At this writing many of our young people are preparing to attend their annual Young People’s Convention. This year’s convention, planned by the societies of our Hull and Doon, Iowa and Edgerton, Minnesota churches, is being held in Northwest Iowa. The planned convention speeches are as follows: Aug. 17, Rev. Kuiper, “Called to Obedience” Aug. 18, Rev. Bruinsma, “Called to Moral Purity” Aug. 19, Rev. Kortering, “Called to Faithful Church Membership.”
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(Kuyper has talked about gradual church renewal in those churches which have not departed far from the Scriptures. He has described what must be done to bring them back. In the following paragraphs he talks about reformation in churches which cannot be reformed from within.)
Through the good counsel which Joseph gave him, the king of Egypt not only retained his kingdom, but he increased his wealth in material things as well. The coffers of his kingdom overflowed with money from the Egyptians, but also from the Canaanites. In real estate his holdings were extended beyond what any man would have imagined a few years before Joseph interpreted his dreams.
Upon reading this letter, it soon becomes apparent that it is different from the other letters that Paul wrote in that it is impossible to draw out of the letter one general theme which the apostle is making for the church of Philippi. In this, one of his most personal letters, he touches on many subjects which are of importance for the Philippians as well as the church today.
The Exalted Man of God in Perfection (Chapter 14) We have now come to our last chapter in these essays on Postmillennialism. Thus far we have repeatedly noticed that it is the teaching of the Postmillennial writers that God intends to Christianize the entire world and every nation under the sun. Every facet of human life is to be Christian due to the power of the Gospel by the Spirit, that is, in their political, social, economic, and religious life. Such is to be the leaven of the kingdom of heaven.
The church has always confessed the truth of the creation of the universe by God. In one of the oldest of its creeds, the Apostles’ Creed, in the very first article of that creed, the church sets down her faith in “God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.” We believe in God Who is an almighty and sovereign God. And the one great work that reveals God’s almighty power and sovereignty is His creation of the heavens and the earth. The truth of creation is a basic and fundamental doctrine of the Christian religion.
While there are many commendable features of the missionary methods proposed by Nevius which can and ought to be implemented by our own missionaries both at home and abroad there is one very serious weakness, namely, the lack of preachers and preaching. Whatever the details of methodology employed by the missionary, preaching must be at the heart of it. This will become even more apparent as we continue our study of the book, Planting And Development of Missionary Churches, by John L. Nevius.