All Articles For Vol 84 Issue 08 1/15/2008

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I believe one church of Jesus Christ. This confession implies a calling to seek the unity of this church—a divine obligation on every believer and every church. Belief in the one church is the heartfelt confession of every believer. In the first centuries after Pentecost the ancient church delineated this cardinal truth and required that every believer affirm it before becoming a member of the Christian church. Week after week, in various countries and cultures, in perhaps hundreds of languages, believers around the world confess the truth—I believe an (that is, one) holy catholic church. We can say it so easily....

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.   Evangelism Activities  The Evangelism Committee of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI arranged a project for the parents of their congregation and any other willing members to participate in while their church’s children were practicing for their upcoming Sunday School Christmas program. On Saturday morning, December 21, while practice went on at Trinity, volunteers were going to be hanging on the front doors of houses in their community a package that included a pamphlet written by Rev. R. Kleyn entitled “Why Did Jesus Come into the...

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In a special session on Wednesday, December 5, 2007, Classis West met in St. Johns, Indiana. The special meeting was hosted by the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, IL; but, since they do not have at this present time their own church building facilities, the special session was held in the church building of Cornerstone PRC. The purpose of the meeting was the examination of Candidate Nathan J. Langerak, the pastor-elect of the PRC of South Holland. A special worship service was called for Tuesday evening, December 4, which Pastor-elect N. Langerak led and in which he gave a...

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Rev. Haak is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan and radio pastor for the Reformed Witness Hour. This message was aired on December 10, 2000. The deepest desire of the apostle Paul was that he be found in Christ. Is that true also for you? Paul makes this confession in a very beautiful passage of Scripture, Philippians 3:8, 9: Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may...

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Rev. Smit is pastor of the Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Previous article in this series: November 15, 2007, p. 57. Significantly, joy, one of the nine aspects of the fruit of the Spirit, is near the beginning of the list in Galatians 5:22, right beside love. Joy for the believer is not unimportant. The new life of Christ in us is one not of misery, but of spiritual joy. Even the wine of the Lord’s Supper signifies that the life that Christ works in us is not dismal and dark, but full of real, heavenly joy and...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Previous article in this series: November 15, 2007, p. 80. In speaking of the deacons’ relationship to the consistory, we are speaking of a working relationship between the three offices (bear in mind that the consistory includes both elders and pastors). In saying that there is such a relationship, we mean that some of the work of the church requires the deacons to meet with the consistory in a body in which each pastor, elder, and deacon has one vote. In our last article we argued the necessity...

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Mrs. Bosveld is a wife and mother in Hope Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In a parable found in Luke 12, Jesus summarizes His teaching with this admonition, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required…” (Luke 12:48). These words of the Lord ought to speak to our hearts. The Protestant Reformed churches have been given much from the Lord. We have been blessed with a profound understanding of the Truth. We have a seminary with faithful professors who strive to train our men in these truths. And we have churches wherein the Word of...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa. Previous article in this series: December 7, 2007, p. 133. As we continue our consideration of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper we must remember that the sacrament is a means of grace. But that grace is not for all. Because grace is not in things. It is not in the water of baptism, nor in the bread and wine of the Lord’s table. Grace is not in things. Always the means of grace must be understood in terms of God’s work of sovereign, particular grace. The preaching...

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Rev. VanderWal is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. “I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.” I John 2:14 This part of I John is controversial among biblical commentators. Much ink has been spilled to show that with this word the apostle beloved of the Lord distinguishes a segment of the congregation: young men. These young men are singled out as a group. The apostle John commends them. They gave wonderful testimony of the Lord’s grace working in...

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Rev. Miersma is western home missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches. Previous article in this series: June 2007, p. 400. The Lord sovereignly directs the work of missions and evangelism. He directs it to whom He in His good pleasure sends the Word. The saving purpose of that work of God in Christ is the gathering and salvation of His elect out of the nations. This doctrinal truth is an integral part of the Reformed confession. While we preach and witness to all to whom God gives us occasion and opportunity to preach or speak, we know and confess that...

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