NGTT DEEL 48 NOMMERS 3 & 4 SEPTEMBER & DESEMBER 2007
Liberated to Confess and Embody. An Ecclesiological reflection of the church order of the URCSA. On the 14th of April 1994 the eagerly awaited unification between the former Dutch Reformed Mission Church in South Africa (DRMC) and the Dutch Reformed Church in Africa (DRCA) was validated. This had as result the coming into being of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA). The unity of this church is built on a new church order which attempts to express the liberating character of the Belhar Confession Belhar). This means that the church order of the URCSA can be seen as an embodiment of Belhar and as a liberating expression of the broader ecclesiology of the URCSA. Therefore this article will review the relation between Ecclesiology, church orders and confessions whillst specifically looking into the church order of the URCSA giving special attention to the relation between this church order and the Confession of Belhar.
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