|Author:||Stanley, Fr. (Francis), d. 1696.|
|Title:||Christianity indeed, or, The well-disciplin'd Christian the delight of Christ shewing how believers in Christ ought to go in and out each before other in gospel-order, governing and being governed as the children of one Father / by Fr. Stanley.|
|Publication info:||Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan, Digital Library Production Service
2012 November (TCP phase 2)
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Christianity indeed, or, The well-disciplin'd Christian the delight of Christ shewing how believers in Christ ought to go in and out each before other in gospel-order, governing and being governed as the children of one Father / by Fr. Stanley.
Stanley, Fr. (Francis), d. 1696.
London: Printed for Francis Smith ..., [1667?]
Running title: The Gospel's honour, and the churches ornament.
Reproduction of original in the Union Theological Seminary Library, New York.
To the most worthy my well beloved, and dear Relations in the Lord, of the Con∣gregational Churches, both Officers and Members; whom I humbly crave to Pa∣tronize this small and mean Treatise, for whose sake I chiefly formed it, and for whose benefit I now present it; For whom I can do no less but wish all increase of Grace, and fulness of Peace; and as a further Duty and Obligation, to pray and intercede for your Perfection.
THE Preface, or Premonition, presented to the Readers serious Consideration or Meditation.
A TREATISE, Setting forth The Gospel's Honour, AND The Churches Ornament.
1. Of the First; Touching the Antiquity and Dignity of Ecclesiastical Government.
2. True Church Government defined, and the several Parts and particular Acts distinguished.
3. The Reasons for, and necessity of Church Governors and Go∣vernments.
4. The good use and great benefit that comes by Right Government.
5. Some Rules tendred how to Effect and Accomplish a right Government.
By Election, Direction, Protection, Sup∣plication and Exclusion.
Concerning Christians as they stand related to civil Magistrates,
Concerning some Rules that respect and relate to Christian Families.
But yet a few words more particularly, that re∣spects every House and Family to divide their Duties to each other, and that severally.
Some Rules concerning private and personal Government.
6. The true Order and right manner of the Execution of Church Government.
Concerning dealing with publick Of∣fenders.
3. What is to be understood and observed in the prrosecution of Discipline
Fourthly, What Priviledges are to be main∣tained in Christs Congregation.
Fifthly, What Disorders are to be prevent∣ed, corrected, and removed.
6. Some branches of Injustice and Opppression to be avoyded in the punishment of Sin.
7. Tho true Order of the Execution of Justice and Discipline.
Seventhly, and Lastly. Some Directions given how to uphold and sup∣port Church-Government.
2. Concerning Elders appointed over parti∣cular Churches.
3. Concerning the Deacons in Christs Con∣gregation.
4. Concerning the duties of Church-mem∣bers to their Officers.
7. Lastly, Touching Gods Ordinance, that respects his Ministers Maintenance.
A Table of the principall Matters con∣tained in this Book.