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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church



Rev. Angus Stewart

Lord’s Day, 17 April, 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 Prayer of the Church in Babylon (5)

The Desolate Church Appeals to Father   [download]    [youtube]

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 63:7-64:12

Text: Isaiah 63:15-16

I. The Solemn Affirmations That God Is Our Father

II. The Earnest Pleas for Father to Look Upon Us

III. The Passionate Questions Concerning Father’s Mercies Towards Us

Psalms: 79:8-13; 95:1-5; 77:3-9; 80:14-19


Evening Service - 6:00 PM

Ingrafted Into Christ   [download]  [youtube]

Scripture Reading: John 15:1-27

Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 7

I. The Meaning

II. The Calling

III. The Pruning

Psalms: 90:1-7; 95:6-11; 80:8-13; 119:65-72


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Quotes to Consider:

John Calvin on Isaiah 63:16: "God permits us to reveal our hearts familiarly before him; for prayer is nothing else than the opening up of our heart before God; as the greatest alleviation is, to pour our cares, distresses, and anxieties into his bosom. ‘Roll thy cares on the Lord,’ says David (Ps. 37:4) ... [Isaiah] calls God a Father in the name of the Church; for all cannot call him thus, but it is the peculiar privilege of the Church to address him by a father’s name. Hence it ought to be inferred that Christ, as the first-born, or rather the only-begotten Son of God, always governed his Church; for in no other way than through him can God be called Father."

T. Reade: "True faith is not a mere passive impression, or an inoperative notion. It is a holy principle wrought in the soul by the Spirit of God, producing gracious habits, holy affections, filial reverence, and obedience."

Announcements (subject to God’s will)

Catechism classes: Monday, 6:00 PM - Joseph, Jacob, Nathan & Alex

Monday, 6:45 PM - Zoe, Amy & Lea

Tuesday Bible study: 11 AM, on II Thessalonians 3:3f. on confidence in the saints and withdrawing from disorderly brethren.

Wednesday Belgic Confession class: 7:45 PM. We’ll continue our study of Article 10, looking at the eternal generation of the Son.

Thursday membership class: 7:30 PM on eschatology, the last times.

The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "The Not Quite Empty Tomb (John 20:1-10) by Rev. R. Kleyn.

Offerings: General Fund - £434.84.

The Council will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, 2 May, at 8 PM.

Everyone is invited to a CPRC/LRF Overnighter at the Newcastle Youth Hostel in Co. Down on Friday, 6 May. We now have a large enough group to have the hostel to ourselves and so we have more beds available. Come join us at this fine location in the centre of Newcastle, overlooking the beach. Cost is just £15 per person. Directions can be found on the hostel website (

Website Additions: 1 Italian, 1 Serbian, 1 Portuguese and 2 German translations were added.

PRC News: Hope PRC called Rev. Marcus (Edmonton, Canada). Trinity will call from a trio of Revs. W. Langerak (Southeast, MI), Koole (Grandville, MI), and Haak (Georgetown, MI).

Letter published in the Grand Rapids Press, 14 April, 2011

God’s Love Can’t Be Defeated

The opposition in Grand Rapids to Pastor Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins, surprises me ("Past couple of weeks ‘most painful,’ pastor says," Grand Rapids Press, April 6).

The reason for his doubt about eternal punishment is his conviction that God loves all humans and desires to save them all. His argument is simple: Those who are loved by God will not perish. The title of the middle chapter of the book is, "Does God Get What God Wants?"

If the premise is right (God loves all humans), the conclusion is sound—and orthodox (there is no hell).

The love of God cannot be defeated. As Pastor Bell puts it: "Love wins." As the Reformed faith puts it: "The love of God is sovereign!’

The day I am convinced that God loves all humans without exception, on that day I become a universalist—a very bold universalist.

Most of those opposing Bell share his conviction about the universality of the love of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

But they condemn his conclusion.

For them, the love of God fails.

This is worse heresy.


Professor of Theology, Emeritus Protestant Reformed Seminary Grand Rapids

What Would It Take to Prove Election and Reprobation?

Rev. Angus Stewart

Some people wonder if the Bible teaches absolute predestination: God’s unconditional election of some sinners to everlasting salvation in Jesus Christ and His unconditional reprobation of other sinners to eternal destruction in the way of their sins.

What would it take to prove this? What if God in His Word told us of twin boys in their mother’s womb, and said that before they were even born—and therefore before they could believe or not believe, or do good works or bad works—one was the object of God’s love and election while the other was hated?

What if an apostle, anticipating objections to this, emphatically denied that God is unrighteous in so doing, and quoted Old Testament Scripture to prove the absolute sovereignty of God’s mercy and compassion, and asserted that salvation is not of man’s free will or of man’s exertions but solely of divine mercy?

What if the Holy Ghost, knowing full well the objections of fallen man to this teaching, proceeded to give a well-known Old Testament example of a man whom God hardened and destroyed in order to show the power of His glorious name? What if He then affirmed the absolute sovereignty of divine hardening and, rebuking those who find fault with God’s ways, taught that God is the great potter who can do what He wills with the vessels He makes, destroying some and bringing others to glory?

This is exactly what we do have in Romans 9:10-24. If anyone wants to know if the Bible teaches unconditional election and unconditional reprobation, they should look up and read this passage.

Romans 9:10-24: "And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?"