See also Mark i.5. Lnke iii.7, 8, 21. Matt. iii. 16. Acts ii. 44, and viii.12-39, and x. 47, and xvi. 14-34, and
xviii. 8. Rom. vi. 3, 4. John iii. 22, and iv. 1. Eph. iv. 5. Gal. iii. 27. 1 Cor. xii. 13.
7, That the first day of the week, called the Lord's Day, ought to be kept holy as the Christian Sabbath; and that it
is our indispensable duty to assemble ourselves together on that day, and to worship God in a public manner, by offering up
our prayers and thanksgivings, by attending to the preached word and ordinances, and by singing psalms, and hymns, and
And God blessed tbe seventh day, and sanctified it; because that in it he had rested from all his work. Gen. ii. 3.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Ex. xx. 8. And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came
together to break bread, Paul preached uuto them. Acts xx. 7. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day. Rev. i. 10. Let us
consider one anotller, to provoke unto love and to good works; not forsaking tile assembling of ourselves together, as the
manner of some is. Heb. x.24, 25. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and
Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. Acts i. 14. Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual
songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Eph. v. 19. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all
wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, aud hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts
to the Lord. Col. iii. 16.
See also Ex. xvi. 23-30, and xxxi. 13, 14. Lev. xix. 3, and xxiii. 3. Deut. v. 12, 13. Isa. lvi. 4-6, lviii. 13. Ezek.
xx. 12. Matt. xviii. 20. John xx. 19-29. Acts i. 13, 14, and ii. 1, and xx. 7. 1 Cor. v. 4.
8. That there will be a resurrcction, both of the just and unjust, and that Christ will come a second time to judge both
the quick and the dead, when those who die impenitent and unreconciled to God will be sentenced to endless misery, as the
just desert of their sins; and those who have been renewed by grace, and washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb, will
be completely delivered from the dominion of sin, and admitted into the holy and heavenly Jerusalem, with songs and
everlasting joy. So shall they be ever with the Lord.
And though, after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God; whom I shall see for myself, and
mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me. Job xix. 26, 27. Thy dead men shall live,
together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust; for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and
the earth shall cast out the dead. Isa. xxvi. I9. And many of them
that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Dan. xii. 2. I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death; O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction; repentance shall be hid from mine eyes. Hosea xiii. 14. When they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven. Mark xii. 25. Marveel not at this; for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good unto the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation. John y. 28, 29. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal. Matt. xxv. 46. Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorrnptible, and we shall be changed. I Cor. xv. 51, 52. Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. 2 Thess. i. 9. And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of tile earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Rev. i. 5, 6. And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. Rev. vii. 14-17.
See also Ps. xxviii. 4, and lxii. 12. Ezek. xxxvii. 1-10. Mark xii. 26, 27. John vi. 39, 40, and xi. 24, 25. Acts xxiv. 15. Rom. xiv. 10, 12. 1 Cor. iv. 5, and v. 22. 2 Cor. v. 10. Phil. iii. 21. 1 Thess. iv. 14-17. Rev. xx. 12, and xxii. 12. Isa. xxv. 8, x.xxv. 10, and lx. 20.
As we trust we have been brought by divine grace to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the influence of his Spirit to give ourselves up to him, so we do now solemnly covenant with each other, that, God enabling us, we will walk together in brotherly love; that we will exercise a Christian care and watchfulness over each other, and faithfully warn, rebuke, and admonish one another, as the case shall require; that we will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor omit the great duty of prayer, both for ourselves and for others; that we will participate in each other's joys, and endeavor, with tenderness and sympathy, to bear each other's burdens and sorrows; that we will earnestly endeavor to bring up such as may be under our care in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; that we will seek divine aid to enable us to walk circumspectly and watchfully in the world; denying ungodliness and every worldly lust; that we will strive together for the support of a faithful evangelical ministry among us; that we will endeavor, by example and effort, to win souls to Christ; and through life, amidst evil report and good report, seek to live to the glory of Him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvellous light.
STATED MEETINGS AND ORDINANCES.
The Standing Committee meet to examine candidates, and attend to other business, on the Monday evening preceding the last Sabbath of every month.
The Monthly Church Meeting is on the Tuesday evening preceding the last Sabbath in every month.
When there are candidates, the ordinance of Baptism is administered on the last Sabbath of the month, in connection with the morning service.
The Lord's Supper is administered on the first Sabbath in every month. in connection with the afternoon service.
The Monthly Prayer Meeting for Missions is on the first Sabbath evening in every month.
The Monthly Prayer Meeting for Sabbath Schools is on the second Sabbath evening in every month.
The Weekly Prayer and Conference Meeting is on Friday evening.
The Sabbath School meets at the ringing of the first bell, both morning and afternoon.
A Standing Committee of thirteen person, of which the Pastor and Deacons are members ex offico, to be elected at the meeting in December; whose duty is shall be toe xamine all candidates for membership, to make preliminary inquires in cases of discipline, and, generally, to attend to such other business as relates to the welfare ofthe Church, especially such as may be introduced by the Pastor.
ADMSSION TO MEMBERSHIP.
The Church adopt, as a practice, that all candidates for baptism, after they have been approved by the Standing Committee, shall be proposed at a monthly meeting, and stand propounded one month. A special committee is appointed by the Church on each case, whose examinations as to personal piety and moral charaeter are expected to be particular and thorough, and, if satisfied, they shall so report to the Church before the vote shall be taken on reception. If not satisfied, they shall have authority to postpone the appearance of the individual before the Chureh.
Letters of recommendation and dismission from other Churches are to be presented to the Pastor or Deacons, and by them laid before the Standing Committee, who shall inquire, in each case, into the religious history, occupation, residence, habits, &c., of the applicant; and, if found to be satisfactory, the Letter to be presented to the Church with a Report; and when practicable, the individuals shall be requested then, or at the first convenient opportunity, to relate to the Cburch their religious experience.
Stated collections for objects of benevolence are taken on the second Sabbath of each of the following months: -
Foreign Missions, . . January.
Bible Cause, . . March
Sabbath Schools, . . May.
Home Missions, . . July.
Tract Cause, . . September.
Education Cause, . . November.
Other collections are regularly taken as follows: -
On Fast Day and on the Sabbath preceding Thanksgiving, for the poor of the parish; at the Monthly Concert of Prayer for Foreign Missions; and after the Lord's Supper every month for the poor of the Church and other Church purposes.
All collcctions, for whatever objects, are required to be paid in full into the Treasury of the Church, and to be reported by the Treasurer in his annual account, which shall be audited by a Committee appointed for the purpose.
All Committees appointed by the Church to superintend collections and subscriptions are required to report as soon as convenient to the Church, when the sums reported as raised shall be appropriated.
All collections made for the poor are dispensed by the Deacons, and accounted for in gross by the Treasurcr.
DUTY OF MEMBERS WHO REMOVE
1. It shall be the duty of every member who may remove from Boston to any plaee where there is a regular Baptist Church, expecting to return within a year, to take and present to that Church a letter of recommendation for occasional communion. It shall, moreover, be the duty of such member to give information of his or her residenee and spiritual condition to this Church on or before the first day of August, in every year.
2. In case a member shall remove from the city to be absent for several years, it shall be the duty of such member to ask a letter of dismission to some regular Baptist Church in the neighborhood; and if there be none within a convenient distance, he or she shall give yearly notice to this Church, as is required in the preceding rule.
[A History of the Rowe Street Baptist Church, Boston, MA,
With the Declaration of Faith and The Church Covenant, 1853, (no author, published by the church). Copied from the original at the Denison University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Granville, OH. - jrd]
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