Further considerations on this subject
173
Advice of Council in the discipline of a pastor
174
Proceedings and results of the Council 141 Of the testimony adduced against a pastor
175
Of the deposed ministers relation to the church 143 Subordinate means of pastoral discipline
176
Duty of neighboring churches in the case of neglecting discipline
177
Further proceedings of such churches in the above case CHAP XV COUNCILS
179
Acts of communion according to the Synod of 1662
181
Ancient testimonies on this subject 150 Of those who have the right of calling Councils
182
Obligation of the churches to regard Letters Missive
183
Of the feelings with which Councils should be sum moned 153 Principles on which Councils are to decide
184
Of the weight due to the Advice of Councils
185
Advice of Councils in matters merely prudential 156 Advice in matters of Conscience
186
On the right of a Council which has been dissolved to assemble and act by its own authority
187
MUTUAL COUNCILS 158 Occasions of calling mutual councils
188
Practice in selecting the council and letter missive
189
Mutual councils representative of all the churches 161 Mutual councils are ultimate tribunals
190
Consociated or permanent mutual councils
191
Of the authority or powers of consociations
192
Historical remarks on consociations
193
Objections to permanent or consociated councils
194
Objections to councils which are not permanent
195
of the progress and improvement of the Congregational system
196
CHAP XVIIEXPARTE COUNCILS 168 Of the nature of Exparte Councils
197
Circumstances that warrant an agrieved person or per sons in calling an exparte council
198
An Exparte allowable only on the refusal of a Mulual council
199
Proceedings of Exparte councils Further proceedings of the same
200
Proceedings of the exparte council in relation to the church
201
Object and necessity of Exparte councils
202
The necessity of them superseded by consociations
203
CHAP XVIIISYNODS 177 Nature of synods and scripture grounds of the same 178 Powers and authority of synods
204
Of the members of synods and the calling of the same
205
Historical notices of synods Note On the authorship of the Cambridge Platform
206
Synodical decisions persuasive or advisory
208
DISCIPLINE OF WHOLE CHURCHES 182 Congregational churches may discipline each other
209
Method of discipline laid down in the Platform
210
BAPTISM 185 Significancy and subjects of baptism 186 Method of proceeding at baptisms
212
Mode of applying water in baptism
213
Administration of adult baptism
214
Relation of adult baptism to church membership
215
Of the agent or administrator in baptism
216
Of the right of a minister to baptize abroad 192 Administration of baptism in private
217
Infant baptism
218
Relation of baptized children to the church
220
Of the baptism of adopted children
222
Duties of particular churches to their baptized children
223
HALFWAY COVENANT 197 Members and engagements entered into 198 Origin of halfway covenanting
224
Further remarks on the same subject
227
Early opposition to the system of halfway covenanting 201 Doings of the synod of 1662 on this subject
228
Views of the objectors to the synods articles
230
Prevalence results and abandonment of the system
231
THE LORDS SUPPER 204 Origin and permanency of the Lords supper
232
Qualifications of those to be admitted
233

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