This article shows what happens when the church stops depending on God’s word for its guidance in favour of experts. Evolution is considered as a case for this. The church as a whole must take responsibility for the truth.
This article is an introduction to the ten plagues God brought over Egypt. The author looks at the unfolding of Genesis 3:15 (the enmity between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman) in the ten plagues of Exodus 7-11.
This article discusses the importance of evangelism, but also the dangers of using wrong methods. The author specifically looks at the psychological aspect of altar-calls, and what conversion really is.
This article looks at the task of the Christian in this world. The Christian must oppose false teaching, guard what is valuable, and treasure and share the gospel. The author looks extensively at 2 Peter 1:1-4 and Jude 20-25.
This article starts by discussing the main plot of the Bible and the relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament. The author continues on to discuss the relationship between rest and creation, rest and redemption, and the purpose of the Sabbath day.
This article is on the topic of prayer. The author looks how great God is, and how we as little sinful people pray to Him in the Name of Jesus Christ. This article also looks at Hebrews 4:16 and the work of Christ, who intercedes for us as our Mediator.
This article discusses the topic of women in office in the church through the lens of an Arminian hermeneutic, and shows how this contrasts with Reformed hermeneutics that arebased on the authority, inspiration, necessity, perspicuity, and sufficiency of Scripture.
This article looks at Herman Bavinck's view on the Person of Christ. The author discusses the expectation of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament, and the relationship of the incarnation to the Trinity, creation, and the testimony of Scripture.
This article looks at the work of Jesus Christ as our High Priest in heaven, and what this means for the fulfillment of God's work and the perseverance of believers. The author specifically discusses the work of Geerhardus Vos on the book of Hebrews in relation to this.
This article is about the doctrine of hell. What exactly is hell? Is the doctrine of hell compatible with God's love and God's justice? The author also discusses the ideas of universalism and annihilationism, which have been raised as alternatives to hell as an eternal punishment.
If music is not a prominent element in the New Testament, what kind of singing should feature in our worship services? The author discusses the value of singing the Psalms, and evaluates common objects to exclusive psalmody.
This article is about Abraham Kuyper as an advocate of a Christian worldview, and what he believed constitutes a Christian worldview. The author discusses Kuyper's theology of God's sovereignty and grace.
This article highlights common sins that ministers fall into. Christians must be on guard for false ministers dwelling in these sins. In contrast to this, the author outlines the goal of pastoral ministry and the importance of encouraging true ministers.
What is the right way to worship God? This article discusses the dialogue between God and man that occurs in worship, as an outworking of the covenant relationship that God has established with his children. The author also discusses the order and elements of worship.
What is the relationship between the church and world in worship? Should the church's worship resemble what we find in the world? Should the worship service be user-friendly and seeker sensitive? This article engages with the topic, giving special attention to the identities of the church and world, the difference between holiness and worldliness, and how the church must be antithetical to the world.
This article emphasizes the importance of elders being active in prayer for those in the church entrusted to their care. Elders should pray for spiritual protection, spiritual joy, and effective witness. The author uses John 17 as a guide.
This article is about the regulative principle of worship. The author looks at the regulative principle in Scripture, the creeds, and church history—in both the Puritan and continental Reformed traditions—and discusses why it is important for our worship today.
This article discusses the events that will be concurrent with the return of Christ. It focuses particularly on the final judgment., discussing the timing, necessity, and purpose of the final judgment.
What does it mean to be a Spirit-filled church? The author looks at Acts 2:42-47 to see that a church filled with the Spirit is a learning church, a loving church, a worshiping church and evangelistic church.
This article focuses on what it means to worship God, and how we must worship God. It explains that a church needs to worship according to its theology, and if a church is Reformed, its worship needs to reflect that.
This article is about the resurrection of the body, when Christ returns. The author also discusses what the nature of the resurrection is and the relation to the renewal of all things. He concludes by discussing questions about the resurrection of the body in instances where the body was destroyed or impaired on earth, or where infants died prematurely. He also answers questions about how we should treat our bodies today, and if we will recognize our body in heaven.
This article considers the importance of providing pastoral care to singles in the church. It raises in particular some concerns that are unique to singles, with a view to equipping the church to minister to them more effectively.
Among the signs of the times leading up to the return of Christ is the is the sign of apostasy and unfaithfulness among the people of God. This article goes into some detail on the scriptural concept of apostasy, considering also whether there will be a period of "great apostasy" before the end. The author then considers the implcations of the sign of apostasy for the church's calling today.
This article discusses the dangers of creating "user-friendly" worship that seeks to attract and entertain people rather than glorify God. Understanding God's holiness helps shape our worship services.
This article looks at the phrase, "Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda" ("the church Reformed must always be reforming"). It studies the history of this phrase and what it means for the church today.
This article defends the Protestant doctrine that Scripture alone is our ultimate authority. It considers the teaching of Scripture on the matter. From there it moves to consider the position of Roman Catholics in this discussion, namely, that Scripture is one of several sources of authority.
One of the signs of the times leading up to the return of Christ is the preaching of the gospel to the nations. In connection with this, Romans 11 says, "And so all Israel will be saved." How are we to understand this language of "all Israel" being saved? This article searches for the answer by first reviewing some Old Testament promises regarding the restoration and salvation of Israel.
Why is it necessary to have preaching that is based on the Heidelberg Catechism? This article suggests that perhaps now more than ever, the church needs such preaching. For we live in a time of doctrinal ignorance, psychological theology or therapeutic religion, and theological plurality and error.
One of the signs of the times is the preaching of the gospel. To appreciate the importance of this, the article first looks at the Old Testament anticipation of the universal preaching of the gospel, then considers the New Testament fulfillment of the promise of universal preaching. From there, the author expresses the great responsibility of the church today to preach the Word.
