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Previous article in this series: October 1, 2013, p. 7. The History of the Concept Worldview In considering the transition from the Old to the New Testament, we have seen the glory that the light of Christ shines upon our way of living as God’s people. Having been redeemed by Christ, we have been made children of our heavenly Father, taken into the very fel­lowship of God Himself, His own covenant life. With joy we confess with the apostle in I John 3:1, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the...

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Previous article in this series: August 2013, p. 446. The History of the Concept Worldview The worldview that had been embraced by the Old Testament saints, and that was unfolded in God’s revela­tion as recorded for us in the Old Testament Scriptures, was brought into a clearer light with the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fullness of time. The New Testament clearly reveals the church as the continuation and fulfillment of Old Testament Israel, the one body of Jesus Christ, the true seed of Abraham (Gal. 3:16, 29). For that reason the worldview we derive from the...

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Previous article in this series: March 1, 2013, p. 248. The History of the Concept Worldview I have defined worldview simply as a comprehensive view of the world and how we ought to live in and relate to this world. As we give our attention to the historical develop­ment of the concept of a worldview, we can acknowl­edge that there has been some attention given this subject—though not called worldview—throughout the history of the church. We should not overlook the fact that already in the Old Testament, God’s people were set apart as a peculiar people, holy unto the Lord...

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This is the abbreviated text of the Pre-Synodical Sermon that Rev. Key preached on June 10, 2013. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Psalm 133:1 Psalm 133 is fitting for our consideration as we gather as the Synod of 2013. The Psalm celebrates the unity of brethren, a unity that we enjoy as churches, which unity extends beyond our own denomination even to those of like precious faith with us in other countries, some of whom are represented here. The unity that is our great blessing compels us to thank God. Unity...

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Previous article in this series: January 1, 2013, p. 163.   Introduction We have seen that our own history as Protestant Reformed Churches demands the development of the Reformed worldview. That is necessary in light of the false accusation often brought against us that we hold to a world-flight mentality that would cause us to withdraw from any active engagement with the world in which we live. Our own history demands development of the Re­formed worldview, secondly, because the erroneous idea of common grace underlies much of what is purported to be a Reformed worldview. There is one man who...

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Introduction With this new rubric in the Standard Bearer we take up a study of the Reformed worldview, using as the subtitle, Truth and Its Consequences. In the past several years there have been a multitude of books written concerning a Christian worldview. My first introduction to the concept of a Christian worldview probably occurred in the 1970s, when the writings and video presentations of Dr. Francis Schaef­fer were making the rounds in evangelical circles, including Reformed churches. Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), a Presbyterian pastor and missionary in Europe—some would add Christian philosopher—was perhaps the most influ­ential figure in the...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Having considered Christ’s names and work, we are left to consider His exaltation. He who perfectly satisfied God’s justice was then exalted to the highest place of glory. The exaltation of Christ is revealed to us as having taken place in steps. The first step was His resurrection from the dead; the second, His ascension into heaven; the third, His sitting at God’s right hand; and that which is yet to be seen, His final coming again in judgment, when He will also take His people to Himself...

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September 1 – 4, 1999 South Holland, Illinois The September meeting of Classis West was held at the South Holland Protestant Reformed Church from September 1-4, 1999. An officebearers’ conference was held the day before. The theme of the conference was “Fully Equipped for the Work: A Conference for Elders and Deacons.” The conference was attended not only by many of the delegates to classis, but also by a large contingent of men from Western Michigan, including the seminary students and professors, as well as many other visitors. Rev. Charles Terpstra gave the keynote address, the theme of which was...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Belonging to Christ’s exaltation is His ascension into heaven. Forty days after His resurrection, our Lord Jesus Christ, in His human nature, ascended into heaven in the presence of His disciples, after having given them the promise that He would come again and take them and all His own unto Himself, that where He is, there we may be also. The fact that Christ is no longer on earth may seem to be contrary to that which would be for our spiritual good. Wouldn’t it be better if...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Having considered the fact of the ascension and what actually took place in that event — insofar as we are able to understand it by what Scripture reveals — we now focus our attention on the benefits of that ascension for us. Christ’s ascension was profitable in three ways, each of which is set forth by our Heidelberg Catechism in Question and Answer 49. Our Advocate The first benefit of Christ’s ascension is that Jesus is now “our advocate in the presence of his father in heaven.” The...

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