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Die funksie van die belydenis in die struktuur van die kerk en die betekenis daarvan vir die predikant

G. C. Velthuysen
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 41, No 3 | a2148 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v41i3.2148 | © 1985 G. C. Velthuysen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 January 1985 | Published: 07 January 1985

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The function of the Confession in the structure of the church and its ministerial implications
In this paper it is argued that the church is'nt a monolithical structure but that it is constituted by various constituent elements, all of which are interdependent, interrelated and indispensable. Of these, the most important is the Confession. It constitutes the character and 'personality' of a church and as such is a constituent force in each of the other elements treated here, namely theology, the proclamation of the gospel and church-law. The minister finds himself in an ambivalent relation to the gospel. This is due to the fact that each of the other constituent elements stands in an ambivalent relation to the Confession while the minister is in relation to each of them individually as they stand in relation amongst themselves and to all of them collectively.


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