First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids formed another trio of names for the Jamaican Mission Field: Revs. W. Bekkering, R. Flikkema, and R. VanOverloop. At a special congregational meeting held after the evening service of October 30, Rev. Bekkering was chosen to receive the call.
(In the preceding paragraph Kuyper has talked about reformation which comes about through a split between a local congregation and the church federation. In this paragraph he speaks of reformation by means of a split between the individual and his own congregation.) 58. Concerning Reformation By Means Of A Break With the Existing Congregation.
The early new dispensational church, following the death of the last apostle, had received from God His completed Word. The cornerstone of the church had been laid through the cross, in Christ as our Redeemer and exalted Head. The Word of Christ had been given unto His church, and the foundation of the new dispensational church had been laid in the doctrine of the apostles. It is at this point in time that we begin our study of the history of doctrine, of the Spirit’s guiding His church into all the truth.
With this article we shall conclude our study of the views of Dr. John L. Nevius. The “Nevius Method or Plan” to which the growth of the Presbyterian Mission in Korea has been attributed may be summed as follows: 1) Missionary personal evangelism through wide itineration. This means missionaries should not remain in one group or congregation. They should preach the gospel from place to place and in as many places as possible. They should not become, in effect, pastors of the mission churches.
The matter of the Christian’s relation to the law has been a subject of debate in the church since the days of the apostle Paul. Both his Epistles to the Romans and to the Galatians deal with this issue as it affected the Apostolic churches. Paul argues especially against those who desired to force the cruel bonds of legalism upon the New Testament churches. Not only did they propose to bring the churches back to the ceremonies and civil regulations of the Old Testament, but they also taught that these things were necessary for salvation.
We concluded our first article on this subject with the observation that the infralapsarian conception of the doctrine of Election cannot be maintained in the light of Scripture, and that the Lord sovereignly willed a people whom He would save in the way of sin and death through faith in Christ Jesus unto everlasting glory and heavenly immortality, provided that we understand that this way of sin and death through faith in Christ has been divinely and sovereignly willed and decreed.
About a year ago the Standard Bearer commented on a report concerning membership in the World Council of Churches which will be coming before the Reformed Ecumenical Synod in Chicago in 1984. This comment was by way of a review of a Study Report entitled “Report to RES Chicago 1984 on Ecumenical Relations.” The problem with which this report deals is the problem of dual membership in the RES and the WCC, concretely the problem of membership of the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (GKN) in both the World Council and the Reformed Ecumenical Synod.