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4.3 The Sacraments

SECTION 3. The Sacraments ARTICLE 181. The sacraments of the Church instituted by Christ are two: Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. ARTICLE 182. Children are received into the Church by baptism and are subject to its care and discipline. As soon as they are old enough to learn the Catechism and to be benefitted by the pastor’s instruction, they …

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4.2 Worship

SECTION 2. Worship ARTICLE 178. The essential parts of public worship are a call to worship, salutation, invocation, singing, prayer, reading of the Word, preaching a sermon, giving the offerings, the benediction, and the doxology. These elements of worship approved or recommended by the Synod shall be used in the regular Lord’s Day service. ARTICLE 179. Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, …

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2.5 The Synod

SECTION 5. The Synod ARTICLE 95. The Synod is composed of at least four Classes and represents the whole Church. It is the highest judicatory and the last resort in all cases respecting the government of the Church. It shall meet annually, either in general convention or as a delegated body. In general convention it consists of all the ministers …

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2.4 The Classis

SECTION 4. The Classis ARTICLE 76. A Classis consists of the ministers residing within a district designated by the Synod and of the elders delegated by the pastoral charges situated within these limits, and has jurisdiction over said ministers and pastoral charges. ARTICLE 77. A Classis shall embrace at least three pastoral charges and as many ordained ministers. It shall …

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2.3 The Spiritual Council

SECTION 3. The Spiritual Council ARTICLE 70. The Spiritual Council consists of the pastor or pastors and the active elders of a congregation. It has original jurisdiction in matters of discipline except in the case of a Minister of the Word. ARTICLE 71. The pastor shall be President of the Spiritual Council; if the congregation is without a pastor, one …

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