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I remember being quite confused for a long time by the question that titles this article. I remember being further confused by statements made by Protestant Reformed authors, such as the following: “In fact, Scripture makes clear that the law is gospel, for it has the power to convert the soul, to make wise the simple, and to enlighten the eyes.”1 And, “The law is gospel. If anyone doubts it, let him read Psalm 19 and Psalm 119.”2 And, “For Calvin and Calvinism, with regard to the elect believer law is an aspect of gospel.”3 How can this be? The...

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Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead). But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach. Romans 10:6-8 Christ’s presence in worship In Zechariah 2:4, the prophet prophesies to Israel of a time when “Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein.” This prophesy is ultimately fulfilled...

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Previous article in this series: March 15, 2017, p. 277. Introduction Public, corporate worship is a covenantal assembly in which God the Sovereign enters into a holy dialogue with His people at His command and under the government of His will. We have seen that God has commanded that the sacraments be used as a part of this dialogue. God speaks in the sacraments, and we respond. We have seen how our Reformed fathers captured this notion of the holy dialogue of worship in the Reformed Forms for Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We have seen that the unique way...

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Previous article in this series: February 1, 2017, p. 206. A Different Way of Speaking and Hearing God speaks to His people in the sacraments, and His people respond. The way that God speaks to them in the sacraments must affect the way God’s people respond. The way that God speaks to us in the sacraments is different than the way He normally speaks to us in congregational worship. Normally God speaks to us solely through the written and spoken Word. But in baptism and the Lord’s Supper, He speaks to us also sacramentally, that is, through visible signs. He...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2016, p. 127. Introduction The sacraments are God-ordained elements of worship. The primary purpose of the sacraments as elements of worship is that they be part of the holy dialogue between God and His church. God speaks to His people in the sacraments and they respond to His speech in faith and praise. In this way the covenant of grace is known and experienced in the sacraments. We are now ready to consider, What is He saying to us in the Lord’s Supper? And how do we respond? I Feed You The main...

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Previous article in this series: November 1, 2016, p. 67. Introduction The sacraments are God-ordained elements of worship. The primary purpose of the sacraments as elements of worship is to be part of the holy dialogue between God and His church. God is speaking to His church when the sacraments are administered in worship. We are to respond to His speech. What is He saying to us in baptism, first of all (next time the Lord’s Supper)? And how do we respond? You Need a Washing The main thing God tells us in baptism you have already been taught. He...

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Previous article in this series: June 2016, p. 405. *A word of explanation. I thought I was finished writing about worship, but realized I had not explained the sacraments in worship, a key aspect of God-ordained worship. I do that in this article and the next five. After that I will be finished writing on this topic for now. Thanks for reading. Introduction If someone would ask you what you do to worship God, what would you say? Surely you would say that you pray to God, privately and in church. You would say that you sing to Him. You...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2015, p. 127. Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him...

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Revs. Kuiper and Griess are pastors of Edgerton, MN PRC and Calvary PRC in Hull IA, respectively. They are both members of the PRC Foreign Mission Committee. There is a legend, that the apostles Thomas and Bartholomew carried the gospel to India. But a more credible statement is that the Christian teacher Pantaenus of Alexandria journeyed to that country about 190, and that in the fourth century churches were found there.1 Although the legend cannot be conclusively proved, it persists. In Chennai (formerly Madras), India, is located the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Thomas, built over the site...

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Previous article in this series: April 1, 2015, p. 306. Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah. Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: Psalm 50:5-7 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Psalm 50:16 Introduction In Psalm 50 God comes as Judge to sit at His bench on Mount Zion...

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