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Vol 65 Issue 12

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Reflections of a Former Missionary

Rev. Lubbers is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. I am indebted to the committee in charge of arranging for a special feature on “Missions,” for thinking to request me to write some “reflections.” It is now some sixteen years ago that Mrs. Lubbers and I left the last mission field where we might serve, to wit, Jamaica. In the kind providence of God we had served also as a missionary of our churches for some nine years in the States. We first became missionaries in January of 1955, some 35 years ago. To be sure we have...

Mission Work in Singapore

Rev. Lau is pastor of the First Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore. I feel honored to be asked to write this article for theStandard Bearer, a magazine from the high-standard articles of which I have personally benefited much. I hope this article will not in any way tarnish the good image of the magazine. I was originally asked to write on a wider topic, namely, “Mission Work in Singapore and Malaysia”; but I have chosen to write on a narrower one, the “Mission Work in Singapore”, as I felt inadequate to comment in any detail on the mission work in...

Personal Involvement in Mission Work

Rev. VanOverloop is a missionary pastor of the Protestant Reformed Churches, in Northwest Chicago, Illinois. The church of Jesus Christ has the mandate to preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). This calling is fulfilled by the instituted church through its officebearers. But this does not leave the individual church members sitting on their hands. They too have responsibilities in this regard. The “mission” efforts of the individual members fall into two categories of witnessing: general and specific. In general, every believer has a responsibility to maintain the spiritual health of the local congregation of which he is a...

Missions and the Calling Church

Rev. Koole is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Redlands, California. As the church of Christ we are at war. No, I am not speaking of disagreements that arise between consistories and committees over mission policy. The church of Christ is called to war against the strongholds of Satan, “Casting down . . . every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God” (II Cor. 10:5). One aspect of that warfare is missions. In this warfare there is the defensive side of doctrine and a holy walk. Missions is the offensive side. By it the church invades...

Teamwork in Missions

Rev. Key is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan. “The Protestant Reformed Churches believe that, in obedience to the command of Christ, the King of the church, to preach the blessed Gospel to all creatures, baptizing, and teaching them to observe all things which Christ has commanded, it is the explicit duty and sacred privilege of said churches to carry out this calling according to the measure of our God-given ability.” So reads the opening paragraph of the Constitution of the Mission Committee of the Protestant Reformed Churches. And with that conviction ten men serve on...

Zeal and Devotion to the Work of Evangelism

Rev. denHartog is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Are we as faithful and zealous as we ought to be in the work of evangelism? It is always good to ask ourselves that question. We have sometimes been criticized for lack of interest in missions. Over the years we have become very sensitive to this criticism. Some of that criticism could easily be proven false. But at the same time even such criticism ought to cause us to examine ourselves. It is after all a very serious matter to be faithful to this great calling of the...

The Offer of the Gospel and the Mandate for Missions

Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:15, 16 To the evangelical world of our day Calvinism seems necessarily to stand at cross purposes with the mission mandate of the church. If people are unconditionally chosen and necessarily saved, why should anyone do mission work? God will do it all. He doesn’t need us. Why should we try? When...

Letters

I would like to take advantage of the introductory offer of a full year’s subscription. to The Standard Bearer for $6.00. I have enclosed a list of names and addresses of certain individuals I would like to send the magazine to . . . God’s Word is awesome . . . As His children, we are given the duty to make this most precious and glorious truth known. I know that adding these subscriptions is a small thing, but it is my prayer that the truth printed on these pages of The Standard Bearer may cause others to seek out this truth. Our prayers...

Editorially Speaking

The Protestant Reformed Churches have a denominational budget for 1989 of more than $200,000 for domestic missions. This represents roughly one third of the total budget. Each family is paying $110 in 1989 for domestic missions in the synodical assessment. In addition, every church takes special collections for home missions; money is budgeted synodically for foreign missions; and some congregations fund their own local evangelism work. The PRC are deeply involved in missions. Members of these churches (and all our readers), we trust, will be interested in the examination of PRC missions to which this issue of The Standard Bearer is devoted,...

3/15/1989