Articles from the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia.

Run the race! Fight the fight!

by Rev John de Jongh, CRC Gosnells

1 Corinthians 9:24-27:  “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.  No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

Over the last couple of weeks, Olympic fever has hit again, and gold is the preferred colour of the day. (read more…)

Expository preaching

by Dr Martin Williams

What is expository preaching? Expository preaching is simply the uninterrupted, systematic, proclamation of God’s Word—verse by verse, chapter by chapter, book by book, week by week, year by year. This method of preaching boasts a rich and splendid heritage from Augustine to Chrysostom to Zwingli to Bucer to Calvin to the Puritans down to recent and present day preachers such as Martyn Lloyd-Jones, James Boice, R. Kent Hughes, Philip Ryken, Richard Phillips, Derek Thomas, and John MacArthur. (read more…)

Reformed or Arminian

by Rev Albert Esselbrugge CRC Boxhill

Reflecting recently on why we are Reformed as opposed to being Arminian, I wondered whether everyone is even consciously aware of what those two terms mean.

That we are Reformed is hard to miss. The word appears in our title. We have called ourselves the “Reformed Church of Box Hill”, and we may assume that everyone actually knows what that term “Reformed” means, but do we? (read more…)

Bible and/or your theology

By Rev John de Jongh, CRC Gosnells 

The Bible and our knowledge of God and his purposes and acts (theology): what is their relationship? Which should come first? Should our theology guide our understanding of the Bible, or the Bible dictate our knowledge of God? Which is the chicken, which is the egg, and which needs to come first? (read more…)

The leap of faith

By Julia Styles, intern CRC Gosnells

I would class myself as “right-brained”; lover of the arts and creativity, whilst floundering in what you could call, “simple logic.” So, I decided to write through this lens, and present a creative twist on the life-long journey of sanctification. (read more…)

Pastoral visitation

by Dr Murray Capill, Principal Reformed Theological College, Australia

Historically, one of the key strategies for pastoral care has been personal visitation. Pastors, elders and church members have shown care by visiting: visiting people in their homes, in hospital, at work, in prison or wherever they are. Richard Baxter, for example, is famous for his diligent house to house visitation in Kidderminster. And in Reformed churches, elders’ home visits have been an institution, loved by some and loathed by others. In many churches the frequency of a pastor’s visits is seen as the chief measure of his care and pastoral involvement. (read more…)

Church attendance

By Rev John Zuidema, CRC of Dee Why

This past week I was in conversation with a Christian brother and he said he had spoken to a young man who said he didn’t see the need for attending church.  This young man wasn’t the first to say this and he won’t be the last. So where do these people go to worship?  They don’t! They will gladly tell you, almost with a smile on their face, that they stay at home and worship via the internet! (read more…)

Things my mother taught me

By Keith Dickson, CRC Blacktown

The other day I realised that my mother died nearly 25 years ago and I thought of the many ladies, sisters in the Lord, who have lived amongst us and been part of our congregation. Do we remember them? What has been the impact of their lives on today’s generation? (read more…)

What do you see?

By Rev Albert Esselbrugge, CRC of Box Hill

When you open the Bible, what do you see? Some people see stories that are centuries old and which are like fairy tales. They are interesting in a certain entertaining way, but they don’t see those stories with a great deal to say about today. It even appears that there are many who call themselves Christian who regard the Bible or parts of the Bible in that way. (read more…)

God’s sin bearer substitute

by Harry Burgraaf

In our street lived an aging man who seemed to have no friends. His name was quite unpronounceable, like ours actually, and his appearance was rather like the ‘rag lady’ who fossicks for half eaten lunches in the street bins of Melbourne. For weeks on end he remained holed up in his house, all curtains drawn. No one called. The house was in disrepair, the weeds were knee-high, junk mail spilled out of the letterbox. (read more…)

Palm Sunday

by Rev Reinier Noppers, CRC of Perth

It is only a week before Easter: a week before the events of the cross: fulfilling the words of the prophets, Jesus rides into Jerusalem in such a way that no one can mistake whom He is: the Son of David, the King of Israel. (read more…)

Jesus heals

by Rev John Zuidema, CRC of Dee Why

Have you ever heard of the Equippers Church in Tamatea? I am sure myNew Zealand readers would have heard of this church which functions in a suburb of Napier.  Just recently this church made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. They placed a large billboard that claimed in big letters that “Jesus heals cancer”. In fact, this church even added the number ‘6’ that it claimed were healed of cancer in their fellowship. (read more…)

The Tower of Babel revisited

by Rev Albert Esselbrugge, CRC of Box Hill

It would be very hard to not be aware of the anxiety everyone seems to feel about the current state of global finance. For at least the last three years we have had nothing but global financial crisis (GFC) reports. Governments have used up huge sums of money to try to stimulate flagging national economies, and especially financial institutions. Then following hard on the heels of the GFC we have been told every day how various nations are teetering on the brink of financial ruin, being unable to meet the interest payments of the astronomical debts they have run up in order to service the standard of living the people of those nations demand, and to protect their own positions of power. Unless other nations band together to bail out Greece, Ireland, Spain and others, we will see some challenging and dramatic changes to our world. (read more…)

Small groups starting

by Rev John Zuidema, CRC of Dee Why

It’s already the month of February and most churches are now waking from their slumber.  It’s surprising that we hibernate for nearly two months from many church activities during the Christmas / January holiday period.  As you will have noticed, many of our activities start again soon, including our Small Groups.  So what is the goal for those this coming year?  Well allow me to list just three goals. (read more…)

Small group Bible study

by Dr Murray Capill, Principal of the Reformed Theological College, Australia

In September (2011) I wrote about some of the skills required to lead a small group Bible study. But how do you actually prepare the Bible study itself? While there are many published Bible study guides available, some of the most worthwhile studies are those prepared by the group leader. There is no one right way to do this, but the following thoughts will perhaps be of some help. (read more…)

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