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In die Skriflig

versión On-line ISSN 1018-6441

In Skriflig (Online) vol.46 no.2 Cape Town nov. 2012

 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

 

Die vier Nicaanse merktekens van die kerk as rigtingwysers in 'n ekklesiologiese diskoers

 

The four marks of the church in the Confession of Nicea as guidelines in an ecclesiological discours

 

 

M.E. Schalekamp; B.J. de Klerk

Department of Practical Theology, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa

Correspondence

 

 


OPSOMMING

Die ondersoek het rondom die vier begrippe in die Geloofsbelydenis van Nicea gesentreer, naamlik eenheid, heiligheid, katolisiteit en apostolisiteit. Die vraag wat nagegaan was, is of hierdie vier merktekens kan dien as riglyne in 'n ekklesiologiese diskoers. In die artikel was eerstens aandag gegee aan die Belydenis van Nicea oor die merktekens van die kerk, daarna was nagevors of die vier merktekens reeds in beginsel in die brief aan die Efesiërs gevind kan word, en laastens is die merktekens kursories openbarings-histories getoets volgens die briewe aan die sewe gemeentes in Openbaring. Die bevindings wat gemaak is kom op die volgende neer: die kerk in die eerste eeue, volgens die merktekens van die kerk, het sy identiteit vanuit haar oorsprong missionêr geïdentifiseer en daarom was die merktekens in hulle gerigtheid op die aktiwiteit (taak) van die kerk steeds missionêr, om uitdrukking te gee aan die missionêre identiteit van die kerk. Die vier merktekens van die kerk, naamlik eenheid, heiligheid, katolisiteit en apostolisiteit, behoort steeds bepalend vir die kerk se missionêr-ekklesiologiese identiteit te wees.


ABSTRACT

The research centred around the four concepts in the Confession of Nicea namely unity, holiness, catholicity and apostolicity. The question investigated was whether these four marks could serve as guidelines for an ecclesiological discourse. In this article attention was firstly paid to the Confession of Nicea about the marks of the church, next it was looked into whether these marks could in principle be traced in the letter to the Ephesians. Lastly, the the marks were tested in a revelation-historically, cursory manner and in accordance with the letters to the seven congregations in Revelations. The conclusions reached amounted to the following: during the earliest centuries and/or ages the church identified, in accordance with the marks of the church, its identity as being missionary. That is why the marks in their alignment to the activities of the church, are still missionary, to give expression to the missionary identity of the church. The four marks of the church namely unity, holiness, catholicity and apostolicity should still be determining the missionary ecclesiological identity of the church.


 

 

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Correspondence:
Etienne Schalekamp
PO Box 7670
Westgate 1734
South Africa
Email: meschal@mweb.co.za

Received: 15 Apr. 2010
Accepted: 30 Sept. 2010
Published: 26 Nov. 2012

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