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Rev. Mahtani is eastern home missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches. Introduction In order that we might take seriously our calling to equip the saints, and thus explore areas where officebearers might help to equip God’s people to be busy in personal evangelism, I believe that we ourselves must be fully convinced of the proper place of personal evangelism in the church. What is evangelism? Whose duty is it to evangelize? Whom must we evangelize? What is the place of personal evangelism? These are some of the questions that must be answered as we consider the need to equip God’s...

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Mr. Doezema is secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee of the Protestant Reformed Churches. The Lord becomes manifest as the Lord of the fish. That’s what happens in missions. That’s what happens in our mission work. Not our efforts, not our funds, not our policies bring one fish into the net. Only the “Lord of the fish” does that. The command, the execution, the fruit—all are of Him. We thank the Lord, therefore, at the very beginning of another article on missions in our churches, that He becomes manifest in a positive way as the Lord of the fish in...

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Rev. Smit is secretary of the Foreign Mission Committee of the Protestant Reformed Churches. It is that time of year once again to present to you an informational report of some of the work being done on the foreign mission fields of the Protestant Reformed Churches. The work is overseen on behalf of the denomination by the Foreign Mission Committee, whose eight members come from the Protestant Reformed Churches of Doon, Iowa; Edgerton, Minnesota; and Hull, Iowa. The members are Mr. Allen Brummel, Rev. Daniel Kleyn, Mr. Jim Regnerus, Rev. Richard Smit, Mr. Peter VanDenTop, Rev. Steven Key, Mr. Alvin...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. This article was previously published in Reformed Perspective, and is reprinted here by permission. A Buddhist trying to give other Buddhists an overview of Christianity faces a daunting task. The history of Christianity is extensive; its doctrines cover a broad range; and each branch of Christianity has its own peculiar history and doctrines to be considered. A Reformed Christian faces the same difficulty in attempting to give Reformed Christians an overview of Buddhism. The various branches of Buddhists each have their own peculiarities of thought and life. Two...

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Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Previous article in this series: January 1, 2005, p. 159. We are dealing with the first obstacle to effective personal witnessing, as begun in our previous article. That objection suggests that our befriending non-Christians with a view to influencing them with the gospel is spiritually wrong because we are to be separate from all the wicked and ungodliness. This objection reminds us of the need to be spiritually mature and to guard against such danger, which is that the wicked may have greater influence on us than we may...

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Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Previous article in this series: November 15, p. 92. Our emphasis in this series of articles on evangelism in the established church is upon the role of every member. We made a distinction between the preaching of the gospel in evangelism and the personal witnessing of every believer. These two are clearly taught in the Bible and are important in evangelism. We are now concentrating on the personal witness of every believer and its role in evangelism in the established church. We thereby do not overlook or minimize the importance...

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Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. In the previous article of this series (see September 1, 2004, p. 472), we set forth that the work of evangelism in the local church must involve every member of the congregation. No matter what project is undertaken, be it door-to-door evangelism, radio ministry, sponsoring local lectures, or whatever, it requires the active involvement of every member to accomplish its stated goal. In this article we want to develop a bit more why this is not only necessary, but also proper, and why it is to be expected by...

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Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. About three months ago, I had a pleasant surprise. A man, unknown to me, phoned and asked if he could come to talk with me. I consented and he shared with me his story. He was a counselor in one of the many drug rehab centers in Singapore. There he was involved in counseling a member of the ERCS who was struggling with the sin of drunkenness. Almost the entire organization was judgmental over what the church had done tothis member. They had excommunicated him from the fellowship of the church....

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Mr. Doezema, an elder in Southwest PRC, is the secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee. “… the purpose [of missions] is to bring to manifestation the body of Christ by bringing into existence the instituted church.” Those were the words of Herman Hoeksema. The year was 1932. The Protestant Reformed Churches, then in their infancy, were wrestling with the vexing question of how to do home missions—that is, how to do home missions as a denomination of churches. The classis (there was but one classis in the ’30s, hence no synod, till 1940) was deeply conscious of its responsibility to...

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