Posted by: proregno | May 31, 2016

PRCA lesings vir Woensdag, 1 Junie 2016

PRCA LESINGS: WOENSDAG 1 JUNIE 2016

AFRIKAANSE PROTESTANTSE AKADEMIE

14:00-15:30 – Lesse uit die lewe van Calvyn (Prof. Cammenga)

Breek

16:00-17:30 – Die gereformeerde erfenis van Heidelbergse Kategismusprediking (Prof. Gritters)

GEREFORMEERDE KERK BET-EL

19h00: Opening

19h15: On the Definition of “Reformed.”  What makes a church “Reformed”?, prof. Barry Gritters

20h00: Bespreking

20h30: Afsluiting en koffie !

Sien die volledige program en inligting hier: PRCA sprekerstoer

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Deel 5: Johannes 3:16

Die ‘NT en Psalms: ‘n Direkte Vertaling’ (afkorting: DV) se vertaling van Joh.3:16 is as volg:

“Want so lief het God die wêreld gehad dat Hy sy enigste Seun gegee het, sodat elkeen wat in Hom glo, nie verlore gaan nie, maar die ewige lewe kan hê.”

[nota: my opmerkings is gebaseer op die eerste 2014 uitgawe van die DV. Sien gerus die verskillende proefvertalings van die DV hier, aangesien daar aanpassings gemaak word: Direkte Vertaling: proefvertalings.]

Die 1933/53 vertaling (OAV) is as volg:

“Want so lief het God die wêreld gehad, dat Hy sy eniggebore Seun gegee het, sodat elkeen wat in Hom glo, nie verlore mag gaan nie, maar die ewige lewe kan hê.”

Die DV is in lyn met die 1983-vertaling (‘enigste’) en een van die nuutste engelse vertalings, die ESV (‘only’), terwyl die OAV in die lyn staan van die KJV (‘only begotten’), Statevertaling (‘eniggeboren’) en die 20ste eeuse NKJV (‘only begotten’).

Ek plaas hier met erkenning aan die bron (RFPA) ‘n artikel wat hierdie vertalingkwessie aanspreek, met ‘n klomp vrae, wat netso gevra kan word aan die vertalers van die komende DV (veral omdat die DV vertalers daarop aanspraak maak dat hul ‘n meer brontaal georiënteerde vertaling, d.w.s. ‘letterlike’ vertaling probeer wees). Die vraag is dus: waarom het die DV verkies om weg te beweeg van die meer volledige baie belangrike woord ‘eniggebore’ as beste vertaling van die Griekse woord monogenes, soos wat die kerk van Christus deur die eeue dit vertaal het, veral in daardie spesifieke konteks van die HERE se grootste geskenk aan die wêreld (Joh.3:16)?:

THE ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD … Begotten, not Made

by rev. Clayton Sponk

Ligonier Ministries and its founder, R. C. Sproul, and at least one of its contributing writers have some explaining to do. The May 16, 2016 edition of Tabletalk, published by Ligonier ministries is devoted to John 3:16 which is quoted on the front cover of the issue.

FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.

The word begotten is missing.

No explanation is given why this translation of John 3:16 that omits the word was chosen. Writer Scott Swain, appointed to write about the portion of the text that refers to Jesus as God’s Son, entitled his article “His Only Son” instead of “His Only-Begotten Son.” Swain also makes no mention of the eternal begetting of the Son by the Father in the body of his article. Again no explanation is given for this omission. But the omission of begotten may not go unnoticed or unexplained. Those who would elide begotten from John 3:16 (or any of the other passages that traditionally include the word) need to answer the following questions.

  • Why do they translate only one part of a Greek word that has two parts?

The translation of the Bible that the May issues of Tabletalk used for John 3:16 translates the Greek word monogenes as ‘only.’ The first part of the word, mono, indeed means ‘only.’ But the second part of the word, genes, is derived from the Greek verb that means ‘to beget.’ The only way to translate monogenes accurately is to render it as ‘only begotten.’

  • How can the meaning of John 3:16, namely the greatness of God’s love, be understood without identifying God’s gift as his only-begotten Son?

In John 3:16 the greatness of God’s love corresponds to the greatness of the gift he has given for the salvation of his people. The greatness of the gift is not adequately expressed as God’s giving of his “only Son.” Swain tries to explain God’s gift of Jesus as a great gift without referring to his begetting by the Father. He mentions “Jesus’ filial relationship to the Father as the second person of the Trinity.” He describes the relationship between the Father and Son as “eternal” and says “the only Son’s relationship to the Father is a relationship of equality.”

That the Son is co-eternal and co-equal with the Father is true. But one cannot say that John 3:16 teaches us these truths if it merely says Jesus is the “only Son” of God. He does not have to be co-eternal and co-equal with God to be his only Son. An only Son could be a mere creature. And if God’s gift is merely a unique creature, then his gift is not as great as John 3:16 intends to teach, and his love is also minimized. One might say that comparing John 3:16 to other parts of scripture confirms that Jesus is not merely a unique creature. This is true. But John 3:16 itself teaches God’s great love is displayed in the great gift of one who is himself God by using the word begotten. Leaving begotten out attacks the teaching of scripture in John 3:16 about the greatness of God’s love and gift in the giving of Jesus Christ.

  • Why do they choose a translation that obscures one of the ways that scriptures teaches the divinity of the Son?

This question is similar to the one above, but it deserves separate attention. Satan loves to attack the truth that Jesus is God. Under his direction the enemies of the truth of the Trinity attack the term begotten. They hate the idea that the Son is of the same essence as the Father because he is eternally generated by the Father. So they favor the idea that the Son was created or made by the Father as the first creature. Since the truth that the Son is begotten by the Father and therefore co-equal and co-essential with the Father and the Spirit, why would anyone who professes to believe in the doctrine of the Trinity want to give up the term?

  • Why do they choose a translation that threatens the threeness of God?

The church of Jesus Christ confesses one God who is three in person. The Belgic Confession explains it this way in Article 8, “we believe in one only God, who is one single essence, in which are three persons, really, truly, and eternally distinct, according to their incommunicable properties; namely, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost.” The Article goes on to teach us what some of the incommunicable properties of the three Persons are. The Son is the Word. The Father and the Spirit are not the Word. The Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. The Father and the Son do not proceed from any of the other persons of the Godhead. Article 10 speaks of the personal property of the Son that he is “begotten from eternity, not made nor created.”

Article 11 teaches that the Holy Spirit “from eternity proceeds from the Father and Son; and therefore is not made, created, nor begotten, but only proceedeth from both.” That the Father alone begets and that the Son alone is begotten is one of the important ways that the three Persons of the Godhead are distinguished from each other. To deny that the Son is begotten by the Father raises the question of how the Father and Son actually differ from each other. If the Arians are on one side rooting against the idea that the Son is begotten so as to deny his divinity, the Sabellians are on the other side rooting against the term to erase the distinction between the Father and the Son. For the sake of maintaining the truth that God is three in person it is necessary to confess that the Son’s personal incommunicable attribute is that he is begotten by the Father.

  • Why do they choose to translate John 3:16 in a way that makes an incorrect statement, when the traditional translation accurately and clearly teaches the truth?

Jesus is not the only son of God. Swain understands this. He explains that the relationship of the Son to the Father is “unique” in comparison to the relationship that saved sinners have with God. He is the only “natural” Son of God while they are “adopted” sons. But the translation Swain uses of John 3:16 does not indicate that this is the difference between Jesus and others who are also the children of God. The translation he uses unnecessarily teaches that God has no other children besides Jesus.

And it will not help to change the word only to “unique.” That does not help us to understand what the difference between Jesus and the other children of God is. There is one term that helps us understand that the difference is indeed between a natural Son and adopted sons—BEGOTTEN. Calling Jesus the only-begotten Son is not only completely true but it is also comforting. That Jesus is the only-begotten Son does not give saved sinners any reason to doubt that they are also the children of God.

  • Why do they not feel compelled by the Church’s Creeds to interpret scripture as teaching that Jesus is the only-begotten Son of God?

That Ligonier, Sproul, and Swain have some explaining to do does not mean they need to explain themselves to me or to any other individual. They must explain themselves to the church of Jesus Christ. Begotten is part of the church’s vocabulary in her creeds. The apostolic church has officially interpreted scripture to teach that Jesus is the only-begotten Son of God. The Nicene Creed is especially of importance regarding this truth. The church confesses to believe “in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds…begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father.”

Theologians may not treat begotten as if it is one of their own words to accept or reject as they wish. It is not a term they may choose to criticize in or ignore in their writings. If they believe the term needs to be rejected, they need to bring their sentiments to the church, and until they do so they may not write or teach anything contrary to the church’s confession.

