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To the functions of the minister of the word belong also the task of instructing the covenant seed catechetically in the word of God according to the faith (belief) of the church. Although this function is not specifically mentioned in Article 16 of the Church Order, it is certainly included in “the ministry of the word.” Catechism instruction is that spiritual labor of the church, bestowed upon the children of the covenant performed through the minister or elders, in which the word of God is officially ministered unto their needs.

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Two questions remain for us to answer in regard to Article 56 of our Church Order. You will recall that this article deals with the sealing of the covenant of God unto the children of Christians by means of the sacrament of baptism. We have pointed out that the administration of this sacrament should take place as soon as feasible after the children are born. There should be no unreasonable delay due to certain matters of superstition.

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In our last article we introduced a question concerning the propriety of baptizing children that have been adopted by Christian parents. Is it correct that such children, who may or may not have been born in the covenant line historically, are the proper subjects of baptism? Is it not more correct as well as much safer, especially with those that have been born outside of the historic covenant line, to wait until they reach the years of discretion? 

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We are still busy with the eleventh article of the church order. Besides speaking of the obligation of the consistory to properly support the minister of the congregation so that “he may be free from all worldly cares and avocations while dispensing spiritual blessings,” this article also speaks of dismissing ministers from the service of the church. Concerning this matter the article states: “And shall not dismiss them from service without the knowledge and approbation of the classis and of the delegates of the (particular) synod.” 

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“Students, who have received permission according to the rule of this matter, and persons who have according to Article 8 been judged competent to be prepared for the ministry of the Word, shall, for their own training, and for the sake of becoming known to the congregations, be allowed to speak a word of edification in the meeting for public worship.” (Art. 20, D.K.O.) 

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The church order speaks of the duties of the elders in more than one place. In the sixteenth article it is stated that their task is, together with the minister of the Word, to exercise church discipline and to see to it that everything is done decently and in good order. To this is added in the twenty-third article that elders are called upon to exercise supervision or oversight over their fellow officebearers, the ministers and deacons, and to properly engage in the work of family visitation.

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