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Church Power and Government (1): Christ Speaking Through Special Officebearers

Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. We now begin a study of the government of the church. When a church or group of churches departs from the truth of Scripture, this departure is often manifested in three areas—her doctrine, her worship, and her church…

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The Power and Government of the Church: The Calling of Churches to Federate (2)

Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. Previous article in this series: September 1, 2005, p. 472. Two fundamental principles of Reformed church government are the autonomy of the local instituted church and the fact that a true church is called to unite with other…

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The Power and Government of the Church (4) The Calling of Churches to Federate

Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. Previous article in this series: August 2005, p. 449. Two fundamental principles of Reformed church government are the autonomy of the local instituted church and the fact that a true church is called to unite with other faithful…

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The Power and Goverment of the Church (3): No Hierarchy of Bishops

Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. Previous article in this series: July, 2005, p. 416. Churches err in church government not only when they allow the State to have authority in the spiritual matters of the church, but also when they pattern their church…

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The Power and Goverment of the Church (2): The Keys Given by Christ Only to His Bride, Not the State

Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. Previous article in this series: May 1, 2005, p. 351. In this series of articles we are considering some of the principles of Reformed church government. The first article was on the principle that Christ has chosen and…

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