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A distinction was made, however, between the water baptism of John and the
Christian Spirit Baptism in the apostolic church. Under the influence of the
missionary Apostle St. Paul, the Christian rite was given an interpretation in the
terms of ...
Its well-articulated organization begins with the parish church or congregation,
governed by a kirk session composed of minister and elders. The kirk session
sends representatives to the presbytery (a group of parishes), and the
presbyteries in ...
An effort on the part of the Slavs to counteract the influence of the Western
Christian Church (which was associated with the German Empire) was the motive
behind the introduction of the Old Church Slavonic language into the liturgy in
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