Head and Heart

In my previous post, I discussed the foundation of Reformed and Presbyterian unity, the “Six Forms”.  But it’s important to avoid potential misunderstanding.  The unity that these churches established with one another was surely a commitment to a set of doctrines, but that doesn’t mean unity was relegated to the realm of abstract ideas.

When the Westminster Standards and Three Forms of Unity set out a summary of Christian doctrine, they also speak to the great callings of the Church, worship and the Christian life.  In [corporate, i.e., “the Body”] worship, we are addressed by the Triune God, who renews His covenant of grace with us in Word and Sacrament, and we respond to Him with thanks and praise.  The Christian life is also characterized by seeking to obey God’s Ten Commandments in our daily lives and liberty from man-made rules and regulations.

The unity that NAPARC Churches have with one another consists in both head and heart.  It is a composed “of churches of like faith and practice [NAPARC Constitution, Art. 2].”

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