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The Church's Ministry In Reformed Confessions Of Faith

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From the sixteenth century until today, confessions of faith have played an important part in church formation within the Reformed tradition all over the world. For this reason, it is possible to say that Reformed churches are not just confessing churches, but also confession churches. In the Reformation of the sixteenth century, confessions of faith gained ecclesiastical status and became a touchstone for preaching and doctrine. What interests us is how the doctrine of the Reformers is incorporated in the confessions of faith; in particular, with regard to the church's ministry. The Confessio Helvetica Posterior makes a clear distinction between the ministry as ministerium and the sacerdotium of all believers. The provincial synods have even greater importance than the national synod, which is responsible for amendments to the church order. Three years after Wesel, a synod meeting took place in Emden, for which preparations had been made in Wesel.

Keywords: church's ministry; confessions of faith; synod



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