Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 25 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 - Rev. M. McGeown
Abraham Offering Isaac by Faith [download]
Scripture Reading: Genesis 22:1-19
With What Result?
Psalms: 66:1-7; 107:17-25; 26:1-6; 139:15-24
Evening Service - 6:00 PM - Rev. M. McGeown
Be Reconciled Before Worship! [download]
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:17-30
Psalms: 67:1-7; 107:26-32; 120:1-7; 133:1-3
CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services, contact
desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
Quotes to Consider
Alfred Edersheim: "For this, the last,
the highest but also the steepest ascent in Abraham’s life of faith, all
God’s previous leadings and dealings had been gradually preparing and
qualifying him. But even so, it seems to stand out in Scripture alone
and unapproached, like some grand mountain peak, which only one climber
has ever been called to attain. No, not one; for yet another and far
higher mountain peak, so lofty that its summit reaches into heaven
itself, has been trodden by the Seed of Abraham …" (Old Testament
Bible History, p. 70).
Matthew Henry: "Religious exercises are
not acceptable to God, if they are performed when we are in wrath; envy,
malice, and uncharitableness, are sins so displeasing to God, that
nothing pleases him which comes from a heart wherein they are
predominant … Many give this as a reason why they do not come to church
or to the communion, because they are at variance with some neighbour;
and whose fault is that? … The difficulty is easily got over; those who
have wronged us, we must forgive; and those whom we have wronged, we
must make satisfaction to, or at least make a tender of it, and desire a
renewal of the friendship."
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
We welcome Rev. McGeown who will be
preaching for us today. This evening we will have preparatory with a
view to partaking of the Lord’s Supper next Lord’s Day morning.
On the back table are RFPA Updates
with an interview of Prof. Engelsma about his writing. Two issues of the
Standard Bearer, the September C. R. News, letters
from Covenant of Grace PRC and the Philippines, and October daily
devotional booklets are also available.
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 13:2f. All are welcome.
Belgic Confession Class meets Wednesday
at 7:45 PM. We will continue Belgic Confession 12, looking at
angels and demons. All are welcome.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast
next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) will be "Conviction for
Christian Education" (Ephesians 6:4) by Rev. Haak.
The Council will meet on Monday, 3
October, at 8:15 PM.
Upcoming Lecture: S. Wales, Thursday, 6
October on "The Unchangeable God."
Offerings: General Fund: £459.17.
PRC News: Rev. A. Lanning (Faith, MI) declined the call to Hope
Rev. Angus Stewart
In a world of frequent and often
disturbing, even devastating, change, it is the believer's great comfort
that he knows and serves the unchangeable God. With lay-offs and
uncertainty in our employment, fluctuations in the stock market,
concerns over our own health or that of our loved ones, revolutions in
the Arabic-speaking nations, and fears for the future, we are supported
by the truth: "I am the LORD, I change not" (Mal. 3:16).
Jehovah is the great, all-powerful,
all-knowing, all-wise God, with whom is absolutely "no variableness" or
even a mere "shadow of turning" (James 1:17). He alone can declare of
Himself, "I AM THAT I AM" (Ex. 3:14). He is always Triune (as the Father
and the Son and the Holy Spirit); always perfectly blessed, rich and
full; always sovereign, decreeing and governing all things in heaven, in
the earth and in the seas (Ps. 135:6). He is always unchangeable in His
manifold virtues, righteous will, glorious purposes and faithful
promises in the Lord Jesus.
The Most High's mercy towards His own
people in Christ "endureth forever," as Psalm 136 affirms in each of its
26 verses! The work of grace shall be completed in each of every one of
Christ's sheep (Phil. 1:6), for "whom he did predestinate, them he also
called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he
justified, them he also glorified" (Rom. 8:30). The infinite might and
grace of God are pledged for the defence and preservation of His elect
church (Ps. 125:1-2), the object of the unceasing care of Him who never
"slumbers nor sleeps" (Ps. 121:4).
Even the terrible sins of His people do not
cause Jehovah's lovingkindness towards us to fluctuate or cool, never
mind turn to hatred. Instead, out of His great love for us, He chastens
us, as a good father does his son, to bring us to repent of our evil and
so experience again His mercy in the forgiveness of our iniquities (Heb.
12:5-11). As Malachi puts it, "I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye
sons of Jacob [despite your many, heinous transgressions] are not
This is our consolation, that nothing is
able to separate Jehovah's elect, believing people from the unchangeable
love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 8:35-39). All those whom
Christ loved, He "loved them unto the end" (John 13:1), even unto the
bitter and shameful death of the cross, where the Son of God laid down
His life for the sheep the Father gave Him. As the Second Person of the
Holy Trinity, Jesus Christ is "the same yesterday, and to day, and for
ever" (Heb. 13:8) and, since He changes not, we are not—and can never