APPENDIX

Nicene Creed

And in one Lord JESUS CHRIST, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds…begotten not made.

The Symbol of Chalcedon

We, then, following the holy fathers, all with one consent, teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect Godhead and also perfect in manhood…begotten before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead.

The Athanasian Creed

The Son is of the Father alone: not made, nor created: but begotten.

Luther’s Small Catechism

I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity…is my Lord.

2nd Helvetic Confession

“…we believe…the Father has begotten the Son from eternity, the Son is begotten by an ineffable generation.”

The Heidelberg Catechism

Question 33. Why is he called God’s only-begotten Son, since we are also the children of God? Answer. Because Christ alone is the natural Son of God; but we are children of God by adoption through grace for his sake.

Belgic Confession

We believe that Jesus Christ, according to his divine nature, is the only-begotten Son of God, begotten from eternity, not made nor created.

Westminster Confession of Faith

The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.

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This post was written by Rev. Clayton Spronk, pastor of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan.

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Sien ook deel 7 wat aansluit by hierdie deel: Opmerkings oor die “NT en die Psalms: ‘n Direkte Vertaling” (deel 7: Prof. GJC Jordaan se opmerkings oor Joh.1:14)

Ander dele in die reeks van vertaling opmerkings oor die DV is hier beskikbaar: Direkte vertaling opmerkings

Posted by: proregno | May 27, 2016

Islam evangelisasie (2)

Ek plaas met erkenning aan die bron (RFPA) ‘n reeks wat gaan oor die verkondiging van die Evangelie van ons Here Jesus Christus aan ons Moslem bure. Hopelik kan dit ons toerus om die Groot Opdrag na te kom daar waar die Here ons elkeen geplaas het (Matt.28:16-20):

ISLAM (2)

 by Rev. Martyn McGeown

In the last blog post on this subject we noticed that many Muslims do not understand the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. This is because their book, the Qur’an either deliberately or ignorantly misrepresents the doctrine. We call this a “straw man” argument—a “straw man fallacy” occurs when a person creates a misrepresentation of his opponent’s position and attacks it instead of the true position of the opponent. Christians must not be guilty of such fallacies. The Ninth Commandment of God’s Law forbids “falsify[ing] any man’s words” (Heidelberg Catechism, LD 43).

When the Qur’an presents Christians as worshipping Jesus and His mother “in derogation of Allah” (Surah 5:116) or presents Christians as joining “other gods with Allah” (Surah 5:72-73), the Muslim’s supposedly inspired text grossly misrepresents what Christians believe. The Trinity does not consist of Allah, Jesus and Mary, and the Trinity does not consist of many gods. Consider another text from the Qur’an: “They do blaspheme who say: Allah is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except one God” (Surah 5:73).

Two concepts in Islamic theology make it very difficult for the Muslim to understand the Christian doctrine of the Trinity—in addition, of course, to the natural depravity of the human heart. Those two concepts are tawhid and shirk.

Tawhid is the absolute oneness of Allah—Islam is a religion of absolute, non-negotiable, Unitarian monotheism. Muslims view other religions (except Judaism) as polytheistic. Hinduism, for example, is polytheistic, for Hindus do indeed worship many gods. Christianity, however, is not polytheistic, for Christians worship only one God. However, when Muslims hear that Christians worship Father, Son and Holy Spirit (or when they imagine that Christians worship Allah, Jesus and Mary!), they conclude wrongly that Christians are polytheistic.

Shirk is the unforgivable sin (in Islam) of associating others with Allah. Muslims fear the sin of shirk above all other transgressions. Allah can forgive adultery, murder and every other sin, but Allah will not under any circumstances forgive one who has died in the sin of shirk: “Allah forgiveth not that partners should be set up with Him, but He forgiveth anything else to whom he pleaseth; to set up partners with Allah is to devise a sin most heinous indeed” (Surah 4:48). “Whoever joins other gods with Allah—Allah will forbid him the Garden, and the fire will be his abode. There will for the wrongdoers be no one to help” (Surah 5:72).

No wonder that the Muslim is especially prejudiced against Christianity—it has been ingrained into him that Christianity is shirk! What the Christian needs to do, therefore, in witnessing is to demonstrate to the Muslim neighbor that the doctrine of the Trinity has nothing to do with shirk. And the Christian must pray that the Spirit of God might open the heart of the Muslim neighbor to receive the truth. Ultimately, we can only present the truth. We cannot convince anyone of the truth. That is the work of God’s Spirit, who blows where He wills in the hearts of God’s elect (John 3:8).

The word Trinity is not found in the Bible, but that should not disturb us, for every field of knowledge has technical vocabulary and terminology. The word Trinity is shorthand for theological concepts that are found in the Bible. The word Trinity explains who God is—in a certain sense, He is one; and in another sense, He is three. He is one God in three distinct persons. This is basic Christianity, but the Muslim will find it confusing.

The Bible teaches that there is only one God. This is the teaching of the Old Testament. When the Gentiles worshipped many gods, Israel confessed and worshipped only one God. “Before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD, and beside me there is no Saviour” (Isaiah 43:10-11). This is also the teaching of the New Testament—Christians did not jettison their monotheism even when they confessed that Jesus Christ is Lord. They continued to confess and worship only one God, the same God as the God of the Old Testament. The Greeks and Romans worshipped many gods, but the church steadfastly remained monotheistic. “There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (I Timothy 2:5).

Nevertheless, the Bible does not hesitate to give the name of God, ascribe the attributes of God, attribute the works of God, and present the worship of God to three individuals—to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

The Bible gives the name of God to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. The Bible ascribes the attributes of God to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. The Bible attributes the works of God to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. And the Bible presents the worship of God to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Many texts could be cited to prove the points above, but I forbear for lack of space. The point, however, is this—the Father is called God, the Son is called God, and the Holy Spirit is called God, and yet there is only one God. (Notice, by the way, contrary to the misrepresentation of the Qur’an, that it is not that Allah is called God, Jesus is called God and Mary is called God. Nor is that the Son is called God and joined as a secondary God to Allah. Nor is that others are worshipped as gods alongside Allah. The doctrine of the Trinity means that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are equally God).

To explain the truth of the Trinity, the early church needed to use terminology. In what sense is God one, and in what sense is God three? The theological terms on which the church settled were being or essence, and person. Of course, the early church used Greek terms (ousia and hypostasis). These terms became all the more important because of the presence of false teachers in the church. For example, a heretic called Arius (d. 336) agreed to call the Son of God homoiousion, which means of a similar essence or being to the Father, but he baulked at the wordhomoousion, which means of the same essence or being as the Father. (The astute reader will notice that the difference between those two words, and therefore the difference between heresy and orthodoxy, is one letter—the smallest Greek letter, iota!). These theological debates occurred long before Mohammed’s birth, as I explained in the last blog post on this subject.

The being or essence of something makes it what it is, and distinguishes it from every other being. Everything apart from God is creature. The divine being of God is unique—and one. There are not two, or three beings called God. There is one God, one divine being, or one indivisible Godhead.

A person is a conscious, intelligent, active individual distinct from other persons. The writer of this blog post is a person. The individual reader is another, distinct person. This world has billions of human persons in it.

The difficulty is this—in our human experience, one human being is also one human person. No analogy or illustration exists in which one being is more than one person. Yet that is who God is—He is three distinct persons subsisting in one divine being. To understand something of that, or to grasp that, is to understand the doctrine of the Trinity. The Father is not the same person as the Son or the Holy Spirit, yet He shares the same being as the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Son is not the same person as the Father or the Holy Spirit, yet He shares the same being as the Father and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not the same person as the Father or the Son, yet He shares the same being as the Father and the Son.

Is that deep and mysterious? Absolutely! Is that illogical, contradictory and impossible to reconcile with human reason? Absolutely not!

There are two more significant truths about the Trinity that we must bear in mind.

First, the relationship between the three persons of the Trinity is one of equality. Christians do not worship one person “in derogation” of the other persons. Christians view the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as coequal in power, glory and majesty—there is no gradation of being or difference of rank. The Father is not more divine than the Son or the Holy Spirit, for example. The Father is not higher, and the Son is not subordinate to the Father in the being of God. Remember the word homoousion—of the same essence. There is also no time in the Trinity—the Trinity is eternal, which means that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are co-eternal. The Father is not before the Son or before the Spirit.

Second, the relationship between the persons of the Trinity is one of perfect love and fellowship. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are not rivals, but holy family. The Father loves the Son in the Holy Spirit, and the Son loves the Father in the Holy Spirit. God, therefore, is not a lonely deity, but He is the living God, full of life, love and fellowship, within Himself, within His own being. It is because of this love of God within the being of God that God is capable of loving the creature.

