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Rev. Kamps is pastor of the Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. (Correction: An error in editing in Rev. Kamps’ article in the March 1 issue not only confused the meaning of a sentence, but also left it not a sentence. The correct reading of the sentence in the middle of the center column on page 255 should be as follows: “If only men would learn that the New Testament, which declares to us the great victory of Christ Jesus over sin, guilt, death, and Hell, testifies that this victory was accomplished for the elect of God alone, they...

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Rev. Kamps is pastor of the Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. This is the substance of a lecture given by Rev. Kamps in Southwest Church on April 18, 1991. It will appear in two installments, in this and the following issue of the SB. Introduction Jesus our Lord confronts you andmewithamostpenetratingquestionirtLuke18: 8: “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” This question concerns our activity and the strength of our faith in God and in His Word. Faith, as James teaches us, is a matter of doing the will of God. “Faith...

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The Contact Committee of our Protestant Reformed Churches in America, in behalf of our Synod, brings to your attention the financial need of the Protestant Reformed Church of Wellington, New Zealand.  The readership of this publication is undoubtedly aware that a very small, struggling, and independent church at Wellington, New Zealand has asked for and has been granted sister church relationship with us. 

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Rev. Kamps is pastor of the Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. Catechism preaching has a long and blessed history in the Reformed community of churches. For nearly five hundred years Reformed preachers have fulfilled their ecclesiastical responsibility to preach the Word of God as set forth in the rich confession of these churches throughout the world. It is without a doubt true that these churches have remained faithful to the truth of God’s Word in the measure that they have also been faithful to her task to preach faithfully the catechism each Lord’s Day. Centuries ago the great...

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The nature of the work of the diaconate is oftentimes misunderstood in the Church of Christ. This misunderstanding is revealed frequently by the members of the church and by the deacons themselves. More than one well-meaning deacon, when seeking out the poor, has received a sharp rebuff from an unjustly irritated member of the church to whom the deacons had offered financial assistance in Christ’s name. You see, the unjustly irritated church member was insulted by the fact that these deacons had the audacity even to think that she or he might be poor!

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The theme of this article expresses the earnest inquiry of many concerning the nature of Scripture. But the theme has a tremendous weakness, for it implies something about one’s approach to Scripture. The theme would leave the impression that one is in doubt concerning who it might be that was the author of Scripture. But be assured that for us the matter is settled. We believe that the Bible is in its entirety the Word of God. We hold that the Bible is the authoritative, infallibly inspired Word of God. 

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The establishment of our own school and its opening on September 16, 1975 in Redlands is well known to most of you, our brothers and sisters in our beloved Protestant Reformed Churches. You have heard before of our struggles and our aborted attempt of 1973, when at the last moment the way to the opening of our own school was unceremoniously closed. Many of you have undoubtedly brought before God’s throne of grace the needs of our small congregation with regard to truly Reformed covenantal day school instruction.

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In the previous article, we briefly introduced our subject and presented the reader a two-fold thesis. Further we discussed the idea of priestcraft, which feeds upon the teaching that the Bible is an obscure book. Very briefly we outlined Martin Luther’s escape from Roman Catholic priestcraft and took cognizance of Luther’s doctrine of Scripture in as far as it touches upon the matter under discussion. We saw that Luther boldly denied the Romish doctrine that the Bible is obscure in its meaning and we noted that Luther rejected priestcraft. 

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