Update on URC FV Study Committee

From the bulletin of Trinity Reformed Church (Lethbridge) (with thanks to pastor Eric Fennema)

Last week the study committee appointed by Synod 2007 to examine, by the Word of God and our Confessions, the teachings of the so-called Federal Vision and other like teachings on the doctrine of justification, met in Chicago.  Our committee is mandated to present to the next Synod [2010] a clear statement on these matters to the benefit of the churches and the consistories.

11 members met of the 14 assigned.  One had resigned due to taking a call, and 2 others were not able to be present at this meeting.  The chairman was Rev. Patrick Edouard, pastor of the Covenant URC of Pella, Iowa, and the secretary was Rev. Brian Vos, pastor of the Trinity URC of Caledonia, Michigan.

The committee studied and discussed justification, and the many other doctrines connected to the doctrine of justification, such as, the covenant, the sacraments, the church, assurance and good works.  The committee also studied the recent reformulations of these doctrines in the light of Scripture and the Confessions.  The committee was of one mind, and the discussions were very fruitful in bringing us forward to, Lord willing, a final report in the future.  The committee is scheduled to meet for a final time in March 2009 and to present a final report to the churches and consistories in July, 2009, as requested by synod.

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