it is that there were no ordinary officers appointed

by cht for any other then congregationall churches,

Elders being appointed to feed (not all flocks,

but) that pticular flock of god over wch the Holy

Ght had made them overseers; and that flock

they must attend, Even the whole flock(e). And

one congregation being as many as ordinary

Elders can attend, therefore there is no greater

church then a congregation, wch may ordinarily meet

in one place. (a) Act.20.28.

¶      Chapt. 4. Of the Forme of a visible church

     and of church covenant.


Saints by calling must have a visible Politicall union

& conjunction amongst themselves, or els they are not

yet a pticular church, as those similitudes hold forth

wch the Scripture makes use of to shew the nature

of pticular churches, as, a body(a), & a building or

house(b): Hands, eyes, feet & other members must be

united, or els remaining separate thay are not a

body; Stones, timber, though squared, hewen, polished

are not an house, till thay be compacted & united.

So Saints [struck through] or beleevers in judgement of

charity are not a church, unlesse orderly knit to=

geather. (a) 1 Tim. 3.15.  (b) Eph.2.22.


Particular churches can not be distinguished one

from another but by their Formes. Ephesus is not

Smyrna, nor Pergamus Thyatyra(a); but each one a

distinct society of it selfe, having officers of their

owne wch had not the chardge of others, vertues of

their owne, for wch others are not praised, corruptions