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Kerkorde en doop – Toegespits op twee gereformeerde kerkordes

Piet J. Strauss
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 53, No 1 | a2440 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v53i1.2440 | © 2019 Piet J. Strauss | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 January 2019 | Published: 21 August 2019

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Piet J. Strauss, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa


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Abstract

Church order and baptism – with reference to two reformed church orders: The purpose of a church order is not an end itself, but to serve the church in its calling as an institute of the Christian faith. A church order and church polity as a subject should serve the church. Thus, the theme on church order and baptism implies the serving identity of the first in connection with the latter. It implies a church order which serves and secure the sacrament of baptism in keeping to its biblical character or identity when served. This is an order which assists the sacrament of baptism as a sacrament to explain, convey and guarantee its message. From a reformed perspective the triune God is the central acting figure in baptism. Baptism is about connecting them to and establishing people in the covenant of grace of the triune God - and about securing it.

Keywords

Baptism guarantees covenant of God’s grace; The sacrament of baptism visible proclamation of the Word of God; Reformed people baptise as soon as possible; Church orders give correct procedure for an accepted baptism; Church orders secure Scriptural baptis

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