POLITY A Collection of Historic Baptist Documents

Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life
Edited by Mark Dever 2001

Church order and the ceremonial of religion, are less important than a new heart; and in the view of some, any laborious investigation of questions respecting them may appear to be needless and unprofitable. But we know, from the Holy Scriptures, that Christ gave commands on these subjects, and we cannot refuse to obey. Love prompts our obedience; and love prompts also the search which may be necessary to ascertain his will. Let us, therefore, prosecute the investigations which are before us, with a fervent prayer, that the Holy Spirit, who guides into all truth, may assist us to learn the will of him whom we supremely love and adore.
John Leadley Dagg

Contents & Introduction

I. Introductory Essays

  1. “The Noble Task: The Pastor as Preacher and Practitioner of the Marks of the Church”  by Mark Dever 3
  2. “The Church: Baptists and Their Churches  in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries” by Greg Wills 19
  3. “Discipline: The Missing Mark”  by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. 43

II. Historical Reprints

  1. BENJAMIN KEACH• 59
  2. BENJAMIN GRIFFITH • 93
    • A Short Treatise Concerning a True and Orderly Gospel Church (1743)  95
  3. CHARLESTON ASSOCIATION • 113
    • Summary of Church Discipline (1774)  115
  4. SAMUEL JONES • 135
    • A Treatise of Church Discipline and a Directory (1798)  137
  5. W. B. JOHNSON • 159
    • The Gospel Developed (1846)  161
  6. JOSEPH S. BAKER • 247
    • Church Discipline (1847)  249
  7. J. L. REYNOLDS • 293
    • Church Polity or The Kingdom of Christ (1849)  295
  8. P. H. MELL • 405
    • Corrective Church Discipline (1860)  409
  9. ELEAZER SAVAGE • 477
    • Manual of Church Discipline (1863)  479
  10. WILLIAM WILLIAMS • 525
    • Apostolical Church Polity (1874)  527

III. Indices

  • Person Index 553
  • Subject Index 559
  • Scripture Index 571

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http://www.founders.org/library/polity/

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