Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 14
therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and
wherewith one may edify another" (Rom. 14:19)
- 11:00 AM
at Gibeah (4)
Painful Church Discipline in Israel
Reading: I Corinthians 5
II. The Biblical
51:1-6; 77:15-20; 77:7-13
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Eating and Drinking Christ
Reading: John 6:35-63
Catechism, Lord’s Day 28
I. A Covenant
II. A Blessed
51:7-13; 36:5-10; 63:1-8
Courtney (firstname.lastname@example.org) for CDs of the sermons
and DVDs of the worship services.
CPRC website: www.cprc.co.uk
CPRC YouTube Site:
Quote to Consider:
Herman Hoeksema: "... it is to the well-being of
the church that Christian discipline is diligently exercised. If not,
the covenant of God is profaned, the wrath of God is kindled against the
church; and soon, if the power of evil and the workers of iniquity are
left in the church visible in the world, it will become subject to those
powers and soon be corrupted ... The purpose of the exercise of
Christian discipline is also the salvation of its members. When they
walk in sin, of which they do not repent, it is certainly not to their
salvation that they are left undisturbed, without rebuke and admonition.
And the positive purpose of the exercise of Christian discipline, as far
as the members of the church are concerned, is certainly their
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
We welcome Stephen Rushton, the Moores
and the McCauslands to our worship services today.
Two new issues of the Standard Bearer (15
January & 1 February) are available on the back table for subscribers
7:00 PM - Zoe, Amy & Lea Campbell at the manse
Tuesday, 7 PM
- Jacob & Nathan at the Buchanans
Tuesday, 8 PM
- Mark & Lauren at the Hamills
PM - Beginners OT Class at the manse
Midweek Bible study meets this Wednesday at 7:45
PM at the manse. We will be studying I Peter 4:4f. on being blasphemed
by the world.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "Praying for Daily Bread"
(Luke 11:3) by Rev. R. Kleyn.
Ladies Bible study meets Thursday, 18 February,
at 10:30 AM at the Murrays to study Lesson 4 of Keeping God’s
Lectures in Limerick: Friday, 12 March - "The
Real St. Patrick"
Church Building: The pebble-dash was put on the
outside of the building. The plastering of the inside is complete. The
radiators have been installed.
Rev. & Mary Stewart are to go to Naples
with Francesco on 19-23 April to visit with some saints there (including
Marco Barone), give some speeches (with Francesco translating) and meet
Prof. Engelsma is to preach for the CPRC on the
three Lord’s Days after the BRF Conference (15, 22 and 29 August).
Website Additions: 1 Italian and 2 German
translations were added.
Offerings: General Fund: £615.80. Building Fund:
£347.50. Donations: £5 (DVDs).
PRC News: Rev. Spriensma declined the call to Bethel. Byron
Center extended a call to Rev. Spriensma. Cornerstone has a trio of
Revs. Bruinsma, A. Lanning and Spriensma. Hull has a trio of Revs.
Kuiper, W. Langerak and J. Laning.
God’s Covenant Friendship
Rev. Angus Stewart
(originally published in the "Paper Pulpit"
of the Ballymena Times)
The covenant that God makes with elect
believers in Jesus Christ is a warm and loving relationship of
friendship and fellowship.
This is the teaching of the "covenant
formula" repeated often in Scripture in many forms: "God is
our God and we are His people." As "our God," He is and will be to us
all that Jehovah is and can be for us. He unites us to Himself through
Jesus Christ and by the Holy Spirit. He pardons our sins, embraces us in
His everlasting arms and guides us to glory. As "His people," we cleave
to Him, cast our burdens upon Him and
trust in His mercy.
In the very first promise of the coming of
Christ to crush Satan's head, our salvation is described as "enmity"
with the devil, which is friendship with God (Gen. 3:15; cf. James 4:4).
At the end of the Bible, the realization of God's covenant is His
dwelling with us eternally as close friends who tabernacle together in
the new heavens and the new earth—that realm without sorrow, crying,
tears, pain or death (Rev. 21:3-4).
Throughout God's Word, He presents His
covenant as an intimate marriage bond between Himself and His beloved
bride, the church (e.g., Eze. 16). In the covenant, Jehovah establishes
a Father-child relationship (Ex. 4:22) with
us as His sons and daughters, for He
has begotten us by the Spirit and we bear (though in a weak and
creaturely way) the image and likeness of our Father.
The biblical truth of reconciliation
through the cross of Christ is a covenant idea because reconciliation is
the restoration of friendship. As those brought into God’s friendship,
we enjoy eternal life, which is sharing in the life of the Triune God,
the everlasting fellowship of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit.
King David affirmed, "The secret of the
Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant"
(Ps. 25:14). The root meaning of the Hebrew word "secret" is cushion or
couch. The idea is that of two friends sitting close together in
familiar conversation and communicating in confidential fellowship. The
word "secret," therefore, speaks of the intimacy of our covenant
friendship and fellowship with God.
The covenant blessings the Lord reveals to,
and confers upon, us include righteousness in Christ, an eternal
inheritance, protection from all our enemies and provision of all our
needs. Our Father shows us His covenant secrets through the reading and
preaching of the Scriptures, and by the inner working of the Holy
Spirit, He applies His Word to every God-fearing hearer, so that he is
assured that these covenant blessings are for him personally. God, as it
were, sits down with those who revere Him and shares His secrets with
him in a personal way: "In My covenant, I am for you and in you and with
you in Jesus Christ."
Do you know the secret of the Lord? Has He
showed you His covenant?
For more on God's covenant, see our
covenant baptism resources page and our