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A Historical Overview Of Church Government

By Clarence Bouwman   Different systems of church government have arisen over the centuries, and still exist in various churches today. These can be categorised as follows: 1. Papal 2. Lutheran (Erastian) 3. Reformed / Presbyterial 4. Congregational 5. Collegial   In what follows, we deal in some detail with the first three of these […]

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Principles Behind Reformed Church Polity 4

Towards a Bond of Churches (continued) 
Churches Need to Federate Together The above details of cooperation and interaction between the churches of the New Testament are descriptive of what happened at that time. The question that now needs attention is this: ought the Lord’s churches today also to cooperate with one another? We look at […]

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Principles Behind Reformed Church Polity 3


Towards a Bond of Churches From One Church To Many Churches The Book of Acts has much to tell us concerning the formation of local churches. In Acts 5:11 we read “So great fear came upon all the church….” The church mentioned here is a reference to the church in Jerusalem. On Pentecost Day the […]

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The Heidelberg Catechism

What is a catechism? If the word catechism sounds unfamiliar to you, don’t be too surprised.  It’s not used as commonly today as it was in the past.  However, it’s not a complicated word.  The word catechism is really just another term for teaching. The Heidelberg Catechism is a teaching tool used instructing people in the […]

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Your Only Comfort

Your Only Comfort A Conference Celebrating 450 Years with the Heidelberg Catechism    Since it was first published in 1563, the Heidelberg Catechism has been cherished by Christians around the world. Its warm, pastoral summary of the holy gospel has guided generations of God’s people, teaching them about their only true comfort in life and […]

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Resolved…

Jonathan Edwards resolved to live for the glory of God, by the grace of God. We can all learn from his devotion to Christ and would do well to follow the example he set (1 Cor. 11:1; Phil 3:17; 4:9; 1 Pet. 5:3). With the new year upon us and the pressure to create new resolutions, we encourage […]

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What Does Revival Look Like?

By Reformed Outfitters As we scan the pages of church history, we see that the Holy Spirit has always been present in the church through revival. In fact, the Spirit has been in continuous operation since the time of the Old and New Testaments. Many great Christian leaders experienced revival in their lives and ministries. Although […]

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