Profession of Faith and Fighting the Good Fight of Faith

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.

Profession of Faith, Self-Examination and the Lord’s Supper

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.

Calvin on Piety: Practical Dimensions

Though John Calvin’s conviction was that God uses the church to nurture Christian growth, he did not see this as undermining the need for personal piety. Piety must also be cultivated personally. This article shows how Calvin saw prayer, repentance, self-denial, cross-bearing, meditation on the future life, and obedience as essential for the development of personal piety.

Pastoring the Dying and the Mourning

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.