This God—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit—is the God of our salvation.

Next time, DV, we will explain what we mean by the Christian confession that Jesus is the Son of God, something about which Muslims have many misconceptions.

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This post was written by Rev. Martyn McGeown, missionary-pastor of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland stationed in Limerick, Republic of Ireland.

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Vorige artikel: Islam (1) – sien ook die bronne vermeld aan die einde van daardie artikel.

Die res van die reeks: Islam evangelisasie

Posted by: proregno | May 23, 2016

Islam evangelisasie (1)

Ek plaas met erkenning aan die bron (RFPA) ‘n reeks wat gaan oor die verkondiging van die Evangelie van ons Here Jesus Christus aan ons Moslem bure. Hopelik kan dit ons toerus om die Groot Opdrag na te kom daar waar die Here ons elkeen geplaas het (Matt.28:16-20):

ISLAM (1)

 by Rev. Martyn McGeown

Because of multiculturalism and increased immigration, especially in Europe, Muslims are increasingly common in the post-Christian West. This makes Muslims our neighbors, those whom God has placed on our path. Many Christians view Muslims as their enemies. Nevertheless, the command of Christ is clear—love your neighbor, and even love your enemy.

Part of the love that the Christian owes his Muslim neighbor is to present the gospel to him. Many Christians are ill equipped to do so. In a series of blog posts, I intend to introduce the reader to the doctrines of Islam, so that we can better understand our Muslim neighbor, and so that we can witness to him about Jesus Christ. You might find that the Muslim is more interested in hearing the gospel than the hardened “lapsed Christian.”

One problem in witnessing to Muslims is that Muslims misunderstand what Christianity is. They have wrong notions about the Trinity, the Son of God, and other Christian truths. Not only do they reject them, but their Qur’an misrepresents them. This is a formidable barrier, but it can be overcome when we plainly state the truth.

A good place to begin is with history. The Qur’an was written during the lifetime of Mohammed (c. 570-632 AD). A lot of very significant church history took place before Mohammed’s birth. First, the Christian church defined from the scriptures the doctrine of the Trinity (the Council of Nicea in 325 AD and the Council of Constantinople in 381 AD). Second, the Christian church defined the relationship between the one person and the two natures (human and divine) of Jesus Christ (the Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD).

The reason that these dates are significant is simple—the church had defined from the New Testament who God is and who Jesus Christ is over a century before Mohammed’s birth. (We do not mean that the church invented these doctrines, but that the church officially defined them out of the inspired scriptures). Therefore, the Qur’an, which Mohammed allegedly received as divine revelation, should accurately reflect what the church had defined. If the Qur’an shows evidence of ignorance of Christian doctrine or deliberate misrepresentation of it, the Muslim is faced with very serious questions about the authenticity of his “sacred book.”

Consider the following citations from the Qur’an against the Trinity:

 And behold, Allah will say: ‘O Jesus, the son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men, ‘Worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of Allah?’ He will say: ‘Glory to Thee! Never could I say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, Thou wouldest indeed have known it. Thou knowest what is in my heart, though I know not what is in Thine. For thou knowest in full all that is hidden’ (Surah 5:116).

O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His Messengers. Say not Three: desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is One God: glory be to Him: (far Exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs (Surah 4:171).

 They do blaspheme who say: ‘God is Christ the son of Mary.’ But said Christ: ‘O children of Israel! Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.’ Whoever joins other gods with Allah, Allah will forbid him the Garden, and the Fire will be his abode. There will for the wrongdoers be no one to help. They do blaspheme who say: Allah is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily, a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them (Surah 5:72-73).

The reader will notice that the writer of the Qur’an views the Trinity very differently from the official statements of the Christian church. “Worship me and my mother in derogation of Allah.” The Qur’an’s “Trinity” is not Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but Allah, Jesus and Mary! Moreover, the Qur’an views the Trinity as “join[ing] other gods with Allah.”

This misrepresentation of the Trinity is inexcusable because the church defined the Trinity as one God in three distinct persons centuries before Mohammed wrote one word of the Qur’an. No Christian has ever defined the Trinity as the Qur’an does. It is, however, easy to imagine how Mohammed could have jumped to such a conclusion. Mohammed observed churches; he saw statues and icons; and he conversed with Christian merchants of various heretical sects. There is no evidence, however, that he was familiar with the Nicene or Chalcedonian creeds. In fact many believe that Mohammed was illiterate.

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made … And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life; who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

How could Mohammed have been unaware of a theological controversy that had been resolved in the Christian church two centuries before the Qur’an was written, if he is (as Islam claims) the prophet of God, and if the Qur’an is (as Islam claims) the inspired word of the all knowing, all seeing Allah? For Mohammed to disagree with Christian orthodoxy is one thing; for him to be ignorant of or deliberately to misrepresent it is quite another.

Next time, DV, we will explain what we mean by the Trinity so that we can properly present the truth that Jesus is the Son of God to our Muslim neighbor.

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This post was written by Rev. Martyn McGeown, missionary-pastor of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland stationed in Limerick, Republic of Ireland.

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Die res van die reeks: Islam evangelisasie

Sien ook hierdie bronne oor Islam:

Middle East Resources

Middle East Reformed Fellowship

What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an

The Basics of Islam

Islam

Muslim neighbours 

PRCA sprekerstoer (1-4 Junie)

Tydens die eerste week in Junie gaan prof. Ron Cammenga en prof. Barry Gritters van die Protestant Reformed Churches in America en die Protestant Reformed Theological School ons besoek in Pretoria en vir ons die volgende lesings aanbied by die Afrikaanse Protestantse Akademie en GK Bet-el:

AFRIKAANSE PROTESTANTSE AKADEMIE

apa logo

TEMA: DIE SPORE WAARIN ONS BOU

WOENSDAG 1 JUNIE 2016

14:00-15:30 – Lesse uit die lewe van Calvyn (Prof. Cammenga)

Breek

16:00-17:30 – Die gereformeerde erfenis van Heidelbergse Kategismusprediking (Prof. Gritters)

DONDERDAG 02 JUNIE 2016

14:00-15:30 – Onderskeidende kenmerke van Calvyn se Teologie (Prof. Cammenga)

Breek

16:00-17:30 – Die gereformeerde metode en seën van kategismusprediking (Prof. Gritters)

IETS MEER OOR DIE SPREKERS

Prof. Ron Cammenga en prof. Barry Gritters is van die Protestant Reformed Churches in America en die Protestant Reformed Theological School, Grandville, Michigan, VSA.

Prof. Ron Cammenga
Ontvang sy voorgraadse opleiding by Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan en studeer af aan die Protestant Reformed Seminarium in 1979. Hy bedien die Protestant Reformed kerke te Iowa, Colorado, en Michigan voordat hy in 2005 die benoeming as dosent opvolg by die Protestant Reformed Seminarium. Hy doseer Gereformeerde Dogmatologie, asook Ou Testament. Prof. Cammenga is getroud met Rhonda, en hulle is geseënd met elf kinders en dertig kleinkinders.

Prof. Barry Gritters
Oftewel Barrett Gritters is Professor Nuwe Testament, asook Diakoniologie by die Protestant Reformed Seminarium. Voor sy benoeming in 2003 bedien hy twee Protestant Reformed gemeentes vir sowat 20-jaar. Die afgelope 13 jaar is hy dosent. Hy dien ook as een van die redakteurs van die Standard Bearer, kerkblad van die Protestant Reformed kerke. Dis ʼn blad wat al bykans 92 jaar bestaan. Prof. Gritters is getroud met Lorinda en hulle is geseënd met 6 kinders wat algar getroud is en daar is sommer baie kleinkinders.

Adres en verdere inligting: Ons nooi alle belangstellendes uit om die geleenthede by te woon. Die adres van die byeenkomste is die AP Akademie se gebou te Farendenstraat 430, Sunnyside, Pretoria. Vir verdere navrae kan u die AP Akademie skakel by telefoonnommer: 012 344 3960. Kontakpersoon: prof. Johan Bosman.

GEREFORMEERDE KERK BET-EL

Woensdag, 1 Junie

19h00: Opening

19h15: On the Definition of “Reformed.”  What makes a church “Reformed”?, prof. Barry Gritters

20h00: Bespreking

20h30: Afsluiting en koffie !

Donderdag, 2 Junie 

19h00: Opening

19h15: What is the Kingdom? Neo-Calvinism and the Mission of the Church, prof. Barry Gritters

20h00: Bespreking

20h30: Afsluiting en koffie !

