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Robert D. Decker is professor of New Testament and Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. That the church of Christ has the calling to do mission work is plain from Scripture. Jesus said: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matt. 28:19, 20) This command of Christ applies to the church of all ages, for the...

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Rev. Harbach is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. I.The Door of the Fold II.The Folded Sheep III.The True Shepherds Who Enter by the Door In this tenth chapter of John’s Gospel we have double revelation: first, the door revelation (John 1-10), and, second, the shepherd revelation (John 11-18). John 10:1-5contains an illustration of the door revelation; John 10:6-10contains the interpretation of the door revelation. The illustrative part puts before us the undershepherds and the porter (John 10:1-3a), then the Shepherd and the sheep (John 10:3b-5). There are interesting figures of speech in the passage. There are the fold, the...

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Kenneth Hanko is a missionary-pastor of the Protestant Reformed Churches in Norristown, Pennsylvania. The principle which Paul outlines in I Corinthians 9:7-14 is not a difficult one to understand: the Lord has ordained “that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.” Yet it is a principle which the church of God in the twentieth century does not clearly understand nor faithfully apply. The principle can be restated to make the point clear: the church of God is under obligation to give an adequate living to those who preach the gospel in and for it. The Lord has ordained it...

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Rev. Harbach is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. True Shepherds Enter by the Door “He that entereth in by the door is the (literally, a) shepherd of the sheep” (John 10:2). In the previous article we pointed out that most commentaries in their exposition apply this verse to Jesus. But this, we believe, results in a faulty exegesis. It is a shepherd who enters in by the door of the sheep. This shepherd represents the teaching and preaching elder of the church. To this person, “the doorkeeper openeth.” The spiritual shepherd of the sheep does not climb up...

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Mr. Lanting, a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. “Queen Mary. ‘Yea, but none of these men [Moses, Daniel, the Apostles] raised the sword against their princes.’ John Knox. ‘Yet, Madam, ye cannot deny that they resisted, for those who obey not the commandments that are given, in some sort resist.’ Queen Mary. ‘But yet, they resisted not by the sword.’ John Knox. ‘God, Madam, had not given them the power and the means.’ Queen Mary. ‘Think ye that subjects, having the power, may resist their princes?’ John Knox. ‘If their princes exceed their bounds,...

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Norristown, Pennsylvania. Jacob is returning from his Uncle Laban’s house in Padan-Aram, and is about to re-enter the land which had been promised to him by God. More than twenty years have passed since he deceived Isaac and obtained the birthright. Through all those years God has been with him, blessed him, and protected him from the avarice and cunning of Laban. God has sent him back to Canaan with the promise, “I will be with thee” (Genesis 31:3), and God has shown him the host of angels who encamped...

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Philip Rawson is the pastor of Measbro Dyke Evangelical Church at Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. (This is the substance of a speech delivered by Rev. Rawson while in Kalamazoo, MI at a Missionary Conference sponsored by that congregation.) I believe The Holy Catholic Church, The Communion of Saints. In Barnsley, England that church of Jesus Christ is to be found. First of all, let me tell you something about my home town. Barnsley is a town of some 250,000 souls. It is almost in the center of the British Isles, and in the midst of the largest coalfield in England....

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