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The Historical Development of the PCA Book of Church Order

Chapter 57 : The Admission of Persons to Sealing Ordinances

Paragraph 4 :

57-4. It is recommended, as edifying and proper, that baptized persons, when admitted by the Session to the Lord’s Supper, make a public profession of their faith in the presence of the congregation. But in all cases, there should be a clear recognition of their previous relation to the church as baptized members.

[DIGEST : With minor differences of capitalization, the current PCA text is unchanged from that of all previous editions, back to PCUS 1894, which was the first approved PCUS edition.]

ANTECEDENT TEXTS :
1. PCA 1973, DfW, 11-4, Adopted text, as printed in the Minutes of General Assembly, p. 159
2. Continuing Presbyterian Church 1973, DfW 11-4, Proposed text, p. 71
3. PCUS 1933, DfW, XI, § 353

It is recommended, as edifying and proper, that baptized persons, when admitted by the Session to the Lord’s Supper, make a public profession of their faith in the presence of the congregation. But in all cases, there should be a clear recognition of their previous relation to the Church as baptized members.

PCUS 1925, DfW, X-4, § 343
and
PCUS 1894, DfW, X-4
It is recommended, as edifying and proper, that baptized persons, when admitted by the Session to the Lord’s supper, make a public profession of their faith in the presence of the congregation. But in all cases, there should be a clear recognition of their previous relation to the church as baptized members.

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