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Chapter 26

Of the Church

Paras  
1-4 I. The universal church
1-2 A. Its Identity
1

1. As invisible

2

2. As visible

3 B. Its perpetuity
 

1. Its seeming improbability

 

2. Its actual certainty

4 C. Its authority
 

1. The true head of the church, the Christ

 

2. The false head of the church, the Antichrist

5-15 II. The local church
5 A. Its originating mandate
 

1. The foundation of the mandate

 

2. The substance of the mandate

6 B. Its defined membership
 

1. Evangelical

 

2. Volitional

 

3. Covenantal

7 C. Its authoritative power
 

1. Its defined recipients

 

2. Its complete sufficiency

 

3. Its reiterated origin

 

4. Its specified purpose

 

5. Its regulated execution

8-13 D. Its appointed government
8

1. The identity of its government

9

2. The appointment of its government

10-11

3. The cornerstone of its government: the ministry of the Word

10

The official ministry of the Word by pastors

 

Its heavy responsibilities

 

Its proper honouring

11

The auxiliary ministry of the Word by others

12-13

4. The extent of its government

12

It extends to all its members

13

It extends to all its problems

 

The situation envisaged

 

The prohibition issued

 

The direction required

14-15 E. Its fraternal relations: the communion of local churches
14(a)

1. Its divine warrant

14(b)

2. Its providential limitations

14(c)

3. Its spiritual benefits

15

4. Its special advantage: advisory meetings

 

Their possible reasons

 

Their biblical basis

 

Their strict limitations

From: Samuel E. Waldron, A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, (Evangelical Press, 1989), p. 309-311. Used by permission.

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