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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. God is active. He is always at work. The Scriptures point this out by speaking of God’s hands, and of the things He does with them. By His hands He created the heavens and the earth. Now with those same hands He upholds and governs all things. With His hands He sends judgments on the wicked, and blessings on the righteous. Through the works of His hands He causes generations of His people to come forth. By means of His hands He saves them. His hands direct all...

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Previous article in this series: April 15, 2011, p. 313. In our previous articles on this subject, we considered four characteristics of churches that are truly Reformed. They are so in their history, their doctrine, their worship, and their life. We also mentioned that some imagine that only some of these characteristics are needed. They have the idea that when the Reformed faith is taught, they may choose just the parts that they like (as they would when standing at a food buffet). The prevailing thought is that as long as one has Reformed doctrines, he has enough. They do...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. Previous article in this series: April 15, 2007, p. 327. Of all the elements of worship, none is more important to the believer than the preaching. True preaching is not simply something the child of God is interested in only if it is convenient for him to come to church, or only if he likes what is said. But it is indispensable. It is the chief (most important) means of grace. It works faith. It comforts the soul. It instructs in the way of righteousness. It makes God’s...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. We know many things concerning the final day of world history. We know that such a day is certainly coming. We know from the precursory signs that that day is getting nearer and approaching rapidly. We know that great events will take place on that day— such as the final destruction of all things, the return of the Son of Man, the resurrection of the dead, and the final judgment when every man, woman, and child will stand before God the righteous Judge and then be sent either...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. Previous article in this series: August 2007, p. 324. As Reformed believers, we view the preaching as being, without question, the most important element in worship. It is indispensable as the chief means of grace that produces and strengthens our faith. It is the precious word of the gospel that saves and comforts our souls. It is the blessed word of Christ Himself that powerfully directs us in thankful obedience to our God. For this reason, we come to the house of God each Lord’s day with a...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. Previous article in this series: February 1, 2007, p. 206. One of the most important elements of worship is the reading of the Scriptures. Because God is the object of worship, His Word must be central. The reading of that Word should therefore be given a prominent place, and the people of God must see to it that they participate in it as much as in any other part of worship. It ought to be obvious that the reading of Scripture belongs in worship. If the Bible is...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. Previous article in this series: January 1, 2007, p. 161. An important element of the church’s worship is the offertory. During this part of worship, the congregation has the opportunity to give money for the causes of God’s kingdom. They give to support the ministry of the gospel, the poor, and various other kingdom causes, such as the Christian schools, missions, evangelism, and so on. Having an offertory in worship is biblical. The Scriptures make clear that the people of God have an obligation to give. “Upon the...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. Previous article in this series: November 1, 2006, p. 66. Prayer properly belongs in the worship services of the church. Just as prayer is vital for the spiritual life of the individual believer, so is it vital for the life of the church. When she worships, the church must spend time in congregational prayer to God. The Scriptures teach us that the early New Testament church was a praying church. “They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. Previous article in this series: September 1, 2006, p. 471. The element of worship that we now consider in this series of articles is congregational singing. The Scriptures make plain that this is a required part of worship. Especially two New Testament texts point this out. The first is Ephesians 5:19, which admonishes the church as follows: “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” The other text isColossians 3:16, which says much the same thing. Singing...

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The fundamental reason why God’s people are aware of the end of all things is that they are pilgrims and strangers on this earth. If this earth were our permanent and only home, we would not think about its end. We would not want that end to come, would not notice that it is coming, and would not be ready for it. However, as pilgrims our focus is on our eternal, heavenly home. We realize we are just passing through. We are conscious of the reality of the end of all things. The Scriptures admonish us to be conscious of...

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