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In our last article on the order of worship we discussed the question of the reading of the law in the worship service. Usually, within our Protestant Reformed Churches, the law is read in the morning worship service and the Apostles’ Creed is read in the afternoon or evening service. In this article we shall discuss the reading of the Apostles’ Creed. There are several aspects to this question which need to be discussed, all of which are worth some thought and consideration. We shall treat these different aspects separately.

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Robert D. Decker is professor of New Testament and Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Evangelism is Reformed The Rev. Robert Grossmann, Associate Professor of Ministerial Studies at Mid-America Reformed Seminary, Orange City, Iowa wrote an excellent article under this title in the April 1986 issue of Mid-America Messenger. In our times there is much emphasis on the Social Gospel, Arminianism has made alarmingly deep inroads into Reformed Churches, and theological liberalism has all but won the day, Grossmann contends, and rightly so, that only the truly Reformed can do evangelism biblically and effectively. We quote the article in its...

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Herman C. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Contraception has become so common that the whole practice is hardly called into question any more. Even in the one denomination which forbids the use of contraception, the Roman Catholic Church, over half of the members are reported to practice it. For many years it has been hailed as a major medical breakthrough, which will succeed in curbing the earth’s population. It has been rigorously promoted as a valuable tool of population control. The doomsayers who have bombarded us with propaganda about terrible times...

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David J. Engelsma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. Like its Author, Holy Scripture is one. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” Scripture says of itself in II Timothy 3:16. With reference to the 39 books of the Old Testament, and their countless words, the Bible says of itself that it is a unified whole, a book characterized by oneness. When the Bible views itself, it does not see itself as many, different writings, but as “all Scripture.” Scripture’s oneness is, fundamentally, its full inspiration of God, inspiration that extends to Scripture’s words. Scripture...

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(The Views Of Rufus Anderson) We have seen that Anderson conceived of the missionary’s task solely in terms of the preaching of the gospel. The missionary must not attempt to transform heathen culture. He must preach and teach the blessed gospel and baptize those who are gathered into the church by that preaching. With this we are in hearty agreement. The aim of missions, according to Anderson, is the establishment of self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating, indigenous churches. To these principles we shall return, D.V., in later articles.

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In this article our attention is drawn to the prophet Hosea’s word to an apostate Israel. The message in Hosea seven verse sixteen is one which Israel had to hear in the day of the prophet, but also is a Word of God to us today. It is one to which we do well to give ear. The prophet uses in his verse a very demonstrative figure: “They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision in...

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Ronald H. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church, Houston, Texas. We have seen that the tenth commandment, in distinction from all the others, addresses itself specifically to our inward life by forbidding the sin of covetousness. The tenth commandment is, therefore, a fitting conclusion to the law because it reminds us that the obedience which the law requires of us must be inward as well as outward: in other words, that our obedience must be whole and complete, or, in one word, perfect. This perfection is required of us, of course, because God Himself is perfect (Deut. 18:13, Matt....

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Rev. Cammenga is pastor of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. God’s house is a house of prayer (Matt. 21:13). All our public worship is to be “prayerful” worship, that is, worship consciously given in the presence of God. This is what prayer is. Prayer is coming into the very presence of God. Since God’s house is a house of prayer, one of the most important aspects of public worship is the congregational prayer. Just as prayer is the chief part of thankfulness for the believer individually, so it must be regarded as the chief part of the thankful...

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