Lords planting shall ^all certainly be rooted up and cast
forth, math.15.13. (a) 1 Cor.12.28. (b) Eph.4.11. (c) Act.20.28
The Lord hath appointed Auncient widdowes
where they may be had, to minister in ye church,
in giving attendance to the sicke, & to give succou[r]
to them and others, in the same & like necessityes
(a) 1 Tim.5.9,10.
¶ Chap. 8. of Election of church-officers.
No man may take the honour of a church officer unto
himself, save he that is called of god as was Aaron
Calling unto office is either immediate by cht him
selfe, such as was the call of the Apostles & prophets.
This maner of call ended wth them as hath bene
sayed: or mediate, by ye church.
It is meet, before any be ordayned or chosen
officers, that they should first be tried & prooved,
because hands are not suddenly to be laid on any
and both Elders & deacons must be of honest &
good report(b.) (a) 1 Tim.5.22.(b) Act. 1 Tim.3.7,10. [?]
Act.16.2 & 6.3.
The things in respect of wch they are to tryed
are those gifts and vertues wch the Scripture requi
reth in men that are to be elected into such
places, viz. that Elders must be blamelesse, sob[er]
apt to teach, & indued wth such other qualifications
as are layed downe 1 Tim.3.2 &c: Tit.1.6, to 9. And
deacons to be fitted as is directed Act.6.3. 1 Tim.3.8 to [cut off]