The "boundaries" of the Minister, Court and Its Authority - Unsettled State
- "That *Presbyterial Church Government* and manner of worship are alone
of divine right and unalterable; and that the most perfect *model* of
these as _yet attained_, is _exhibited_ in the Form of Government and
Directory for Worship, _adopted by_ the Church of Scotland in the
"And whether these congregations were fixed or not fixed, in regard of
officers _or_ members, it is all one as to *the truth* of the
proposition. Nor doth there appear any material difference betwixt the
several congregations in Jerusalem, and the many congregations now in
the ordinary condition of the church, as to the point of fixedness
required of officers or members." Form of Presbyterial Church Government.
"For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged
already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done
this deed" (1Cor.5:3)
"Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for
he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do. Let no man therefore
despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me:
for I look for him with the brethren." (1Cor.16:10-11).
"And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our
fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to
comfort you concerning your faith:" (1Thess.3:2).
"Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints
in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:"
"Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the
Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus
"For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order
the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had
appointed thee." (Tit.1:5)
"Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition." (Tit.3:10)
"When congregations are divided and fixed, they need all mutual help
_one from another_, both in regard of their intrinsical weaknesses and
mutual dependence, as also in regard of enemies from without." FPCG
"And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees
for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were
at Jerusalem." (Acts.16:4)
"O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey
the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among
you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you
receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of
faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now
being made perfect by the flesh?" (Gal.3:1-3).