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VIII. Objections Answered Weighty objections have been laid against the idea of a Christian education in Singapore. While it may be true that circumstances in this land make it more difficult to give our children a covenant education, it only means that we as covenant parents must be willing to make greater sacrifices for this […]

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Rev. Ronald Hanko properly defines Christian education: Christian education is education that is completely and consistently Christian. It is education that is Christ-centered and Bible-based. It is education that is controlled not by the civil government but by Christian parents (Christian Education, article). Because covenant parents have the high calling to raise up children for […]

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A Chinese proverb says it well that every parent desires his child to become a dragon. The meaning of this proverb is that parents naturally wish their children to succeed in life. This is naturally true of believers too. In a fiercely competitive society like Singapore, it is conceivable that covenant parents are greatly concerned […]

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Our Children’s Education – A Covenant Necessity (4)

The Public School Environment Scripture leaves no doubt that God’s people are to live in spiritual distinction from the world. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14). When covenant parents place their children in the public schools, […]

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Our Children’s Education – A Covenant Necessity (3)

III. The Evils of Public Education If there is anything more responsible for the spiritual decline in our midst, I rank the public education of our covenant children as chief. The public education system has drowned our children in its seas of evil, and choked them with every sin imaginable. Untold damage has been inflicted […]

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Our Children’s Education – A Covenant Necessity (2)

The Nature of Education in Singapore Although minute in land mass and population, Singapore has renowned acclaim for its education system. Countries worldwide have applauded the government’s efforts in establishing a strong and effective system which has been the backbone of the nation’s economic prosperity. The education system has been responsible for training productive citizens […]

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Our Children’s Education – A Covenant Necessity (1)

Introduction Dear Covenant Parents, Few subjects deserve greater spiritual attention than the education of our children. As guardians of the sacred Reformed faith, we confess the blessed truth that Jehovah establishes his covenant with us and our seed. In a wonder of sovereign grace he purposed to save us and our children in their generations […]

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Covenant Courtship (10) The Church Our Mother

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18) The goal of God’s covenant friendship with us is his glory. He befriends us for his glory. He saves us for his glory. The church is his glory. For her he gives himself; loves, cherishes and nourishes her according to his marvelous perfection. We experience […]

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Covenant Courtship (9) The Role of Parents

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). The blessedness of covenant truth is that God’s covenant friendship extends to believers and their seed. God purposes to save not only individuals but families in their organic lines as well. He […]

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Covenant Courtship (8) With a View to Marriage

“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (Eph 5:31-32). The covenant God who establishes the institution of marriage purposed it to be a reflection […]

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Covenant Courtship (7) Subjection to the Head

“Being in subjection refers to the inner attitude of a wife’s heart, according to which she knows her husband to be in authority over her and freely wills it.” —Prof. David Engelsma In the covenant marriage between Christ and the Church, He calls his bride to be in subjection to him. Christ is the faithful […]

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Covenant Courtship (6) The Head of the Woman

“The head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man” (1 Cor. 11:3). In the miracle of God’s work of salvation, he promises to save families and their generations after them. As he establishes his covenant with a man and a woman in marriage, he establishes a system in […]

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Covenant Courtship (5) Godliness in Courtship

As God establishes his covenant friendship with his elect in Christ, he draws them closer to him in a spiritual bond of love. His love attracts and compels them to union with him. He teaches them in his ways so that they know how to obey and love him rightly. His Word instructs while his […]

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Covenant Courtship (4) Surrendering

“Submit yourselves therefore to God” (Jas 4:7). In the covenant of grace, God extends his friendship to sinners who are by nature totally depraved. He does so by his Spirit, accompanied by the preaching of his Word, drawing his elect people out of darkness into the marvelous light of his fellowship. And although the hearts […]

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Covenant Courtship (3) Spiritual Unity

“God in his wisdom brings together two young people who are sufficiently alike, yet also sufficiently different, that they complement each other, forming one whole, forming a balance wheel for each other as well.” (Rev. Cornelius Hanko) The covenant of God is unity. It is the unity between the perfectly righteous One and fallen, elect sinners […]

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Covenant Courtship (2) Choosing Wisely

“God-fearing men seek God-fearing wives” (Prof. H. Hanko). In God’s counsel of election he chose a specific group of people to be his own. Leaving the rest of mankind to perish in the way of their sin, God chose a group of people unto salvation in Christ. Upon them he sets his favour and love, […]

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Covenant Courtship (1) A Proper Perspective

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). If Christian courtship is to be properly approached, then it demands first of all a proper definition. Our young people and their parents must know what covenant courtship involves. They must believe in their hearts the spiritual nature of a covenant relationship and seek to apply […]

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