History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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: 19 The or are to have a sufficient time to expound all  things concerning the to their understanding, previous to their par taking of the , and being by the of the  elders: so that all things may be done in order. And the members shall mani fest before the Church, and also before the elders, by a godly walk and conver sation, that they are worthy of it, that there may be works and faith agreeable  to the holy scriptures— walking in holiness before the Lord.
20 Every member of the Church <of Christ> having children is to bring them unto the  elders before the church, who are to lay their hands upon them in the name of  Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name.
21 No one can be received into the church of Christ unless he has arrived unto  the years of accountability before God, and is capable of repentance.
22 Baptism is to be administered in the following manner, unto all those who  repent: The person who is called of God, and has authority of Jesus Christ  to baptize, shall go down into the water with the person who has presented him  or herself for baptism, and shall say, calling him or her by name: Having  authority of been commissioned of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the  Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen. Then shall he  immerse him or her in the water, and come forth out <again> out of the water.
23 It is expedient that the Church meet together often to partake of bread and  wine in remembrance of the Lord Jesus: and the elder or priest shall administer  it: and after this manner shall he administer it: he shall kneel with the  church, and call upon the Father in solemn prayer, saying, O God, the Eternal  Father, we ask thee in the name of thy son Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify  this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remem brance of the body of thy son, and witness unto thee O God, the Eternal Father  that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy son, and always  remember him and keep his which he has given them,  that they may always have his Spirit to be with them Amen.
24 The manner of administering the wine: He shall take cup also, and  say, O God, the eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy son Jesus Christ  to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they  may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy son which was shed for them, that  they may witness unto thee O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always  remember him, and that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.
25 Any member of the Church of Christ transgressing, or being overtaken  in a fault, shall be dealt with as the scriptures direct.
26 It shall be the duty of the several churches composing the Church of  Christ, to send one or more of their to attend the several  held by the elders of the Church; with a list of the names of the several members [p. 33]
: 19 The or are to have a sufficient time to expound all things concerning the to their understanding, previous to their partaking of the , and being by the of the elders: so that all things may be done in order. And the members shall manifest before the Church, and also before the elders, by a godly walk and conversation, that they are worthy of it, that there may be works and faith agreeable to the holy scriptures— walking in holiness before the Lord.
20 Every member of the Church of Christ having children is to bring them unto the elders before the church, who are to lay their hands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name.
21 No one can be received into the church of Christ unless he has arrived unto the years of accountability before God, and is capable of repentance.
22 Baptism is to be administered in the following manner, unto all those who repent: The person who is called of God, and has authority of Jesus Christ to baptize, shall go down into the water with the person who has presented him or herself for baptism, and shall say, calling him or her by name: Having been commissioned of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen. Then shall he immerse him or her in the water, and come forth again out of the water.
23 It is expedient that the Church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in remembrance of the Lord Jesus: and the elder or priest shall administer it: and after this manner shall he administer it: he shall kneel with the church, and call upon the Father in solemn prayer, saying, O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy son Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy son, and witness unto thee O God, the Eternal Father that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy son, and always remember him and keep his which he has given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them Amen.
24 The manner of administering the wine: He shall take cup also, and say, O God, the eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy son Jesus Christ to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy son which was shed for them, that they may witness unto thee O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.
25 Any member of the Church of Christ transgressing, or being overtaken in a fault, shall be dealt with as the scriptures direct.
26 It shall be the duty of the several churches composing the Church of Christ, to send one or more of their to attend the several held by the elders of the Church; with a list of the names of the several members [p. 33]
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