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Brief Instruction in the Worship of God
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Question 49 — What is the duty of the elders of the church towards persons desiring to be admitted unto the fellowship of the church?

AnsweraTo discern and judge by the rule of truth, applied in love, between sincere professors and hypocritical pretenders; bto influence, direct, comfort, and encourage in the way, such as they judge to love the Lord Jesus in sincerity; cto propose and recommend them unto the whole church, with prayers and supplications to God for them; dto admit them, being approved, into the order and fellowship of the gospel in the church.
aActs viii. 20, 23; Titus i. 10; Rev. ii. 2; Jer. xv. 19.
bActs xviii. 26; 1 Thess. ii. 7, 8, 11.
cActs ix. 27, 28.
dRom. xiv. 1.

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