Biography: “Barrett Gritters is Professor of New Testament and Practical Theology at theProtestant Reformed Theological School in Grandville, Michigan, USA.  He served for 20 years as pastor of 2 different Protestant Reformed congregations.  For the past 13 years he has been teaching at the seminary.  He serves as one of the editors of the Standard Bearer, the voice of the Protestant Reformed Churches for almost 92 years.  He and his wife Lorinda have 6 married children and many grandchildren.”

Saterdag, 4 Junie: Konferensie oor die Verbond 

Spreker: prof. Ron Cammenga

Program:

08h30-08h45: Opening en verwelkoming

08h45-09h30: ‘Let Us….’: A Covenant God in Himself

09h30-10h15: ‘Between Me and Thee’: Covenant and Election

10h15-10h45: Koffietyd

10h45-11h30: Thee and Thy Seed’: With Believers and their Children

11h30-12h15: Vrae, bespreking en afsluiting

Biography: “Professor Cammenga did his undergraduate work at Calvin College and graduated from the Protestant Reformed Seminary in 1979.  He served Protestant Reformed churches in Iowa, Colorado, and Michigan before accepting the appointment to teach in the Seminary in 2005.  He teaches Reformed Dogmatics and Old Testament studies.  He is married to his wife Rhonda, and together they have eleven children and thirty grandchildren.”

Adres van GK Bet-el

31ste Laan 415, Villieria, Pretoria

Aanwysings: https://gkbetel.wordpress.com/kontak/

GPS: http://bit.ly/1QZNWWl

* Alle lesings word gratis aangebied. Daar sal wel gevra word vir vrywillige donasies om onkostes te help dek. Inbetalings kan hier gedoen word:

Rekeningnaam: S. Le Cornu

Absa tjekreknr. 01095190673

Takkode: 632005

Verwysing: PRCA sprekerstoer

Verdere navrae

– Slabbert Le Cornu: proregno@gmail.com of 082 770 2669

– Joseph Oosthuizen: jeoosthuizen@googlemail.com of 074 338 5002

Women’s Sanitary Bins & Bathroom Theology

AS DIT BEGIN DRUP IN DIE KERK ….

“Janse van Rensburg sê die enigste laagtepunt in sy loopbaan is dat hy nooit daarin kon slaag om die meerderheid mense in die Gereformeerde Kerk in Suid-Afrika te oortuig dat geslag geen rol hoef te speel by die oorweging vir besondere dienste in die kerk nie.” – 29 Januarie 2016 (beklemtoning bygevoeg) 

Wat is die gesegde, as dit begin drup in die kerk, dan reën dit in die wêreld?*

Dit wat baie kerkmense in die 20ste eeu as ‘bevryding’ beskou het – radikale feminisme in die wêreld; en ‘evangeliese feminisme‘ in die kerk – is besig om in ‘n nagmerrie te ontaard in die 21ste eeuse wêreld.

Dekades se “geslag maak nie saak nie” propaganda (lees: God se skeppingsorde en wil maak nie saak nie) is besig om nou vrugte te dra in die westerse wêreld ook deur die afvallige kerk.

Behalwe al die slegte vrugte van die 20ste eeu, is daar vandag al meer ‘n oproep dat kinders self kan besluit watter geslag hul is, ongeag dat die Here hul ‘n seun/man of dogter/vrou geskep het.

Saam met dit is daar ook ‘n oproep vir ‘geslagsneutrale’ toiletgeriewe. Wat God onderskei het, sal ons nou deur wetgewing saamdwing.

Sien bv hierdie artikel in Suid-Afrika: Who will put down the toilet seat at Wits?

En tragies, as die kerk van Christus, as predikers en teoloë nie die Skrif se skeppingsorde meer handhaaf nie, gaan die lidmate dit nie meer handhaaf nie, en dan natuurlik – nog minder gaan die samelewings waarin die kerk haar bevind dit doen, as daar nie meer ‘n reg verkeerd is nie, as ‘geslag nie meer saak maak nie’.

As die kerk nie meer die Lig van God se Woord self handhaaf nie, hoe kan hul dit wees as ‘n sout en lig in hierdie wêreld (Matt.5:13-16) ?

Sien die volgende artikels wat wys ‘geslag maak saak’, want dit is God se skeppingsorde en wil in Jesus Christus, vir die huwelik, maar ook die besondere ampte in die kerk: Geslag maak saak

Sien ook: Van die VIDA na die HIDA plan

Ek plaas met erkenning dr. Peter Jones se artikel hier, sodat u sal besef wat alles op die spel is, ons lewe in een van die grootste rewolusies ooit, in die woorde van Ps.2, waar die valse kerk en valse staat saamsweer teen die Here en sy Gesalfde se skeppingsorde en wil vir die mens:

Women’s Sanitary Bins & Bathroom Theology

What has been for millennia a self-evident truth has become within a year or so unthinkable prejudice. The principled experts of the twentieth century, Ringo Starr and Bruce Springsteen, have quickly jumped into the moral crusade of ethical outrage, amazed that the state of North Carolina would refuse to allow grown men to use the ladies’ restrooms.

An employee of a Catholic university (Loyola Marymount) committed cultural blasphemy by stating that there are only two genders (a view entirely compatible with Catholicism). The university, however, has suspended her and is currently investigating her for a “hate crime.”

It gets more manifestly insane. Students at my alma mater, Cardiff University, and in other UK schools, are demanding the installation of women’s sanitary bins in male toilets “for men who menstruate.” This is logical lunacy. The inevitable demand for urinals in women’s restrooms will surely follow. This demand actually affirms the opposite of what these progressives claim, forcing them to admit that women pretending to be men still need sanitary bins, because they menstruate, and men don’t. Human sexuality is defined by an objective biological binary trait—either “XY” or “XX” chromosomes. But by using the term “gender” to mean not one’s biological sex but one’s sense of being male or female, moral outrage can find full expression. Laws that can put you in jail are no longer based on objective biology but on subjective, changeable feelings.

What is the deep motivation for this bizarre state of affairs?

This “faith” in feelings, which disregards biological objectivity, is both mental insanity and spiritual rebellion. While we’ve never needed bathroom humor, presently we do need some serious bathroom theology!

Clear-headed theology reveals what is happening in our Left-leaning, progressive world. We are witnessing the reappearance of an old heresy, Gnosticism. The Gnostics rejected the flesh and embraced the spirit. For them, the physical, created world was an evil thing, made by Satan. They believed the spirit revealed the true “god within,” as do many today, in search of their “higher selves.” Interestingly, the ancient Gnostics also rejected creational sexuality and sought the higher form of “androgyny,” the experience of being both male and female—which is the same rejection of the male/female gender binary that we observe today.

Here are a few examples:

  • Oberlin College, founded by two Presbyterian ministers, is now committed to “finding a space that…defies the binary in our society…that you were assigned.”
  • all five of Scotland’s main political parties have pledged to push for a “non-binarygender legal recognition…in all areas of life.”
  • the goal of yoga, according to a serious practitioner, is to create “… direct awareness of the unity of everything, to break through the usual false binaries within which we tend to live.”

One of the “false binaries” that Hindu thinking eliminates is that between the Creator and the creature, serving a deeply religious goal. This suppression exhibits, as we say at truthXchange, the conflict between the only two worldviews, Oneism and Twoism. We now observe a growing worldview by which people, especially young people, are taught to reject differences and distinctions.

Recently a deliberately set-up video showed US college students so brainwashed that they refused to counter the outlandish claims of a 5”9’ white man to be a 6”4’ Asian woman! Their insane response was: “How can I judge what is true for you?”

Clearly, the rejection of any objective binary is not limited to sexuality. It is also a new theory of education. One education expert said:

One of the key strategies to unsettle and trouble entrenched ways of [children’s] thinking is to blur all kinds of boundaries—the clean categorical identity boundaries that support binary thinking as well as the boundaries between academic fields. This is why I think it is so useful to deploy a binary-busting, Queer perspective across a range of disciplinary contexts.

The seeds of Eastern mysticism sown in the West a generation ago are bearing copious fruit. The legendary Buddhist spiritual teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, influential among UN leaders, declared: “We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.

Separateness is not an illusion, in two senses. In a positive sense, we are separate (distinct) from the Creator as his creatures, made in his image, males different from females.  In a negative sense, we are separated from God by our sin. In the cross of his Son, Jesus, we can know forgiveness and personal reconciliation with the Creator and, through this, rediscover the sanity of the objective distinctions God placed in the creation for our good and his glory.

Nota: behalwe dr. Jones, lees gerus ook dr. Al Mohler se webblad om ons tye te help verstaan.

