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A. And the same man had four daughters, 21. 9.. virgins, which did prophefy. I

Q. But may all women speak, or are any

commanded to keep silence in the church? 1 Cor. A. Let your women keep filence in the 14. 34. church; for it is not permitted unto them 35.

to speak, but they are commanded to be under obedience; as also saith the law, and if they will learn any thing, let them alk their husbands at home; for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. ,

Let the women learn in filence with all "?subjection. But I suffer not a woman to

teach, 'or usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

Q. The first of these seems only to relate to : women that have husbands : what comes of them that have none? The second speaks ni)thing of ihe church, but only that pe ought not to ufurp authority over the man : Hath this no limitation? Dorb not the same apostle give directions, how women that speak should

behave themselves in the church? Cor. A. Every man praying or prophesying, 31. 4, S. *** 4; 5. having his head covered, dishonoureth his

head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered, disa honoureth her head; for that is even alt one as if she were fhaven.

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C H A P. A.

Concerning Worship. Quest.-WHAT is the worship that is acceptable to God? { A. But the hour cometh, and now is, John 4. when the true worshippers shall worship ****** the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a spirit, and they that worship him, must worship him in fpirit and in truth. :

Q. Seeing prayer is a part of worship, when ought we to pray ?

A. And he fpake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to make pray, and not to faint.

I Thef. Pray without ceasing.

. 5.17. Q. Hath God no respect to the manner of : calling upon him?

A. For there is no difference between Rom. the Jew and the Greek; for the same Lord ". over all, is rich unto all that call upon him.

Q. Doth God hear the prayers of all that call upon him? ...A. The Lord is nigh unto all them that Pfalm call upon him, to all that call upon him 145.18 in truth. " • The Lord is far from the wicked ; but Prov.

* 15. 29. he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

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Now we know that God heareth not 9. 31 sinners; but if any man be a worshipper of

God, and doth his will, him he heareth. 3 John And this is the confidence that we have 3. 14. ' in him, that if we ask any thing according

to his will, he heareth us.

'Q. After what manner doth the apostle then

declare he wilt will pray? 1 Cor. A. What is it then? I will pray with

the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

· Q. Must we then pray always in the spirit? Eph. À. Praying always, with all prayer, and 6.18.

fupplication in the spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance, and sup. plication for all faints.

Q. Since we are commanded to pray always in it, can we do it of ourselves, without the

help thereof? . Rom. 8. A. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our 20, 27. infirmities; for we know not what we

should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groane ings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcherh the hearts, knoweth what is the niind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercefsion for the faints according to the will of God.

Q. I perceive, that without the leadings and belp of the Spirit, prayers are altogether

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unprofitable : may not a man truly utter those Á things that are spiritual, without the Spirit's asistance ? ? A. Wherefore I give you to understand,

12. 30 that no man speaking by the Spirit of God, calleth Jesus accursed; and that no man can fay, that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

Q. This is strange ; it seems the Spirit is much more necessary than many called Chriftians suppose it to be ; fome of which can scarce give a good accouut whether they have it, or want it : but if a man speak things true . upon the matter, are they not true as from him, if spoken without the spirit ?

- A. And though they fay, The Lord liv. Jer. 5.2. eth, surely they swear fallly.

Q. It is apparent from all these fcriptures, that the true worship of God is in Spirit ; and as it is not limited to a certain place, neither to any certain time, what shall we think of them that plead for the observation of certain

days?

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A. But now, after that ye have known Gal. 4. God, or rather, are known of God, how” turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days and months, and times and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

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Col. 2. Let no man therefore judge you in meat 16, 17. or drink, or in respect of an holy day, or

of the new moon, or of the fabbath-day, which are a shadow of things to come : but the body is of Christ.

Q. Seeing it is so, may not fome Christians. as lawfully esteem all days alike, as others may. esteem fome days above another ; what rule

giveth the apostle in this case ? Rom. A. One man esteemeth one day above 14,5,6. on

another; another esteemeth every day alike: let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord; for he giveth God thanks ; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he cateth not, and giveth God thanks.

Q. But is it not convenient and necesary, that there. be a day fet apart to meet and worship God in ? Did not the apostles and primitive Christians use to meet upon the first day of the week, to make their collections, and

to worship? 2. Cor. A. Now concerning the collection for 16. 1, 2.

the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week, let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

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