What are the benefits of the Lord’s Supper? The Lord’s Supper is the communion of the body and blood of our Saviour. It serves to show us his love in dying. It seals to us the blessings of the covenant of grace. The Holy Communion expresses both the inward and outward unity of the people of God.
Old age has its challenges, but it is in regular church attendance that God works to sustain the aged. This article discusses six ways in which the aged Christian can benefit from worship service in his church attendance.
What are the consequences of salvation by grace? For those who are saved, grace has an impact on their lives. Grace gives assurance, stimulates evangelism, promotes worship, and strengthens and sustains the believer.
Old age has its challenges, but it also has its trials, including loss of strength, loss of memory, loss of friends, and living in dependence on others. This article examines how to live facing those trials.
Church planting should not only focus on the city and urban areas, because there are tens of millions of people scattered throughout small and rural communities who are not worshipping Jesus Christ. This article explains the obligation, reasons, and vision for rural church planting.
John Calvin is in many ways seen as the father of Reformed evangelism. This article points to his vision for planting churches in France and Brazil, and his sending out of pastors to plant churches. He is thus an encouraging model for Reformed churches to engage in evangelism and church planting.
How should Christians respond to the issues of homosexuality and same-sex marriage? This article explains that Christians should focus on behaviour, understand the nature of their sin, and learn to show biblical love.
It is often said that it is natural for children to play. Did you know that there is something more to the playing of children? This article shows through Zechariah 8:5 that children's playing is a sign of the blessing of the Lord.
Christian education strives for God’s glory and praise for his glorious work in creating and upholding the universe. This article explains what such education means for the student and the Christian teacher.
Why is it that psalm singing is experiencing somewhat of a revival in various places? This article suggests that the main reason is in their therapeutic value. The Psalms minister powerfully to the emotional life of the believer.
How should a Christian grieve a miscarriage? This article unpacks the comfort that Christian parents have in a time of miscarriage. Their comfort will come by remembering that children are conceived in sin, the sovereignty of God, and salvation is by grace.
How do you encourage your child to read the Bible? This article suggests buying them their personal copy, as well as being an example to them, teaching them why the Bible is special, helping them to reflect on what they read, and encouraging them to pray.
The doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture teaches that the whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for saving faith and the Christian life are revealed in the Bible. This article explains the biblical ground for this teaching and the implications it has for the believer and the church.
How can you grieve in a way that you can bring maximum glory to God? There are three important things that shape your grief: your thoughts, emotions, and belief. This article explains how Christians can control these three in a way that produces godly grief.
What are the challenges facing Reformed evangelicalism? This article discusses a number of challenges to Reformed evangelicalism; that is, it discusses challenges to biblical sufficiency, moral purity, cultural flexibility, doctrinal fidelity, ecclesiastical simplicity, and experiential piety.
Is reading theology for you? This article argues that reading theology can be a blessed and encouraging experience for every child of God. This is possible when reading theology is done in these three ways.
How can you read the Bible for true growth? This article suggests a number of principles: read with certain presuppositions (regarding its authority, infallibility, sufficiency, etc.), read with a plan, and read with purpose.
Assurance of faith is the conviction that one belongs to Christ through faith and will enjoy everlasting salvation. However, assurance of salvation is not something enjoyed by every Christian. This article gives five reasons why this is the case.
Profession of faith marks the beginning of spiritual warfare. As a soldier of Christ, a Christian has to face and fight against his enemies, the devil, the world, and one's own sinful flesh. This article looks at these three enemies of a Christian, and how a Christian can continue in faith even when at times he may fall into sin.
Assurance of faith is the conviction that one belongs to Christ through faith and will enjoy everlasting salvation. Therefore, assurance of salvation is essential to every Christian, and this article gives five reasons why.
Profession of faith leads to a life that is against the world. This article shows that confessing Christ leads to a life that is shaped by the gospel and is against the world. It looks at the biblical evidence, and the example of the early church in living the Christian life in the world without being of the world.
Profession of faith opens the door to participation in the Lord’s Supper. Yet the call is that one who is eligible to participate must do so in a worthy manner. That calls for self-examination. This article explains that those partaking in Holy Communion should examine themselves in three areas: misery, deliverance and gratitude.
Pastors and elders have to visit the dying. This article shares guidelines on pastoring the dying and the mourning. It explains the need for visitation and how it should be done. The author also discusses how to conduct the funeral and comfort the family after the funeral. Essential to this is the ability of the elders and minister to point to Christ as the true Comforter.
Christian growth or piety is impossible apart from the church. This article offers the thoughts of John Calvin on the matter. Calvin said that God uses the church to nurture Christian piety. He does so specifically through the preaching of the word, the administration of sacraments, and the singing of psalms.
What is God’s goal with creation and salvation? Soli Deo Gloria is the answer that the Reformers gave. This article shows how "glory to God alone" came to characterize the Reformation and the implication this has for church life.
What caused the Reformation? It was born out of protest against abuses in the church. This article names and discusses those abuses, and it shows how the Reformation spread in its Calvinistic and Lutheran forms. Focus here is on the development of Calvinism.