consonant to the word of God are to be recd wth reverence

and submission, not onely for their Agreemt therewth, wch is

the principall ground thereof, & wthout wch they bind not

at all; but secondarily, for the power whereby ^they were made,

as being an ordinance of God appointed thereunto in his



  Because it is difficult if not impossible for many

churches to come all togeather in one place, in all their

members universally, therefore they may assemble by their delegates,

or messengers, as they church of Antioch went not all to

Jerusalem, but sent some select members for that

purpose: Act.15.2.


  Because none are or should be more fit to know the

state of the churches, nor to advise of waies for the good

thereof, then Elders, therefore it is fitt that in the choice

of the messengers for such Assemblies, they have speciall

respect unto such. Yet inasmuch as not onely Paul &

Barnabas, but certayne others also were sent to Jerusalem

from Antioch, Act.15.1 and when they were come to Jerusalem

not onely the Apostles & Elders, but other brethren also do

assemble and meet about the matter, Therefore

Synods are to consist, both of Elders & other church=members,

endued wth gifts and sent by the churches to have

decisive voyces therein, not excluding the prsence of

any brethren of the churches. Act.15.22,23.

¶      Chapt. 17. of the Civill magistrates

          power in matters Ecclesiasticall.


  It is lawfull and necessary for chtians to gather themselves

into church-estate, and therein to exercise all the ordinances

of cht according unto the word, although the consent of