Chapter 24of Marriage And Divorce
1. Marriage is to be between one man and one woman: neither is it lawful for any man to have more than one wife, nor for any woman to have more than one husband, at the same time.
2. Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of husband and wife, for the increase of mankind with legitimate issue, and of the church with an holy seed and for preventing of uncleanness.
3. It is lawful for all sorts of people to marry, who are able with judgment to give their consent. Yet it is the duty of Christians to marry only in the Lord. And therefore such as profess the true reformed religion should not marry with infidels, papists, or other idolaters: neither should such as are godly be unequally yoked, by marrying with such as are notoriously wicked in their life, or maintain damnable heresies.
4. Marriage ought not to be within the degrees of consanguinity or affinity forbidden by the Word. Nor can such incestuous marriages ever be made lawful by any law of man or consent of parties, so as those persons may live together as man and wife.
5. Adultery or fornication committed after a contract, being detected before marriage, giveth just occasion to the innocent party to dissolve that contract. In the case of adultery after marriage, it is lawful for the innocent party to sue out a divorce: and, after the divorce, to marry another, as if the offending party were dead.
Chapter 1of The Holy Scripture
1. Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men unexcusable yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation. Therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his church and afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing: which maketh the Holy Scripture to be most necessary those former ways of Gods revealing his will unto his people being now ceased.
2. Under the name of Holy Scripture, or the Word of God written, are now contained all the books of the Old and New Testaments, which are these:
Of the Old Testament:
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All which are given by inspiration of God to be the rule of faith and life.
3. The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon of the Scripture, and therefore are of no authority in the church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved, or made use of, than other human writings.
Chapter 2 Of God And Of The Holy Trinity
Paragraph 1. The Lord our God is but one only living and true God 1 whose subsistence is in and of Himself,2 infinite in being and perfection whose essence cannot be comprehended by any but Himself 3 a most pure spirit,4 invisible, without body, parts, or passions, who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto 5 who is immutable,6 immense,7 eternal,8 incomprehensible, almighty,9 every way infinite, most holy,10 most wise, most free, most absolute working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will,11 for His own glory 12 most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him,13 and withal most just and terrible in His judgments,14 hating all sin,15 and who will by no means clear the guilty.1616 Exod. 34:7 Nahum 1:2,3
Paragraph 5. Those of mankind that are predestinated to life, God, before the foundation of the world was laid, according to His eternal and immutable purpose, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of His will, hath chosen in Christ unto everlasting glory, out of His mere free grace and love,11 without any other thing in the creature as a condition or cause moving Him thereunto.1212 Rom. 9:13,16 Eph. 2:5,12
10 Dan. 3:27
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Of The State Of Man After Death And Of The Resurrection Of The Dead
Paragraph 1. The bodies of men after death return to dust, and see corruption 1 but their souls, which neither die nor sleep, having an immortal subsistence, immediately return to God who gave them.2 The souls of the righteous being then made perfect in holiness, are received into paradise, where they are with Christ, and behold the face of God in light and glory, waiting for the full redemption of their bodies 3 and the souls of the wicked are cast into hell where they remain in torment and utter darkness, reserved to the judgment of the great day 4 besides these two places, for souls separated from their bodies, the Scripture acknowledgeth none.
Paragraph 2. The end of Gods appointing this day, is for the manifestation of the glory of his mercy, in the eternal salvation of the elect and of his justice, in the eternal damnation of the reprobate, who are wicked and disobedient 4 for then shall the righteous go into everlasting life, and receive that fulness of joy and glory with everlasting rewards, in the presence of the Lord but the wicked, who do not know God, and do not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, shall be cast aside into everlasting torments,5 and punished with everlasting destruction, from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.6
Chapter 27of The Sacraments
1. Sacraments are holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace, immediately instituted by God, to represent Christ, and his benefits and to confirm our interest in him: as also, to put a visible difference between those that belong unto the church, and the rest of the world and solemnly to engage them to the service of God in Christ, according to his Word.
