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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. The elders’ office is to observe and supervise the doctrine and conduct of the minister. Last time (SB, Nov. 15, 2002) I pointed out that the minister’s life must be an object of scrutiny, and that, for the sake of the doctrine. The Form for Installation of Elders, the Church Order, and the Questions for Church Visitation all enjoin the elders to “have regard to the doctrine and conversation of the minister of the word.” Reformed and Presbyterian churches have always recognized the importance of elder-supervision of the...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Previous article in this series: September 1, 2006, p. 473. In our last article we examined ways in which Reformed diaconates today can implement, and often are implementing, the care of non-poor Christians, such as the sick, aged, widowed, handicapped, and the like. In this article I particularly address Protestant Reformed diaconates, suggesting another way in which deacons can busy themselves in their work. The suggestion regards establishing a group of small retirement homes that are intended primarily for the benefit of Protestant Reformed people, and are overseen...

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There is a good deal of material in the Epistles generally which has a direct bearing on the Principles of Missions. This is especially true of the Epistles of Paul. This is to be expected for several reasons, the first of which is that the Apostle Paul was themissionary to the Gentiles. This being the case, the Epistles of Paul are emphatically missionary epistles. Quite in general it may be said they were written while Paul was on the mission field.

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We call ourselves Calvinists. By this we mean not that we are followers of a man who lived many years ago in the 16th century whose name was John Calvin. But rather we mean that we believe and follow the doctrine of the Word of God as that doctrine was by the grace and Spirit of God reiterated by the great reformer John Calvin, after that doctrine had been completely denied by the apostate Roman Catholic Church. This doctrine is also commonly known as the Reformed Faith. This doctrine is a glorious and wonderful doctrine.

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As Calvinist and Reformed Christians our lives ought especially to be characterized by true godly humility. Our doctrine teaches us the awfulness of our sin. We do not believe that our sin is merely a matter of a few sinful acts that we do occasionally. Rather we believe that we are totally depraved, wholly incapable of any good in the sight of God and prone to all manner of evil. Such is our natural condition from our very birth. We know that not only are our evil deeds dreadful in the sight of God but our corrupt nature is also...

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