REL 212: Study Guide 6

 

Leith, Introduction, ch. 5

 

According to Leith (146), how are faith & forms of expression related? What consequences does this relationship have for Reformed churches (e.g., worship "style," music in worship, committee meetings)?

 

According to Calvin (4.1.9; Leith, 147), what are the marks of the true church?

 

What does it mean the invisible church is visible and the visible church witnesses to its invisibility (149)?

 

What legacy can you sense in the world from Geneva's efforts with regard to Reformed polity (church independent of the state)?

 

What are Calvin's 5 great contributions with regard to polity?

 

What was the intended function of deacons? Is this true of Presbyterian churches you know?

 

What do you think of the various definitions & principles of Presbyterianism? Do you recognize any of these resonating with past & current political realities in the world & in your life?

 

What are the 4 principles of Presbyterianism? What about the office of deacon?