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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church



Rev. Angus Stewart

Lord’s Day, 27 February, 2011


"One generation shall praise thy works to another,

and shall declare thy mighty acts" (Ps. 145:4)


Morning Service - 11:00 AM

Satisfaction for Sin   [download]   [youtube]

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 10:1-31

Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 5

I. Its Necessity

II. Its Impossibility

III. Its Possibility

Psalms: 97:1-8; 89:40-47; 49:5-11; 40:5-9


Evening Service - 6:00 PM

The Prayer of the Church in Babylon (2)

Jehovah Afflicted With His People   [download]   [youtube]

Scripture Reading: Exodus 2:23-3:16

Text: Isaiah 63:9

I. The Profound Meaning

II. The Powerful Expression

Psalms: 86:8-13; 89:48-52; 105:23-31; 25:4-10


Contact Stephen Murray for CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services


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Announcements (subject to God’s will)

New Standard Bearers are on the back table today, as are the Reformed Perspectives and copies of two devotional booklets for March.

Catechism classes: 

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

Tuesday, 12:15 PM - Beginners NT Class

The Council will meet tomorrow evening at 7:30 PM.

Tuesday Bible study: 11 AM, on II Thess. 2:10f. on the man of sin deceiving those who perish.

Wednesday Belgic Confession class: 7:45 PM. We’ll continue with Article 8 on the Holy Trinity and dwelling together.

Thursday’s Membership class is at 7:30 PM.

The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "Family Worship" (Joshua 24:15) by Rev. R. Kleyn.

Portugal Trip Schedule:

Tuesday, 8 March, mini-conference in a Presbyterian church near Lisbon:

11 AM - Rev. McGeown on "Sin, Man’s Problem" 

3 PM - Rev. Stewart on "Sovereign Grace, God’s Solution"

Three evening lectures will be given at Assembly of God Churches:

Tuesday - Rev. Stewart on "God’s Magnifying His Word"

Wednesday - Rev. McGeown on "What Does It Mean to Be Born Again?"

Thursday - Rev. Stewart on "Grace Not Works"

Upcoming Lectures: Thursday, 24 March, S. Wales, Rev. Stewart on "The Election of God’s Church" Friday, 24 June, 7:30 PM, Lurgan Town Hall, topic to be decided

Offerings: General Fund - £574.20.

Website Additions: 1 Dutch book (a foreword and 13 chapters of "The Gospel" by Herman Hoeksema) and 2 German translations were added.

PRC News: Rev. Ron Hanko’s Doctrine According to Godliness has been translated into Tagalog and published as a hardback book for use in PR missions in the Philippines. Rev. W. Langerak declined the call from Edgerton PRC.

From Ed Bos: "Words cannot express my thanks to the saints [in the CPRC] for their cards, prayers, and concern for me during the time of my recent surgery and recovery. I really experienced not only the communion of saints, but experienced that in the light of the universality of the Church of Christ. By the grace of God, who works using the prayers of men, I have been granted a great measure of recovery already. All glory to God alone. I end with the text that was on my mind when all this began: ‘Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity ... And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee’ (Ps. 39:4-5, 7)."

God Is Love!

Rev. Angus Stewart

"God is love"—this is the ringing and heart-warming affirmation of holy Scripture (I John 4:8, 16)!

God is love because God is Triune, subsisting in three eternally distinct Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God did not start to love with the creation of men and angels. He has always loved for He is love in Himself eternally. In the Godhead, the Father and the Son love each other fervently in the Holy Spirit, the divine and personal bond between the first two Persons of the Trinity. The Son is eternally cherished "in the bosom of the Father," as His "only begotten Son" who bears "the express image" of His Father (John 1:18; Heb. 1:3). What joy and security the Father and the Son have in their loving communion and friendship!

Since this love is God's love, it is characterised by all the divine perfections. God's love is not limited, temporal, changeable, unholy or weak. God's love is an infinite, eternal, unchangeable, holy and all-powerful love—to echo Westminster Shorter Catechism 4.

Colossians 3:14 describes love as "the bond of perfectness." This bond is absolutely perfect in the Trinity, for the two who love each other, the Father and the Son, are infinitely pure and beautiful, and the personal bond of love they have for each other is the wholly divine Spirit. What a perfect union consisting of covenant love and delightful fellowship!

But how does Jehovah love His chosen people who have fallen into iniquity and misery in Adam? How can a perfect bond of love exist between sinful and very imperfect humans and the thrice holy God who is possessed of all perfections?

The answer is that the Most High loves us in Christ alone. Only in Christ are we elected, redeemed, regenerated, called, justified, adopted, sanctified, preserved and glorified. Only in Christ can, and does, God love us with that perfect bond of divine love. In Christ we even share (in a creaturely way) in the eternal and blessed love of the holy Trinity! No wonder the apostle exclaims that nothing is "able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom. 8:39)! This is the absolutely indestructible and unbreakable love of the almighty and gracious God for His covenant people, sealed in the blood of Jesus.

This is the wonder of the cross of Christ, for "having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end" (John 13:1)! Right through His life and death, and our lives and deaths, and through the endless ages of the world to come, the Son of God loves us unto the end!

Believing the Father's particular and powerful love—supremely demonstrated at Calvary—the child of God turns from his sins in repentance and lives out of gratitude to his Creator and Redeemer for so great salvation. He loves the Triune God revealed in His Word, he loves the Lord's people and he loves his neighbour for Christ's sake. For remember, "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love" (I John 4:8).