Sien ook: The Goal is to redefine everything

* ek weet die gesegde is eintlik andersom (dus wat in die wêreld aangaan beïnvloed die kerk), maar ek wil juis doelbewus die punt maak dat wat in die kerk verkondig word beïnvloed ook wat in die wêreld aangaan, ten goede of ten kwade (sien Matt.5:13-16; 2 Tim.4:1-5).

Posted by: proregno | May 12, 2016

PRCA sprekerstoer (1-4 Junie): GK Bet-el program

PRCA sprekerstoer (1-4 Junie): GK Bet-el program

Tydens die eerste week in Junie gaan prof. Ron Cammenga en prof. Barry Gritters van die Protestant Reformed Churches in America en die Protestant Reformed Theological School ons besoek in Pretoria en vir ons die volgende lesings aanbied by GK Bet-el (ek sal later die inligting deurgee van die lesings wat hul aanbied op ander plekke, sodra dit gefinaliseer is):

Woensdag, 1 Junie

19h00: Opening

19h15: On the Definition of “Reformed.”  What makes a church “Reformed”?, prof. Barry Gritters

20h00: Bespreking

20h30: Afsluiting en koffie !

Donderdag, 2 Junie 

19h00: Opening

19h15: What is the Kingdom? Neo-Calvinism and the Mission of the Church, prof. Barry Gritters

20h00: Bespreking

20h30: Afsluiting en koffie !

Biography: “Barrett Gritters is Professor of New Testament and Practical Theology at the Protestant Reformed Theological School in Grandville, Michigan, USA.  He served for 20 years as pastor of 2 different Protestant Reformed congregations.  For the past 13 years he has been teaching at the seminary.  He serves as one of the editors of the Standard Bearer, the voice of the Protestant Reformed Churches for almost 92 years.  He and his wife Lorinda have 6 married children and many grandchildren.”

Saterdag, 4 Junie: Konferensie oor die Verbond 

Spreker: prof. Ron Cammenga

Program:

08h30-08h45: Opening en verwelkoming

08h45-09h30: ‘Let Us….’: A Covenant God in Himself

09h30-10h15: ‘Between Me and Thee’: Covenant and Election

10h15-10h45: Koffietyd

10h45-11h30: Thee and Thy Seed’: With Believers and their Children

11h30-12h15: Vrae, bespreking en afsluiting

Biography: “Professor Cammenga did his undergraduate work at Calvin College and graduated from the Protestant Reformed Seminary in 1979.  He served Protestant Reformed churches in Iowa, Colorado, and Michigan before accepting the appointment to teach in the Seminary in 2005.  He teaches Reformed Dogmatics and Old Testament studies.  He is married to his wife Rhonda, and together they have eleven children and thirty grandchildren.”

Adres van GK Bet-el

31ste Laan 415, Villieria, Pretoria

Aanwysings: https://gkbetel.wordpress.com/kontak/

GPS: http://bit.ly/1QZNWWl

* Alle lesings word gratis aangebied. Daar sal wel gevra word vir vrywillige donasies om onkostes te help dek. Inbetalings kan hier gedoen word:

Rekeningnaam: S. Le Cornu

Absa tjekreknr. 01095190673

Takkode: 632005

Verwysing: PRCA sprekerstoer

Verdere navrae

– Slabbert Le Cornu: proregno@gmail.com of 082 770 2669

– Joseph Oosthuizen: jeoosthuizen@googlemail.com of 074 338 5002

Posted by: proregno | May 10, 2016

Vadersdag, Moedersdag of die Here se dag ?

Vadersdag, Moedersdag of die Here se dag ?

Dit is ‘n mooi gedagte om sekere dae te gebruik om spesiaal vir vaders en moeders dankie te sê vir al hul liefde en opofferings vir ons.

Ons gesinne en families moet vir ons kosbaar wees.

Ek dink dit is wel ‘n probleem dat die Vader se dag, die rusdag in die week wat vir die Here afgesonder word, daarvoor gebruik word. Dit is die dag wat ons Hom moet gaan dank en aanbid vir sy liefde en opoffering vir ons deur sy Seun, Jesus Christus.

Hoekom nie op enige ander dag van die week ‘moedersdag en vadersdag’ hou nie ?

Is dit dalk omdat die Here se dag nie meer so belangrik is vir ons nie ? Dit het ons lekker inkopiedag geword, die ‘wat vir ons lekker is’ dag, ons ‘wegbreek’ dag ? Ons ander dae is te ‘besig’ vir mekaar, die ’tille moet geslaan word’ en Saterdag is sport(s)dag, so al wat oorbly in ons besige skedules …. is die Here se dag om moeder en vadersdag te hou, daardie dag wat ‘ons niks het om te doen’ nie ?

Ek wonder hoeveel moeders en vaders bly weg van die Vader se huis om dan moedersdag en vadersdag te vier ?

Is dit die wil van die Here ?

Ware moederskap en ware vaderskap is ook om getrou op te trek na die huis van die Here, veral dan op ‘moeders- en vadersdag’.

Verder, ons moet nie net een dag ‘n jaar ons vaders en moeders waardeer nie, maar elke dag van ons lewens.

En ons kan ons vaders en moeders eers waarlik waardeer, as ons ons Hemelse Vader en sy Seun deur die krag van die Heilige Gees aanbid en eer, ons hele lewe lank, maar ook in die besonder op die rusdag (sien die Heidelbergse Kategismus, Sondag 38, “Ook moet ek veral op die rusdag ywerig met die gemeente van God saamkom …”)

Die grootste guns wat ons vaders en moeders ons kinders kan bewys, is om ons Vader in die hemel lief te hê, met ‘n passie. Dan volg die liefde vir pa en ma en kinders vanselfsprekend.

Wat ons van Sondag tot Sondag doen, ons lewe lank, wie ons aanbid en eer veral op sy rusdag, Wie sentraal staan op die eerste dag van die week, bepaal die res van ons week en ons lewens, veral ons gesinslewens.

‘n Wonderlike getuienis is dit in die gemeente as ‘n vader en moeder getrou van rusdag tot rusdag optrek met vreugde na die huis van die Here, saam hul kinders en kleinkinders om ons hemelse’Vadersdag’ te hou:

1 Ek was bly toe hulle vir my gesê het: Laat ons na die huis van die HERE gaan!

2 Ons voete staan in jou poorte, o Jerusalem!

3 Jerusalem wat gebou is soos ‘n stad wat goed saamgevoeg is,

4 waarheen die stamme optrek, die stamme van die HERE — ‘n voorskrif vir Israel! — om die Naam van die HERE te loof.

5 Want daar staan die stoele vir die gereg, die stoele van die huis van Dawid.

6 Bid om die vrede van Jerusalem; mag hulle wat jou liefhet, rustig lewe!

7 Mag daar vrede wees in jou skanse, rus in jou paleise!

8 Ter wille van my broers en my vriende wil ek spreek: Vrede in jou!

9 Ter wille van die huis van die HERE onse God wil ek die goeie vir jou soek.

Psalm 122

‘n Paar artikels en bronne oor die belangrikheid van die rusdag:

DIE BELANGRIKHEID VAN DIE WEEKLIKSE RUSDAG

EN EREDIENSBYWONING

 Die onderhouding van die rusdag

Samevattend kan oor die onderhouding van die rusdag deur die Nuwe-Testamentiese gelowiges die volgende gesê word:

1   Die gelowiges moet dit onderhou om op die dag besonderlik daaraan te dink dat God hulle deur Christus verlos het van die sonde wat onrus in hulle lewens bring, en hulle deur sy Gees nuwe mense gemaak wat innerlik rus en vrede het omdat hulle met Hom versoen is (Rom_5:1).

2   Hulle moet dit onderhou uit dankbaarheid dat Hy hulle deur Christus verlos het (vgl. Deu_5:15; Op 11:8 [Rev_11:8]) uit die mag van die sonde, wat die mens se lewe so onrustig maak, en weer ware rus in hulle lewens gebring het.

3   Hulle moet dit onderhou om ook as Nuwe-Testamentiese gelowiges hulle te verheug en te verbly in die Here (Jes 58:13,14 [Isa_58:13-14]; Fil 4:4 [Phi_4:4]) omdat Hy deur Christus ware rus in hulle lewens gebring het.

4   Hulle moet dit onderhou om versterking van hulle geloof te soek in die eredienste, in Skrifstudie, ensovoorts omdat Christus daarin as die ware Rusbringer aan die kind van God voorgehou word. (Vgl. Mat_11:28; Fil 1:9,10 [Phi_1:9-10]; 1Pe_2:2; Heb_5:12-14Heb_6:1-3.)

