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Rooted and Grounded

*This is a digital copy of Rooted and Grounded
Abraham Kuyper
Church and Ministry
Published on June 13th, 2014
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Abraham Kuyper’s Rooted & Grounded is the Word of the Lord for the Christian church today. Christians know the Gospel must permeate every area of life organically, that every vocation is integral and not accidental to the , as my friend and colleague Steven Garber is fond of saying. This is what Kuyper means when he talks about the church being rooted in the organism of the Gospel. But Kuyper goes much further, reminding us that the church is 'First rooted, then grounded' in an institutional form with core doctrinal, liturgical, and office-bearing responsibilities that norm its vital organic life. Just as faith and life cannot be separated, so also the church as an organism and an organization cannot be separated. Too often, however, I hear from frustrated leaders in the faith and work movement the faulty advice to bypass pastors, church governing boards, and seminary classrooms and move directly to workplace ministry without hindrance or obstruction. Abraham Kuyper's robust ecclesiology discourages renewal movements from doing end runs around the church and seminary. Originally presented by Abraham Kuyper as the Inaugural Sermon, delivered at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, August 10, 1870. "Abraham Kuyper preached his sermon 'Rooted and Grounded' at a time when the ground was shifting under the feet of the churches in the West. His sermon was, of course, not a comprehensive theological account, but he nonetheless provided in short compass an account of the church that answered the chief questions raised by modern society: What is the church? and What is its position in the emerging society?" --From the introduction by John Halsey Wood Jr.
  • Abraham Kuyper

    Abraham Kuyper’s life began in the small Dutch village of Maassluis on October 29,1837. During his first pastorate, he developed a deep devotion to Jesus Christ, spurring him to a deep commitment to Reformed theology, which profoundly influenced his later careers. He labored tirelessly, publishing two newspapers, leading a reform movement out of the state church, founding the Free University of Amsterdam, and serving as prime minister of the Netherlands. He died on November 8, 1920, after relentlessly endeavoring to integrate his faith and life; truly, his emphasis on worldview formation has had a transforming influence upon evangelicalism, through the diaspora of the Dutch Reformed churches and those they have inspired.

    In the mid-nineteenth-century Dutch political arena, the increasing sympathy for the “No God, no master!” dictum of the French Revolution greatly concerned Kuyper. To desire freedom from an oppressive government or a heretical religion was one thing, but to eradicate religion from politics as spheres of mutual influence was, for Kuyper, unthinkable. Because man is sinful, he reasoned, a state that derives its power from men cannot avoid the vices of fallen human impulses. True limited government flourishes best when people recognize their sinful condition and acknowledge God’s divine authority. In Kuyper’s words, “The sovereignty of the state as the power that protects the individual and that defines the mutual relationships among the visible spheres, rises high above them by its right to command and compel. But within these spheres … another authority rules, an authority that descends directly from God apart from the state. This authority the state does not confer but acknowledges.”

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