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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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The Implications of Public Confession

Daily experience teaches us that privileges always involve obligations.  It is therefore readily understood that he who attains the full communion of his Church and the privilege of partaking of the holy supper, is also called upon to share the financial burden of the Church.  The term “financial burden” must, however, be immediately suppressed and […]

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Confession of Faith

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life. . .And we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:47, 69). These texts are rendered quite differently in most modern New Testaments. (See the pamphlet, “Bible Archaisms and Modern Versions,” p. […]

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Making Confession of Faith

This article is written mainly for those who are considering making public con­fession of their faith. What is this faith that you are confessing? This faith is a sure knowledge of God, isn’t it? It is not an abstract knowledge not even similar to knowledge that is learned from schooling and the study of certain […]

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Making Up Your Mind

Whether we like it or not, this life requires us to make a lot of decisions.  We are quite literally faced with making decisions every minute of every hour of every day of our life.  If you stop for a moment and consider how many decisions you make each and every day, it is enough […]

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Confession of Faith

A. What is confession of faith? 1. What is faith? a. According to the Heidelberg Catechism (Lord’s Day 7) faith is a “certain knowledge whereby I hold for truth all that God has revealed to us in His Word”. 2. This implies two things:  a. Faith is knowledge of God’s Word. 3. A person who […]

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Confessing the Lord Jesus Christ

Every believer confesses his Lord Jesus Christ. He does this in the things that he says and in the way that he lives. If the believer is one in truth, and not a believer in name only, confessing Christ is the most important pan of his life. It is his basic concern.  Confessing the Lord […]

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Public Confession of Faith

From a reader in Michigan, we have several questions related to the public confession of faith which God’s people make before the church of Christ. We will attempt to answer these questions as to their essence, but suggest that our young people discuss these questions and answers in more detail with their pastors as they […]

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Making Confession of Faith

Making confession of faith is a joyful act of obedience to our covenant God. The angels in heaven joyfully sing hallelujahs to Almighty God. But part of the Church of Jesus Christ is here on earth now, and this congregation of saints experiences this same joy and partakes of it with those making confession. This […]

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That Basic Personal Commitment

“…and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” –  I Timothy 6:12b It is many centuries ago now that the young man, whose mother was a Jewess and whose father was a Greek, made a good profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Paul and Silas were possibly present too when this promising young man stood […]

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Confession of Faith

The public confession of my faith is one of the highest focal points in my life as a Christian believer. Until this day, I have always been a member of the church; how­ever, today I become a communicant mem­ber. This is a day of great joy, not only for myself but also for the parents, […]

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Whom Say Ye that I Am?

Editor’s note: We wish to welcome Mr. Marvin Kamps as our new associate editor. His first editorial appears in this issue. We wish him the Lord’s blessing in his labor’s among us. When this article appears or shortly thereafter, your church bulletins will carry an announcement to the effect: “Anyone desirous of making public confession […]

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Our Spiritual Commitment

There was a time many years ago when my father and my mother took upon themselves a very serious commitment.  It was a commitment made within the Covenant of God, in which Covenant God promised, assured them that He would be to them a gracious Father, and they in turn vowed that they would instruct […]

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Confessing Our Faith

Often the question is asked, When should a young person make confession of faith? The question itself frequently presents problems especially in the mind of the one who is to confess his faith. Some of our churches have pre-confession classes which those who wish to make public confession may attend. Young people may feel left […]

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Confession of Faith (2)

b) But in the second place you promise to adhere to the doctrine of your church by rejecting all heresies repugnant to the doctrine that is taught there. That, too, is important. Any heresy which arises in the church or any heresy on the outside which threatens the church, you promise to reject. And that […]

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Confession of Faith (2)

We treat this subject at this time because it is the climax of catechetical instruction. Furthermore, Confession of Faith is always necessary for the individual member of the church to become a “full member” and to partake of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Participation in this sacrament we hope to treat in some other […]

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