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Report of Classis East

April 6, 1955 in the Hope Prot. Ref. Church The meeting began with the singing of Psalter No. 170, after which Rev. G. VandenBerg, chairman of the former Classis, read II Cor. 4 and led in prayer. Credentials from the twelve churches residing in this Classis were received, and Classis, consisting of 24 members, is declared constituted. The Rev. R. Veldman presides, and Rev. G. VandenBerg functions as secretary.

Contribution

Dear Editor of the Standard Bearer:  Would you please place the following in the Standard Bearer for me? Thanks! 

Principles of Christian Giving, Applied to the Offerings in the Churches

The principles of Christian giving, in the offerings in the churches, are set before the church of all ages for its instruction and admonition, in the offerings and sacrifices instituted in the church of the old Dispensation. These offerings and sacrifices that God gave to His church through the agency of the prophetic Scriptures and their authors, were visible and tangible representations of the invisible and abstract principles of the true religion of Jehovah God.

Student Preaching (concluded)

The difference between the official preaching of the Word by the ordained minister and the unofficial speaking of the word of edification by the unordained student or candidate may be variously illustrated. And oft used illustration is that of the ambassador who is sent by the government to a foreign country. Let us suppose, that the government has a very important message which it wishes to have conveyed to the head of another country. Two men are equally informed of this message. Both are fully qualified to deliver it.

The Canons of Dordrecht, Part Two, Exposition of the Canons, First Head of Doctrine, Of Divine Predestination, Article 17

Since we are to judge of the will of God from his Word, which testifies that the children of believers are holy, not by nature, but in virtue of the covenant of grace, in which they, together with the parents, are comprehended, godly parents have no reason to doubt of the election and salvation of their children, whom it pleaseth God to call out of this life in their infancy. 

The Church and the Sacraments, Views During the Second Period (300-750 A.D.), The Doctrine of the Church

The Donatist controversy, we noticed in our preceding article, was, according to the eminent church historian, Philip Schaff, a conflict between complete separation and Catholicism. The Donatists started from an ideal and spiritualistic conception of the visible church in the midst of the world. The church must be a fellowship of perfect saints. This also determined their conception of the sacraments. Unholy priests cannot administer the sacraments. That which is holy cannot be imparted by unholy men.

Interesting and Revealing

Christ or Conditions.  That essentially is the doctrinal issue that brought about a “split” in the Protestant Reformed Churches.  Thus we wrote more than a year ago. 

Exposition of John 3:14-16 (continued)

May we, and all who formulated the letter of “testimony” to Classis East, put off the shoes from our feet and submit our every thought to the instruction of Christ as this was given to a “teacher in Israel,” Nicodemus. That is, indeed, salutary and sobering, leading to the true sobriety which can compare spiritual things with spiritual. I Cor. 2:13. 

The Prophecy of Malachi

V. The sinful withholding of tithes and offerings. Malachi 3:6-12.  8. Will a man rob God? For ye have robbed me. Yet ye say, wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.  9. With a curse are ye cursed, for me have ye robbed this whole nation. 

Part 3 – Of Thankfulness, Lord’s Day 46, Chapter 1: Addressing God as our Father

Also in the many prayers that are found in the Psalms we find that God is usually addressed as Jehovah, the Lord of all the earth and the God of His people Israel, that will surely save them. In the vision of Isaiah 6 we find that the seraphims are chiefly impressed by the holiness and glory of the Lord God.

5/1/1955