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Because the well-established system for the collection and distribution of financial support for our denominational foreign mission labors may easily go unnoticed, it is worthwhile to examine the biblical principles and benefits of this Reformed practice. This denominational practice has well served the stability and continuity of our foreign mission labors, and the continuation of this orderly practice needs to be encouraged. A brief survey of how financial support is raised by some foreign missionaries shows that a variety of methods with a common theme have been used. One basic method for financial support is a letter campaign to churches,...

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Previous article in this series: September 1, 2016, p. 473. As promised in our last article, we now print in full the study committee’s report on defining the task of the Classical Home Mission Committee, presented to and adopted by the June 1, 1932 meeting of Classis (slightly edited). “Beloved Brethren in the Lord, Your committee had the mandate to present a definite delineation of the actual task of the Classical Home Mission Committee and to advise classis in regard to this matter. More than once complaints were raised about the labors of the existing committee. Yet the reason this...

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Previous article in this series: December 1, 2015, p. 114. The decade of the 1930s ushered in the era known as the Great Depression. The Depression actually started already in 1929, when in October of that year the stock market crashed, causing millions of investors to lose all their money. Business and construction began to slow down, resulting in a large-scale firing of laborers. By 1932 twelve million, about 25% of the work force, were without work. The farmers had already been battling severe drought and falling food prices through the 1920s. This continued through the 1930s. Neither were God’s...

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Previous article in this series: March 15, 2016, p. 281. We have noted so far that the second coming of Christ and missions are very closely connected. The content of the preaching must include the second coming of Christ according to the Reformed, amillennial confession according to Scripture. Faithful missions serves that second coming of Christ, both in its gathering of the church and in its hardening of those whom God has not ordained unto eternal life. Then we noticed that faithful missions will find its confidence, not in its own work, but in the certain and victorious return of...

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We do well to acknowledge that the mission work of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America (PRCA) is the work of the Spirit of our exalted Christ. The Word of God leaves no room for us to doubt or question this. The Spirit of Christ opens doors for mission labors (Acts 16:6). That same Spirit also closes doors (Acts 16:7). The Spirit is involved in calling and sending men to be missionaries, which includes convicting a man of the call (Acts 8:29, Acts 13:2). The Spirit also equips a man for his labors, giving him the ability and the boldness...

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Previous article in this series: February 1, 2016, p. 210. Biblical missions ought to proclaim the truth of the final appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ at the end of history through the signs of that return. The faithful proclamation of that truth, on the basis of which men are called to repent and believe the promise of the gospel, will serve the coming again of Christ by means of its negative and positive fruits. Christ comes through the preaching of the gospel and thereby sifts out from among the chaff of the nations, tribes, and tongues of the world...

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Previous article in this series: September 1, 2015, p. 469. In the previous article, we began a consideration of the relationship between missions and the final appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. We explored the thought that faithful missions serves the final appearing of Christ by its authoritative proclamation of the second coming of Christ. In this article, we explore another aspect of how missions serves the second coming of Christ. Missions serves the coming of Christ as a power that is actually guided by the Lord to prepare the church and the world for His final appearing. The preaching...

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A significant tool in teaching the truths of the Reformed faith, and thus a significant part of mission work, is to provide opportunity for questions to be asked and answered. We regularly use this tool after lectures, classes, Bible studies, and so forth. We also do it, at times, after Sunday worship services are finished. On other occasions, we devote the whole of a Bible study to answering questions. These question sessions have been beneficial, under the Lord’s blessing, for myself personally, especially because many of the questions arise from the different backgrounds of the saints here. This forces one...

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Previous article in this series: August 2015, p. 446. The Classis of the Protestant Reformed Churches met in session on September 18, 1929. A number of recommendations were received at this Classis from the Committee on Home Missions made up of Elhart, Korhorn, and VanDellen. Among these recommendations, Classis considered one that was of unusual importance: “that our leaders put forth every effort to instruct our members thoroughly in the basic doctrines and in the Confessions, in order that our members who come in contact with brothers and sisters of other churches may try to win them in the spirit...

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We are reminded, according to I John 2:18 that we live in the last time. That we are living at the very end of time is becoming more evident according to the God-ordained signs of the second coming of Christ. This certain and imminent return of our Lord has a significant relation to and an important effect upon faithful mission work in our day and age. That there is an important relation between the second coming of Christ and missions was revealed by Jesus Himself in Matthew 24:14, where He says, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached...

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