Appendix 19

A disciple gifted and enabled by the Spirit of Christ to preach the Gospel, and stirred up to this service by the same Spirit, bringing home to his soul the command of Christ in His word for the doing of this work, is a man authorized and sent by Christ to preach the Gospel, see Luke 19:12, etc., Mark 16:15, and Matt.28:19 compared with Acts 8:4, Phil.1:14,15; John 7. And those gifted disciples which thus preach Jesus Christ who came in the flesh, are to be looked upon as men sent and given of the Lord, 1 John 4:2; Rom.10:15; Eph.4:11 - 13. And they which are converted from unbelief and false worship, and so brought into church fellowship by such preachers according to the will of Christ, are a seal of their ministry, 1 Cor.9:2. And such preachers of the Gospel may not only lawfully administer baptism unto believers, and guide the action of the church in the use of the Supper, (Matt. 28:19; Acts 8:5-12; 1 Cor.10:16) but [in fulfillment of the office of eldership] may also call upon the churches, and advise them to choose [other] fit men for officers, and may settle such officers so chosen by a church, in the places or offices [of elder or deacon] to which they are chosen by imposition of hands and prayer, Acts 6:3-6; 14:23; Titus 1:5.