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’n Konkrete en strukturele ordeningsmodel vir kerke in kerkverband oor volks - en taalgrense heen

B. Spoelstra
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 24, No 4 | a1359 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v24i4.1359 | © 1990 B. Spoelstra | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 June 1990 | Published: 07 June 1990

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B. Spoelstra,, South Africa

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Abstract

Different and own divergent theological views provide different structural models for ecclesiastical organisation to be applied in a "new" South Africa. In this article it is accepted that unity in faith among congregations (churches) in a cultural diversity does exist. After having considered several basic ideas, the ecclesiastical model of the Reformed Churches in South Africa (GKSA) is analyzed against its 16th century background. This ecclesiastical model took shape within the broader context of the political and cultural reality of the Netherlands during the Reformation. The basic idea underlying this ecclesiastical model accepts that due to a common faith the universal unity in Christ is revealed in the plurality and diversity of congregations. Because of this fundamental unity, ecclesiastical fellowship is also imperative. Applying this basic idea of the Reformation, a model has emerged which stresses the unity resulting from the recognition of the common characteristics of the true church, but also simultaneously provides for Afferent modes and opportunities of ecclesiastical fellowship.

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