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The opening prayer and the accompanying devotionals were led by the Rev. J. Van Weelden. The reading of the credentials showed that all our churches were represented. On account of sickness in the family, the Rev. P. Vis was unable to attend this meeting of Classis, so that the alternate delegate from Rock Valley took his place. After the formula of subscription was signed and the meeting declared constituted, the Rev. L. Vermeer took the chair as president of the day, and the Rev. J. Van Weelden served as secretary. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved....

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Call it a digression if you will, but the contributor of the next few articles for this department intends to use the allotted space for a brief discussion of our Form for the Baptism of Infants, as we find it in our Psalters. An apology for this digression is hardly required. The Form itself is significant and rich enough to warrant a discussion at any available opportunity. The subject matter is always of fundamental importance, and is especially timely today while a new interest is being aroused by the discussion of this subject both in the Netherlands and in our...

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Our Baptism Form starts out with speaking of the sacrament of baptism as a holy sign. It is more than that, for it is also a seal as well as a sign, but it is nevertheless first of all a sign. To the question, Of what is it a sign?, the answer can be given, that baptism is a sign of our entrance into God’s covenant through the washing away of our sins. By nature we are outside of God’s covenant, a part of the fallen human race, dead in trespasses and sins, without hope and without God in the...

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The apostle John is known for the depth of his thought and understanding of the words of Christ. This reveals itself especially in the fact that he seems to have chosen to record at length some of the more extensive discourses of Christ, whereas the other Gospel writers seem to have more an eye for the historical, the events, the happenings, the visible works of Christ. And as a consequence we have in John a rather simple vocabulary and grammar, by which John has left much of the depth of the truth unexpressed and as it were for the reader...

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The Baptism Form speaks of baptism as a sign, but also as a seal of our entrance into God’s covenant. It does this by inference when it states that “Holy baptism witnesseth and sealeth unto us the washing away of our sins through Jesus Christ.” It speaks of baptism as a sign and seal of the cleansing from sin. And since through the cleansing from sin we are separated from the world and taken into God’s covenant, baptism is a sign and seal of our entrance into the covenant. It speaks also directly of this fact by saying, “God the...

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Thus far the Baptism Form spoke of “God’s part” in the covenant in distinction from “our part”. In the next paragraph it considers “our part”, stating, “Whereas in all covenants there are contained two parts: therefore are we by God through baptism admonished of and obliged to a new obedience. . . .”, etc. Emphatically the Form brings home to us that God establishes His own covenant with us and realizes it in us. The establishment and the realization are both of God. If baptism means anything at all, it means exactly that to us. Particularly infant baptism, administered in...

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Our baptism always has a special significance for us because of the fact that we and our children receive the sacrament in our infancy. Turning from a discussion of the significance of the sacrament to a discussion of the baptism of infants, the Form states: “and although our young children do not understand these things, we may not therefore exclude them from baptism. . . ” It is worthy of note, that the fathers did not say that children of believing parents may receive the sacrament of baptism, but that they must. They were, no doubt, well aware of the...

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Thus far we have treated the expository part of our Baptism Form, discussing first the sacrament of baptism, and secondly the necessity of infant baptism. This brings us to the actual ritual, which deals with the administration of baptism to our covenant seed. The Form reaches the conclusion: “Since then baptism is come in the place of circumcision, therefore infants are to be baptized as heirs of the kingdom of God and of His covenant. And parents are in duty bound further to instruct their children herein, when they shall arrive to years of discretion.” You will have noticed that...

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Classis West convened on the morning of September 25, 1946, at nine o’clock in the Protestant Reformed Church of Oskaloosa, Iowa. After the meeting was opened with the usual devotional exercises conducted by the Rev. L. Vermeer, the credentials were presented, showing all the delegates from the various consistories present. Thereupon the Rev. P. Vis took over the presidency for the day. He first of all extended a word of welcome to all the delegates, and particularly to the Rev. A. Petter who was attending our Classis for the first time as delegate from Orange City, and also to the...

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Report of Classis West – Convened March 5, 1947 at Rock Valley, Iowa Classis West convened at Rock Valley, Iowa, on March 5, 1947. The meeting was opened with the usual devotions, conducted by the Rev. P. Vis. All the churches of the Classis were represented by their respective delegates. A word of welcome was extended to Rev. J. Howerzyl, representing Oskaloosa for the first time at our Classis, as also two other delegates who attended our Classis for the first time. They were given an opportunity to sign the formula of subscription. After the meeting was declared constituted, Rev....

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