Remembering the Schism of 1953

The sermons and lectures listed below are a commemorative set regarding the Schism of 1953 within the Protestant Reformed Churches in America (PRCA). The issue was the gospel of salvation by sovereign, particular grace in regard to the covenant of God with the children of believers as signified and sealed in the baptism of infants. The two main warriors of the controversy were Rev. Herman Hoeksema (defending an unconditional covenant, the view upheld and taught within the PRCA) and Rev. Hubert de Wolf (defending a conditional covenant). To learn more about the doctrine of the covenant of grace as taught by the PRCA, click here. To provide you with some historical context, click here for a timeline of important events and dates pertinent to the Schism of 1953.

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"The Freedom of Man and His Responsibility"
Rev. Herman Hoeksema's seminary graduation speech
Date given: 06-09-1953
I.    In the state of rectitude
II.   In the fallen state
III.  In the state of perfection

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"The Gospel: The Power of God unto Salvation" Romans 1:16
Rev. Hubert de Wolf's apology sermon, the last sermon before the reformation at First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI
Date given: 06-21-1953
I.    A powerful gospel
II.    A needy world
III.    A confident, unashamed preacher

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"Christ as the Sure Choice of Faith" John 6:67-69
Rev. Herman Hoeksema's sermon preached the first Sunday after the reformation
Date given: 06-28-1953
I.    The question that occasioned that choice
II.    The choice of faith
III.    The faith that chooses

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"The Situation in First Church"
Rev. Herman Hoeksema's presentation given in Hull, IA, including a question and answer session regarding the reformation in First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids.
Date given: 07-1953
 
 

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"The Calling of the Philippian Jailer" Acts 16:30-31
Sermon by Rev. Herman Hoeksema in Doon, IA, in response to a question posed at the presentation given by Hoeksema in Hull.
Date given: 07-1953
I.    How the jailer was called
II.    Unto what he was called
III.    With what fruit he was called

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"The Situation in First Church"
Rev. Hubert de Wolf's presentation given in Hull, IA, including a question and answer session regarding the reformation in First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids.
Date given: 08-1953
 
 

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"Our Present Controversy in the Light of History"
Lecture by Rev. Herman Hoeksema given in Fourth Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI.
Date given: 04-01-1954
 
 

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"Our Present Controversy in the Light of History"
Lecture by Rev. Herman Hoeksema given in Doon, IA, similar to the lecture given in Fourth PRC in Grand Rapids.
Date given: early summer, 1954



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"Committing Our Way unto the Lord" Psalm 37:5
Sermon by Rev. Hubert de Wolf preached the week the courts granted the First Protestant Reformed Church property to Rev. Herman Hoeksema and Rev. Hanko and the faithful congregation.
Date given: 03-04-1956
I.    The meaning
II.    The ground for doing that
III.    The possibility

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