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baptism are bound to fight against the devil, the world, and the filesh : That they are Christians, and foederally ho

ly before baptism, and therefore are they baptized; that is the inward grace and vertue of baptism is not tied to that very moment of time wherein it is administred, and that the fruit and power thereof reacheth to the whole course of our life ; and that outward baptism is not so necessary, that through the want thereof the infant is in danger of damnation, or the parents guilty, if they do not contemn

or neglect the ordinance of Christ, when and where it may • be had.'

In these or the like instructions, the minister is to use his own liberty and godly wisdom, as the ignorance or errors in the doctrine of baptism, and the edification of the people, shall require.

He is also to admonish all that are present. To look back to their baptism; to repent of their fins against their covenant with God; to ftir up their faith; ? to improve and make right use of their baptifin, and of

the covenant sealed thereby betwixt God and their souls:

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He is to exhort the parent, "To consider the great mercy of God to him and his child; to bring up the child in the knowledge of the grounds of the Christian religion, and in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; and to let him know the danger of God's wrath to himself and child, if he be negligent; requiring his folemn promise for the performance of his duty.

This being done, prayer is also to be joined with the word of institution, for fanctifying the water to this spiritual use; and the minister is to pray to this or the like effect.

"Thąt the Lord, who hath not left us as strangers with< out the covenant of promise, but called us to the privi

leges of his ordinances, would graciously vouchsafe to « fanctify and bless his own ordinance of baptisin at this time: • That he would join the inward baptisin of his spirit with « the outward baptism of water; make this baptifin to the • infant a seal of adoption, remission of sin, regeneration ' and eternal life, and all other promises of the coven

ant of grace į That the child may be planted into the

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likeness of the death and refurrection of Christ; arid

that, the body of fin being destroyed in him, he may serve * God in newness of life all his days.

Then the minister is to demand the name of the child, which being told him, he is to say, (calling the child by his name.)

I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Ghost.

As he pronounceth these words, he is to baptize the child with water: which for the manner of doing it, is not only lawful but fufficient and most expedient to be, by pouring or sprinkling of the water on the face of the child, without adding any other ceremony.

This done, he is to give thanks and pray, to this or the like purpose;

- Acknowledging with all thankfulness, that the Lord is • true and faithful in keeping covenant and mercy; that

he is good and gracious, not only in that he numbreth ủs

among his faints, but is pleafed also to bestow upon our s children this singular token and badge of his love in « Christ: That, in his truth and special providence, he daily • bringeth some into the bosom of his church, to be par

takers of his inestimable benefits, purchased by the blood of his dear Son, for the continuance and increase of his church. * And praying, that the Lord would still continue, and daily confirm more and more, this his unspeakable favour :

That he would receive the infant, now baptized, and so« lemnly entred into the houshold of faith, into his Fatherly

tuition and defence, and remember him with the favour is that he sheweth to his people: that, if he shall be taken out s of this life in his infancy, the Lord, who is rich in mercy, ļ would be pleased to receive him up into glory; and if he live, and attain the years of discretion that the Lord would

fo teach him by his word and spirit, and make his baptism s effectual to him, and so uphold him by his divine power s and gracę, that by faith he may prevail against the devil, the world, and the fiesh, till in the end he obtain a full

and final victory, and so be kept by the power of God, * through faith unto salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord,

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Of the celebration of the communion, or facra

ment of the Lord's supper. THE

HE communion, or supper of the Lord is frequently

to be celebrated: But how often, may be considered, and determined by the ministers, and other church-governors of each congregation, as they shall find most convenient for the comfort and edification of the people committed to their charge. And, when it shall be administred, we judge it conyenient to be done after the morning-fermon.

The ignorant and the scandalous are not fit to receive this facrament of the Lord's fupper.

Where this facrament canņot with convenience be frequently administred, it is requisite that public warning be gi: ven the fabbath-day before the administration thereof: And that either then, or on some day of that week. fomething concerning that ordinance, and the dụe preparation thereun: to, and participation thereof, be taught; that, by the diligent use of all means fanctified of God to that end, both in public and private, all may come better prepared to that heavenly feast.

