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THE TWENTIETH EDITION.
PUBLISHED BY N. BANGS AND T. MAŞON, ""
J.C, Poiton printer, 9 Bowery. ,,
IN THE UNITED STATES.
Dearly Beloved Brethren. - WE think it expedient to give you a brief account of the rise of Methodism, both in Europe and America. “lo 1729, two young men in England, reading the bible, saw they could not be saved without boliness : followed after it, and incited others so to do. la 1737, they saw likewise, that men are justified before they are sanctified : but still boliness was their object.. God then thrust them out to raise a holy people."*
In the year 1766, Philip Embury, a local preacher of our society, from Ireland, began to preach in the city of New York, and form. ed a society of his owo countrymen and the eitizens; and the same ye preached in a bired room near the barracks. About the same time, Robert Strawbridge. a local preacher from Ireland, settled in Frede. rick county, in the state of Maryland, and preaching there, formed some societies. Tbe first Methodist church was built in New York in 1768 or 1769; and io 1769 Richard Board. Won and Joseph Pilavoor came to New-York ; who were the first regular Metbodist preachårs on the continent. In the latter end of the year 1771, Francis Asbury and Ricliard Wright, of the same order, came over.
preached in a hiredse Fear Thomas Webb
These are the words of Messrs. Wesleys themselves.
the preachers called Methodists, in America, was to reform the continent, and spread scripture holiness over these lands. As a proof hereof, we have seen, since that time, a great and glorious work of God, from New York through the Jersey, Penpsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North and South-Caros lina, and Georgia ; as also of late, to the extremities of the western and eastern states.
We esteem it our duty and privilege most earnestly to recommend to you, as members of our church, our FORM OF DISCIPLINE, which has been founded on the experience of a long series of years : as also on the obervations and remarks we have made on ancient and modern churches.
We wish to see this little publication in the house of every Methodist ; and the more so, as it contains the articles of religion maintained more or less, in part or in whole, by every reformed church in the world. :
'Far from wishing you to be ignorant of any of our doctrines, or any part of our discipline, we desire you to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the whole. You ought, next to the word of God, to procure the Articles and Canons of the Church to which you belong. This present edition is small and cheap, and we can assure you that the profits of the sale of it shall be applied to charitable purposes.
We remain your very affectionate brethren and pastors, who labour night and day, both in public and in private, for your good.
DOCTRINES AND DISCIPLINE
Methodist Episcopal Church.
CHAPTER I. .
SECTION 1. Of the Origin of the Methodist Episcopal
Church. The preachers and members of our society in general, being convinced that there was a great deficiency of vital religion in the Church of England in Amer. ica, and being in many places destitute of the Christian sacraments, as several of the clergy had forsaken their churches, requested the late Rev. John Wesley to take such measures, in his wisdom and prudence, as would afford them suitable relief in their distress.
In consequence of this, our venerable friend, who, under God, had been the Father of the great revival of religion now extending over the earth, by the means of the Methodists, determined to ordain