What is a synod?

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A synod is a group of local congregations with the same confession, who have joined together in order to work together. During the time of the Apostles the congregations were not joined together in an organized synod, even though they were in fellowship with each other and worked together for the edification of God’s kingdom. The right kind of confession, oneness in faith and doctrine and a common mission are matters ordained by God, but a synod as an organization is a matter of free choice.

Assignment: Read Acts 15: The Antioch and Jerusalem congregations work together in matters concerning doctrine, and 2 Cor. 8:18-9:15: proclaiming the Word together, helping those in need together, praying for each other; all this was confessing and submitting to Christ’s Gospel. (9:13)