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The Church’s Witness

This is being called forth in these times of crisis. Whenever there is a rise in a powerful world state which threatens men’s lives, then also there arises the threat to their faith in God and in His Son Jesus Christ. That is the teaching of the Word and of history. It was clearly taught […]

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Being Bold in the Lord

As most of you, I was born and raised in a typical Protestant Reformed family. I was a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church (now Crete) and attended the Protestant Reformed grade school. We did not have our own high school yet, so my parents sent me to the local Christian high school. There […]

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Walking in the Light

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (I John 1:6-7). […]

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Being All Things to All Men

The two previous speeches (articles) reminded us of our calling to witness boldly by what we say to others as well as by how we live.  Those speeches focused on the message, and on the messenger.  We now direct our attention to one other factor in witnessing: the person to whom we witness.  That person […]

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Our Calling to Witness in the Last Days

As Christians we are called to be witnesses to the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. That isn’t a minor calling, or one calling among many, but the central calling and mission of the church. It’s a calling that takes on increasing urgency as the day of Christ’s return draws near. The calling to […]

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Fellowship with Unbelievers

Question: How would you respond to those who like to have fellowship with unbelievers? They argue that we are called to be the light, and in order to do so we must send our children to public school and fellowship with unbelievers.   Answer: It seems to me that there is confusion here. There is […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (7)

Our defense of our hope, according to I Peter 3:15, must be with meekness and fear. Fear is just that: fear that we will do something in our lives, our confession, our witnessing that makes God angry with us. So it is true that we are very much afraid that we may do something that […]

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Gospel-Induced Evangelism

I plan to provoke people, through preaching the gospel and by doing the work of an evangelist, to be evangelistic-minded and -hearted. Therefore, my definition of personal evangelism is this—an overflowing happiness in the mercy of the crucified Christ that spills over into other people’s lives. In order to better define what this definition of […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (6)

The antithesis is closely related to witnessing because the most powerful form of our witnessing is a godly life; and a godly life is an antithetical life. When one lives a godly life one says by his actions: “I hate sin; and I love to do what God commands in his word.” That hatred of […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (5)

Christian witnessing is, first of all, a godly life. A godly life attracts the attention of the unbeliever. He reacts with a question concerning the sense of a godly life, for he can see no sense to it. His motto is, “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” It is at this point […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (4)

I have been at some pains to say that the most powerful, God-blessed and divinely approved witnessing for the Christian is the witness of a life of obedience to the will of Christ. I insisted on the fact that the key to Christian witnessing is I Peter 3:15: “But sanctify the Lord God in your […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (3)

The key to understanding what Christian witnessing is all about is Peter’s words in I Peter 3:15: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” It is the key […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (2)

I said in my last article that the witnessing of a child of God, whether young or old, has contained in it the same power that the preaching of the gospel has. By that I mean that Christian witnessing is also used by God to gain others to Christ (Heidelberg Catechism, 32/86) and to harden […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (1)

I have been asked to write a few articles on the antithesis, following the article of Rev. Eriks, who introduced the subject. I have chosen to write this article on the importance of the antithesis for Christian witnessing. That the people of God, including young people, are called to be witnesses goes without saying. Scripture […]

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Our Calling to Witness

Every Christian, young or old, must be a witness for his (her) Lord. Isaiah 43:10, 12 speaks of that Christian witness: “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, […]

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Dim Lights in a Dark World

Waking up in the morning, a rosy-cheeked young girl opens her eyes to a bright, sunny day. Coby begins her day with morning devotions at breakfast; her Christianity is glowing, and the Spirit is shining through her. Coby has a new day ahead of her, and how she determines to use it will affect her […]

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Is Cool to Be a Christian?

I.  Introduction A.  For some time now there has been a popular trend relating to the way in which modern Christians display their faith and advertise Jesus to the world. 1.  That is by making use of some of the means of contemporary (“pop”) culture. a.  Walk into any Christian bookstore and you will find […]

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Called To Be A Light Even When It Hurts

One of the hardest barriers to overcome when knowing that we are the elect of God, is the knowledge that our family members may not be. When we truly have heart conviction from God, we acknowledge that apart from Him it is impossible to know peace, joy and hope. It’s one thing to tell of […]

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Witnessing & Persecution

Melissa is a member of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. She wrote this essay for Church History at Covenant Christian High School. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my names sake” (Matthew 5:11). There are a lot […]

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God’s Word: The Only Sure Foundation

How often don’t we rely on something other than the Word of God when we are challenged to give a reason why we do one thing and refuse to do another thing? Classmates may ask, “Are you going to the movies with us tonight? Who are you taking to the dance? Would you like a […]

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Witnessing and Testifying of the Truth (3)

Speech at the Young People’s Convention, Redlands, 1999. In this final installment, Rev. Gritters gives us some practical helps for witnessing and testifying of the truth. PRACTICAL HELPS But still you say, “I don’t feel prepared to talk about creation, or life and death.” So I would like to give a couple of suggestions as […]

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Witnessing and Testifying of the Truth (2)

Speech given at the Young People’s Convention, Redlands, 1999. In the last issue, Rev. Gritters pointed out in his convention speech that our witness well may include at least four topics: Creation, Death, Life, and What God Has Done For Me. In this next part of his speech, he explains the real advantages of this […]

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Witnessing and Testifying of the Truth (1)

Speech given at the Young People’s Convention, Redlands, 1999 The theme that Redlands gave me to speak on tonight is “Witnessing and Testifying For the Truth.” The theme text is: “Be ready always to give an answer.” My theme fits in the text in this way: Last night Rev. Koole spoke about being ready to […]

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