The apostle Paul addresses children in Ephesians 6:1-3, commanding them to obey their parents. This simple instruction is directly antithetical to the course of this world because the way of the world is rebellion. Today’s society is characterized by disobedience to parents which is worked by Satan, the original rebel to God. This text is also contrary to our sinful natures which constantly rebel under authority. How then are children able to obey? What is the calling of parents in regard this command? The text also mentions God’s fifth commandment to obey parents as the first commandment with promise. What is this promise and why is it so important? Click here to listen to Rev. David Overway examine this very relevant passage of scripture.
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1 Peter 2:4&5 reveals a very beautiful and comforting picture. The text reveals Christ, the living stone, upon whom the entire universal church is built by God. What is the reason for this type of picture? What is the significance behind Peter calling us living stones? What is the relationship between this spiritual house of living stones and the holy priesthood to which we are called? Click here to listen to Rev. David Overway answer these important questions and explain the many aspects of the spiritual sacrifices that we must offer to God.
“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” Jesus spoke these incredible, comforting words to Martha after her own brother Lazarus past away and just months before His own death on the cross. He saw and knew the depths of the Martha’s grief. Physical death is indeed a cause of great sorrow because it brings such a forceful end to our earthly existence and relationships. But Jesus stands over against death as He said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” As Good Friday and Easter approach, we are reminded of the power of Jesus over against death because He is the life. What really does this mean? Click here to read Rev. Ronald VanOverloop’s study of these words of Jesus in John 11:25-26.
Revelation 5 records a vision of the apostle John where a search is made to find someone worthy to open a book sealed with seven seals and held by God, who sits on his throne surrounded by 24 elders and 4 living creatures. In this vision John sees a "Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth" (v. 6). The Lamb was worthy to take this book, and when He did take this book the elders and creatures proclaimed in song, "Thou art worthy to take the book!" Click here to read Rev. James Slopsema's study of this portion of scripture and how it manifests an important calling to those for whom the Lamb was slain.
You are invited to a free public lecture! The Reformed Witness Committee of Hope PRC is hosting a lecture by Prof. David Engelsma entitled "The Necessity of Membership in a True Church of Jesus Christ." The lecture is on April 22, 2016 at First Jenison Christian Reformed Church. Please see our website for more information. We hope to see you there! Click here for more information.
Revelation 5 describes a book that is bound with seven seals and held by Almighty God. This book represents the whole counsel of God, the eternal determination of God for all things. What can we know about this year, 2016, a page in the book? The chapter also reveals our Savior's relation to the unfolding of history. What place does our Savior have in this year? Click here to listen to Rev. David Overway explain this vision of John in Revelation and the real importance that this text holds for us as New Testament saints.
We are assured by our God that He has all things under His control. In the text above, He assures us that He will fulfill every word of His promises to us. The powerful Antichrist, that is soon coming, will not keep us from anything that God has promised us. We have the assurance that all things do work together for our good. Click here to read the late Rev. John Heys' study on this text from Isaiah that gives us comfort in an increasingly evil world.
Do you lose sleep over the troubles of life? Do you sometimes find it difficult to fall asleep peacefully due to the anxieties of the day? The child of God has many enemies and troubles. Satan, the world of the ungodly, economic instability, sickness, loneliness, anxiety, his own destructive sinful nature, and much more are constantly afflicting him. But the child of God has peace and security. He has peace that allows him to confess with the Psalmist, "I will both lay me down in peace and sleep." How can this be? What is this security that allows him to end the day in peaceful sleep? Click here to listen to Rev. David Overway's instruction on a believer's peace.
Because we live in such a modernized society, we do not very often think about where our food comes from. To put food on our tables we have only to go to the store. And, even if we think beyond the supermarket as the source of food, we still tend to think of the harvest as something that men have brought about using machinery to plow, plant, and harvest the crops. Not only that, the money we use to buy our provisions is most often conceived of as a product of our own labor. In other words, we tend to forget God. We forget how dependent we are upon Him to give us daily bread. Are we thankful for the wonderful goodness of God? Then our calling is to show forth our thankfulness. Click here to read more about this important calling.
Thankfulness to God for His gifts is our obligation as children of God. Do we truly understand what it means to be thankful? What are we to be thankful for? How must we express our thankfulness to God? How thankful must we be? In this Thanksgiving Day message, Rev. Overway explains this important calling of which we must be continually mindful throughout the year. Click here to listen.
"…by revelation he [God] made known unto me the mystery…which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit." Do you understand what mystery Paul was talking about in Ephesians 3, the mystery that is now revealed to us in the New Testament? Rev. Bruinsma expounds on the mystery that Paul was referring to. Click here to read.