5   Hulle moet dit onderhou om te toon dat hulle nie (afgodies) slawe van hulle werk is nie, maar baas of heer oor hulle werk. (Vgl. Gen_1:28; 1Pe_2:19.)

6   Hulle moet dit onderhou omdat dit ’n teken is van die verbond tussen God en sy volk (Exo_31:12-18; Eseg 20:12-20 [Eze_20:12-20]).

7   Hulle moet dit onderhou om deur matige, liggaamlike rus weer versterk te word. (Vgl. Heb_4:9-10; Mar_6:31.)

8   Om dit alles te kan doen, moet die gelowiges hulle beroepsarbeid en ander verpligtinge waaraan van Maandag tot Saterdag uitvoering gegee kan word, op Sondae nalaat.

DIE BYWONING VAN EREDIENSTE

Die eredienste moet gereeld bygewoon word en wel om die volgende redes:

1.1      Dit is die Woord van die ewige en heilige God wat daar ver­kondig word. Matt 4:4:”Die mens sal nie van brood alleen lewe nie, maar van elke woord wat deur die mond van God uitgaan“.

1.2      Die Heilige Gees gebruik die Woord wat verkondig word as middel om die wedergeboorte in die mens te bewerk en die mens tot geloof te bring (1Pe_1:23), maar ook om die bestaande geloof te versterk en te laat groei (1Pe_2:2).

1.3      Deur die verkondiging van die Woord word die koninkryk van die hemel oop- en toegesluit. Dit gebeur as aan die gelowige verkondig word dat sy sondes om Christus ontwil vergewe is en dat hy derhalwe ‘n erfgenaam van die ewige lewe is. Dit gebeur verder as aan die ongelowige verkondig word dat die toorn van God op hom rus en die ewige oordeel op hom wag (HK vr. en antw. 84).

1.4      God spreek tot die indiwiduele mens deur die amptelike ver­kondiging van die Woord aan die gemeente. Openbaring 3:6, 13 [Rev_3:6; Rev_3:13]: “Wie ‘n oor het, laat hom hoor wat die Gees aan die gemeentes sê”. Daarom kan die indiwiduele lidmate nie los van die gemeente met sy gereelde samekomste lewe nie. In Handelinge 2:47 [Act_2:47] word ook verklaar: “En die Here het daagliks by die gemeente gevoeg die wat gered is“. In Openbaring 1 – 3 lees ons ook dat Christus met die gemeentes spreek deur middel van die predikant of voorganger (engel).

1.5      Ons moet uit dankbaarheid vir God se genade in Christus aan ons die eredienste gereeld bywoon. By die Ou-Testamentiese gelowiges was daar reeds ‘n vurige verlange om in die huis van die Here te kan wees (Psa_23:6; Psa_27:4; Psa_84:2 [Psa_84:3 Nuwe Vert.], Psa_84:11). Hoeveel te meer geld dit nie vir ons wat leef in die nuwe en ryker bedeling van die Nuwe Testament om uit dankbaarheid die Here te soek en te dien in sy huis nie!

1.6      Hoe meer ons die eredienste bywoon, des te beter sal ons ook die Woord van God verstaan en groei in geloof en liefde tot God. Dan sal dit nie nodig wees dat ons soos kinders in die geloof met die Woord van God in die vorm van melk gevoed moet word nie, maar sal ons soos volwassenes in die geloof met die Woord van God in die vorm van vaste spyse gevoed word. Vergelyk Heb_5:13-14 en Heb_6:1 : “Want elkeen wat melk gebruik, is onervare in die woord van geregtigheid, omdat hy ‘n kind is.  Maar vaste spys is vir volwassenes, vir die wat geestesvermoëns besit deur die gewoonte geoefen, om goed van kwaad te onderskei. Daarom moet ons nie bly by die begin van die prediking aangaande Christus nie, maar na die volmaaktheid voortgaan sonder om weer die fondament te lê van die bekering uit dooie werke en van die geloof in God”.

1.7      Christus het, “… soos Hy gewoond was. . .”, op die Sabbatdag na die sinagoge gegaan (Luk_4:16). Ons moet Hom hierin navolg. Dit moet by ons ook ‘n vaste gewoonte wees om gereeld die eredienste by te woon. Vergelyk ook Heb_5:14 (aangehaal by 1.6) die woorde “deur die gewoonte geoefen”.

1.8      Die volgende uitsprake in die Bybel toon duidelik dat God self ons beveel en van ons eis om die verkondiging van sy Woord in die eredienste gereeld by te woon:

1.8.1 Johannes 8:47 [Joh_8:47]:

“Die wat uit God is, luister na die woorde van God. Daarom luister julle nie, omdat julle nie uit God is nie”. Wie nie ware kinders van God is nie, stel nie belang om na sy woorde te luister nie. As dit andersom gestel word, kom dit daarop neer dat wie nie na die woorde van God wil luister nie daardeur aandui dat hulle nie ware kinders van die Here is nie.

1.8.2 Romeine 10:14, 17 [Rom_10:14; Rom_10:17]:

“Hoe kan hulle Hom dan aanroep in wie hulle nie geglo het nie? En hoe kan hulle in Hom glo van wie hulle nie gehoor het nie? En hoe kan hulle hoor sonder een wat preek? . . . Die geloof is dus uit die gehoor, en die gehoor is deur die woord van God”. Hier moet ons let op die nou verband tussen die geloof en die hoor van die Woord van God.

1.8.3 1 Korintiërs 1:21 [1Co_1:21]:

“Want aangesien in die wysheid van God die wêreld deur die wysheid God nie geken het nie, het dit God behaag om deur die dwaasheid van die prediking die wat glo, te red”

1.8.4 Hebreërs 10:25 [Heb_10:25]:

“en laat ons ons onderlinge byeenkoms nie versuim soos sommige die gewoonte het nie . . .”. Hier het ons ‘n uitdruklike bevel vir die bywoning van eredienste, aangesien die “onderlinge byeenkoms ” hier betrekking het op die eredienste. Hier word ook gewys op ‘n slegte gewoonte om die eredienste nie by te woon nie.

1.8.5 1 Petrus2:2 [1Pe_2:2]:

en verlang sterk soos pasgebore kindertjies na die onvervalste melk van die woord, dat julle daardeur kan opgroei”. Dit beteken dat die gelowige so sterk na die Woord van God moet verlang soos kindertjies na moedersmelk. Die melk van die Woord laat hulle immers groei in die geloof.

Bron:  prof. Paul de Bruyn se Tien Gebooie en Die Gesonde Leer.

‘N DOSYN REDES OM WEL KERK TOE TE GAAN

Ds. Lammert H. Stavast

AAN DIE LESER

DAAR IS SEKER BAlE REDES HOEKOM MENSE NIE KERK TOE GAAN NIE!

  • DIE DOMINEE PREEK VERVELIG OF DIE KERKGANGERS IS SKYNHEILIG
  • EK HET GEEN TYD NIE EN EK HET GEEN LUS NIE
  • EK IS VROEER GEDWING OM KERK TOE TE GAAN EN DAAROM WIL EK VANDAG NIE MEER GAAN NIE
  • EK GAAN NET WANNEER EK SO VOEL EN DIS NOU NIE JUIS BAlE KERE NIE
  • EK MOES EINTLIK GAAN EN EK WIL EINTLIK OOK, MAAR JY WEET HOE DIT IS
  • SONDAE IS FEITLIK DIE ENIGSTE DAG WAAROP MENS KAN RUS OF KAN DOEN WAARVOOR JY REGTIG LUS HET

U KAN HIERDIE LYS SEKER NOG VERDUBBEL, NIE WAAR NIE?

EK WEET NIE WAT U AAN GOD VOORHOU AS U PERSOONLIKE REDE OM NIE (MEER) KERK TOE TE GAAN NIE, MAAR WIL U NIE ASSEBLIEF LUISTER NA TWAALF REDES HOEKOM U WEL KERK TOE MOET GAAN NIE?

EN HIERDIE KEER IS DIT NIE MENSLIKE REDES OM WEG TE BLY NIE, MAAR TWAALF GODDELIKE REDES OM WEL GEREELD SY HUIS TE BESOEK.

DIS TOG ‘N BILLIKE VERSOEK, OF HOE?

GOD LUISTER NOU AL LANKAL NA U: HY VRA U NOU MOOI OM NOG NET EEN KEER NA HOM TE LUISTER!

DIT KAN NOU NOG: MORE MAG DIT DALK TE LAAT WEES, VIR EWIG TE LAAT!

HIER VOLG GOD SE DOSYN REDES; DINK ERNSTIG DAAROOR NA, ASB !

