This article considers the kind of leadership that needs to come from the office-bearers in the congregation. A congregation is in need of a vision, yet above all it needs faithfulness in order to grow in spiritual maturity.
How is a Christian to engage with the culture? This article explores the concept of culture, and the kinds of spiritual influences working in culture. The occult and the work of Satan are discussed in this regard. The article stresses that the Christian needs to understand his place in the culture, and lean upon the Lord to remain faithful.
This article shows that although there is a limit to how well other people can understand what we go through, God has created us in such a way that we can nevertheless still share our joys and sorrows and suffering with one another. It is important that we share our lives with one another in fellowship.
This article discusses and evaluates the belief in reincarnation. It shows from Scripture that this is unfounded and offers no hope. Instead, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ offer the only hope.
This article considers a trend towards simplistic preaching, which will leave a congregation immature and infantile. The author pleads for the full preaching of the gospel that will bring maturity to all who have ears to hear.
This article discusses sexual sin in pastoral relationships. It shows that definite boundaries are to be set in place when the minister is giving pastoral care to women. It also considers the question how consistories should deal with a complaint regarding a breach of those boundaries, and concludes by considering whether formal complaint procedures need to be put in place.
According to Romans 8:15 and Galatians 4:6 the work of the Holy Spirit is to help the believer raise their cries to God in prayer. The article explains that the Spirit points the believer to the Father and the future, and it shows how the Spirit does this in our weaknesses.
What is the difference between the Roman Catholic way of celebrating the Lord’s Supper and the Reformed way? Looking at Lord’s Day 30, this article shows that the concept of the Eucharist from the Roman Catholic perspective is based on the continual sacrifice of Christ. Therefore, the Reformed believer cannot participate in the Roman Catholic celebration of the Eucharist.
There is a process in backsliding. This article explains that this process starts with devaluing the treasures of the Word of God. It thus encourages a struggle against spiritual sluggishness by hearing and interacting with the Word of Christ.