Topics for the Ruling Elder Exam in the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (改革宗長老教會在臺灣)
Before elected ruling elders in their local churches can be ordained, the exam committee of the presbytery will examine them as follows:
Scope of test for elders: written and oral test, 3 areas below, written test not required of elders over 60.
1. Bible: mainly Genesis, Exodus, Isaiah, the Gospels, Romans
- 摩西的生平 the life of Moses
- 十誡、主禱文的內容 ten commandments, contents of the Lord’s prayer
- 以賽亞書中關於彌賽亞的預言 Messianic prophecies in Isaiah
- 福音書中耶穌生平 life of Jesus as described in gospels
- 保羅的生平及著作 life and writings of Paul
2. Doctrine: Westminster Confession of Faith, systematic theology
- 啟示論與神論 Doctrine of Revelation, theology —
- 神的啟示 the revelation of God
- 聖經無誤 infallibility of the scriptures
- 人論 Doctrine of Man —
- 人墮落後的光景 man's state after the Fall
- 罪的定義 the definition of sin
- 基督論 Christology —
- 基督的神性和人性 the divinity and humanity of Christ
- 基督代贖的果效 the efficacy of Christ’s redemptive sacrifice
- 救恩論 Soteriology (Doctrine of Salvation) —
- 三一神在救恩工作上的不同角色the triune God's various roles in salvation
- 一次得救永遠得救的觀念 the concept of “once saved always saved”
- 教會論 Ecclesiology (Doctrine of Christ's Church) —
- 教會的定義 the definition of the Church
- 教會的聖禮 the sacraments of the Church
- 末世論—基督再來 eschatology—Christ's return
- 人死後的光景 man's state after death
3. Church Government: presbytery regulations, etc.
- 區會的功能 the function of the presbytery
- 教會的定義 the definition of church
- 會員大會做什麼 What are the functions of the local church members' meeting?
- 堂會做什麼 What are the functions of the session meeting?
- 長執會做什麼 What are the functions of the elders and deacons joint meeting?
- 牧師、長執的選舉過程 election process for pastors and elders