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Will You Submit to Church Government?

PUBLIC CONFESSION OF FAITH (Before or after the sermon, the minister requests those who intend to make public confession of their faith to arise and to reply to the following questions:) Do you acknowledge the doctrine contained in the Old and New Testaments and in the Articles of the Christian faith and taught here in […]

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The Implications of Public Confession

A Good Book Made Available for a Good Price from Beacon Lights. As you consider making confession of faith, or even if you have, this handy little book is a very helpful read. It would make an excellent discussion resource for part of your Young People’s meetings. Originally reprinted in 1989 by the Federation of Protestant […]

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Confession of Faith (7)

Reprinted from the Standard Bearer Vol. 63 pp. 413- 415.  In the past several articles we have discussed public confession of faith. We have used as our guide the three questions that are asked of those who make confession of faith. We want to conclude this discussion by calling attention to certain responsibilities which a […]

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Confession of Faith (6)

Reprinted from the Standard Bearer Vol. 63 pp. 372- 374.  “Will you submit to church government, and in case you should become delinquent (which may God graciously forbid) to church discipline?” This third question asked of those who make public confession of faith is closely related to the previous two questions. In the first question […]

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Confession of Faith (5)

Reprinted from the Standard Bearer Vol. 63 pp. 356- 357.  Last time we began our discussion of the second question asked of those who make public confession of faith: “Have you resolved by the grace of God to adhere to this doctrine; to reject all heresies repugnant thereto and to lead a new, godly life?” […]

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Confession of Faith (4)

Reprinted from the Standard Bearer Vol. 63 pp. 305-307 Have you resolved by the grace of God to adhere to this doctrine; to reject all heresies repugnant thereto and to lead a new, godly life?” Last time we dealt with the first question asked of those who make public confession of faith. We saw that […]

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Confession of Faith (3)

Reprinted from the Standard Bearer Vol. 63 pp. 256- 258.  “Do you acknowledge the doctrine contained in the Old and New Testaments and in the Articles of the Christian faith and taught here in this Christian Church to be the true and complete doctrine of salvation?” This is the first question asked of those who […]

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Confession of Faith (2)

Reprinted from the Standard Bearer Vol. 63 pp. 211-213 At the end of our last article, we were busy discussing the basis for public confession of faith. We saw that the responsibility to make public confession of faith is based, first of all, on the general calling of the believer to confess Christ’s Name in […]

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Confession of Faith (1)

Reprint from the January 15,1987 issue of the Standard Bearer  One of the most joyful occasions in the church is the public confession of faith of the young people. For the pastor and elders there is no more joyful occasion than when young people come to the consistory room to make confession of faith before […]

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A “let’s get ready” Letter to my Grandchildren

All you kids remember certain happenings to which you looked forward with much anticipation, I’m sure.  Remember the birthday party that you and your Daddy planned in secret?  How you found occasions to whisper about your plans; how you decided that you would, for a change, get up before your regular time, get the breakfast […]

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