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A Synod of Dort Evening Class

Dec 21, 2018

Mid-America is pleased to announce that our 2019 Spring Semester Evening Class will be taught by Dr. Cornelis Venema. He will be leading us in a series of lectures commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dort. The lectures will be held on the Thursdays of February 21 & 28, and March 7 & 14, from 7:30 pm.-9:30 p.m. 

The years 2018-2019 mark the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dort, which convened in 1618 to settle the controversy regarding the doctrine of election in the Reformed churches in the Netherlands. In many respects, the Synod of Dort completed the Reformation of the church in the Netherlands. Though the Synod is best known for its five main points of doctrine (the “doctrines of grace,” as they are commonly described today), it also addressed a number of important issues that were of far-reaching significance for the Reformed churches.

Among these decisions were:

  • the preparation of an official Latin version of the Belgic Confession,
  • the adoption of a Church Order, the provision of a revised Form of Subscription,
  • the formation of a translation committee to prepare an official version of the Bible in the Dutch language,
  • and several other acts dealing with doctrinal and ethical issues.

For this reason, the evening classes will treat several of the key features of the Synod’s work:

The first class (Feb. 21) will focus on the History, Background, and Acts of the Synod of Dort. 

The second class (Feb. 28), titled "But For the Grace of God," will provide a summary of the five mains points of doctrine, which were formulated as a response to the “five opinions” of the Arminians or Remonstrants.

The third class (March 7) will consider the key role the doctrine of the Assurance of Salvation played in the deliberations of the Synod.

And the fourth class (March 14) will address the Implications of the Five Points of Doctrine for the Preaching of the Gospel.

Contrary to the Arminian accusation that these points undermine the indiscriminate and compassionate preaching of the gospel to all lost sinners, the Canons provide a solid foundation for gospel preaching and evangelism.

These lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For those who wish to attend on campus, please register here. For those who wish to attend but are unable to come to campus, click here to register to live-stream the class via the internet.