When the day is come for administration, the minifter, having ended his sermon and prayer, fhall make a short exhortation

* Expressing the inestimable benefit we have by this sacrament; together with the ends and use thereof; Setting forth the great necessity of having our comforts and strength renewed thereby, in this our pilgrimage and warfare: how necessary it is that we come into it with knowledge, faith, repentance, love, and with hungring and thirsting souls after Christ and his benefits : How great the danger, to eat and drink unworthily.

Next, he is, in the name of Christ, on the one part, to
warn all such as are ignorant, scandalous, profane, or that
live in any sin or offence against their knowledge or con-
science, that they presume not to come to that holy table;

Shewing them, That he that eateth and drinketh unworthi,
F.ly, eateth and drinketh judgment unto himself: And, on

the other part, he is in especial manner to invite and en-
courage all that labour under the sense of the burden of
hejr lins, and fear of wrath, and desire to reach out un-

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Nor is it to be administred in private places, or privately Þut in the place of public worship, and in the face of the congregation, where the people may most conveniently see & hear and not in the places where fonts,in the the time of popery, were unfitly and superstitiously placed.

The child to be baptized, after notice given to the minifter the day before, is to be presented by the father, or (in cate of his neceffary absence) by some Christian friend in his plice, professing his earnest desire that the child may be baptized.

Before baptism, the minister is to use some words of instruction, touching the institution, nature, use, and ends of this sacrament: Shewing,

? That it is instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ; That it is a feal of the covenant of grace, of our ingrafting into < Christ, and of our union with him, of remission of sins,

regeneration, adoption, and life eternal : That the water, in baptism, repefenteth and signifieth, both the blood of Christ, which raketh away all guilt of sing; original and actual; and the sanctifying vertue of the {pirit of Christ a

gainst the dominion of sin, and the corruption of our finful #nature: That baptizing,or sprinkling and washing with wa

ter, fignifieth the cleansing from fin by the blood and for the merit of Christ, together with the mortification of fin,

and rising from sin to newness of life, by vertue of the & death and resurrection of Christ : That the promile is made ( to believers and their feed; and that the feed and posterity

of the faithful, born within the church, haye, by their birth, interest in the covenant, and right to the seal of it, and to the outward privileges of the church, under the gofpel, no less than the children of Abraham in the time of { the old Testament; the covenant of grace, for substance,

being the same; and the grace of God, and the consalation of believers, more plentiful than before; That the Son of God admitted little children into his prefence, embracing and blessing them, laying, For of such is the kingdom of God: That children, by baptism, are folemnly received into the bofom of the visible church the diftinguished from the world, and them that are with

out, and united with believers; and that all who are baptiz{ed in the name of Chrift, do renounce, and by their bap

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& baptism are bound to fight against the devil, the world,

and the flesh: That they are Christians, and foederally holy before baptism, and therefore are they baptized; that the inward grace and vertue of baptism is not tied to that very moment of time wherein it is administred, and that the fruit and power thereof reacheth to the whole course of our life, and that outward baptifin is not so necessary, that through the want thereof the infant is in danger of damnation, or the parents guilty, if they do not contemn or neglect the ordinance of Christ, when and where it may bę had.'

In these or the like instructions, the minister is to use his own liberty and godly wisdom, as the ignorance or errors in the doctrine of baptism, and the edification of the people, Thall require.

He is also to admonish all that are present. ? To look back to their baptism; to repent of their fins against their covenant with God; to stir up their faith; to improve and make right use of their baptifin, and of the covenant sealed thereby betwixt God and their souls

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He is to exhort the parent. 'To consider the great mercy of God to him and his child; to bring up the child in the knowledge of the grounds of the Christian religion, and in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; and to let him know the danger of God's wrath to himself and child, if he be negligent; requiring his solemn promise for the performance of his

This being done, prayer is also to be joined with the word of institution, for fanctifying the water to this spiritual use; and the minister is to pray to this or the like effect.

That the Lord, who hath not left us as strangers with« out the covenant of promise, but called us to the privi

leges of his ordinances, would graciously vouchsafe to & fanétify and bless his own ordinance of baptism at this time: • That he would join the inward baptism of his fpirit with

the outward baptism of water ; make this baptilin to the infant a seal of adoption, remission of sin, regeneration

and eternal life, and all other promises of the covenfant of grace That the child may be planted into the

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