2. There is, in every sacrament, a spiritual relation, or sacramental union, between the sign and the thing signified: whence it comes to pass, that the names and effects of the one are attributed to the other.
3. The grace which is exhibited in or by the sacraments rightly used, is not conferred by any power in them neither doth the efficacy of a sacrament depend upon the piety or intention of him that doth administer it: but upon the work of the Spirit, and the word of institution, which contains, together with a precept authorizing the use thereof, a promise of benefit to worthy receivers.
4. There be only two sacraments ordained by Christ our Lord in the Gospel that is to say, baptism, and the Supper of the Lord: neither of which may be dispensed by any, but by a minister of the Word lawfully ordained.
5. The sacraments of the old testament, in regard of the spiritual things thereby signified and exhibited, were, for substance, the same with those of the new.
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Chapter 30of Church Censures
1. The Lord Jesus, as King and Head of his church, hath therein appointed a government, in the hand of church officers, distinct from the civil magistrate.
2. To these officers the keys of the kingdom of heaven are committed by virtue whereof, they have power, respectively, to retain, and remit sins to shut that kingdom against the impenitent, both by the Word, and censures and to open it unto penitent sinners, by the ministry of the gospel and by absolution from censures, as occasion shall require.
3. Church censures are necessary, for the reclaiming and gaining of offending brethren, for deterring of others from the like offenses, for purging out of that leaven which might infect the whole lump, for vindicating the honor of Christ, and the holy profession of the gospel, and for preventing the wrath of God, which might justly fall upon the church, if they should suffer his covenant, and the seals thereof, to be profaned by notorious and obstinate offenders.
4. For the better attaining of these ends, the officers of the church are to proceed by admonition suspension from the sacrament of the Lords Supper for a season and by excommunication from the church according to the nature of the crime, and demerit of the person.
Chapter 17of The Perseverance Of The Saints
1. They, whom God hath accepted in his Beloved, effectually called, and sanctified by his Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved.
2. This perseverance of the saints depends not upon their own free will, but upon the immutability of the decree of election, flowing from the free and unchangeable love of God the Father upon the efficacy of the merit and intercession of Jesus Christ, the abiding of the Spirit, and of the seed of God within them, and the nature of the covenant of grace: from all which ariseth also the certainty and infallibility thereof.
3. Nevertheless, they may, through the temptations of Satan and of the world, the prevalency of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of the means of their preservation, fall into grievous sins and, for a time, continue therein: whereby they incur Gods displeasure, and grieve his Holy Spirit, come to be deprived of some measure of their graces and comforts, have their hearts hardened, and their consciences wounded hurt and scandalize others, and bring temporal judgments upon themselves.
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Chapter 3of Gods Eternal Decree
1. God, from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass: yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established.
2. Although God knows whatsoever may or can come to pass upon all supposed conditions, yet hath he not decreed anything because he foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to pass upon such conditions.
3. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of his glory, some men and angels are predestinated unto everlasting life and others foreordained to everlasting death.
4. These angels and men, thus predestinated, and foreordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed, and their number so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished.
5. Those of mankind that are predestinated unto life, God, before the foundation of the world was laid, according to his eternal and immutable purpose, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of his will, hath chosen, in Christ, unto everlasting glory, out of his mere free grace and love, without any foresight of faith, or good works, or perseverance in either of them, or any other thing in the creature, as conditions, or causes moving him thereunto and all to the praise of his glorious grace.
Enter Bethany Baptist Jazz Vesper
Don Bradon, Vince Ector, Jerry McCune, at Bethany Baptist Church – Image: Gregory Burrus
In 1870 a small group of African Americans got together and worshiped somewhere in Newark, NJ. Now lets fast forward to more recent times when the Reverend M. William Howard, Jr., staying true to the mission of worship, assumed leadership as 12th pastor of Bethany. According to Bethany Baptist Church history, Reverend M. William Howard, Jr. guided the congregation through a series of facilitated discussions in developing the Churchs Mission Statement that commits the church and its members to recruit, equip and deploy followers of Jesus Christ for discipleship and transforming service to others Among the initiatives Dr. Howard undertook by the culmination of his first decade as pastor in 2010 were a Jazz Vespers worship service that recognized Jazz for it sacred dimensions.
