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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. The history of the labors of the apostle Paul in Athens is most fascinating. The book of Acts has sometimes been called “the charter of missions.” It records the first glorious age of the amazing missionary expansion of the New Testament church. We believe that the work of missions is the work of the almighty, exalted, and glorious Lord Jesus Christ, the sovereign of the universe, the ruler of all the nations of the world. He guides the course of history in such a way that all things...

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Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Previous article in this series: September 15, 2005, p. 487. We direct our attention now to the fifth proposed hindrance to personal evangelism. 5. I’m not convinced that it is my duty to share the gospel with others. It is the church’s duty to preach the gospel and this is evangelism, period. We have addressed different aspects of this objection in past articles and we do not need to repeat them here. We wrote an entire article on “The Role of Every Believer in Evangelism.” We also expanded on...

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Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Previous article in this series: March 15, 2005, p. 271. We now focus our attention on the third proposed hindrance to personal evangelism. We now focus our attention on the third proposed hindrance to personal evangelism. 3. We have not emphasized personal evangelism in the past. Why do we seem to think it is so important today? Are we not to hold to the “old paths” and warn the people when new ideas are set forth in our churches? Why is this idea of personal witnessing so important all...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. This has been a very exciting summer for us. We spent two weeks in Singapore. Our hearts greatly rejoiced when we were invited to come to Singapore to speak at the “Family Camp” of Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church. At first I was going to write only about our experiences in Singapore, but then we enjoyed an equally exciting time in our church in Redlands, California, where we were asked to speak at the youth retreat sponsored by Hope Protestant Reformed Church. Being part of the two events mentioned...

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Rev. Mahtani was the eastern home missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches who has recently taken the call to Bethel PRC. Previous article in this series: May 1, 2005, p. 344. Godly Christian hospitality, a healthy covenant family life, broader study, and fervent prayer I would like yet to suggest several practical and concrete ways by which we can help equip our people in personal evangelism. The first is the exercise of godly Christian hospitality. The word translated “hospitality” in the Greek Scriptures literally means “the love of strangers.” God’s people are commanded to exercise hospitality! This was done in...

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Rev. Bruinsma is Eastern Home Missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, stationed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A proper view of the doctrine of the church will have a direct bearing on the work of missions. What the Bible teaches us about the church and its work will determine who is called to do mission work, as well as the way such work is carried out. We began our consideration of this proposition in the last article when we established that it is the calling of the church to carry out mission work. Christ commissioned the church institute to do this work...

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Mr. Doezema is an elder in Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan and secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee. Each year the Domestic Mission Committee submits to synod a report of its activities, and at about the same time writes also a news article on domestic missions for readers of the Standard Bearer. As it seemed to us, the nature of the report for synod this year was such that it could well serve both purposes. What follows, therefore, has been excerpted from that report, for the benefit of a wider readership. Eastern Home Missions Perhaps the highlight of 2007 for the...

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Rev. Miersma is Western Home Missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches. Previous article in this series: March 1, 2008, p. 255. We have considered the underlying foundation of election and reprobation in the work of missions, as it is also an element of the content of the gospel and mission preaching. With that in mind I would turn to another element of laboring in the consciousness of God’s sovereignty in missions. Mission work and evangelism is the work of the exalted Lord Jesus Christ by His word and Spirit. To begin with, it may be well to call to mind...

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Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Previous article in this series: December 15, 2007, p. 131. According to John Nevius, an indigenous church includes the three self-helps he made famous: self-governing, self-propagating, and self-supporting. In this article we will consider the first of these, self-governing. Admittedly, these three self-helps are integrated, and it is very difficult to isolate them from each other and treat them separately. Also, the subjects are comprehensive and basic to all mission work, yet we must be pointed and brief. With respect to self-governing we will try to relate Paul’s method...

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