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“Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own mas­ters, and to please them well in all things; not answer­ing again; not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.” Titus 2:9, 10 Paul is giving instructions to young Titus con­cerning his ministry among the new Christians on the island of Crete. He must preach and teach the truth, and godliness of life that is consistent with the truth. One’s acknowledgment of the truth should be accompanied with godliness (Titus 1:1), and Titus must keep on speaking and exhorting and...

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“. . . exhort . . . shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” Titus 2:7, 8 Paul has noted frequently in his instructions to Titus that the acknowledging of the truth is to be accompanied with godliness. Faith and acknowledging of the truth “is after [accords with, is in harmony with] godliness” (Titus 1:1). He commands Titus to “speak thou the things which become sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1). This...

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“Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things . . . .” Titus 2:6, 7a Titus was laboring among the new Christians on the island of Crete. Paul is giving instruc­tions to young Titus concerning his work. He is to preach and teach that godliness of life is consistent with true faith. One’s acknowledgment of the truth should be accompanied by godliness (Titus 1:1), and Titus must keep on speaking and exhorting and rebuking with all authority the things that are consistent with sound doctrine (Titus 2:1, 15). This is always important, but it was especially so in...

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“That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Titus 2:4, 5 Titus was laboring among the new Christians on the island of Crete. He was to preach and teach God’s Word with a view to God’s elect acknowledging the truth and living in godliness (Titus 1:1). False doctrine and an ungodly lifestyle are to be condemned with words—spoken and printed. But they are also condemned by the godly life of...

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“That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, no false accus­ers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things….” Titus 2:2, 3 Paul left Titus amongst the new Christians on the island of Crete with the responsibility to “set in order the things that are wanting” (Titus 1:5a). His primary duty was to organize churches by ordain­ing officebearers (Titus 1:5b), and to continue to preach and teach in the interest of the faith of God’s elect and their acknowledging of the...

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As many readers will recall, chapter III of the Westminster Confession treats the subject of God’s eternal decrees. Whereas the Confession simply proceeds to a treatment of creation, the relationship between God’s decrees and creation is given in the Westminster catechisms. Question 14 of the Westminster Larger Catechism asks, “How doth God execute His decrees?” That question is answered briefly in the Shorter Catechism, “God executeth His decrees in the works of creation and providence. Rev.

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Bethel Protestant Reformed Church in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. In the Puritan classic by Richard Baxter, The Saint’s Everlasting Rest, Mr. Baxter speaks of the duty of the people of God to excite others to obtain the saint’s rest, but he gives a caution about the manner of performing this duty. But because the manner of performing this work is of great moment, observe, therefore these rules: Enter upon it with right intentions. Aim at the glory of God in the person’s salvation. Do it not to get a name, or esteem to thyself, or...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of the Bethel Protestant Reformed Church in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The consideration of the principles of missions legitimately includes a discussion of the methods of missions. The reason is simple. The methods are to be determined from the principles. The biblical basis for this relationship between principles and methods, between faith and practice, is easily shown. The Scriptures give us the contents of our faith – what we are to believe in order to be saved. They make one wise unto salvation (II Timothy 3:15), but they also thoroughly equip one unto every good work...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Bauer, Michigan. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live. Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years. Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. Dedication Address To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.  I Peter 2:4, 5 That which brings us together tonight is the dedication of a building, a church building. First we moved sand, then we watched the cement foundations being laid in the trenches dug for them. Then we saw the block walls...

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