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OR THE

CHURCH MEMBER'S GUIDE.

BY J

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND.

* And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ
himself being the chief corner stone.”

Eph. ii. 20.

EDITED BY

J. 0. CHOULES, A. M.

PASTOR OF THE SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH, NEWPORT, R. I.

Boston:

LINCOLN & EDMANDS, PRINTERS AND PUBLISHERS,

No. 59 Washington-Street.

1829.

JUN 2 1896

(453)

DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, to wit :

District Clerle's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the third day of April, A. D. 1829, in the fifty-third year of the Independence of the United States of America, Lincoln & Edmands, of the said district,

have deposited

in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof they claim as Proprietors, in the words following, to wit :

“ Christian Fellowship, or The Church Member's Guide. By J. A. James, A. M. Birmingham, England. And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone. Eph. ii. 20. Edited by J. o. @houles, A. M. Pastor of the Second Baptist Church, Newport, R. I.”

In Conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies, of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned ;” and also to an Act entitled, “ An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned : and extending the benefits thereof to the Arts of Designing, Engraving, and Etching Historical and other Prints."

JNO. W. DAVIS, Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.

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PREFACE

TO THE

AMERICAN EDITION.

IN presenting the following pages to the notice of the American churches, it is necessary to offer some remarks.

During the few past years, God has graciously poured out his Holy Spirit upon various regions of our country. Zion has broken forth on the right hand and upon the left, and has received a vast accession of converts from those who were once aliens from the commonwealth of Israel. The church has gazed upon her new-born children with delight, and inquired, “As for these, whence did they come ?” They are recruits from the world, they are deserters from the army of the prince of the powers of darkness, they have sworn allegiance to another Sovereign, one Jesus. They have identified themselves with his cause, they are the subjects of his kingdom, they have become strangers upon the earth, that they

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