Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 4 September, 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 Word and the World [download]
Scripture Reading: Romans 1:18-32
Word Lights Every Man
The World Does Not Know the Word
Psalms: 148:1-10; 106:16-22; 19:1-6; 36:5-11
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Christ’s Lifelong Suffering [download]
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 15
The Blessed Result
Psalms: 149:1-6; 106:23-31; 69:14-15, 17-21; 22:13-20
Stephen Murray for
CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services.
Quote to Consider:
John Calvin on John 1:9: "For we know
that men have this peculiar excellence which raises them above other
animals, that they are endued with reason and intelligence, and that
they carry the distinction between right and wrong engraven on their
conscience. There is no man, therefore, whom some perception of the
eternal light does not reach. But as there are fanatics who rashly
strain and torture this passage, so as to infer from it that the grace
of illumination is equally offered to all, let us remember that the only
subject here treated is the common light of nature, which is far
inferior to faith; for never will any man, by all the acuteness and
sagacity of his own mind, penetrate into the kingdom of God. It is the
Spirit of God alone who opens the gate of heaven to the elect. Next, let
us remember that the light of reason which God implanted in men has been
so obscured by sin, that amidst the thick darkness, and shocking
ignorance, and gulf of errors, there are hardly a few shining sparks
that are not utterly extinguished."
Canons of Dordt III/IV:4: "There
remain, however, in man since the fall, the glimmerings of natural
light, whereby he retains some knowledge of God, of natural things, and
of the differences between good and evil, and discovers some regard for
virtue, good order in society, and for maintaining an orderly external
deportment. But so far is this light of nature from being sufficient to
bring him to a saving knowledge of God, and to true conversion, that he
is incapable of using it aright even in things natural and civil. Nay
further, this light, such as it is, man in various ways renders wholly
polluted, and holds it in unrighteousness, by doing which he becomes
inexcusable before God."
Zacharias Ursinus on Heidelberg
Catechism, Lord's Day 15: "By the term passion we are to understand
the whole humiliation of Christ, or the obedience of his whole
humiliation, all the miseries, infirmities, griefs, torments and
ignominy to which he was subject, for our sakes, from the moment of his
birth even to the hour of his death, as well in soul as in body."
Caspar Olevianus on Heidelberg
Catechism, Lord's Day 15: "The other aspect of the life of Christ
that faith looks at and appropriates is the submissive, obedient
humiliation that Christ the Lord in our person showed the Father
throughout His whole life. For although our salvation is due above all
to the obedience Christ showed in His death, the rest of His life is not
excluded: throughout His whole life He took on the form of a servant.
The Apostle Paul includes the entire submissive humiliation of the Son
from beginning to end when he says in Philippians 2:8, 'He humbled
himself and became obedient to the Father to the point of death, even
the death of the cross'" (A Firm Foundation: An Aid to Interpreting
the Heidelberg Catechism, p. 64).
George Smeaton: "It must be noticed,
further, that the verb 'bears' [in John 1:29], which is in the present
tense, is not used as a prophecy, neither as an allusion to the constant
efficacy of the sacrifice, but as indicating that Jesus was even then
the sin-bearer. He never in fact appeared 'without sin' during
His humiliation (Heb. 9:28); and His coming in the likeness of sinful
flesh was at once a proof that sin was borne by Him, and that this was
already a part of His satisfaction. He was, even then, bearing sin, and
many of the penal effects of it" (The Atonement According to Christ
and His Apostles, p. 48).
John Owen on Hebrews 9:28: "In his
first appearance in the flesh he was absolutely in himself without sin;
but his great work was about sin. And in what he had to do for us he was
'made sin,' 'he bare our iniquities,' and was treated both by God and
man as the greatest sinner. He had all the penal effects and consequents
of sin upon him; all dolorous infirmities of nature, as fear, sorrow,
grief, pain; all sufferings that sin deserved, that the law threatened,
were in him and upon him. Nothing, as it were, appeared with him or upon
him but sin; that is, the effects and consequents of it, in what he
underwent for our sakes. But now he shall appear perfectly free from all
these things, as a perfect conqueror over sin, in all its causes,
effects, and consequents" (Hebrews, vol. 6, p. 416).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
Missionary letters from Limerick and
Pittsburgh are on the back table.
The second offering this morning is
for the building fund.
A congregational meeting will be
held this evening, Male confessing members will vote to approve or
disapprove Ivan Reid for elder and to elect William Graham and Philip
Hall as deacons (one for 2 years and one for 3 years).
The yearly Beacon Lights
subscriptions are due. Subscribers, please pay Susan £10. If you would
like to subscribe to this family magazine, speak to Susan.
Ladies Discussion Group will hold an
introductory meeting this Friday at 10 AM at the church. Meetings will
be on 9 & 23 September and then the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month.
Speak to Susan or Alison for more details.
Catechism starts Monday, 12 September:
6 PM - O.T. Beginners (Alex & Nathan) 6:45 PM - O.T. Juniors (Jacob &
Tuesday, 13 Sept. at 7 PM - Heidelberg
Catechism (Timothy, Zoe, Amy & Lea). This class will normally meet
at 7:30 PM on Monday evenings.
Our Tuesday morning Bible study will
meet on 13 September at 11 AM. We will be studying the Antichrist in the
book of Revelation. All are welcome.
Wednesday Belgic Confession Class
will start on 14 September at 7:45 PM. We will look at Belgic
Confession 12 on creation. All are welcome. CDs of the Belgic
Confession Class introduction from last year are free on the back
The Council heard the confession of faith
of Anga Dyck on Thursday. We rejoice in our sister’s good confession.
Unless any lawful objections are made, Anga’s public confession of
faith will take place on 18 September.
We hope to hold an "overnighter" on
Friday night to Saturday afternoon (23-24 September) in Carlingford,
Rep. of Ireland. A sign-up sheet is on the back table.
Offerings: General Fund: £971.50.
£20 (DVDs), £50 (CDs).