considered either as not yet in Church order (a) or as
waking according to the church order of the gospel
In order, & so besides their spirituall union & comu[nion]
common to all beleevers, they enjoy moreover an un[nion]
& communion Ecclesiassticall=politicall (c). and so we
deny an universall visible church. (a) Act. 19.1. (b) Co[cut off]
(c) Matt. 18. 17. 1 Cor. 5. 12.
The state of the members of the militant visible
church walking in order, was either oeconomicall
that is, in in Families (d), or under the Law na[tional]
(e), or since the coming of Cht only congregational
(f) (The terme Independent we approove not)
fore neither nationall, provinciall nor classicall
(d) Gen. 18. 19 (e) Exod. 19.6 (f) 1 Cor. 14. 23.
A congregationall church is by the Institution [of]
Cht, a p[ar]t of the militant visible church, consisting
of a company of saints by calling (a), united unto o[ne]
body (b) by an holy coven[an]t, (c) for the publike worship [of]
God (d) & the mutuall edification of one another,
the fellowshippe of ye Lord Jesus. (a) 1 Cor. 1. 2. (b) 1 Co[r] [cut off]
27. Rom. 12. 5. (c) exod. 29. 5, 6. deut. 29. 1, 9 to 15. (d) A[ct]
2.42. 2 Cor. 14. 26.
¶ Chapt. 3. Of the matter of the visible
church ^both in respect of quality & quantity
The matter of a visible church are saints by
calling. 2 Cor. 1. 2. Eph. 1.1.
By saints we undrstand, 1. Such as have not onely