This coming Sunday, March 13, Young Calvinist is sponsoring a presentation by Prof. Dykstra on this vital topic, intended to benefit those who have already made confession of faith and those who will in the future, D.V. It will address what is included in public confession of faith, knowing whether one is ready, and why we must confess our faith in Jesus. There will be time for discussion as well. This speech will take place at Georgetown PRC at 8 PM.

Living for Christ

What does it mean to be a full-time Christian? To go to church every Sunday or to make it to every Bible study or group event? We as Christians struggle to find the right answer to this question, even though the answer is plain and simple. To be a full-time Christian simply means to live for Christ in all aspects of our lives, not just on Sundays.

Living for Christ is easier to do on the first day of the week. We go to church twice, sing praises to God, and live that day a bit differently from the others in the week. We talk about the sermons in good fellowship with other like-minded believers, go to Bible study or young adults Sunday evening, and focus on the word of God. But what happens when Monday morning rolls around? Do we stay truly focused on the matters we dwelled on the day before? Or do we go through the motions as we go about our daily lives?

Work and school, marriage and finances, and countless other things take up a huge majority of our lives. Trying to remember the sermon we just heard in church the day or two after becomes a struggle. We get caught up in the language of the world around our coworkers and classmates, forgetting that just days prior we sang the praises of the Lord Jesus. We act as if we were merely part-time Christians.

This should scare us. We tend to think that, yes, we are Christians. We believe in God, we live a Christian life, and we have good godly friends. But doing our personal devotions flies out the window with the amount of time we spend working, going on dates, hanging out with friends, and doing the crazy amounts of homework college requires. Talking with our friends about God and the gospel becomes an “only Sunday” thing, and even the thought of talking about God with coworkers and colleagues sounds weird and impossible.

How terrible that sounds! But that’s us! We aren’t any better people than the ones living around us. Satan creeps in a lot easier when we live as part-time Christians. When praising God and talking about Him with others is only for Sundays. When other things become more of a priority than personal devotions or reading the Bible. The devil suddenly finds an easy way in. It would be so easy to just forget about reading the Bible at all, when I only do it once a week anyway. I have so much homework to finish up, I can miss the evening service at church. I go in the morning, that should be enough.

The thing is, Satan works full-time. He doesn’t take a break, because when we do, he is there to take advantage of us. The one time we miss church, he is there to put wicked thoughts in our heads, and lead us to do worldly things.

We are called by God to be full-time Christians. Maybe not in those exact words, but in Ecclesiastes 12:13 we are reminded that it is the whole duty of man to fear God and keep His commandments. And not just one day out of the week, but all day, every day, for our whole life. And that is so hard. With Satan there, ready to creep in when we fall spiritually (which is often because of our sinful nature) it is hard to maintain a good, godly life. We could never do any of this on our own. Titus 2:11-13 brings a strong word of encouragement on this matter. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.”

Let us live for Christ as full-time Christians in a world that constantly tempts us to fall away from the faith. Satan will never stop at trying to get us to fall from Christ, but he will never win. God is above all things, even the devil. In John 10:29, the words of Christ clearly put this in perspective for us, “My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” The devil will never be able to snatch us away from God because Christ already died for us, and we are His own.

Kaylie DeVries

Why You Should Write

One of the primary functions of the Young Calvinists is to publish a blog specifically targeted at the Protestant Reformed youth. To furnish this blog with content, we generally search for young adults and young people who are willing to share their writing with their peers. However, our well of articles is often dry. What follows is a plea for writers. If you are willing and able, please contact us at If you would like to recommend a friend, send us their name and email.

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

The Calling to Write

The call to write is based on the Scriptural call to be God’s witnesses. This call comes not only to ministers and missionaries, but to every member of the church. You, though you be a high school freshman or a busy college student, are called to declare the glory of God to those around you. Sing of His might! Speak of His glory! And if the opportunity arises, write!

This biblical calling is not limited to our interactions with those outside the church. Your best friend, even the one who sits next to you in school and across the aisle at church, needs to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. You expect the pastor to preach and teachers to teach, but sometimes the Word of God works most powerfully when it comes from a fellow young person. And as more young people share, the sharing becomes easier.

Writing spiritually edifying articles is profitable for others, but also for yourself. Writing forces you to think. One author said, “Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard.” It certainly is difficult, but in an age when convenience is king, it is most important to do something that is hard. Perhaps your article takes much research and several drafts. Perhaps you struggle to express yourself clearly because the thoughts are all jumbled together in your brain. But once you write them down, you start to see how to fit them together like pieces of a puzzle. Through the process, you gain a depth of understanding so that the Bible verse or concept about which you write becomes imprinted on your heart and mind for future benefit. And the more you write, the easier it gets not only to write clearly, but also to think clearly.

Excuses Answered

It is natural to be a little hesitant to have your own written work published for all to see. Yet this hesitancy is often unfounded. Here are several answers to the most common excuses.

“I don’t have anything to write about.”

Do you have a favorite verse? A favorite song or a favorite book? Are you interested in church history or current events? At the Young Calvinists, we are interested in hearing your Christian thoughts on any number of topics. You have a unique perspective, and we want to hear it!

“I’m not a good writer.”

It is true that God gives to each one of us different natural abilities, so that it’s possible an aptitude for writing is not one of your talents. Yet we urge you to think twice. Writing well does not take big words or great eloquence. Often, the simplest article is the most profound. After all, the central doctrines of God’s Word are remarkably simple, and yet deeper than we can ever search out.

Also, there are always resources available to help in your writing. Ask a friend or your parents to review and suggest edits, for no successful writer writes alone. The Young Calvinists also have an editing process for every article we receive in which revisions are suggested and sent back to you for review. 

Finally, the Young Calvinists blog is a great place to start improving your writing with very little pressure. Your fellow writers and readers are generally young people just like you, so your article is never going to be read with an over-critical eye.

“I don’t feel qualified to write.”

We already established that every Christian, even a young person, is called to be a witness of the gospel. Graciously, God who commands also gives the power whereby we obey. The Holy Spirit is that power, and He is poured out upon every regenerated child of God. You now hold the office of all believers, so that in a sense you are a prophet of God, and thus you are qualified to write even about spiritual things. 

“I don’t have the time.”

One suggestion is to make writing a part of your daily devotions. Write down your thoughts as you work your way through a Bible text or a devotional, and after a week or so, you might just be half-way to finishing an article.

It is true that writing takes time, and writing well takes even more time. But as pointed out before, it can be immensely profitable, and therefore it is worth making the time to write.

The Young Calvinists needs more writers for our blog. But really, it is the church as a whole that needs more writers, because the church needs young people who take an interest in spiritual things. The church needs young people who are able to think and to express their thoughts clearly. We hope that you have been encouraged to write for your own spiritual benefit, the good of the church, and the glory of God.

The Young Calvinists