Service - 11:00 AM
Catholicity of the Church
Catechism, Lord's Day 21; Ephesians 2:11-22
Psalms: 47:1-9; 38:14-22; 22:27-31; 67:1-7
Service - 6:00 PM
The Office of Believer (3)
Brother Sins and Does Not Repent
I. The Initial Steps
Calling After Excommunication
Psalms: 90:1-7; 39:1-5; 101:1-8; 141:1-5
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CPRF website: www.cprf.co.uk
Quotes to Consider:
Calvin: "The Church ... is the society of all
the saints, ... spread over the whole world, and existing in all ages,
yet bound together by one doctrine, and the one Spirit of Christ,
cultivates and observes unity of faith and brotherly concord."
Rev. Ron Hanko: "The idea that one language is
better suited to express the Christian faith than another, or that
people of some races do not make very good Christians, denies the
catholicity of the church. So does the notion that one country or
people represent in some special sense the kingdom of God, as
dispensationalism and British Israelitism teach (Doctrine
According to Godliness, p. 234).
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
The second offering this morning is for the
building fund. We now have about £190,000 to put toward our
The Callenders would like to thank the
Fellowship for the cards, visits, and especially prayers on their
behalf since Mr. Callender’s stroke. He continues to get therapy and
is making progress with his speech and coordination.
Catechism: Tuesday at 5:30 PM at the Murrays
(Membership class at 6:30 PM) Thursday at 7 PM at the Hamills
Bible Study will be held this week Wednesday at
8 PM at the manse.
Rev. Stewart is scheduled to speak to a year 12
religious education class at Ballycastle High School on
Thursday, 6 April.
Don’t forget the lecture this Friday, 7 April, on
"The Synod of Dordt," which drafted the original 5 points of
Calvinism. The lecture is at 8 PM here at Ballymena Protestant Hall.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day, 9
April (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "Surely this was the
Son of God!" (Mark 15:39).
Reserve Monday, 17 April ("Easter Monday"), for a
congregational outing. More details in next week’s bulletin.
Website: Martyn McGeown’s article on "Fundamentalists
and the ‘Incorruptible’ Blood of Christ" is now on-line. We also
have some or all of the Three Forms of Unity and the ecumenical creeds
in Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian,
Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish,
Ukrainian and Welsh.
Upcoming Lectures: "The 7,000 Who Have Not
Bowed the Knee to Baal," S. Wales, 21 April
Last Week’s Offerings: General Fund - £1302.03.
Donations: £39 (building fund), £140 (tapes).
Of Censure and Ecclesiastical Admonition
Christian Discipline is of a spiritual nature, and exempts no one from
Civil trial or punishment by the Authorities, so also besides Civil
punishment there is need of Ecclesiastical Censures, to reconcile the
sinner with the Church and his neighbour and to remove the offence out
of the Church of Christ.
In case any
one errs in doctrine or offends in conduct as long as the sin is of a
private character, not giving public offence, the rule clearly
prescribed by Christ in Matthew 18 shall be followed.
of which the sinner repents, after being admonished by one person in
private or in the presence of two or three witnesses, shall not be
laid before the Consistory.
If any one,
having been admonished in love concerning a secret sin by two or three
persons, does not give heed, or otherwise has committed a public sin,
the matter shall be reported to the Consistory.
reconciliation of all such sins as are of their nature of a public
character, or have become public because the admonition of the Church
was despised, shall take place (upon sufficient evidence of
repentance) in such a manner as the Consistory shall deem conducive to
the edification of each Church. Whether in particular cases this shall
take place in public, shall, when there is a difference of opinion
about it in the Consistory, be considered with the advice of two
neighbouring Churches or of the Classis.
obstinately reject the admonition of the Consistory, and likewise
those who have committed a public or otherwise gross sin, shall be
suspended from the Lord’s Supper. And if he, having been suspended,
after repeated admonitions, shows no signs of repentance, the
Consistory shall at last proceed to the extreme remedy, namely,
excommunication, agreeably to the form adopted for that purpose
according to the Word of God. But no one shall be excommunicated
except with advice of the Classis.
suspension from the Lord’s Table, and subsequent admonitions, and
before proceeding to excommunication, the obstinacy of the sinner
shall be publicly made known to the congregation, the offence
explained, together with the care bestowed upon him, in reproof,
suspension from the Lord’s Supper, and repeated admonition, and the
congregation shall be exhorted to speak to him and to pray for him.
There shall be three such admonitions. In the first the name of the
sinner shall not be mentioned that he be somewhat spared. In the
second, with the advice of the Classis, his name shall be mentioned.
In the third the congregation shall be informed that (unless he
repent) he will be excluded from the fellowship of the Church, so that
his excommunication, in case he remains obstinate, may take place with
the tacit approbation of the Church. The interval between the
admonitions shall be left to the discretion of the Consistory.
anyone who has been excommunicated desires to become reconciled to the
Church in the way of repentance, it shall be announced to the
Congregation, either before the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, or
at some other opportune time, in order that (in as far as no one can
mention anything against him to the contrary) he may with profession
of his conversion be publicly reinstated, according to the form for
Order of Dordt)