It’s Sunday Morning and everyone is on their way to church, to greet the saints and gather around the preaching of the Word. The parking lot is full. Ushers are at the front door with a welcoming handshake and a visitors card for those who are looking for a church to attend. Kids are running everywhere but especially to the senior saint all the children know has a pocket full of candy for them. The pastor is welcoming the adult Sunday School class that meets in the auditorium, walking back and forth across the pews shaking hands with the saints as they gather. At 10:00am, the Pastor opens in prayer, asking the Lord’s blessing on the Lord’s Day, opens his Bible, and begins teaching the flock what God says in His Holy Word. He doesn’t once mention is advanced theological degrees, nor does he create questions in the minds of the people as to the authority of the Word. He is the under-shepherd of God’s flock and counts his care for the saints both a burden for their spiritual well-being and a honor for being called of God to minister. Some of the material is not easy. Questions are asked seeking clarification. Illustrations are given and cross references are read to assure the saints of the truth of what is being taught. Growing in the Word is an exhilarating thing. It makes coming to Sunday School worthwhile.
Published by Dr. Peter Van Kleeck, Sr.
Dr. Peter William Van Kleeck, Sr. : B.A., Grand Rapids Baptist College, 1986; M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1990; Th.M., Calvin Theological Seminary, 1998; D. Min, Bob Jones University, 2013. Dr. Van Kleeck was formerly the Director of the Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, Grand Rapids, MI, (1990-1994) lecturing, researching and writing in the defense of the Masoretic Hebrew text, Greek Received Text and King James Bible. His published works include, "Fundamentalism’s Folly?: A Bible Version Debate Case Study" (Grand Rapids: Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, 1998); “We have seen the future and we are not in it,” Trinity Review, (Mar. 99); “Andrew Willet (1562-1621: Reformed Interpretation of Scripture,” The Banner of Truth, (Mar. 99); "A Primer for the Public Preaching of the Song of Songs" (Outskirts Press, 2015). Dr. Van Kleeck is the pastor of the Providence Baptist Church in Manassas, VA where he has ministered for the past twenty-one years. He is married to his wife of 43 years, Annette, and has three married sons, one daughter and eighteen grandchildren. View more posts