Rev. G. Lubbers accepted the call he received from Pella. The congregation of First Church, of which he had been a member since 1970, when he accepted the call to serve as missionary to Jamaica, planned to bid Rev. and Mrs. Lubbers farewell, in the basement of the church after the evening services on December 22.
“ALSO WE” MUST RUN THE RACE (Hebrews 12:1) It is with rather special emphasis and formality that the writer to the Hebrews introduces this twelfth Chapter of Hebrews. The writer would emphatically include also the New Testament Hebrew Christians in the great activity of faith of which he had spoken in Chapter 11. Writes he “therefore also we.” It is by certain consequence that also the Hebrew Christians must run the race of faith.
We know him by two means: first, by the creation, preservation, and government of the universe; which is before our eyes as a most elegant book, wherein all creatures, great and small, are as so many characters leading us to contemplate the invisible things of God, namely, his power and divinity, as the apostle Paul saith, Rom. 1:20.
Now from this there was a spiritual awakening in the denomination and the fellowships and in several other places. Firstly, among the Baptists. Five Baptist pastors appeared to grasp the truth of the doctrines of grace. At least they all had varying degrees of this grasp. And what they knew they commenced to preach in their congregations. And when they preached it, it caused an upheaval in their congregations. I can remember preaching on the doctrine of election and on total depravity. Now I’ll never forget that.
“We wish to stress that the work of preparation (for our fiftieth anniversary as churches) should not be postponed, but should begin immediately. A worthwhile celebration will depend to a large degree on very thorough planning and advance work. The occasion is a momentous one—not because of what we are and have done, but because of what our covenant God has wrought for, in, and through, us. Our aim should be to make the thankful commemoration of this anniversary commensurate with the momentous character of the occasion.”
In our Nov. 15 issue we reported to you concerning the dismissal of Dr. S. Woudstra as Professor of Systematic Theology at the Reformed Theological College at Geelong, Australia. Since that time we have learned from various correspondents in Australasia that the facts as reported in that editorial were correct. From more than one source we have learned concerning some further details and some further developments.