forgiven by ye church. Secondly, to call the church togeathr (A)
when there is occasion, and seasonably to dismisse them
agayne. Thirdly to prpare matters in private (B) the[n]
in publike they may be carried an end wth lesse
trouble, and more speedy dispatch. Fourthly to
moderate the carriage of all matters in the
church assembled, as, to expound matters to the
church, to order ye season of speech(h) & silence, &
to pnounce sentence according to ye mynd of cht
wth ye consent of ye church. Fifthly, to be guides
& Leaders(i) to ye church in ^all matters whatsoever
ptayning to church=Administrations & Actions.
Sixthly to see that none in ye church live inordi=
nately(K) out of rank & place wthout a calling, or
Idly in their calling. Seaventhly, to prevent & heale
such offences in life & doctrine(l) as might corrupt
ye church. Eighthly to feed ye flock of god wth a
word of Admonition(m); Ninthly, as thay shall be
sent for, to visite & pray over(n) their sick brethren,
and 10thly, at other tymes(o) as opportunity shall serve
thereunto. (a) 1 Tim.5.17. (b) 2 Chron. 23.19. Rev.21.12.
(c) 1 Tim.4.14. (d) math.18.17. (e) 2 Cor. 2 7,8. (f) Act.6.2
(g) Act.21.18,22,23. (h) Act.13.15. (i) Heb.13.7,13. (K) 2 Thes
3.10,11,12. (l) Act.20.28 to 32. (m) 1 Tes.5.12. (n) Jam.5.14.
The office of a deacon is instituted in ye church by
ye Lord Jesus(a), who sometimes are called Helps(b).
The Scripture telleth us how they should be qualified
grave, not double tongued, not given to much win[e],
not given to filthy lucre: They must first be prooved
& then use the office of a deacon(d) being found
blamelesse. The office & work of ye deacons is