Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 1-2

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About This Edition

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pp. 3-4

This edition is made available under the imprint of DocSouth Books, a collaborative endeavor between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library and the University of North Carolina Press. Titles in DocSouth Books are drawn from the Library’s Documenting the American South (DocSouth) digital publishing program, online at docsouth.unc. edu. These print and downloadable e-book editions have been prepared from the DocSouth electronic editions....

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Summary

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pp. 5-7

Published in 1817, The Doctrines and Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church was the first Discipline published by the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church. “Discipline” here can be thought of in one of the registers offered by the Oxford English Dictionary: “instruction as given to disciples, scholars, etc.; schooling, teaching.” It is a slim but definitive guide to the history, beliefs, teachings, and practices of the early A.M.E. Church. It begins with a brief history of that Church, and moves...

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To the Members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, in the United States of America:

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pp. 8-13

Beloved Brethren,
We deem it necessary to annex to our book of discipline, a brief statement of our rise and progress, which we hope will be satisfactory, and conducive to your edification and growth in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. In November, 1787, the coloured people belonging to the Methodist Society in Philadelphia, convened together, in order to take into consideration the evils under which they laboured, arising from the unkind treatment...

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CHAPTER I.

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pp. 14-52

THERE is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness: the maker and preserver of all things, both visible and invisible. And in unity of this God-head, there are three persons of one substance, power and eternity;—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost....

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CHAPTER II.

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pp. 53-61

(1) IN the latter end of the year 1739, eight or ten persons came to Mr. Wesley in London, who appeared to be deeply convinced of sin, and earnestly groaning for redemption. They desired (as did two or three more the next day) that he would spend some time with them in prayer, and advise them how to flee from the wrath to come; which they saw continually hanging over their heads. That he might have more time for this great work, he...

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CHAPTER III. SACRAMENTAL SERVICES, &c.

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pp. 61-92

The Elder shall say one or more of these sentences.
LET your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matt. v. 16.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. Matt. vi. 19, 20....

The Temporal Economy of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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pp. 93-95

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SECTION I.

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pp. 96-97

Quest. 1. WHAT are the qualifications necessary for Stewards?
[Page 186]Answ. Let them be men of solid piety, who both know and love the Methodist doctrine and discipline, and of good natural and acquired abilities, to transact the temporal business.
Quest. 2. How are the Stewards to be appointed?
Answ. The preacher, having the charge of the circuit, shall have the right of nomination; but the Quarterly Meeting Conference shall confirm or reject such nomination.....

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SECTION II.

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p. 98

THIS shall rest with the Annual Conferences respectively.
Every preacher who has the charge of a circuit, shall earnestly recommend to every class or society, in his circuit, to raise quarterly or annual collections. The money received shall [Page 188] be lodged with the Stewards of the circuit, to be brought or sent to the Annual Conferences, with a regular account of the sums raised for this purpose, in the classes or societies, respectively....

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SECTION III.

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p. 99

1. EVERY preacher who has the charge of a circuit, shall make a yearly collection, and if expedient a quarterly one, in every congregation where there is a probability that the people will be willing to contribute: and the money so collected shall be lodged in the hands of the steward or stewards, and brought or sent to the ensuing Annual Conference. To this end, he may read and enlarge upon the following hints:...

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SECTION IV.

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p. 100

THE profits of all the Books published by the authority of the General [Page 190] Conference or Convention, shall go to the support of the travelling ministry, as the Annual Conferences from time to time may think proper.
There shall be two book stewards appointed, to conduct the printing and sale of the books. They shall make returns of the money to the treasurer, who shall be appointed by the General Conference or Convention;...

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SECTION V.

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p. 101

Quest. WHAT shall be done for the extermination of slavery?
Answ. We will not receive any person into our society, as a member, who is a slave-holder; and any who are now members, that have slaves, and refuse to emancipate them after notification being given by the preacher having the charge, shall be excluded....

Contents.

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pp. 102-103