CREC Pastoral Visitation Checklist…

 … brought to you by the folks at GreenBaggins.

 Wes White is no friend to the pastors of the CREC and has a fanciful imagination, has written a very nice post detailing some comments from Rev. Dr. Jon D. Payne, pastor of a PCA Church.  In that post Rev. Payne encourages his brother ministers and the PCA in general to give themselves over to good reformed practice.  Here are the 17 steps he recommends the PCA take to revitalize their shrinking denomination:

 1. A renewed commitment to exegetical, God-centered, Christ-exalting, Holy Spirit-filled, lectio-continua preaching.

2. A renewed commitment to the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper for the spiritual nourishment, health and comfort of the elect.

3. A renewed commitment to private, family and corporate prayer.

4. A renewed commitment to – and delight in – the Lord’s Day.

5. A renewed commitment to worship God according to Scripture.

6. A renewed commitment to sing the Psalms in private, family, and public worship.

7. A renewed commitment to wed our missiology to our Reformed ecclesiology.

8. A renewed commitment to Spirit-dependent, prayerful, loving, courageous evangelism.

9. A renewed commitment to biblical church discipline.

10. A renewed commitment to family worship.

11. A renewed commitment to biblical hospitality.

12. A renewed commitment to catechize our covenant children.

13. A renewed commitment to biblical masculinity and femininity.

14. A renewed commitment to shepherd the flock of God.

15. A renewed commitment to promote and defend the Reformed Confession.

16.A renewed commitment to the mortification of sin and worldliness.

17. A renewed commitment to rest by faith in Christ ALONE for salvation, without minimizing Gospel obedience.

Anyone who has spent time around the CREC and her pastors must recognize these points as firmly in place within the CREC.  So, I recommend them heartily to my PCA brothers and may their numbers increase as the Gospel Kingdom is lived out before an unbelieving world!

 al sends

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One response to “CREC Pastoral Visitation Checklist…

  1. We orthodox Lutherans are THRILLED to see the rise of the “Federal Vision” in Reformed circles. However, we Lutherans have another term for it: Lutheranism!

    God be praised that the Reformed are coming back to accepting “Repent and be baptized…for the forgiveness of sins” as EXACTLY what God meant and not a mistranslation by Catholic/Anglican/Lutheran translators.

    Gary
    Luther, Baptists, and Evangelicals

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