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Rev. Smit is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Doon, Iowa. Rev. Smit is also the secretary of the Foreign Mission Committee. The Foreign Mission Committee continues to work in behalf of our Churches for the cause of the spread of the Reformed faith in foreign lands. Synod 1993 assigned to the jurisdiction of the FMC the foreign lands including Africa, Asia, India, the Middle East, South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Indeed this is an enormous jurisdiction. However, in the first place, we must remember that our sister churches of the Evangelical Reformed Churches in Singapore...

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Rev. Cammenga is pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan, and the secretary for the Committee for Contact with Other Churches. The Preamble of the Constitution of the Committee for Contact with Other Churches expresses the conviction of the Protestant Reformed Churches that it is their “sacred duty to manifest the true unity and catholicity of the church on earth in as far as that is possible, not only in our denominational fellowship but also in conjunction with all churches which have obtained like precious faith with us, both domestic and foreign.” On behalf of the churches, the...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Bethel Protestant Reformed Church in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Every local congregation must do the work of evangelism! Evangelism is not a matter of choice. It is not a matter of whether a church has the man power and/or the time to do it. It does not depend on whether or not they have a pastor. The Bible is clear. It does not give a local church the choice of whether it will or will not perform the work of evangelism. No excuse is allowed. How must evangelism be viewed? Evangelism is literally the proclamation...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Bethel Protestant Reformed Church in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The book of Acts shows that there is a most definite relationship between the spiritual health of a congregation and the positive fruits harvested by the evangelism efforts of that church. God’s blessing cannot be expected to be given to a church which is not otherwise faithful! A church that is losing its salt (becoming more worldly) is going to be good for nothing. If a church in its preaching and practice is wiping out the line of demarcation between the church and the world, no...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Bethel Protestant Reformed Church in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. A “Calvinist” is one who maintains the truths of the Reformed faith as summarized in the creeds of the Reformation. These truths have been summarized in the Canons of Dordrecht: total depravity, unconditional election, limited or definite atonement, irresistible grace, and the perseverance of the saints. It could be said that all of these truths are summarized in the truth of the sovereignty of God. A “Calvinist” maintains these truths, not because they were taught by a man or by men who were instruments of God...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Bethel Protestant Reformed Church in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. In this article we begin a series in which we will consider what the Scriptures have to say concerning the principles and methods of missions. The definition of “missions” under which we will be working is the following: Missions is that work of God in Christ, through the official ministry of the Word by the church, by which Christ, the Chief Shepherd of the sheep, gathers His elect out of all the nations of the world. Essentially the risen Lord accomplishes this by means of the...

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Rev. denHartog is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. The book of Acts has been called the New Testament charter for missions. No other book of the Bible gives us more apostolic instruction regarding both the theology and practice of missions. No course of missions should neglect a careful study of the book of Acts. The book of Acts records the beginning of the history of New Testament missions. It contains the history of the wonder of the deliverance of the church from the bonds and limitations of the Old Testament types and shadows at Jerusalem and of its amazing...

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Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. The preacher has an awesome task. When he sounds forth the call of the gospel, heaven is opened and closed to his hearers. This is true in the mission setting when the missionary labors with a view to the establishment of a local congregation. It is no less true in the established church. At all times, the preacher calls men to repent of their sins, to turn from their evil ways, to seek and embrace Jesus Christ as the only Savior, who can reconcile them to God. The call...

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Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Obviously, when we speak of “mission preaching” in the established church, we are focusing on the fact that the true gospel includes a call to conversion. This call is the object of our attention in these articles; we simply designate this as “mission preaching.” We are not saying that the gospel must be divided up into different kinds; we are simply establishing that the gospel preached in the local church includes such a call to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus. When this is done regularly, as it...

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Mr. Doezema is a member of Southwest PRC and secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee. Life’s grandest privilege is to help others to learn to know God in all the glory of His character and His deeds. I must admit that I didn’t look forward to writing this article—because, in reflecting on the work of the Domestic Mission Committee in the past year, and years, I found myself getting … discouraged. If the goal of our home mission work is the establishment of Protestant Reformed congregations, I wondered, where are the “successes”? Doesn’t the track record of the DMC of...

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