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perstition. That it may then be manifest, that ye are thus minded, you are to answer sincerely upon these questions.
First. Whether you acknowledge, that although our children are conceived and born in sin, and therefore are subject to all miseries, yea to condemnation itself, yet that they are sanctified in Christ, and therefore as members of his church ought to be baptised?
Secondly. Whether you acknowledge the doctrine which is contained in the old and new testament, and in the articles of the christian faith, and which is taught here in this christian church, to be the true and perfect doctrine of salvation?
Thirdly. Whether you promise and intend to see these children, when come to the years of discretion (whereof thou art either father or witness) instructed and brought up in the aforesaid doctrine, or help, or cause them to be instructed therein to the utmost of your power? -Answer. Yes.
Then the minister of God's word in baptising, shall say, N. I baptise thee, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
God and merciful Father, we thank and thee,
that thou hast forgiven us, and our children, all our sins, through the blood of thy beloved Son Jesus Christ, and received us through thy holy Spirit, as members of thy only begotten Son, and adopted us to be thy children, and sealed and confirmed the same unto us by holy baptism: we beseech thee, through the same Son of thy love, that thou wilt be pleased always to govern these baptised children by thy holy Spirit, that they may be piously and religiously educated, increase and grow up in the Lord Jesus Christ, that they then may acknowledge thy fatherly goodness and mercy, which thou hast shown to them and us, and live in all righteousness, under our only Teacher, King and High Priest, Jesus Christ; and manfully fight against, and overcome sin, the devil and his whole dominion, to the end that they may eternally praise, and magnify thee, and thy Son Jesus Christ, together with the Holy Ghost, the one only true God. Amen.
FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF HOLY BAPTISM, TO
OWEVER children of christian parents (although they understand not this mystery) must be baptised by virtue of the covenant; yet it is not lawful to baptise those who are come to years of discretion, except they first be sensible of their sins, and make con. fession both of their repentance and faith in Christ; for this cause hath not only John the Baptist preached (according to the command of God) the baptism of repentance, and baptised, for the remission of sins, those who confessed their sins, Mark i. and Luke iii. But our Lord Jesus Christ hath also commanded his disciples to teach all nations, and then to baptise them, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Mat. xxviii. Mark xvi. Adding this promise: He that believeth, and is baptised, shall be saved. According to which rule, the Apostles, as appeareth out of Acts ii. 10 and 16. have baptised none who were of years of discretion, but such who made confession of their faith and repentance; therefore it is not lawful now-a-days, to baptise any other adult persons, than such as have been taught the mysteries of holy baptism, by the preaching of the gospel, and are able to give an account of their faith by the confession of the mouth. Since therefore you N. are also desirous of holy baptism, to the end, it may be to you a seal of your ingrafting into the church of God, that it may appear that you do not only receive the christian religion, in which you have been privately instructed by us, and of which also you have made confession before us; but that you (through the grace of God) intend and purpose to lead a life according to the same; you are sincerely to give answer before God and his church;
First. Dost thou believe in the only true God, distinct in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, who hath made heaven and earth, and all that in them is, of nothing, and still maintains and governs them, insomuch that nothing comes to pass, either in heaven or on earth, without his divine will ?- -Answer. Yes.
Secondly. Dost thou believe that thou art conceived and born in sin, and therefore art a child of wrath by nature, wholly incapable of doing any good, and prone to all evil; and that thou hast frequently, both in thought, word and deed, transgressed the commandments of the Lord: and whether thou art heartily sorry for these sins?- -Answer. Yes.
Thirdly. Dost thou believe that Christ, who is the true and eternal God, and very man, who took his human nature on him out of the flesh and blood of the Virgin Mary, is given thee of God, to be thy Saviour, and that thou dost receive by this faith, remission of sins in his blood, and that thou art made by the power of the Holy Ghost, a member of Jesus Christ and his church? -Answer. Yes.
Fourthly. Dost thou assent to all the articles of the christian religion, as they are taught here, in this christian church, according to the word of God: and purpose stedfastly to continue in the same doctrine to the end of thy life and also dost thou reject all heresies and schisms, repugnant to this doctrine, and promise to persevere in the communion of our christian church, not only in the hearing of the word, but also in the use of the Lord's supper ? -Answer. Yes.
Fifthly. Hast thou taken a firm resolution always to lead a christian life, to forsake the world and its evil lusts, as is becoming the members of Christ and his church, and to submit yourself to all christian admonitions? -Answer. Yes.
The good and great God mercifully grant his grace and blessing to this your purpose, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE LORD'S SUPPER. ELOVED in the Lord Jesus Christ, attend to the words of the institution of the holy supper of our Lord Jesus Christ, as they are delivered by the Apostle Paul, 1 Cor. xi. 23-30.
"For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread: and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat, this is my body, which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me. And after the same manner also, he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it in remembrance of me; for as oft as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come: wherefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup: for he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body."
That we may now celebrate the supper of the Lord to our comfort, it is above all things necessary, First. Rightly to examine ourselves.
Secondly. To direct it to that end, for which Christ hath ordained and instituted the same, namely, to his remembrance.
The true examination of ourselves consists in these three parts.
First. That every one consider by himself, his sins and the curse due to him for them, to the end that he
may abhor and humble himself before God: considering that the wrath of God against sin is so great, that (rather than it should go unpunished) he hath punished the same in his beloved Son Jesus Christ, with the bitter and shameful death of the cross.
Secondly. That every one examine his own heart, whether he doth believe this faithful promise of God, that all his sins are forgiven him, only for the sake of the passion and death of Jesus Christ; and that the perfect righteousness of Christ is imputed and freely given him as his own, yea, so perfectly as if he had satisfied in his own person for all his sins, and fulfilled all righteousness.
Thirdly. That every one examine his own conscience, whether he purposeth henceforth to shew true thankfulness to God in his whole life, and to walk uprightly before him as also, whether he hath laid aside unfeignedly all enmity, hatred, and envy, and doth firmly resolve henceforward to walk in true love and peace with his neighbour.
All those then who are thus disposed, God will certainly receive in mercy, and count them worthy partakers of the table of his Son Jesus Christ. On the contrary, those who do not feel this testimony in their hearts, eat and drink judgment to themselves.
Therefore we also, according to the command of Christ and the apostle Paul, admonish all those who are defiled with the following sins, to keep themselves from the table of the Lord, and declare to them that they have no part in the kingdom of Christ; such as all idolaters, all those who invoke deceased saints, angels, or other creatures; all those who worship images; all enchanters, diviners, charmers, and those who give credit to such enchantments; all despisers of God and his word, and of the holy sacraments; all blasphemers; all those who are given to raise discord, sects, and mutiny in