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Enter Great Jazz Music At Bethany Baptist Church Jazz Vesper
Well with all that, who plays when its time to listen to some serious Jazz? How about the best of the best in the Jazz arena? Over time I have heard some of the best world class musicians playing in Bethany Baptist Church Jazz Vespers. Familiar names like Junior Mance, Yvette Glover, Hilton Ruiz, Cyrus Chestnut, Jimmy Heath, Earl May, Lizz Wright, David Fathead Newman, Mulgrew Miller, Slide Hampton, Sonny Fortune, Houston Person, and Geri Allen. This years headliners consisted of Band of Bones, led by David Chamberlain, Courtney Bryan Quartet featuring Brandee Younger, Vincent Herring Quartet, the Peter Bernstein Group and Dee Daniels.
So musicians, looking for a new venue to play in? Jazz fans, want a new place to listen to some great music? Did I mention Bethany Baptist Church Jazz Vespers is Free? Yup you get to enjoy the company of fellow members, in a spiritual environment, donate when you can, and let some really cool jazz music wash over you. Its another form of American Jazz, and its a great time for sure.
Chapter 21of Religious Worship And The Sabbath Day
1. The light of nature showeth that there is a God, who hath lordship and sovereignty over all, is good, and doth good unto all, and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the might. But the acceptable way of worshiping the true God is instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshiped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation, or any other way not prescribed in the Holy Scripture.
2. Religious worship is to be given to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost and to him alone not to angels, saints, or any other creature: and, since the fall, not without a Mediator nor in the mediation of any other but of Christ alone.
3. Prayer, with thanksgiving, being one special part of religious worship, is by God required of all men: and, that it may be accepted, it is to be made in the name of the Son, by the help of his Spirit, according to his will, with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love, and perseverance and, if vocal, in a known tongue.
4. Prayer is to be made for things lawful and for all sorts of men living, or that shall live hereafter: but not for the dead, nor for those of whom it may be known that they have sinned the sin unto death.
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Of The Gospel And Of The Extent Of The Grace Thereof
Paragraph 1. The covenant of works being broken by sin, and made unprofitable unto life, God was pleased to give forth the promise of Christ, the seed of the woman, as the means of calling the elect, and begetting in them faith and repentance 1 in this promise the gospel, as to the substance of it, was revealed, and therein effectual for the conversion and salvation of sinners.22 Rev. 13:8
Paragraph 2. This promise of Christ, and salvation by him, is revealed only by the Word of God 3 neither do the works of creation or providence, with the light of nature, make discovery of Christ, or of grace by him, so much as in a general or obscure way 4 much less that men destitute of the revelation of Him by the promise or gospel, should be enabled thereby to attain saving faith or repentance.55 Prov. 29:18 Isa. 25:7 60:2,3
Paragraph 4. Although the gospel be the only outward means of revealing Christ and saving grace, and is, as such, abundantly sufficient thereunto yet that men who are dead in trespasses may be born again, quickened or regenerated, there is moreover necessary an effectual insuperable work of the Holy Spirit upon the whole soul, for the producing in them a new spiritual life 8 without which no other means will effect their conversion unto God.9
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Of The Fall Of Man Of Sin And Of The Punishment Thereof
Paragraph 1. Although God created man upright and perfect, and gave him a righteous law, which had been unto life had he kept it, and threatened death upon the breach thereof,1 yet he did not long abide in this honor Satan using the subtlety of the serpent to subdue Eve, then by her seducing Adam, who, without any compulsion, did willfully transgress the law of their creation, and the command given to them, in eating the forbidden fruit,2 which God was pleased, according to His wise and holy counsel to permit, having purposed to order it to His own glory.2 Gen. 3:12,13 2 Cor. 11:3
Paragraph 2. Our first parents, by this sin, fell from their original righteousness and communion with God, and we in them whereby death came upon all:3 all becoming dead in sin,4 and wholly defiled in all the faculties and parts of soul and body.5
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