Theologia est doctrina Deo vivendi per Christum - Theology is the doctrine of living unto God through Christ

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From Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920), Our Worship (Onze Eredienst), p. 6-7

“In a genuine church…the gathering of believers” originates in “a historical past that goes back all the way to Pentecost in Jerusalem.  Such a church is rooted in a past of eighteen centuries, in which a temporary minister serves for only a set number of years to accomplish his holy service, and then that same service continues under the ministry of his successor.  That means that it is not the minister who created the church, but that the church existed long before him.  He was born in the church, he served in it, and therefore had to honor the traditions that developed within the church over the centuries.”

Kuyper is reacting to the “free-reining spirit” common today (yes, even back in c. 1900) where a minister starts his own church, gets some followers and goes from there.  Kuyper said that such…

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