Should catechism instruction (catechesis) be something left merely to the minister? This article shows how the church in the time of the Reformation well understood that the education of the youth of the church was an event in which the church as a whole was involved. The author provides a sample catechism service, and then also suggestions as to how to make catechism teaching prominent in the members' minds.
In light of the resurgence of interest in the spiritual realm, should there be a ministry of exorcism? This article engages with this question, highlighting the scriptural data on the influence of the devil among God's children, demon-possession in the New Testament, and then making some remarks on Mark 16:17-18, a passage often cited as proof that also today evil spirits can be driven out in the name of Jesus.
What exactly is preaching all about? This article offers some thoughts, centring on the power of the preaching as a key of the kingdom, and thus something that needs to declare the whole counsel of God. The author concludes with a plea for church members to be earnest in prayer for their preachers.
This article examines the Scriptures on the matter of angels. It explains that in the Old Testament we encounter a celestial court council, of which the angels constitute a part. The article then outlines the duty of the angels, as well as their essence (as spirits). It emphasizes that we cannot abstract the angels from Christ. Finally, it gives some attention to a book by L.F. de Graaff on the topic.
This article stresses the importance of the proclamation of God’s judgment for believers. The article considers that believers need to be reminded of our sins, in order to benefit more deeply from knowing the Saviour from sins. Thus, the law needs to be preached from the pulpit, for the sake of the gospel.
Should confessions have authority? Looking at the relationship of the Bible to the confession this article explains that the authority of confessions is a derived authority. And since the confession are a profession of the church they also bind to the office bearers.
With the availability of so many Reformed churches, is it still possible to apply the Belgic ConfessionArticle 29 in speaking about the true and false church? Looking at the three marks of the true church, this article shows that Article 29 is applicable even today, both to mark the true church and guide Christians in choosing the right church as they seek to obey the command of Christ.
Preaching is the proclamation of the gospel and the promise of forgiveness. In this context, the minister can preach God's judgment. Preaching judgment is also crucial for promoting holiness and the hate of sin. This is discussed in light of Lord's Day 31 of the Heidelberg Catechism.
In preaching God directs His word to His people. With this in mind, to what extent should the preacher think about the listener in his preaching? Does the minister need to think about what is relevant to the listener?
This article looks at the task of the elder in the home visit. The author looks at the biblical ground and historical development of this practice, as well as its nature and purpose. The author also provides some guidelines for organizing the home visit.
Elders have the responsibility to exercise oversight over the preaching of the Word. In this article, the author shows how elders can do this by looking at the nature of preaching, the character of preaching, and the preaching of the Heidelberg Catechism.
Does preaching still have a place in the church? The author shows that preaching is one of the keys of the kingdom. The sermon is necessary for the church. What constitutes a sermon? This article also discusses the character, content, and form of a sermon.
This article looks at the offices in the church as gifts of Christ. The article also discusses how many offices Christ gives, how and why God gives officebearers, and the task and the authority of officebearers.
This article looks at the responsibility of elders to exercise discipline. The author provides biblical grounds for discipline. Discipline for confessing and baptised members is also discussed. The author concludes with the manner and process of exercising discipline, including excommunication and reconciliation.
Part of the task of elders in caring for the church is visiting the sick. In this article the author shows why such a house visitation is needed, and what should be the purpose of it. The author discusses the role of the elder in bringing the Word and praying for healing for the sick.
Does God send suffering to His children? In this article the author shows that suffering comes from the providence of God, as He is a loving father to His children. He does this for our good, and we must respond with true hope in Him. This article also denies the claim that suffering happens outside God's providence and that as a result God can only suffer with His children.
Preaching is experiential when addresses the questions, cares, temptations, and struggles of God's people. Looking at the Canons of Dort on the experience of faith, the author show how God's Word can be preached in such a way that such experience of faith is given attention, for the upbuilding of the body of Christ.
The kingdom is larger than the church, but the church is essential to the kingdom. Though the church is not equal to the kingdom, it is crucial to the fulfilment of the kingdom. The church hosts the citizens of the kingdom. In this article, the author unpacks the relationship of the church to the kingdom of God.
Is it of greater meaning when the Word of God comes to us through an officebearer instead of someone else of the church? This article looks at the authority of the Word, the authority of the office, and what it means that the officebearer is someone sent by God.
What happens to our good works in the age to come? Can our good works survive the fire of God's judgment? Are our good works relevant for the coming glory? And what about the "reward" for our good works in the new heaven and earth? Are there differences of reward in heaven? This article addresses all these question.
Why did believers in the Old Testament never address God as "Father"? This article looks at the difference of the Old Testament and the New Testament, as well as the importance of the work of Christ in this regard. The author looks at the passages in the Old Testament where it talks about God as Father, and also what it means that Jesus teaches us to call God "our Father" (in prayer).
Where does the Bible say that churches must join together in a federation? This article looks at the characteristics of the church (unity, catholicity, apostolicity and holiness of the church) and what this means for churches to form a federation. The author also looks at Scriptural references that are important for church federation, and how the churches in the New Testament lived together in unity.