This article discusses the role of the elder in regard to the tasks of overseeing, evaluating, and encouraging the preaching of the Word. It explains that the priority in evaluating sermons is whether the text itself was preached.
What does it mean to be holy? After offering some brief commentary the biblical concept of holiness, this article specifically calls upon elders to be engaged in the pursuit of holiness in the congregation, for the church is to be holy as God is holy. The author offers some practical ways for elders to do so: expose sins such as bitterness and sexual immorality, and focus on people's heart-priorities.
What are the "signs of the times"? This article explains that these are the events that mark off the present era of history as one that is leading up to the return of Christ, the day of the Lord. There are characteristics to these signs as well as ways to identify them. The author also presents some mistaken views of these signs.
What was Martin Luther's perspective on the law and gospel, faith, and salvation? This article considers this question with a view to helping the reader become more nuanced in his understanding of Luther. The author explains first that Luther's style of speaking and writing needs to be properly appreciated.
Is the Bible really inerrant? This article considers whether or not it is Reformed to affirm that the Bible is inerrant. It presents the case against inerrancy, and then observes whether the Reformed confessions affirm inerrancy, as well as the position of the Reformers themselves on this point.
This aritcle discusses the various interpretations of 1 Timothy 2:15 concerning the meaning of women being saved through child-bearing. It raises and evaluates three interpretations, and also issues a warning against some miunderstandings of the verse.
This article on general eschatology surveys the Bible's teaching about the return of Christ. It considers three terms commonly used in the New Testament to describe the nature of Christ's return: revelation (apokalupsis), appearance (epiphaneia), and coming (parousia).
What constitutes a biblical, pastoral approach to church discipline? This article establishes that threats that lack preceding instruction and explanation of God's will are unhelpful. The author then provides a set of suggestions for a pastoral approach to discipline: lay a foundation of trust before problems ever arise, make clear what repentance looks like, be persistent, and rejoice when the Lord grants repentance.
What is the relevance of Christ's resurrection for believers today? This article answers this question by showing from Ephesians 2:6 that what happened to Christ at his resurrection also happens to believers spiritually, because of our union with Christ.
The Heidelberg Catechism is a unique and valuable tool for the upbuilding of Christians today. This article explains this, showing the Catechism's personal emphasis, biblical content, structure, Christological approach, emphasis on the Holy Spirit, treatment of the law, and emphasis on prayer.
Many Christians who have a vested interest in the Bible's teaching about the future also have an impulse to project when the return of Christ will occur. This article considers the biblical passages that speak about the impropriety of this impulse: it considers passages that seem to speak of the imminence of Christ's return, and passages that speak of a delay or extension of the period of timw before his return. It makes clear from Scripture that no one knows the day or hour of Christ's return.
Will the return of Christ bring history to a close, or will it mark the beginning of a new phase in the history of redemption (i.e. the beginning of the millennium)? This article explains briefly the premillennialist or dispensationalist response to this, and goes on to explain from Scripture that the second coming will be a consummating event at the end of the age.
What does church membership all entail? This article offers some biblical principles: the individual/family thereby expresses willing submission to the local eldership; membership is in the local church, not denomination; membership transfer means requesting release from care of the elders of one church in favour of another; membership involves doctrinal commitment; and it is a visible testimony of commitment.
This article discusses the Roman Catholic Church's dogma of purgatory. It explains the main lines as well as the basis for this dogma before showing how it lacks biblical support and is unchristian in character.
How can senior or retired members of the church continue to serve in God's kingdom? What is their task? This article offers advice for elders and deacons on how to use the skills, experience, and abilities of such members for the benefit of the church. It also includes a word to the retired themselves, to encourage and motivate them to carry on with service to the Lord.
When approaching the subject of the Bible and the future, what should we bear in mind? This article mentions several things: keep within the bounds of Scripture, focus upon the truth as it is in Christ, go back to the beginning to understand the promises for the future, and let your hope be nurtured by the Word.
Where do Christians get the impulse to build Christian schools? This article considers the history of establishing formal instruction based on the Scriptures. It makes a call for today's genenration to recapture a sense of the importance of Christian schools.
How can churches care for their retirees? This article first considers where "retirement" came from, and then explains how retirement is a time for potential problems such as stress, confusion, and temptation to indulge, which is helpful for office-bearers to realize in their care for the aging..
How should Christians think about the future? This article answers this question by looking first at the context of the Old Testament. What, from the Old Testament perspective, was the believer's outlook upon the future?
Are certain instruments, tunes, and rhythms wordly or secular in themselves? This article, in discussing the matter of church music, warns that it will not do for us to insist on one type of musical instrument, tune, or rhythm.
This article considers the argument used by Harold Camping in the early '90s that the return of Christ would happen in 1994. Camping developed a timetable of redemptive history, beginning with the date of creation and ending with the date of Christ's return. The author discusses what is wrong with the argument, stressing in particular that the Bible makes clear that no one can know the time or date of the second coming.
The New Testament is clear that with the coming of Christ, the history of salvation has entered into the latter days. This article explains that the future is now, the future is still anticipated, and the future is promised on account of Christ's first coming.
This article offers a suvey of the history of church music, identifying a great variety of styles throughout the ages. It considers music in the early church, the Middle ages, and into the Reformation. It gives due consideration to the types of musical instruments used in the worship over the centuries.
What really is the significance of the Canons of Dort for the church today? This article shows that it has much to contribute to the life and ministry of the church: it is unswervingly biblical, it gets at at the heart of the Reformed worldview (namely, the sovereign initiative and grace of God), it encourages a God-centred faith, and it points to God as the only comfort for the believer.