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Rev. Miersma is western home missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches. In every aspect of our life and calling, both as believers and as churches, we labor under the sovereignty of God, and we ought, moreover, to labor in the consciousness of it. Just as this consciousness in our daily life includes both God’s counsel and God’s moral will, so it is in our mission work, in our evangelism, and in the labor of the ministry. Christ, in His work as our Mediator and Savior, sets a certain pattern before us. He constantly speaks of His Father’s will respecting His...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. Previous article in this series: February 15, 2007, p. 230. The great missionary journeys of Paul are the amazing and awe-inspiring biblical example of the beginning of the preaching of the gospel to the nations. What great zeal was manifest in the ministry of the apostle of the Lord! What an example for all preachers! Paul went to the ends of the earth. He endured great hardships and persecution. He faced fearful enemies, who often threatened his very life. He knew very little ease and luxury in life....

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. The apostle Paul was the servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. He begins almost all of his letters reminding his readers of this important truth. Christ is the crucified, resurrected, and exalted Lord. He now rules over all the nations of the world. This sovereign and glorious Lord called Paul to be a preacher. The man who was once an enemy of God and a persecutor of the church was saved by the power of the Word of Christ and made His lowly and obedient slave. At the...

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Mr. VanDerSchaaf is an elder in Faith Church in Jenison, MI, and a member of the synodical Committee for Contact with Other Churches (CC). This article and the one that preceded it in the October 1 issue of the Standard Bearer give an account of a recent visit by representatives of the CC to contacts in Germany and Russia in July of 2007. On Monday, July 16, we flew from Frankfurt, Germany to Moscow. Our Air Berlin flight arrived in Moscow at about 5:30 P.M. We were met at the airport by Mr. Renat Ilyasov and Mr. Alexander Makeev. Mr....

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Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Previous article in this series: October 1, 2006, p. 15. With this article, we bring to a close our consideration of the work of evangelism in the established church. As we noted before, most of this work is done by a local church extension committee. This committee is instructed to come up with projects and ideas for extending the gospel beyond the confines of the local congregation. The focal point of congregational involvement is the worship services. The pastor, elders, and deacons, along with all the members, lift up...

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Chapter nine of I Corinthians gives us most excellent instruction for the calling of the church to preach the gospel. Never has there lived a preacher or a missionary who was more faithful and more mighty in accomplishing the work of his Lord than the apostle Paul. Never has there been one who has more exalted the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ and at the same time steadfastly refused to have glory for himself among men. Never has there been one who has been more truly successful as an instrument for the salvation of the Lord’s people. Let us...

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Mr. VanderSchaaf is an elder in Faith PRC in Jenison, MI, and a member of the synodical Committee for Contact with Other Churches. From July 6 to July 23 Prof. Russell Dykstra and I traveled to Germany and Russia as delegates of the Contact Committee of the Protestant Reformed Churches. Our purpose was to meet with congregations and individuals with whom the Contact Committee had already had some correspondence, in order further to explore areas of agreement in the Reformed faith. We were then to make recommendations to the Contact Committee on the profitability of continued contact. In this article,...

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Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Previous article in this series: July 2006, p. 423. As we consider the subject of how we equip ourselves for the work of personal evangelism, I like to focus on five things. First, we must begin by checking our hearts. Each one of us must ask himself this question, Am I right with my God? Personal evangelism, or personal witnessing, is a spiritual act that requires spirituality. All such spirituality is expressed by our own personal relationship with God in Jesus Christ. Jesus makes this point in His Parable...

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2011, p. 188. In mission work, Reformed churches seek to establish churches that are Reformed. This involves (as we noted last time) striving to establish churches that are Reformed both in history and doctrine. These are foundational. Churches need to be established that are solidly grounded in the historic Reformed faith, as summarized and set forth in the Reformed creeds. But while history and doctrine are essential, they are, contrary to the opinion of many, not enough. Some, when being taught the Reformed faith, have the idea that they stand as it were...

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