Ecclesiastical polity: the government and communion practised by the Congregational churches in the United States of America, which were represented by elders and messengers in a national council at Boston, A.D. 1865 (Google eBook)
Congregational Pub. Society, 1872 - Congregational churches - 86 pages
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Page 82 - I. Sessions. — The churches will meet in National Council every third year. They shall also be convened in special session whenever any five of the general State organizations shall so request. II. Representation. — The churches shall be represented, at each session, by delegates, either ministers or laymen, appointed in number and manner as follows : — 1. The churches, assembled in their local organizations, appoint one delegate for every ten churches in their respective organizations, and...
Page 79 - Thus recognizing the unity of the Church of Christ in all the world, and knowing that we are but one branch of Christ's people, — while adhering to our peculiar faith and order, we extend to all believers the hand of Christian fellowship upon the basis of those great fundamental truths in which all Christians should agree.
Page 41 - ALTHOUGH churches be distinct, and therefore may not be confounded one with another; and equal, and therefore have not dominion one over another ; yet all the churches ought to preserve church communion one with another, because they are all united unto Christ, not only as a mystical, but as a political head, whence is derived a communion suitable thereunto.
Page 34 - ... others from the like offences; for purging out the leaven which may infect the whole lump; for vindicating the honor of Christ, and of his church, and the holy profession of the gospel; and for preventing of the wrath of God, that may justly fall upon the church, if they should suffer his covenant, and the seals thereof to be profaned by notorious and obstinate offenders.
Page 80 - Lord, one baptism," together constitute the one catholic church, the several households of which, though called by different names, are the one body of Christ, and that these members of His body are sacredly bound to keep " the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace," we declare that we will co-operate with all who hold these truths.
Page 32 - The weakest measure of faith is to be accepted in those that desire to be admitted into the church, because weak christians, if sincere, have the substance of that faith, repentance and holiness which is required in church members ; and such have most need of the ordinances for their confirmation and growth in grace.
Page 5 - Our foreign missionaries need it, that the churches which they gather may learn to stand fast in the liberty with which Christ has made them free.
Page 86 - The Council approves of an annual compilation of the statistics of the churches, and of a list of such ministers as are reported by the several State organizations.
Page 84 - Congregational," as applied to the general benevolent societies, in connection with representation in this body, is understood in the broad sense of societies whose constituency and control are substantially Congregational. V. The provisional committee shall consist of...
Page 82 - Council for the furtherance of the common interests and work of all the churches, do maintain the Scriptural and inalienable right of each church to self-government and administration; and this National Council shall never exercise legislative or judicial authority, nor consent to act as a council of reference. And for the convenience of orderly consultation, they establish the following Rules: I. Sessions. — The churches will meet in National Council every third year. They shall also be convened...