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Rev. Joostens has declined the calls extended to him from Redlands, California and Lynden, Washington. You may remember that Lynden’s call was for a missionary to the Monroe – Mt. Vernon area of Washington state. From a Loveland bulletin we have learned that Isabel, South Dakota has extended a call to the pastor of our Edmonton, Alberta, Canada congregation, Rev. Moore.
This book is comprised of a collection of addresses delivered at the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology during the years 1977-1979. They were given by such men as John H. Gerstner, R.C. Sproul, James M. Boice, Edmund P. Clowney, Roger R. Nicole, and J.I. Packer. The book is divided into four sections: Man the Sinner, Christ the Savior, The Word of Christ, and Electing Love.
We now must see how the Holy Spirit led Luke write in detail concerning the work of Christ in the gathering of the church. In a relatively short time (A.D. 29 – A.D. 60), the gospel spread from Jerusalem to Rome and encompassed both Jews and Gentiles. The key verse to the book can be found in chapter 18, “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem and all Judea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways;” II Peter 2:1-2
About family devotions themselves we ought to notice a few things. In the first place, they are devotions. That implies that the source out of which family devotions arise is the love of God in our hearts. That’s what the very word devotion implies. Someone for whom you have devotion is someone whom you love. Love can be the only possible source for family devotions. Moses makes that clear in Deuteronomy 6 to the children of Israel.
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”
It is our contention in this series that if the church is to be correct in its missionary methods these methods will have to be gleaned from the Bible. Scripture not only lays down the principles which must govern the church in its mission work, but Scripture also teaches the proper methods by which this work must be done. This applies to all ages and all cultures, for Scripture is not bound either by time or by culture. In previous issues we have been busy analyzing the Apostle Paul’s preaching in Athens.
“Therefore the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and He sold them into the hand of Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia; and the children of Israel served Chushanrishathaim eight years. And when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war; and