Vol 86 Issue 19

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News From Our Churches

Evangelism Activities The Evangelism Committee of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI invited all interested parties to attend this year’s Summer Parenting Workshop. This year’s workshop was a continuation of the series from Tedd Trip that First started last summer. The dates were set for the last three Wednesday nights of June and all the Wednesday nights of July. This year’s workshop promised to give good instruction about different age groups and how to parent them in a godly manner. The Reformed Witness Committee of Hope PRC in Walker, MI presented their annual Summer Class Series for 2010 on each...

The Gospel of the Mediator

Previos article in this series: June 2010, p. 398. Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 6 Question 16. Why must He be very man, and also perfectly righteous? Answer. Because the justice of God requires that the same human nature which hath sinned should likewise make satisfaction for sin; and one who is himself a sinner cannot satisfy for others. Question 17. Why must He in one person be also very God? Answer. That He might, by the power of His Godhead, sustain in His human nature the burden of God’s wrath; and might obtain for, and restore to us, righteousness and...

Royal Children: Delighting in Our Father’s World

O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.” These words of Psalm 104:24 are echoed in the familiar hymn “How Great Thou Art.” We sing this old favorite with great enthusiasm, and yet in our daily lives we are sometimes rather insensitive to God’s “power throughout the universe displayed.” We so easily fall into habits of life that cause us to take God’s wonderful creation for granted. We don’t spend much time wandering “through the woods and forest glades” or hearing “the birds sing sweetly in the trees.” Because...

The Creation of the Heavens and the Earth (7): All Things Created for Christ

Previous article in this series: June 2010, p. 404. Why did God create this universe? Obviously He did not need anything. He is perfectly self-sufficient. Nor was He lonely. He enjoyed perfect fellowship within Himself as the triune God. So why did He create all the things that He did? What was His purpose in doing so? Created for Christ There are a number of passages in Scripture that tell us the reason why God created all things. In the book of Revelation, for example, we are told that He created all things for His own pleasure: Thou art worthy,...

“Largely a Matter of Terms”

In this article we continue the analysis of sixteen questions that Classis Southwest of the United Reformed Churches (URC) asked two representatives, Dr. J. Van Vliet and Dr. G. Visser, of the Canadian Reformed Churches (CanRC), professors at the Theological College of the Canadian Reformed Churches. In the May 1 issue of theStandard Bearer this column briefly examined the first eight questions as reported in the March 10, 2010 issue of Christian Renewal. The March 24, 2010 issue of Christian Renewal reported the last eight questions. It became obvious in those first eight questions that Classis Southwest of the URC is concerned...

Chapter Four: Postmillennialism (8): Hoeksema’s Interpretation of the Loosing of Satan

Previous article in this series: May 15, 2010, p. 368. The explanation of the loosing of Satan, in Revelation 20:7-9, that I have given differs from that of Herman Hoeksema. Whereas I understand the loosing of Satan as Christ’s freeing him to unite the nations under Antichrist in a worldwide assault upon the true church, Hoeksema explained it as referring to the battle of Armageddon. The battle of Armageddon, mentioned only in Revelation 16:16, will be a physical war between two distinct elements of the kingdom of Antichrist. One element will be the nations of the West, descended from the old Roman...

The Manhattan Declaration: A Document of Ongoing Controversy

Although the document named above has received previous attention in the pages of the SB(cf. Jan. 15, 2010, p. 175, Rev. C. Spronk), due to recent developments we have decided it is worth a couple more articles and further analysis. The document (drawn up in the fall of 2009) is worth some further attention if for no other reason than the stir it has been creating in Evangelical circles. Its signing by a long list of leading names has caused some ripples to course through the Evangelical community, ripples severe enough to cause some fracturing, if not realignment, of old alliances....

Anticipating the New Heavens and Earth

“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.” II Peter 3:13, 14 Peter was being used of God to encourage new Christians in their faith. He had been emphasizing and explaining that Jesus is coming again to judge. Jesus’ return is the hope of the Christian. In his first letter Peter declared that we are regenerated unto this hope, for an inheritance is reserved in heaven for...

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