Service - 11:00 AM
The Office of Believer (5)
Believer's Responsibility for the Preaching
I. Responsible for Whom?
Responsible for What?
Responsible to Speak
Psalms: 91:1-8; 40:6-10; 119:73-80; 119:33-40
Service - 6:00 PM
Our God is in the Heavens
I. His Effectual Will
Psalms: 89:5-10; 40:11-17; 135:1-7; 115:1-11
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Quotes to Consider:
Prof. Herman Hanko: "Archippus was the
minister of the church of Colosse. The admonition of the text is not
addressed to him, but to the congregation. This is evident from the
Greek, which indicates that the object of the admonition is plural,
namely the members of the church to whom the epistle is directed. They
are to see to it that their pastor, Archippus, takes heed to the
ministry which he has received. The believers in Colosse are
responsible for faithful preaching; they carry out their
responsibility as prophets through an ordained ministry. The point is
that the congregation preaches the Word through its ordained ministry.
It is also, therefore, ultimately responsible for the work of its
minister. This is not to deny that the elders are also responsible,
for they have the oversight of the church and are responsible to see
to it that the minister discharges his office faithfully (Church
Order, Art. 23). But Article 23 does not refute the point I am making,
for the congregation also functions through the office of elder and
the office of deacon. Holding the kingly office conferred on them by
the Spirit of Christ, the believers rule in the church, although they
do so through the elders. The same believers, as priests of Christ,
help the needy, but do so through the office of deacon" (The
Believers’ Manual for Church Order, p. 5).
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
The Standard Bearers are available on the
Congregational Outing: If you are going on the
Titanic Boat Tour on the Lagan River please be at the dock no later
than 10:45 AM tomorrow. Maps to the dock will be available after the
service this evening. Weather permitting we will go to Crawfordsburn
Country Park afterward. Bring your own picnic lunch. Those not going
on the boat can meet us at the park at about 12:30.
This week Tuesday, Bob Wendrich will undergo
an operation to remove a cancerous tumour from his bladder. Please
remember Bob in your prayers.
Catechism: Classes with the Murrays & Campbells
have ended for the season.
Rev. & Mary Stewart will travel to Wales on
Thursday. They plan to visit the BRF conference site on Thursday
evening and Friday. Rev. Stewart will then give a lecture on
"The 7,000 Who Have Not Bowed the Knee to Baal" in Porthcawl on Friday
evening at 7:15 PM. Bible Study will not be held this week.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day,
23 April (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "Even So Send I
You" (John 20:19-23).
Last Week’s Offerings: General Fund - £1222.80.
Donation: £20 (pamphlets).
PRC News: Prof. Engelsma has recovered from his
surgery and returned to his work in the seminary on Tuesday.