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Questions on Article 41  The president of the Classis is called upon to put the following questions before the delegates. This is usually done at the conclusion of the meeting and to these questions each consistory must answer through its delegates. The questions asked are:  “1. Are the consistory meetings held in your church?  “2. Is church discipline exercised?  “3. Are the poor and Christian schools cared for?  “4. Do you need the judgment and help of the classis for the proper government of your church?” 

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Marriage is a sacred institution. In the land of our forefathers, Reformed people consummated marriage in three stages. First there was the engagement. This was followed by the solemnization of the marriage by the civil authorities. And, finally, the confirmation of the marriage by the church took place. Each stage has its own significance. To each we will give separate attention briefly. The Engagement The engagement consists of a reciprocal promise or pledge on the part of a man and woman that they will take each other to be their lawful spouse in marriage. This promise is sealed with the...

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Christian Schools  “Are the Christian Schools cared for?”  This is the question with which the delegates of each Consistory are confronted every time the Classis meets. The very nature of the question, together with the real tendency in our present day to dissociate the Christian school from the church (consistory) altogether, makes it imperative to reevaluate and explain the significance of this matter. 

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In our last article we raised the question, “What determines the legal status of matters presented to the various ecclesiastical assemblies for deliberation and decision?” We cited at that time seven rules of the Christian Reformed Church, governing the legality of matters presented to the Synod and we stated then that our churches do not have such, a compilation of definitely written rules but that a committee of Synod is at present mandated to provide them. This does not mean, however, that our churches have throughout the years been functioning without rules in regard to these matters.

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Holy Matrimony The last time we wrote that marriage, in the land of our forefathers, took place in three stages. First there was the engagement in which the parties to the marriage solemnly pledge themselves to each other. Then there was the actual solemnization of the marriage by the civil authorities. This was followed by the confirmation of marriage by the church. In our present article we are concerned with this final stage. Confirmed by the Church Previously we have expressed why the church has a vital interest in the marriages of her members and, therefore, also the reason that...

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