Below are the one sentence summary of the importance of the Synod of Dordt that Prof. Dykstra used in his speaker introduction.
Rev. Angus Stewart That people read the Canons and believe it first hand.
Rev. Brian Huizinga Adopting the Canons to give a loud and clear voice to this song of heaven in the troubled church of Christ on earth: “Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne and unto the Lamb,” (Rev. 7:10).
Rev. Mark Shand The upholding of the one true gospel of salvation over and against the error and deception of autosoterism.
Rev. William Langerak When this ecumenical synod formulated and adopted the Canons, the Lord powerfully preserved and validated the reformed faith so that the truth of the Canons was actually on display in the work: Using men depraved by nature and sinful in themselves, Christ alone, by His Spirit alone, in grace alone, through faith alone, on the basis of Scripture alone, saved His people from a mighty enemy to the glory of God alone.
Prof. Douglas Kuiper That it remains relevant for the church of all ages; some controversies that have arisen in the 1800s, 1900s, and at present can be profitably addressed by understanding the Synod’s doctrinal statement.
Prof. Barry Gritters The Canons aim at the heart, via the head, with clear biblical teaching that even teenagers can (and must!) understand.
Prof. Ron Cammenga At Dordt, truth was confessed and defended boldly. Knowing that the truths of sovereign grace were offensive to many, still Dordt maintained the truth. It is my prayer that the church today may exhibit the same boldness.
All sessions of the Dordt400 conference will be live streamed on the sermon audio website for Trinity Protestant Reformed Church. That website is https://www.sermonaudio.com/source_detail.asp?sourceid=trinityprc
There will be several artifacts on display at the Dordt400 conference. The seminary will have two old Bibles on display. Chuck Terpstra has some information on one of the Bibles on his blog. We anticipate having an early Latin edition of the Canons on display. There will also be some pictures and a wood carving on display.
In addition, conference-goers will be able to buy replicas of the medallions that were given to the delegates.
A portion of the certificate of authenticity is quoted below.
As the deliberations were drawing to a close, the momentous significance of this Synod was beginning to dawn upon observers as well as the appointees.
So in commemoration of the event, two medallions were minted for the occasion. A gold penning was presented to the international delegates and silver to the domestic participants. The 17th Century artist is unknown.
The obverse side of the medal pictures what has become the iconic depiction of the great Synod itself meeting in the Great Hall of the Kleveneiersdoelen building. Circling the scene are the words, “Religione Asserta”—Defending Religion.
The reverse represents secure-eternal Mount Zion, with threatening winds of false doctrine beating down upon the church from all sides. Undeterred, pilgrims are faithfully making their journey up to the heavenly Jerusalem under the shining light of the Name of the Lord, etched in Hebrew. The circumference is imprinted with, “Erunt ut mons Sion CIC IC CXIX” [ORN 1000+500+119]—They shall be as Mount Zion 1619, echoing Psalm 125:1.
Certificate of Authenticity The Dort-400 Anniversary Limited Edition Medallion Set
Tomorrow, April 5 between 4 and 6 ET Rev. Stewart will be on Iron Sharpens Iron radio to talk with Chris Arnzen about the Canons as the original five points of Calvinism and about the doctrines of grace in Northern Ireland. Listen at http://www.ironsharpensironradio.com/
Yesterday, April 3, Prof. Kuiper and Prof. Engelsma were interviewed by Chris Arnzen. Prof. Kuiper discussed “The Doctrine of the Covenant in the Canons of Dordt,” and Prof. Engelsma spoke about “The Great War: What Led to the Synod of Dordt.” You can listen to that broadcast by clicking the link below.
Dordt 400 will be held April 25 – 27, 2019 and will feature 7 speeches. In addition there will be a question and answer session, some short biographical speeches, as well as opportunities to praise our Lord with music and song.