Does the principle of sola scriptura lead to anarchy, where everyone believes what seems right to them and clai that their beliefs are scriptural? This article addresses this question by considering how the Bible was regarded by the Reformers, in contrast to the Anabaptists and the Roman Catholics. The Reformation indicated that the Bible is its own interpreter, as opposed to tradition determining Scripture's meaning.
The Reformation should be understood as the work of God’s Spirit for the maintaining of the church and preparing it for Christ's return. Through these eyes the article explains what the Reformation is, its necessity, and its success.
To live a life in the kingdom of God that is focused on his glory calls for sacrificial love and a heart committed to service. This article explains what this means for family and church life, and how Christians can be servants to the world they live in.
Where does your certainty about life comes from? In Deuteronomy 33:27 Moses pointed Israel to the everlasting arms of God. This article points the believer in the everlasting arms of Christ where there is full confidence that our life is eternally secure.
Does covenant membership itself provide an assurance of salvation? This article reiterates that salvation is by faith alone. This article explains what implications this has for life in the covenant of grace.
Is the preaching of the law still necessary today? Lord’s Day 44 of the Heidelberg Catechism calls for the need to the strict preaching of the law. Why? Because it helps the believer to look inward, outward, upward and onward.
Worship is a meeting with our holy, gracious God. This understanding of the worship service requires a preparation of heart and mind. It also impacts how we approach and work through the worship service.
In 1 Corinthians 12 God compares his church to a body. Why is this important? This article explains that it calls believers as members of the church to act locally, and to follow God’s leadership where he places them. It then applies these principles to two scenarios for deciding on church membership.
The regulative principle of worship states that God disapproves of all modes of worship not expressly sanctioned by his word. Does this mean that there should be no musical instruments in public worship? This article examines reasons why Calvin and others were against musical instruments and why the church today can make use of musical instrument during worship.
In a Reformed worship service there are three prayers offered: the prayer before the sermon, after the sermon, and the congregational prayer through singing. This article explains their relevance and content.
How would you define "Reformed"? This article clarifies what the term is all about, that it has to do with re-forming according to the teachings of Scripture, in all aspects of life, including worship and church government.
How can young people be taught to know the Lord? This article shows that such teaching to the youth must depend on God, be based on God’s Word, and make use of the means God provides—home, church, and school.
Should the consistory continue with the steps of church discipline when there is withdrawal of membership? This article shows that withdrawal can be used as an escape route, in which case a withdrawal request can be denied.
This article suggests that the introduction of mentors and [[mentorship] programs in the church for ministers has the danger of leading to an erosion of the offices that Christ has given to his church, including the office of all believers.
This article shows that the seeker-sensitive call has changed the target of worship services. The worship service is to be a meeting between God and his covenant people. Therefore, the primary target audience is God.
This article shows that a misunderstanding of Proverbs 22:6 can result in great guilt to many parents. Good parenting does not save children, so if parents did their work but their children make bad choices, they should not blame themselves.
This article shows how the church should think about the aged members, but also how those in old age should think about their retirement. It encourages them to consider their prophetic call within God’s church.
Love for Christ's church, educating yourself, guarding against errors and abuse, getting engaged in church life, and keeping your promise are the reasons that must make you read the Acts of Synod, since a synod is a gathering of churches of which you are a member.
This article examines the claims that behind the Bible lies many a conspiracy. Such conspiracies are meant to undermine the canon of Scripture, from the claim about the role of Constantine to the Da Vinci Code.
This article shows that though the Apocrypha are not and were not regarded as part of Scripture because of their teachings, they can still be of great help in sharing some knowledge on the inter-testament history.
Looking at different reasons given to question the historical reliability of Scripture, this article shows that the historical events referred to in the Bible can be proven to be true. Though archaeology cannot prove everything, it does help in pointing to the reliability of Scripture.
This article shows that though the Old Testament was put together with dependence on many copies of the original manuscripts, that this does not nullify the trustworthiness of the Old Testament. This article explains why.
This article shows that the biblical testimony about inspiration is not limited to ideas the Bible teaches or to God’s intentions, but to every written word that comes from God. This is important for the reliability of scripture.
This article is an appeal to Christians to see death and the funeral in light of Christ's victory. In this way the funeral service will be a declaration of Christ's victory and a witness to his compassion.
Is the shortage of organists an indication that the churches must think of alternatives? This article gives some thoughts on what to consider in thinking about music and musical instruments in worship.
The instilling of faith language should be the same as that of the mother tongue. From Deuteronomy 6, this article shows that this must be the case in every Christian home. It warns that the illiteracy facing the church may be the result of secular influence within Christian homes, which are supposed to be the arena of Christian education.
Is the power of the pulpit to be found in the message or the messenger? The danger facing many churches today is the focus they give to the messenger. This article explains that churches ought to see that the pulpit power is in the Word, the message of the gospel.
This article shows that evangelism and mission work are fundamental to the life of the church. Hence it is crucial for parents to teach children to share the gospel. This can be done by teaching the children to live their Christian life where they are, and to share the gospel verbally.
Though Lutherans and Reformed believers may have their differences, this article shows that there was a time when they were close allies. It does this by looking at the effort of Guido de Brès in trying to unite the Reformed and Lutherans together, pointing out that when he wrote Article 29 of the Belgic Confession about the false church, Lutherans were not considered as part of this category.
This article looks at adoption from the perspective of how God worked from the Old Testament in bringing in Gentiles, making them part of Israel, through the spread of the gospel. This understanding shapes how we understand the Old Testament and our personal adoption by God.
In light of the reality of self-proclaimed leaders in the church, this article looks at what it means to have a calling to the ministry by looking at the relationship between internal calling and external calling.
To understand the position of a woman in the church one must consider the story of creation, fall, and recreation. This is the direction God gives in 1 Timothy 2:11-15. Hence this article shows that in salvation Christ saves also the womanhood of a woman, placing her in a submissive position and not in leadership.
It is in the church that the reality of sin and the fight against sin is acknowledged. This article shows that this makes the church a home for those struggling with same-sex attraction. The right attitude and the desire to express Christ’s love are what is needed to help those struggling with homosexuality.