Service - 11:00 AM
Righteousness of God
Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 23; Romans 3:21-22
I. The Meaning
Psalms: 98:1-9; 41:1-6; 32:1-5; 40:5-9
Service - 6:00 PM
The Office of Believer (6)
I. The Worthy Causes
Psalms: 15:1-5; 41:7-13; 136:1-12; 112:5-10
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CPRF website: www.cprf.co.uk
Quotes to Consider:
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Romans 3:21: "When
the devil attacks you and suggests to you that you are not a Christian
and that you have never been a Christian because of what is still in
your heart or because of what you are still doing or because of
something you once did—when he comes and thus accuses you, what do you
say to him? Do you agree with him? Or do you say to him: ‘Yes, that
was true, but now ...’? Do you hold up these words against him? Or
when, perhaps, you feel condemned as you read the Scripture, as you
read the Law in the Old Testament, as you read the sermon on the
Mount, and as you feel that you are undone, do you remain lying on the
ground in hopelessness, or do you lift up your head and say, ‘But
now’? This is the essence of the Christian position; this is how faith
answers the accusations of the Law, the accusations of conscience and
everything else that would condemn and depress us. These are indeed
very wonderful words, and it is most important that we should lay hold
of them and realize their tremendous importance and their real
significance" (Romans: An Exposition of Chapters 3:20-4:25, p.
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
The Standard Bearers are available on the
back table as are the RFPA Updates.
Bob Wendrich’s surgery this past week went
well. Thankfully the cancer has not spread. He is out of the hospital
and recovering at home.
Bible Study will be held at 7:45 PM this
Wednesday at the manse as we continue our study of the office of
The Courtneys leave this week to visit
family in Holland, Michigan, for about a month. We wish them the
Lord’s blessing as they travel. Martyn McGeown will be taking care of
the audio tapes while they are gone.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day,
30 April (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "Will the Next
Generation Know?" (Judges 2:6-14).
The lecture in S. Wales on Friday evening
went well. The Stewarts also enjoyed their visit to Cloverley Hall
the site of this summer’s BRF Conference. The Hall should work well
for the conference and there are plenty of activities to do on-site
including football, volleyball, tennis, snooker and table tennis.
The congregation is invited to witness the wedding
service of William Graham and Alison Bann, next week Thursday,
4 May, at 12:30 PM in Ballymena Congregational Church.
Church Building: There have been delays with
the plans and planning permission, in part due to new building
Last Week’s Offerings: General Fund - £538.20.
PRC News: Rev. Dick declined the call to
Kalamazoo PRC. Covenant PRC (Wyckoff, NJ) has extended a call to Rev.
R. Kleyn (Trinity, MI).
PROTESTANT REFORMED FELLOWSHIP
17 April, 2006
Dear saints of the CPRF in N.
We thank God for this
privilege to have you get to know about us, the little band of saints
committed to the Reformed Faith in India. God’s providence enabled
Pastor J. Kortering (missionary emeritus of PRCA) to
in India by bringing the good old truth of the
Scripture, faithfully expressed in the glorious heritage of the
Reformed Faith. Yes, His faithful labours, mainly through
correspondence and teaching in the Bible Seminars, won some people to
this Biblical Faith. J. Y. Paulraj, 33 years, lecturer by profession,
is one of few fruits of his tireless labour of love in India. The
writer of this introductory
letter is me (Paulraj).
I’m personally thankful to
Rev. Stewart for giving me this opportunity to write a brief
introductory letter. This we present to you with the hope and
expectation of your regular prayers and spiritual support. To say
briefly, it is by God’s grace I had the privilege to be in regular
correspondence with Rev. J. Kortering since 1993. With the limited
knowledge in the Reformed Faith I tried to introduce this blessed
truth locally. Immediately after our wedding in May 2001, we began to
do the Reformed Mission work in Vellore, one of the major cities in
Tamil Nadu (SE India). During 2002-2003, God provided us an
opportunity to obtain theological training from the ministers of PRCA
and ERCS with the focus that we be better equipped to witness the
Reformed Faith in India.
Beginning from October 2003,
Kasthuri (my wife) and I began to minister in few cities of Tamil Nadu
under the supervision and support of ERCS, for which we are very
grateful. There was a time to evaluate our mission efforts and its
fruits in January 2005 (about 16 months of labour). By then the fruits
of our mission was so minimal, which troubled me and I was pushed down
to doubt even my call for the ministry. This resulted in the stoppage
of fulltime mission work. Rather we continued the works of mission as
a tent-making missionary couple. Our Sovereign God used our
difficulties and doubt to teach us the real need and the effective
ways of introducing the Reformed Faith, which is not known to 99% of
Indian Christians. God enabled us to establish an informal Bible Study
Program, yet with a system under the name, "Sola Gratia Academy," with
the focus to identify those Christians who are interested to know the
truth. Yes, God blessed this simple, yet sincere effort, which
resulted in winning faithful Christians those who have learnt to love
and appreciate the Reformed Faith. About ten saints were the fruits of
this effort. Now most of them stay with us to head this PR Fellowship
here. Our active involvement in the local outreach ministry is blessed
of the Lord and so there are about 35+ saints those who join us in our
regular worship gatherings and other Bible Study activities. We do
have four more Bible Study groups in and around the city of Vellore.
Through these Bible Study groups we try to reach out to more people
both non Christians and Christians as well.
God has been faithful in
blessing our humble efforts of spreading the Biblical Faith for the
comfort of our people here in India. We seek your prayers for our
present Reformed Mission Activities such as publishing "Manathelivu,"
a Reformed Newsletter in Tamil, organizing Bible Study groups and
promoting the knowledge of the Reformed Faith through systematic Bible
Study Program called "Sola Gratia Academy." Besides all these we have
our regular House Church Worship gathering, which is the focus behind
all our mission activities. The recent visit and stay of the
Korterings with us for about ten days was a real blessing for all of
us. God has used him to direct the way that we consider so that our
house church gathering can be transformed into an official Reformed
Church gathering some day, God willing.
We look forward to have Rev.
Paul Goh, one of the ministers of ERCS, who will be ministering to us
for about three weeks in the month of June 2006, God willing.
Presently we have all our gatherings by our simple residence, which is
not enough to hold all the participants. Hence we earnestly seek for a
bigger place. Indeed there’s a great need for benevolent fund in order
to meet certain very basic needs of the poor saints in our Reformed
Fellowship. More than ten children in our fellowship are in the state
of orphan and semi-orphan—those who need our special care. We hope to
establish a childrens’ home so thar that these needy children can be
cared for and brought up in Reformed Christian education and
discipline. Moreover, there are young men and women who are jobless
and some are paid very minimal, less than £10 per month. In order to
ease their unemployment problems of our Reformed saints we wish to
work out self help projects, which will enable our PR Fellowship to
become self supporting. We hope to have our PR Fellowship be
transformed into a PR Church, which is the glorious end of all our
mission endeavours. Please uphold us through your prayers. We do
earnestly anticipate your encouraging mails too. This will encourage
our PR Fellowship in India as well. Thank you! May God be glorified!
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