A Reformation Day reading recommendation

Here We Stand consists of a series of essays commemorating the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The Reformation changed the entire landscape of Europe, even from a political, social, and economic point of view. But more than that, the Reformation was a religious event that changed conditions in the church institute for the good of the church universal—something we can give thanks for even five hundred years later.

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Afraid of the Gospel (1)

Oh, no!

How could one ever be afraid of the gospel?

Why should we ever be afraid of it?

Even Webster tells us that the word gospel means good news, glad tidings.

How right he is, for the word used by the scrip­tures and translated in our English by the word gos­pel literally means good news, glad tidings.

That a man is afraid to open the envelope contain­ing a telegram, that he has inward fright when the telephone rings in the wee hours of the night is to be understood. These things often bring evil tidings, sad news. But the gospel is glad tidings. Why should we be afraid of it?

Did not the angel declare to the shepherds in the fields of Ephrata that their fear was out of place? Fear not, he said, for I bring you the gospel. That is literally what he said.

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It's here!

 

Endorsements:

"The book is an enjoyable and easy read....It reads like I imagine a conversation on these topics would go with a wise older brother who happened to be a pastor.”
Rev. Cory Griess, pastor of First PR Church in Grand Rapids, MI

“Dating Differently abounds with wisdom. The author knows his topic. Yet, the strength of the book lies not in its author, but in its basis of God’s Word governing every aspect of our life, including dating.”
Jim Regnerus, administrator of Trinity PR Christian High School in Hull, IA

“[A] virtue of the book is the practical approach.  The author successfully takes the biblical wisdom of Scripture and applies this to real life situations.”
Rev. Garry Eriks, pastor of Hudsonville PR Church in Hudsonville, MI

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160 pages
Softcover
Retail: $16.95 
Book Club: $14.41

NOTE: This book will NOT be sent automatically to book club members. You must order this book to receive it.

 Gold Star members will receive this title.

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Last chance...

First printed to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC), For Thy Truth’s Sake is the most comprehensive doctrinal history of the PRC available today.

This book thoroughly covers the history of the PRC’s beginning, rooted in the rejection of common grace in 1924. It also lays out the denomination’s struggle to maintain the truth of the unconditional covenant through the schism of 1953.

The focus of For Thy Truth’s Sake is the doctrines of the Reformed faith which have been uniquely interwoven in the PRC’s history—particular grace and God’s unconditional covenant of grace. It also concentrates on doctrines developed by the PRC’s spiritual fathers and contemporary theologians of the PRC—the doctrines of scripture and the antithesis and a covenantal understanding of marriage, divorce, and remarriage.

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One hundred eighty-five years ago...

One hundred eighty-five years ago, on October 13, 1834, two elders and three deacons in the small Reformed church in Ulrum, the Netherlands, signed their names to the Act of Secession, or Return. Their actions sparked an uproar in the national Dutch Reformed Church. And as a result, the men and their families faced intense persecution, not only from the church they left, but also from the political authorities in the Netherlands. They, and others who joined them, were forced to house soldiers in their homes. They were forbidden to meet in groups larger than twenty people. When they met, they were fined large amounts, and imprisoned when they couldn’t pay.

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Standard Bearer Digital Index for Volumes 1-95 Now Available!

 

Are you looking for a specific article or topic that was addressed in a past issue of the Standard Bearer?

The index for Volumes 1-95 is now available in a searchable PDF format for the low cost of $10. A link to download the complete PDF of the index will be emailed to you after you receive your order confirmation.

Indexes included in this file: Subject, Textual, Book Reviews, and Title.

NOTE: This digital index is separate from the Standard Bearer searchable archives of past SB articles that are available online free of charge: standardbearer.rfpa.org.

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October 15, 2019 Standard Bearer preview article

In a world that has perverted and idolized sex, we need to have a proper attitude toward sex. God has made each of us a sexual being, either male or female, and each of us will either use or abuse the gift of sex.

Only the Scriptures can give us a proper perspective on human sexuality. God created us with this gift, and God knows our sinful inclinations with regard to sex. The Scriptures speak plainly and purely about sex, powerfully warning us against the dangers of its abuse, as well as extolling its blessedness when used as God in­tends.

Because there is not a word in Scripture that can be harmful to the believer, and because Scripture speaks openly about sex, we must also discuss this subject openly and biblically with our children. If we do not do this, then they will inevitably learn the wrong lessons about sex from peers and culture.

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Arriving in one week!

 

"The book is an enjoyable and easy read....It reads like I imagine a conversation on these topics would go with a wise older brother who happened to be a pastor.”

Rev. Cory Griess, pastor of First PR Church in Grand Rapids, MI

 

“Dating Differently abounds with wisdom. The author knows his topic. Yet, the strength of the book lies not in its author, but in its basis of God’s Word governing every aspect of our life, including dating.”

Jim Regnerus, administrator of Trinity PR Christian High School in Hull, IA

 

“[A] virtue of the book is the practical approach.  The author successfully takes the biblical wisdom of Scripture and applies this to real life situations.”

Rev. Garry Eriks, pastor of Hudsonville PR Church in Hudsonville, MI

 

 

DATING DIFFERENTLY:

A Guide to Reformed Dating

by Joshua Engelsma

Coming this month

We’re bombarded with antichristian messages everywhere in life, and from casual hookups to casual sex, our culture’s messages on dating are no different.

But Christians don’t have to follow these norms. The Bible gives us a better way.

It’s a way of chastity and wisdom. A way that understands that marriage—the end goal of dating—is for life. The person you marry will shape who you become spiritually. And that person will also be the father or mother to the children God is pleased to give you some day.

Pastorally and accessibly, Joshua Engelsma answers the practical questions of Reformed, Christian dating based on the truth that we must date differently—with marriage as the goal and scripture as the guide.

 

Joshua Engelsma is a minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches of America. He lives in Doon, Iowa, with his wife, Courtney, and six children. He has served as pastor of Doon Protestant Reformed Church since 2014.
 

160 pages
Softcover
Retail: $16.95 
Book Club: $14.41

 

***This book will NOT be sent to all book club members. You must order this book to receive it.

Gold Star members will receive this title.

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The year 1834

God is ever faithful throughout history to preserve his church in the truth of his word. October 31, 1517, marks the great Reformation of the church by Martin Luther. This is significant for all Protestants and Roman Catholics. The sixteenth-century Reformation restored to the church of Christ the truths of the sole authority of God’s word and of justification by faith alone. The first was the formal principle of the Reformation; the second was the material principle. If one denies either of these principles, he stands with Rome in opposition to the Christian church.

The year 1834 marks the reformation of the Reformed Church in the Netherlands. In that year those who separated from the apostate Hervormde (Reformed) Church in the Netherlands returned to these Reformation principles and to the truth of sacred scripture as set forth in the Reformed creeds: the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dordrecht.

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RFPA Update newsletter - Summer 2019

IN THIS ISSUE OF THE RFPA UPDATE:

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