Chapter 1 - Of the Holy Scripture.
Chapter 2 - Of God, and of the Holy Trinity.
Chapter 3 - Of God’s Eternal Decree.
Chapter 4 - Of Creation.
Chapter 5 - Of Providence.
Chapter 6 - Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof.
Chapter 7 - Of God’s Covenant with Man.
Chapter 8 - Of Christ the Mediator.
Chapter 9 - Of Free Will.
Chapter 10 - Of Effectual Calling.
Chapter 11 - Of Justification.
Chapter 12 - Of Adoption.
Chapter 13 - Of Sanctification.
Chapter 14 - Of Saving Faith.
Chapter 15 - Of Repentance Unto Life.
Chapter 16 - Of Good Works.
Chapter 17 - Of The Perseverance of the Saints.
Chapter 18 - Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation.
Chapter 19 - Of the Law of God.
Chapter 20 - Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience.
Chapter 21 - Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath-day.
Chapter 22 - Of Lawful Oaths and Vows.
Chapter 23 - Of the Civil Magistrate.
Chapter 24 - Of Marriage and Divorce.
Chapter 25 - Of the Church.
Chapter 26 - Of the Communion of the Saints.
Chapter 27 - Of the Sacraments.
Chapter 28 - Of Baptism.
Chapter 29 - Of the Lord’s Supper.
Chapter 30 - Of Church Censures.

Chapter 31 - Of Synods And Councils.

Section 1.) For the better government, and further edification of the Church, there ought to be such assemblies as are commonly called synods or councils.(1) As magistrates may lawfully call a synod of ministers, and other fit persons, to consult and advise with, about matters of religion;(2) so, if magistrates be open enemies to the Church, the ministers of Christ, of themselves, by virtue of their office, or they, with other fit persons upon delegation from their Churches, may meet together in such assemblies.(3)
(1) 1Co 5:1-13; 1Ti 5:20; Mt 7:6; 1Ti 1:20; 1 Co 11:27-34, Jude 1:23 (2) Is 49:23; 1 Tim 2:1-2; 2CH 19:8-11; 2 Chr 29-30; Mtt 2:4 -5; Pro 11:14
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Section 2.) It belongeth to synods and councils, ministerially to determine controversies of faith, and cases of conscience; to set down rules and directions for the better ordering of the public worship of God, and government of His Church; to receive complaints in cases of maladministration, and authoritatively to determine the same: which decrees and determinations, if consonant to the Word of God, are to be received with, reverence and submission; not only for their agreement with the Word, but also for the power whereby they are made, as being an ordinance of God appointed thereunto in His Word.(1)
(1) Ac 15:15,19,24,27,28,29,30,31; Ac 16:4; Mt 18:17-20
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Section 3.) All synods or councils, since the Apostles' times, whether general or particular, may err; and many have erred. Therefore they are not to he made the rule of faith, or practice; but to be used as a help in both.(1)
(1) Eph 2:20; Ac 17:11; 1Co 2:5; 2Co 1:24
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Section 4.) Synods and councils are to handle, or conclude nothing but that which is ecclesiastical: and are not to intermeddle with civil affairs which concern the common wealth, unless by way of humble petition in cases extraordinary; or, by way of advice, for satisfaction of conscience, if they be thereunto required by the civil magistrate.(1)
(1) Lk 12:13,14; Jn 18:36
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Chapter 32 - Of the State of Man After Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead.
Chapter 33 - Of the Last Judgment.

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  • "And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled." ~ (Rev 6:9-11)