All Articles For Vol 93 Issue 03 11/1/2016

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Minister Activities From the trio of Rev. Allen Brummel, Rev. Nathan Decker, and Rev. Rodney Kleyn, the Lord of the harvest chose Rev. N. Decker to receive the call to be the denomination’s third missionary to the Republic of the Philippines. This was done through the voting of the male members of the Doon PRC on September 18. We pray that this same Lord might make His way known to Rev. Decker in the consideration of this call. Rev. Decker planned to answer on October 16. Rev. Dennis Lee, pastor at Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL along with his two...

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Classis West met in regular session on September 28, 2016, in Randolph, WI. Rev. S. Key opened the meeting with devotions and an exhortation based on I Thessalonians 2:1-6. He reminded the delegates that God has entrusted us with the gospel. This becomes a source of confidence for us who minister the Word, as well as a reason for commitment and the power of divine commission. Rev. R. Kleyn chaired this meeting of Classis. The agenda was brief. The stated clerk, classical committee, and reading sermon committee all reported routine labors. The expenses of this meeting totaled $6,871.73. Classis adjourned...

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Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at the Southwest PRC. Each church was represented by two delegates. Rev. C. Haak served as the chairman for this session. Welcome was given to the delegates from Pittsburgh PRC who were attending classis for the first time and to the delegates ad examina from Classis West who were present for the consideration of the request for emeritation from Rev. A. denHartog. Southwest PRC requested approval for the emeritation of their pastor, Rev. Arie denHartog effective January 1, 2017. Classis granted this approval as did the delegates ad examina...

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Previous article in this series: June 2016, p. 405. *A word of explanation. I thought I was finished writing about worship, but realized I had not explained the sacraments in worship, a key aspect of God-ordained worship. I do that in this article and the next five. After that I will be finished writing on this topic for now. Thanks for reading. Introduction If someone would ask you what you do to worship God, what would you say? Surely you would say that you pray to God, privately and in church. You would say that you sing to Him. You...

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Previous article in this series: March 15, 2016, p. 275. The third chapter of the SHC concerns the fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith, the doctrine of the Trinity. Convinced of this truth from the very beginning, the Christian church confesses that although God is one divine being, He exists as three distinct persons. Together the three divine persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are the one true and living God. In the first article on this chapter we concerned ourselves with the truth that God is one, “one in essence or nature [being], subsisting in himself, all sufficient in...

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When I read Prof. Engelsma’s article [“Conditionality, Not Responsibility” in the September 15, 2016 Standard Bearer, p. 487], it reminds me of his book Covenant and Election in the Reformed Tradition [RFPA, 2011]. If I understand correctly, the Reformed Baptism Form is set up with only elect children in mind. Your book deals with the question what it means to be “sanctified in Christ.” According to a footnote on page 121, VanVelzen was amazed, indignant, and horrified with a weak interpretation of being sanctified in Christ, and insisted that, as certainly as our children have been washed with water, they...

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In the September 15 issue of the Standard Bearer, the editorial that reported on the visit to Namibia of the PRC’s Committee for Contact occasioned a handful of letters wondering about and commenting on what the delegation said to the saints about the PRC’s position on divorce and remarriage. The paragraph of interest said: Then we explained further the PRCA’s view on remarriage of divorced persons. Further, because some had heard us in 2010, and some had read PRCA literature. But others heard for the first time, listening with great interest to our exposition of Matthew 19 and related passages....

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Previous article in this series: October 1, 2016, p. 5. We continue our critique of Kenneth Stewart’s book, Ten Myths About Calvinism (IVP Academic, 2011—cf. SB, Oct. 1 editorial). Our thesis is that Stewart’s book makes it plain that, when all is said and done, what Stewart wants is to retain the right to be called a ‘Calvinist’ (and ‘Reformed’) while undermining doctrines that were central to Calvin himself—doctrines that are fundamental to any theology that has the right to call itself ‘historically Reformed.’ In particular, doctrines that have to do with God’s sovereign will and grace (cf. the Oct....

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And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Colossians 3:17 God calls each and every one of His people to worship Him. However, our worship is not confined to attending services on Sunday morning and evening. Nor is it the case that our worship merely extends to times of family or personal devotions. Fact is, every aspect of our lives is a matter of worship. Everything we say and do declares how worthy of glory we consider God to be. Worship has...

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