I note that there is not much action on this forum.
Since the Presbyterian Church follows the WCF I have to ask why do you send out Missionaries?
Someone earlier has written:
"The denomination is confessionally reformed (Westminster Confession of Faith) and has a strong emphasis on Biblical doctrine, worship and missions. We have many missionaries we support overseas and in church plants in the U.S."
I am familiar with the old line Presbyterian Church where the WCF is interpreted: "God from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass" (III.i).
Missionaries would not be needed since God has ordained whatever will happen.
Calvin says, "The internal affections of men are no less ruled by the hand of God than their external actions are preceded by His eternal decree; and moreover,.....God performs not by the hand of men the things which He has decreed, without first working in their hearts the very will which precedes the acts they are to perform" ("Secret Providence," 243).
Strange doctrine indeed.
When did the Churches of Christ start sending out missionaries? * How about your support of homes for orphans?
*I know that there are individuals in the Churches of Christ who are indeed missionaries, but the group, on the whole, has never been able to work collectively with all congregations being in agreement on how this should be done.
The Churches of Christ will often make cracks about Presbyterians (their founders were ALL Presbyterians) and Baptists, but these groups do work collectively within their groups to support missionaries. I believe that most would agree that is the better way to go about this.
Eph 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
Eph 1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
Eph 1:4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
Eph 1:5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
Eph 1:6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Eph 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
Eph 1:8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
Eph 1:9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ
Eph 1:10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
Eph 1:11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
Eph 1:12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
Eph 1:13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
Eph 1:14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Why would this preclude anyone from going out on the misssion field?