Free Reformed Churches of Australia
 FRCA navigation
. home
. synod
 
 Synod 2009
. synod 2009
. deputy reports
. acts of synod
 
The final (published) version of the Acts of Synod 2009 is available as a single PDF file here.
The Acts available in HTML format are an "Approved Draft", and contain spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and typos.
These draft acts are being retained online for convenience and ease of access. Quotes should not be taken from these draft acts.
 
Synod Legana 2009
Monday 22nd June 2009 - EveningSession


Article 64 - Reopening

The chairman requests all present to sing Ps 12:1,4,5.


Article 65 - Address of RCN delegates

J Bronsema addresses Synod on behalf of the RCN (refer Appendix 1h; address).

The chairman thanks him for his address.


Article 66 - Letter of Greeting from GGRI

W Geurts reads out a letter of greeting from the GGRI.


Article 67 - Reformed Churches in the Netherlands

I. Material:

8i - FRC Mt Nasura Overture Art 95 Synod 2006 re RCN
8q - FRC Darling Downs Overture re Deputies for Reformed Churches in the Netherlands report
8y - FRC Byford Overture re Deputies reports RCNZ, RCN and RCNr
12b.v - Deputies General Report on Netherlands
- majority recommendations
- minority recommendations
- deputies on minority recommendations
12b.v.1 - Letter from BBK
12b.v.2 - Letter to BBK
12b.viii - General Report on Visit to RCN

II. Majority Recommendations of Deputies:
  1. To continue sister relations with the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands according to the adopted rules for sister relations.
  2. To express our thankfulness to the RCN regarding the openness and frankness in which their deputies and ours could be engaged in concerns and discussions.
  3. To call on the FRCA to frequently remember the RCN in their prayers, in view of the continuing tensions within these churches.
  4. To beseech the Lord by his grace and blessings to heal the ecclesiastical divisions that occurred until the recent past.
  5. To discharge deputies and to appoint new deputies with the mandate to:
    1. Discuss with the RCN deputies BBK:
      1. the concerns expressed in the Report of Rev M Nap of which Synod has pronounced to agree with the desire of further hermeneutic study
      2. the way deputies M/F in the church formulate and discuss with the RCN the framework in which men and women serve in pastoral and diaconal tasks
      3. the continuing proliferation and the contents of new hymns
      4. the recent developments in the NGK for justifying women as elders and ministers, since this is a barrier to unity.
      5. how the RCN can work towards reconciliation with the RCNr on the basis of truth, love and humility.
    2. Send two delegates to the next Synod of the RCN
    3. Report to the next Synod.
Grounds:
  1. Although there are worrying tendencies within the RCN which come up in the Dutch press, concerned internet sites and deputies' reports, it appears evident from the Synod's decisions that the RCN remains faithful to the Word of God, their Reformed Confessions and the Church Order.
  2. Our deputies have been able to correspond with Dutch deputies in a good and brotherly way and have been given opportunity to participate in Synod's discussions in an advisory way. This is in the spirit of the rules for sister relations to which both our church bonds have committed themselves.
  3. In view of the intensive nature of contacts, it is important that the sister relationship is supported by attending each other's Synod. We have the mutual task to encourage, comfort and guard each other by the truth of God's Word.
  4. The FRCA acknowledge the RCNr's desire to be Reformed, but are of the opinion that the separation from the RCN was unlawful (see further Report on RCNr).
III: Minority Recommendations of Deputies:
  1. To continue sister relations with the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands according to the adopted rules for sister relations, and using these relations to express concerns (as indicated in Decision 5 below).
  2. To express our thankfulness to the RCN regarding the openness and frankness in which their deputies and ours could be engaged in concerns and discussions.
  3. To call on the FRCA to frequently remember the RCN in their prayers, in view of the continuing tensions within these churches.
  4. To beseech the Lord by his grace and blessings to heal the ecclesiastical divisions that occurred in the recent past.
  5. To discharge deputies and to appoint new deputies with the mandate to:
    1. Discuss with the RCN deputies BBK:
      1. The concerns expressed in the Report of Rev M Nap of which Synod has pronounced to agree with the desire of further hermeneutic study,
      2. The way deputies M/F in the church formulate and discuss within the RCN the framework in which men and women serve in pastoral and diaconal tasks,
      3. The continuing proliferation and the contents of new hymns
      4. Our concerns regarding the RCN decisions on Divorce and Remarriage (refer Art 94, Acts of Synod West Kelmscott 2006),
      5. Our concerns regarding the administration of both sacraments for military personnel (refer Art 94, Acts of Synod West Kelmscott 2006),
      6. The view of the RCN towards recent developments in the NGK for justifying women as elders and ministers, since this is a barrier to unity,
      7. The RCN dealings with view on hermeneutics, work of the Holy Spirit and the application of church discipline (refer Art 94, Acts of Synod West Kelmscott 2006), and
      8. How the RCN can work towards reconciliation with the RCNr on the basis of truth, love and humility.
    2. Monitor the application of the RCN decision regarding the Fourth Commandment and Sunday (refer Art 94, Acts Synod West Kelmscott 2006).
    3. Provide a discussion paper on the RCN dealings with views on hermeneutics to assist deputies and synods in their discussions as per 5a (eg. (i) and (vii)) above.
    4. Send two delegates to the next Synod of the RCN and provide a synopsis of synod decisions for the benefit of our Australian churches.
    5. Report to the next Synod.
Grounds:
  1. The RCN desires to remain faithful to the Word of God, their Reformed Confessions and the Church Order, but there are worrying tendencies within the RCN which come up in the Dutch press, concerned Internet sites and deputies' reports.
  2. Our deputies have been able to correspond with Dutch deputies in a good and brotherly way and have been given opportunity to participate in Synod's discussions in an advisory way. This is in the spirit of the rules for sister relations to which both our church bonds have committed themselves.
  3. Deputies did not complete their mandate from Synod West Kelmscott 2006.
  4. In view of the intensive nature of contacts, it is important that the sister relationship is supported by attending each other's synods. We have the mutual task to encourage, comfort and guard each other by the truth of God's Word.
  5. The FRCA acknowledge the RCNr's desire to be Reformed, and need to encourage the RCN to discuss the issues (and struggles) of concern in humility and love.
Synod holds three rounds of discussion on a proposal from committee 1.


Article 68 - Adjournment

Rev. Eikelboom invites all present to sing Ps 90:7,8 and leads in prayer.
The chairman adjourns the meeting.




last updated 26 Jun 2009
 
copyright © 2002-2017   all rights reserved.  maintained by   web by mpot.
.