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faith is placed upon my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who died for us, and shed his blood on the cross for the remission of sins, and who hath granted unto me his body and blood in the Lord's Supper, as a pledge of grace; as the Scripture saith: Our Lord Jesus Christ, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread: aud when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body which is given for yon; this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner, also, our Lord Jesus Christ, when he had supped, took the enp, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; this is my blood, the blood of the New Testament, which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins. This do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me
Therefore he abideth in me and I in him, and I have eternal life, and he will raise me up on the last day. Amen.
I have a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is far better; I shall never taste death; yea, I shall attain unto the resurrection of the dead; for the body which I shall put off, this grain of corruptibility, shall put on incorruption: my flesh shall rest in hope;
And the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, shall also quicken these our mortal bodies, if so be that the Spirit of God hath, dwelt in them.
We poor sinners pray,
And keep us in everlasting fellowship with our brethren, and with our sisters, who have entered into the joy of their Lord;
Also with the servants and handmaids of our Church, whom thou hast called home in the past year, and with the whole Church triumphant; and let us rest together in thy presence from our labors. Amen.
They are at rest in lasting bliss,
Lord, grant me thy protection,
And glorious resurrection,
Ah! then, though I be dying,
I shall, on thee relying,
Glory be to him who is the Insurrection and the Life; he was dead, and behold, he is alive for evermore;
And he that believeth in him, though he were dead, yet shall he live.
Glory be to him in the Church which waiteth for him, and in that which is around him:
Forever and ever.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with us all.
METHODIST AKTICLES OF KELIGION. A.D. 1784
[The Twenty-flve ArtlcleB of Religion were drawn up by Jons Wkblet for the American Methodists, and adopted at a Conference In 1784. They underwent some changes, chiefly verbal, and Art. 23d, acknowledging the sovereignty of the people of the United States, was adopted by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1804. They are a liberal and Jndiclous abridgment of the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England, the Calvinlstlc and other features being omitted (Arts. 3,8,13,15,17, IS, 20, 21, !6, 29, 31, 33,34, 30, and 37).
The text is taken from the official manual of The Doctrines and Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Church, ed. by Bishop Haeeib, New Tork, 1872.]
I. OF FAITH IN THE HOLT TKINITT.
There is but one living aud true God, everlasting, without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the Maker and Preserver of all things, visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there are three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
n. OF THE WOED, OR SON OF GOD, WHO WAS MADE VERY MAN.
The Son, who is the Word of the Father, the very and eternal God, of one substance with the Father, took man's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin; so that two whole and perfect natures—that is to say, the Godhead and manhood—were joined together in one person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very God and very man, who truly suffered, was crucified, dead and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for the actual sins of men.
IH. OF THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST.
Christ did truly rise again from the dead, and took again his body, with all things appertaining to the perfection of man's nature, wherewith he ascended into heaven, and there sitteth until he return to judge all men at the last day.
IV. OF THE HOLY GHOST.
The Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty, and glory with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God.
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V. THE SUFFICIENCY OF THE HOLT SCRIPTURES FOE SALVATION.
The Holy Scriptures contain all things necessary to salvation; so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man that it should be believed as an article of faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the Holy Scripture we do understand those canonical books of the Old and New Testament of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church. The names of the canonical books' are—
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, The First Book of Samuel, The Second Book of Samuel, The First Book of Kings, The Second Book of Kings, The First Book of Chronicles, The Second Book of Chronicles, The Book of Ezra, The Book of Nehemiah, The Book of Esther, The Book of Job, The Psalms, The Proverbs, Ecclesiastes or the Preacher, Cantica or Songs of Solomon, Four Prophets the greater, Twelve Prophets the less.
All the books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive and account canonical.
VI. OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.
The Old Testament is not contrary to the New; for both in the Old and New Testament everlasting life is offered to mankind by Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and man, being both God and man. Wherefore they are not to be heard who feign that the old fathers did look only for transitory promises. Although the law given from God by Moses, as touching ceremonies and rites, dotli not bind Christians, nor ought the civil precepts thereof of necessity be received in any commonwealth, yet, notwithstanding, no Christian whatsoever is free from the obedience of the commandments which are called moral.
VII. OF ORIGINAL OR BIRTH SIN.
Original 6in standeth not in the following of Adam (as the Pelagians do vainly talk), but it is the corruption of the nature of every man, that naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam, whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and of his own nature inclined to evil, and that continually.