Covenant Protestant Reformed Fellowship
Lord’s Day, 26
"Honour and majesty are before Him: strength
and beauty are his sanctuary" (Psalm 96:6)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
Apostolic Office (4)
I. Its Extent
92:1-6; 119:121-128; 68:18-22; 103:17-21
Service - 6:00 PM
Church Discipline, a Key of the Kingdom of Heaven (1)
Catechism, Lord’s Day 31; I Corinthians 5:1-2
Members Evil Deed
Church’s Sinful Response
99:1-7; 119:129-136; 106:28-33; 101:3-8
cassettes of the worship services, contact the bookstore.
Quotes to Consider:
The Second Helvetic (Swiss) Confession (1566)
Article 18: "The apostles remained in no certain place, but gathered
together divers churches throughout the whole world: which churches,
when they were once established, there ceased to be any more apostles,
and in their places were particular pastors appointed in every Church."
Philip Schaff: "The Twelve (excepting
Matthias, who, however, was an eye-witness of the resurrection) and Paul
were called directly by Christ, without human intervention, to be his
representatives on earth, the inspired organs of the Holy Spirit, the
founders and pillars of the whole church. Their office was universal,
and their writings are to this day the unerring rule of faith and
practice for all Christendom. But they never exercised their divine
authority in arbitrary and despotic style. They always paid tender
regard to the rights, freedom, and dignity of the immortal souls under
their care. In every believer, even in a poor slave like Onesimus, they
recognized a member of the same body with themselves, a partaker of
their redemption, a beloved brother in Christ. Their government of the
church was a labor of meekness and love, of self-denial and unreserved
devotion to the eternal welfare of the people. Peter, the prince of the
apostles, humbly calls himself a ‘fellow presbyter,’ and raises his
prophetic warning against the hierarchical spirit which so easily takes
hold of church dignitaries and alienates them from the people" (History
of the Christian Church, vol. 1, p. 490).
Godet on church discipline: "‘There is a Holy
One in the midst of thee,’ said the prophet Hosea to Israel. A Holy one
lives also in the Church, and from him there go forth, in every true
Church which has life and not merely the name to live, a protest and
reaction against all notorious wickedness. This reaction, the work of
the Holy Spirit who proceeds from Christ, is discipline. Where it is
weakened, the Church is in the same measure confounded with the world" (Commentary
on I Corinthians 5).
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
The December issue of the Covenant Reformed News
is available. Prof. Engelsma’s e-mails are available for those who did
not pick them up last week.
Copies of McCheyne’s Daily Bible Reading are also
available for use in your daily devotions in the new year.
Catechism classes and Bible Study won’t meet this
week due to the holidays.
The young adults are invited up to the manse
on New Year’s Eve for food and fellowship. Please come around 7 PM or as
soon as you can.
Website: Most of the sermons on Elijah have
now been added.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day, 2 January
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is "Watchful Servants" (Luke 12:35-38).
Last Week’s Offerings: £704.91. Donations: £40
(tapes), £100 (tapes).
PRC News: Rev. Bruinsma (Kalamazoo, MI)
declined the call to Hudsonville PRC. Rev. DenHartog (Singapore)
received the call to Southwest PRC.