We have another new sister congregation. This time in the Grandville, Michigan area. On February 9th, at Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, the Grandville Protestant Reformed Church was formed. That, by the way, is not their official name. Prof. H. Hanko gave the sermon based on I Timothy 3:15b; “The Church, The Pillar of the Truth'” The charter members consisted of 25 families and 5 individuals.
We concluded our first and preceding article on this subject with the observation that as citizens of the kingdom of heaven we must be pilgrims and strangers in the earth, ever seeking to promote the cause of God and of His Christ. Doing this, however, we will experience the trials and afflictions of this present time. These trials are unavoidable. This means that we must fight, witnessing of Christ and of His Cause, and oppose all the unfruitful works of sin and darkness. And this means that our survival in the midst of the world will become, humanly speaking, impossible.
We have been considering various aspects of the early church’s doctrine of Scripture and the development of its principles of Scriptural interpretation or hermeneutics. The church in these early centuries had to defend the truth of the Word of God against many different attacks upon it, both from within and without. Without a clear doctrine of Scripture the church was very vulnerable to these attacks. Various weaknesses began to creep into the church in her view of Scripture.
Martin Luther knew people. Like the Lord Whom he served, he could be “touched with the feeling of the infirmities” of God’s people. He could weep with the sorrowing. He could laugh with the joyful. He could pity the distressed and downcast. He could sympathize with the believer who struggled with the guilt of his sin. Luther knew people because he knew himself. He never stood aloof from Gods people in his office as minister of the gospel, because Luther knew himself to be but a man among men. He identified with the people of God in their struggles, burdens, temptations,...
Banner Blasts Official Church Position The Banner is the official publication of the Christian Reformed Church. Most of our readers are familiar with that periodical. One would have reason to expect that an official publication of a denomination would set forth the official position of the church it represents. One would expect that it would maintain the church’s position over against those who oppose it.
God wrote His Word with a view to the many needs which His people have while they sojourn here below. This letter focuses upon the special needs of the pilgrim, especially the pilgrim who must face suffering for righteousness’ sake. The Holy Spirit assures him that there is good reason to have hope in the midst of fiery trial. We need this word today.
Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ Who gathers, defends, and preserves His church even unto the ends of the earth. Once again there are many exciting things to tell you about the Lord’s work in His church here in Singapore. He continues to cause His church to grow and prosper in His grace. On January 22 we celebrated the second anniversary of the institution of the church. This was a special Lord’s Day for us beginning with a special worship service where Pastor Lau preached the Word and concluding with an afternoon program of praise and thanks...
We began our discussion of this subject in our March 1 special issue on the subject of the Covenant. At that time, after calling attention to various passages of Scripture which make mention of the breaking of the covenant in one way or another, as well as to passages which speak of God’s covenant as unbreakable, we began to discuss the subject particularly from the viewpoint of the text in Isaiah 24:5.
Publication News Word has been received that the RFPA’s new Bible story book, Come, Ye Children, will become available sometime in April. There will be further details about this later, both in the Standard Bearer and in a flyer which the committee will be distributing. But I can inform you now that there is going to be a very attractive pre-publication sale of this book which you will not want to miss. And the prepublication price will be even more attractive for RFPA Book Club members.