of their owne for wch others are not blamed. (a) Rev. 2.[cut off]


This Forme is the visible Covenant, Agreemt or Conse[nt]

whereby they give up themselves unto ye Lord, to th[e]

observing of the ordinances of cht togeathr in th[e]

same Society(a), wch is usually called the church cove[nant]

For we see not otherwise how members can h[ave]

church power one over another mutually. & [?]

  The comparing of each pticular church unto a Citty

& to a Spouse(c) seemeth to conclude not only a Form[e]

but that yt forme is by way of covenant.

  The covenant as it was that wch made the Family

of Abraham(d); & children of Israel(e) to be a church

people unto God, so is it that wch now makes th[e]

severall societyes of gentile beleevers(f) to be church[es]

in these dayes.  (a) Zech.11.14  (b) Eph.2.19.  (c) 2 Cor. 11. [cut off]

(d) Gen.17.  (e) Deut.29.12,13. (f) Eph.2.12, 19.


This voluntary Agreement, consent, or Covenant (for

these are here taken for the same) although th[e]

more expresse and playne it is, the more fully

puts us in mynd of or mutuall duty; & stirreth [us]

up unto it, & leaveth lesse roome for ye question[ing]

of the truth of the church state of a company of professors [&]

the truth of membershipp of pticular psons; yet w[e]

conceive the substance of it is kept, where there [is]

a reall agreement & consent of a company of faithf[ul]

persons to meet constantly togeather in one Con

gregation; for ye publike worship of god and

their [struck through] mutuall edification; wch reall Ag[ree]

ment and consent they do Expresse by their

constant practice in coming togeather for the

publike worship of god, and religious subjection u[nto]

ye ordinances of god there. The rather if we do

consider how Scripture covenants have been entred int[o]

not only Expressely by word of mouth(a), but by sacrif[ice]