Presbyterian Distinctives WEF September 24 , 2014. Our Schedule: Week 1 – Polity and History Week 2 – Theology Last week – Lyndsay’s GA report Week 4 – Lane wrap up and questions. Polity. “How a church is governed” Three historic answers:
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“How a church is governed”
Three historic answers:
Episcopal ~“power” is in the hands of individual leaders
Congregational ~“power” is in the hands of the congregation
Presbyterian ~“power” is in the hands of committees
We are Presbyterian – governed by “presbyters”
From presbuteros -- elder
God is Lord of the conscience
Teaching elders and ruling elders rule together
Election by the people
Presbyterian – our form of government
Reformed – our theology … with roots in the teachings of Swiss reformer John Calvin
Where do you begin your theology?
God calls… We respond
Keep on asking!!!