U VRA WAAROM MOET EK GEREELD KERK TOE GAAN?

 GOD SE TWAALF ANTWOORDE 

  1. OMDAT DIT UITDRUKLIK IN DIE WOORD VAN GOD GEBIED WORD

Hebr. 10:25, “En laat ons ons onderlinge byeenkoms nie versuim soos sommige die gewoonte het nie, maar laat ons mekaar vermaan, en dit des te meer namate julle die dag sien nader kom. Want as ons opsetlik sondig, nadat ons die kennis van die waarheid ontvang het, bly daar geen offer vir die sondes meer oor nie, maar ‘n verskriklike verwagting van oordeel en ‘n vuurgloed wat die teëstanders sal verteer.” 

  1. OMDAT CHRISTUS EN DIE APOSTELS ONS DIE VOORBEELD GEGEE HET

Lukas 4:16 “Toe kom Hy in Nasaret waar Hy opgevoed was; en soos Hy gewoond was, gaan Hy op die Sabbatdag in die sinagoge en staan op om te leer.”

Hand 3:1 “En Petrus en Johannes het saam na die tempel opgegaan op die uur van gebed, die negende uur.”

Hand. 20:7 “En op die eerste dag van die week, toe die dissipels vergader het om brood te breek, het Paulus hulle toegespreek, omdat hy die volgende dag sou vertrek, en hy het sy rede gerek tot middernag toe.”

Joh. 20:19 “En toe dit aand was op daardie eerste dag van die week en die deure waar die dissipels vergader het uit vrees vir die Jode, gesluit was, het Jesus gekom en in hulle midde gestaan en aan hulle gesê: Vrede vir julle!”

HIERDLE LAASTE TWEE TEKSTE DUI DUS OOK OP AANDDIENSTE

  1. OMDAT DAAR GROOT SEEN VERBONDE IS AAN DIE ONDERHOUDING VAN DIE RUSDAG

Jes. 56:1,2 “So sê die HERE: Bewaar die reg en doen geregtigheid; want my heil is naby om te kom en my geregtigheid om geopenbaar te word. Welgeluksalig is die mens wat dit doen en die mensekind wat daaraan vashou: wat die sabbat hou, sodat hy dit nie ontheilig nie en sy hand terughou, dat dit geen kwaad doen nie.”

Jes. 58:13,14 “As jy jou voet terughou op die sabbat – om nie jou sake op my heilige dag te doen nie, en as jy die sabbat ‘n verlustiging noem en die heilige dag van die HERE hoog hou; en as jy dit eer deur nie jou gewone gang te gaan, nie geleentheid vir jou sake soek of ydele taal spreek nie; dan sal jy jou verlustig in die HERE, en Ek sal jou laat ry oor die hoogtes van die aarde en jou laat geniet die erfdeel van jou vader Jakob; want die mond van die HERE het dit gespreek.”

  1. OMDAT DAAR ‘N VLOEK KOM OOR HULLE WAT DIE RUSDAG VERWAARLOOS

Esg.20:15,16 “So het Ek dan my hand opgehef vir hulle in die woestyn dat Ek hulle nie sou bring in die land wat Ek aan hulle gegee het nie, wat oorloop van melk en heuning – ‘n sieraad is dit van al die lande – omdat hulle my verordeninge verwerp het en in my insettinge nie gewandel het nie en my Sabbatte ontheilig het; want hulle hart het agter hul drekgode aangeloop.”

  1. OMDAT DAAR BY DIE WARE GELOWIGES ALTYD ‘N HARTLIKE BEGEERTE BESTAAN OM IN DIE VOORHOWE VAN DIE HERE TE VERKEER

Psalm 26:8 “HERE, ek het lief die woning van u huis en die woonpiek van u heerlikheid.”

Psalm 23:6 “Net goedheid en guns sal my volg al die dae van my lewe; en ek sal in die huis van die HERE bly in lengte van dae”.

Psalm 27:4 “Een ding het ek van die HERE begeer, dit sal ek soek dat ek al die dae van my lewe mag woon in die huis van die HERE, om die lieflikheid van die HERE te aanskou en te ondersoek in sy tempel.”

Psalm 84:3 “My siel verlang, ja smag na die voorhowe van die HERE; my hart en my vlees jubel uit tot die lewende God.”

Psalm 122:1 “Ek was bly toe hulle vir my gesê het: Laat ons na die huis van die HERE gaan.”

  1. OMDAT DIE GEWILLIGHEID OM NA DIE WOORD VAN GOD TE LUISTER ‘N BEWYS IS VAN WARE GELOOF EN DIE ONWILLIGHEID DAARTOE ‘N BEWYS VAN HARDE ONGELOOF

Joh. 8:47 “Die wat uit God is luister na die woord van God. Daarom luister julle nie, orndat julle nie uit God is nie.”

  1. OMDAT DIE SALIGHEID VERBONDE IS AAN DIE LUISTER NA GOD SE WOORD

Lukas 11:28 “En Hy sê: Ja, maar salig is hulle wat die woord van God hoor en dit bewaar.”

2 Tim. 3:15 “En dat jy van kleins af die Heiige Skrifte ken wat jou wys kan maak tot saligheid deur die geloof in Christus Jesus.”

Open. 1:3 “Salig is hy wat die woorde van die profesie lees, en die wat dit hoor en bewaar wat daarin geskrywe is, want die tyd is naby.”

  1. OMDAT DIE GELOOF GEWERK EN VERSTERK WORD DEUR DIE PREDIKING VAN DIE WOORD

Rom. 10:14-17 “Hoe kan hulle Hom dan aanroep in wie hulle nie geglo het nie?

“En hoe kan hulle in Hom glo van wie hulle nie gehoor het nie? En hoe kan hulle hoor sonder een wat preek? En hoe kan hulle preek as hulle nie gestuur word nie? Soos geskrywe is: Hoe lieflik is die voete van die wat die evangelie van vrede verkondig, van die wat die evangelie van die goele verkondig !  Maar hulle was nie almal gehoorsaam aan die evangelie nie; want Jesaja sê: Here, wie het ons prediking geglo? Die geloof is dus uit die gehoor en die gehoor is deur die woord van God.”

1 Kor. 1:21 “Want aangesien in die wysheid van God die wêreld deur die wysheid God nie geken het nie, het dit God behaag ons deur die dwaasheid van die prediking die wat glo, te red.”

1 Petrus 2:2 “En verlang sterk soos pasgebore kindertjies na die onvervalste melk van die woord, dat julle daardeur kan opgroei.”

  1. OMDAT OUERS BY ELKE MOONTLIKE GELEENTHEID HULLE KINDERS MOET ONDERRIG IN DIE WARE LEER

Deut. 6:6, 7 “En hierdie woorde wat ek jou vandag beveel, moet in jou hart wees; en jy moet dit jou kinders inskerp en daaroor spreek as jy in jou huis sit en as jy op pad is en as jy gaan lê en as jy opstaan.”

Psalm 48: 10,13-15 “0 God, ons dink aan u goedertierenheid binne in u tempel … Gaan rondom Sion, trek daaromheen, tel sy torings; let op sy skanse, wandel deur sy paleise, sodat julle dit aan die volgende geslag kan vertel, dat hierdie God onse God is, vir ewig en altyd: Hy sal ons lei tot die dood toe.”

  1. OMDAT IN DIE EREDIENSTE DIE GEMEENSKAP VAN DIE HEILIGES DIE STERKSTE NA VORE KOM, O.A. IN DIE LIEFDEGAWE VIR DIE ARMES

Deut. 12:5,6 “Maar die plek wat die HERE julle God uit al julle stamme sal uitkies om sy Naam daar te vestig om daar te woon, moet julle opsoek en daarheen moet jy kom. En daarheen moet julle jul brandoffers bring en julle slagoffers en julle tiendes en die offergawe van julle hand en julle geiofte – en julle vrywillige offers en die eersgeborene van julle beeste en van julle kleinvee.”

Hand. 4:34 “Want niemand onder hulle was behoeftig nie; want almal wat besitters van gronde of huise was, het dit verkoop en die prys van wat verkoop is, gebring en aan die voete van die apostels neergelê.”

1 Kor. 16:2 “Op elke eerste dag van die week moet elkeen van julle opsysit en opspaar namate sy voorspoed is, sodat die insameling nie eers plaasvind as ek kom nie.”

  1. OMDAT KERKGANG DIE GELEENTHEID BlED TOT OPENBARE BELYDENIS VAN CHRISTUS, WAARSONDER NIEMAND SALIG KAN WORD NIE

Matt. 10:32 “Elkeen dan, wat My sal bely voor die mense, hom sal die Seun van die mens ook bely voor die engele van God.”

