: 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
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]