Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 16 October, 2011
"Those that be planted in the house of the Lord
shall flourish in the courts of our God" (Ps. 92:13)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
The Incarnate Word (I) [download]
Scripture Reading: John 1:1-18
Meaning of the Incarnate Word
The Dwelling of the Incarnate Word
Psalms: 100:1-5; 109:1-7; 85:5-13; 43:1-5
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Incarnate Word (II)
Scripture Reading: Exodus 40:17-38
Glory of the Incarnate Word
The Fulness of the Incarnate Word
Psalms: 96:1-7; 109:8-14; 29:1-6; 57:4-11
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Quotes to Consider:
John Flavel: "God and man in one
person! Oh! thrice happy conjunction! As man, he is full of experimental
sense of our infirmities, wants, and burdens; and, as God, he can
support and supply them all. The aspect of faith upon this wonderful
person, how relieving, how reviving, how abundantly satisfying is it?
God will never divorce the believing soul, and its comfort, after he
hath married our nature to his own Son, by the hypostatical, and our
persons also, by the blessed mystical union" (Works, vol. 1, p.
B. B. Warfield: "It is clear that it is
primarily in its aspect as a revelation of God that John is here
contemplating the incarnation. Accordingly, he bears his personal
witness to it as such: ‘The Word was made flesh, and tabernacled among
us, and we beheld his glory, a glory as of an only-begotten of the
Father.’ Accordingly, too, he summons the prophetic witness of the
forerunner. And accordingly, still further, he closes the whole with a
declaration of the nature of the revelation made, and its guarantee in
the relation of the incarnated Word to the Father: ‘No man hath seen God
at any time; [the only-begotten Son] which is in the bosom of the
Father, he hath declared him’" (Selected Shorter Writings, vol.
2, p. 456).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
Sunday Catechism: 10 AM - O.T.
Monday Catechism: 6 PM - O.T.
Beginners (Alex & Nathan) 6:45 PM - O.T. Juniors (Jacob & Joseph) 7:30
PM - Heidelberg (Timothy, Zoe, Amy & Lea)
Our Tuesday morning Bible study
meets at 11 AM. We will continue our study of the Antichrist in
Revelation 13:2-10. All are welcome.
Belgic Confession Class meets Wednesday
at 7:45 PM. We will continue Belgic Confession 12, looking at
archangels, etc. All are welcome.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast
next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) will be "Recovery of the
Biblical Gospel (1)" (Romans 1:16) by Rev. Haak.
Reformation Day Lectures: Rev. Stewart
will be giving a lecture entitled "Christ Alone!" in our church on
Friday, 28 October, 7:30 PM. Rev. McGeown will give a lecture on
"Freewill and Predestination" in Limerick on Monday, 31 October.
The Council will hold their next
meeting on Thursday, 3 November.
Offerings: General Fund: £488.55.
£20, £2,045.80 (WPRF, New Zealand).
PRC News: Pastor-elect Jonathan Mahtani will be examined by
Classis East on Wednesday, 2 November, with a view to being installed as
the pastor of Cornerstone PRC.
Articles 18 and 19
Article 18: Of the Incarnation of Jesus
We confess, therefore,
that God did fulfil the promise, which he made to the fathers, by the
mouth of his holy prophets, when he sent into the world, at the time
appointed by him, his own, only-begotten and eternal Son, who took upon
him the form of a servant, and became like unto man, really assuming the
true human nature, with all its infirmities, sin excepted, being
conceived in the womb of the blessed Virgin Mary, by the power of the
Holy Ghost, without the means of man, and did not only assume human
nature as to the body, but also a true human soul, that he might be a
real man. For since the soul was lost as well as the body, it was
necessary that he should take both upon him, to save both.
Therefore we confess (in opposition to the
heresy of the Anabaptists, who deny that Christ assumed human flesh of
his mother) that Christ is become a partaker of the flesh and blood of
the children; that he is a fruit of the loins of David after the flesh;
made of the seed of David according to the flesh; a fruit of the womb of
the Virgin Mary, made of a woman, a branch of David; a shoot of the root
of Jesse; sprung from the tribe of Judah; descended from the Jews
according to the flesh; of the seed of Abraham, since he took on him the
seed of Abraham, and became like unto his brethren in all things, sin
excepted, so that in truth he is our Immanuel, that is to say, God with
Article 19: Of the union and distinction
of the two Natures in the person of Christ.
We believe that by this conception, the
person of the Son is inseparably united and connected with the human
nature; so that there are not two Sons of God, nor two persons, but two
natures united in one single person: yet, that each nature retains its
own distinct properties. As then the divine nature hath always remained
uncreated, without beginning of days or end of life, filling heaven and
earth: so also hath the human nature not lost its properties, but
remained a creature, having beginning of days, being a finite nature,
and retaining all the properties of a real body. And though he hath by
his resurrection given immortality to the same, nevertheless he hath not
changed the reality of his human nature; forasmuch as our salvation and
resurrection also depend on the reality of his body.
But these two natures are so closely united
in one person, that they were not separated even by his death. Therefore
that which he, when dying, commended into the hands of his Father, was a
real human spirit, departing from his body. But in the meantime the
divine nature always remained united with the human, even when he lay in
the grave. And the Godhead did not cease to be in him, any more than it
did when he was an infant, though it did not so clearly manifest itself
for a while. Wherefore we confess, that he is very God, and very Man:
very God by his power to conquer death; and very man that he might die
for us according to the infirmity of his flesh.