1 Tim. 6:12-14 “Stry die goeie stryd van die geloof, gryp na die ewige lewe, waartoe jy ook geroep is en die goeie belydenis voor baie getuies afgelê het. Ek gebied jou voor die aangesig van God wat aan alle dinge die lewe gee en van Jesus Christus wat voor Pontius Pilatus die goeie belydenis betuig het, dat jy die gebod onbevlek, onberispelik bewaar tot by die verskyning van onse Here Jesus Christus.”

  1. OMDAT ELKE BELYDENDE LIDMAAT HOM/HAAR MET ‘N EED VOOR GOD EN DIE GEMEENTE VERBIND HET OM YWERIG DIE DIENS VAN DIE WOORD EN DIE SAKRAMENTE TE SOEK. GOD EIS DAT ONS ONS EDE SAL HOU

Psalm 24:3,4 “Wie mag klim op die berg van die HERE? En wie mag staan in sy heilige plek? Hy wat rein van hande en suiwer van hart is, wat sy siel nie ophef tot nietigheid en nie vals sweer nie.”  Psalm 50: 14 “Offer dank aan God en betaal jou geloftes aan die Allerhoogste.” Psalm 116: 14,18,19 “My geloftes sal ek aan die HERE betaal in die teenwoordigheid van sy ganse volk. Ek sal my geloftes aan die HERE betaal in die teenwoordigheid van sy ganse volk, in die voorhowe van die huis van die HERE, binne in jou, o Jerusalem! Halleluja!”

Levitikus 19:12 “En julle mag nie vals sweer by my Naam en so die Naam van jou God ontheilig nie. Ek is die HERE.”

Sagaria 8:16,17 “Dit is die dinge wat julle moet doen: Spreek die waarheid met mekaar; beoefen die waarheid en ‘n regspraak van vrede in julle poorte! En julle moet nie mekaar se onheil in jul hart versin nie, en nie die valse eed liefhê nie. Want dit alles haat Ek, spreek die HERE.”

NOU HET U GOD SE REDES VIR TROUE KERKBESOEK GEHOOR !  Daar was, so moet u tog erken, geen enkele mensewoord by nie. Hier was nie eers die dominee of die ouderling aan die woord nie. NET GOD SELF WAT MET U GEPRAAT HET ! Het u die moed om teenoor GOD SE WOORD u eie mensewoord te plaas ?

DIT IS ELKE SONDAG WEER KERKDAG!  

GOD HET U KERK TOE GEROEP !  

WAT GAAN U DOEN ?

Sien ook die volgende artikels oor die rusdag: https://proregno.com/category/rusdag/

Posted by: proregno | May 5, 2016

Preek: Genesis 3:20 Die Kinderseën

Die kinderseën

Plek en datum: GK Matlabas 2016-01-24
Lees: Gen 2:19-25; 3:14-20
Teksvers: “En die mens het sy vrou Eva genoem, omdat sy moeder geword het van alles wat lewe.” (Gen.3:20)
Tema: Die kinderseën.
Psalms:89:1,2; 89:3,4; 89:12,14; 102:8,9;128:1,2,3

Prediker: ds. Gustav Opperman

Openingsgebed (getranskribeer na die erediens)
Kom ons bid saam!
Drie maal heilige God,
Op U woord word die woeste see getem.
Dit luister na U wil.

Op U woord
ontstaan die verskriklike sneeustorms
in Noord-Amerika
en die ewe verskriklike droogtes
in Suidelike Afrika.
Op U woord skeur die aarde
en aardbewings ontstaan
en op U woord ontplof die berge
wanneer U die lawa laat opstoot.

Op U woord
kom die hemelliggame in beweging,
daar U alles geskep het.
Niks hier op aarde is vas
en niks in die hemele is vas nie,
behalwe U en U ewige Woord.

En ons dank U, Hemelse Vader,
dat ons vanoggend onsself
weer aan U kan anker,
dat ons, in hierdie tye van onstuimigheid
waar volke ook in opstand kom en in beroering is,
dat ons na U kan kom en na U huis kan kom
en daar in U vaderhuis rus kan vind;
dat ons daar in U vaderhuis weer
vastigheid kan vind
ook in ons eie onsekere lewens
wat aan die verbygaan is.

Hemelse vader,
te weet dat U Woord standvastig is;
dat dit sal bly tot in ewigheid,
ook soos ons sopas in Psalm 89 gesing het:
U goedertierenheid …
dit wat oor geslagte heen kom
en wat oor geslagte heen
altyd daar sal wees …
goedertierenheid wat voortduur
tot in ewigheid
en dit was van ewigheid daar gewees.

Ons begrip en ons verstand
is te klein om dit te begryp;
te klein om dit te omvat
en die volheid van die genade
wat daarin spreek.

Ons bid, Hemelse Vader,
dat die Gees van onse HERE Jesus Christus
ons vandag sal lei ook
in die bediening van hierdie Woord
wat Hy duisende jare
voor die HERE Jesus Christus se geboorte
deur sy profete en deur sy apostels,
deur sy diensknegte,
laat opteken het.
Ons dank U daarvoor!

Ons dank U
dat dit vir ons ‘n perspektief gee
op die hemelse dinge
en dit wat U heilige wil is.

En waar ons sondige mense is,
bely ons, Hemelse Vader,
dat ons U hulp nodig het
om daardie Woord te verstaan
en om dit uit te lê.

Ons bid dat U u dienskneg
sal bystaan
in die bediening van hierdie Woord.

Ons bid, Hemelse Vader,
dat U u diensknegte wat
na hierdie Woord luister,
u kinders wat na hierdie Woord luister,
geduld sal gee
met die prediker,
nie omdat dit sy woord is nie,
maar omdat dit U ewige Woord is
en dit nog altyd daar was
en daar’t niks verander daaraan nie.

Ons bid dat hierdie Woord
ook mag voortgaan
in ons kerke …
die kerke van onse HERE Jesus Christus
wat ons sopas bely het …
die wêreld oor:
‘n heilige algemene Christelike kerk,
die bruid van onse HERE Jesus Christus.
Mag sy hierdie Woord hoor
en mag sy ook weer opgewek word
tot ‘n nuwe gehoorsaamheid
en ‘n nuwe vreugde
om diensbaar te wees
vir onse HERE Jesus Christus!
Ons vra dit in Sy heilige Naam!
Amen.

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Posted by: proregno | May 3, 2016

PRCA sprekerstoer: 1 tot 4 Junie 2016

PRCA sprekerstoer: 1 tot 4 Junie 2016

Tydens die eerste week in Junie gaan prof. Ron Cammenga en prof. Barry Gritters van die Protestant Reformed Churches in America en die Protestant Reformed Theological School ons besoek in Pretoria en vir ons die volgende lesings aanbied by verskillende plekke (sal later bekendgemaak word, ook die spesifieke tye):
RCammenga

Prof. Ron Cammenga

Woensdag: Lessons from Calvin’s Life
Donderdag: Distinctive Features of Calvin’s Theology
Saterdag oggend konferensie: Conference on the Covenant
Lecture 1: ‘Let Us….’: A Covenant God in Himself
Lecture 2: ‘Between Me and Thee’: Covenant and Election
Lecture 3: ‘Thee and Thy Seed’: With Believers and their Children
Biography: “Professor Cammenga did his undergraduate work at Calvin College and graduated from the Protestant Reformed Seminary in 1979.  He served Protestant Reformed churches in Iowa, Colorado, and Michigan before accepting the appointment to teach in the Seminary in 2005.  He teaches Reformed Dogmatics and Old Testament studies.  He is married to his wife Rhonda, and together they have eleven children and thirty grandchildren.”
ProfBGritters

Prof. Barry Gritters

Woensdag-middag: The Reformed Heritage of Heidelberg Catechism Preaching
Woensdag-aand: On the Definition of “Reformed.”  What makes a church “Reformed”?
Donderdag- middag: The Reformed Method and Blessing of Heidelberg Catechism Preaching
Donderdag-aand: What is the Kingdom? Neo-Calvinism and the Mission of the Church
Biography: “Barrett Gritters is Professor of New Testament and Practical Theology at the Protestant Reformed Theological School in Grandville, Michigan, USA.  He served for 20 years as pastor of 2 different Protestant Reformed congregations.  For the past 13 years he has been teaching at the seminary.  He serves as one of the editors of the Standard Bearer, the voice of the Protestant Reformed Churches for almost 92 years.  He and his wife Lorinda have 6 married children and many grandchildren.”
Kontakpersoon vir verdere inligting:
Slabbert Le Cornu
082 770 2669

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