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They Flogged Him!

“By his wounds we are healed.” —Isaiah 53:5b “Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged.” —John 19:1 Several centuries before Christ’s birth, the prophet Isaiah foresaw and foretold the suffering of... next...

A Resurrection Overview: The Crux of Christian Hope

“Do you believe that after you die your physical body will be resurrected someday?” This was the question a polling group asked a thousand American adults in 2006. Only 36 percent answered yes to this question. Now compare that survey... next...

The Bond Between the Christian and Christ’s Church (2), Belgic Confession, Article 28

“We believe, since this holy congregation is an assembly of those who are saved, and outside of it there is no salvation . . .” —Belgic Confession, Article 28 Though we as Reformed Christians may be unsure or even uncomfortable... next...

Bible Studies on Romans Lesson 19: Hope in the Spirit (1) Romans 8:18–27

Our eternal destiny depends on whether we are in the first Adam or the second Adam. In the first is condemnation; in the second full justification, sanctification, and glorification. Those who remain in Christ are heirs with Him in all the benefits... next...

Bible Studies on Romans Lesson 20: Hope in the Spirit (2) Romans 8:28–39

Throughout this chapter, Paul has listed several wonderful reasons why Christians should rejoice: exemption from judgment, victorious living, assurance of salvation, the hope of coming glory, and intercession through the Spirit. Before he is... next...

The Pastoral Necessity of Preaching the Catechism

This article first appeared in the April, 1995 issue of The Outlook. In his recent commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven calls the catechism “the best confessional and teachable summary of the will of God for... next...

The Necessity and Importance of Catechism Preaching

This article first appeared in the October, 1987 issue of The Outlook. What we ordinarily call “catechism preaching” is prescribed in Article 54 of the Church Order of the CRC in this way: “a. In the worship services the minister... next...

Why Catechism Preaching?

This article appeared in the October 1987 issue of The Outlook. It was reprinted from June 1986 (Australian) Trowel and Sword. A recent song had these lyrics: Don’t be so hard on the ones that you love; It’s the ones that you love that... next...

Two Ways to Write a Catechism Sermon

This article originally appeared in the October 1987 issue of The Outlook. Every pastor in the Christian Reformed Church ordinarily each Sunday must “preach the Word as summarized in the Heidelberg Catechism, following its sequence”... next...

Textual Catechism Preaching

This article first appeared in the October 1987 issue of The Outlook. This suggested approach to catechism preaching was prepared for some seminary students and may interest our readers. The Christian Reformed Church Order states (Art. 54b)... next...
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