Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 1 January, 2012
"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
God’s Glorious Perfections (8)
The Omniscience of God (1) [download]
Scripture Reading: Psalm 147
God’s Necessary Knowledge
God’s Free Knowledge
God’s Powerful Knowledge
Psalms: 92:1-8; 119:17-24; 94:3-10; 147:1-8
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
God’s Glorious Perfections (9)
The Omniscience of God (2) [download]
Scripture Reading: Psalm 139
Psalm 139:1, 23
God’s Knowledge and Christ
God’s Knowledge and the Church
God’s Knowledge and the Believer
Psalms: 38:4-10; 119:25-32; 10:11-17; 139:1-10
CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services, contact
desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
Quote to Consider:
J. C. Ryle: "… all things are naked and
opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do" (Heb. 4:13).
Nothing can be concealed from Christ. What do we think of, in private,
when no man sees us? What do we think of, in church, when we seem so
grave and serious? What are we thinking of at this moment, while these
words pass under our eyes? Jesus knows. Jesus sees. Jesus records. Jesus
will one day call us to give account. It is written that ‘God shall
judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel’ (Rom.
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
Dear Congregation, Thank you for the
support, encouragement and many prayers on our behalf in this past year.
As we enter the new year together, may we "grow in grace, and in the
knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now
and for ever" (II Pet. 3:18). Rev. & Mary Stewart.
We welcome Kristin and Briana Prins
from Trinity PRC in Michigan to our worship services today.
Back table: Daily Bible reading
programmes for 2012 are available.
Sunday Catechism: 10 AM - O.T.
There will be no Monday night catechism
this week, but these classes will resume next week, 9 January.
Our Tuesday morning Bible study
meets at 11 AM. We will study Revelation 17:1ff. on "Mystery Babylon."
Belgic Confession Class meets
Wednesday at 7:45 PM. Continuing Article 12, we will consider the fall
of the demons.
The men’s meeting will be held this
Saturday, 7 January at 8 PM at the Kennedys to study Daniel 10.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast
next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) will be "God Chastens an
Unfaithful Family" (Ruth 1:1-6) by Rev. R. Kleyn.
On Wednesday, 25 January, Rev. Bill
Langerak will give a lecture here entitled, "The Bible’s
Identification of the Antichrist." Plan to attend and invite friends.
Reserve Friday, 27 January, for our
congregational dinner at the Adair Arms.
Offerings: General Fund: £533.43.
Donations: £15 (CR News), £10 (books).
PRC News: Rev. Eriks (Hudsonville, MI) declined the call to
Edgerton PRC. Prof. and Mrs. Dykstra arrived safely in Singapore where
they plan to minister for 4 weeks to the CERC (Covenant Evangelical
Reformed Church of Singapore). Prof. and Mrs. Hanko have returned safely
Kept by God (and His Angels)!
The holy angels are inseparably connected with the birth of the Lord
Jesus. In Luke 1, the angel Gabriel comes to the temple to tell
Zacharias, the elderly priest, that he will be the father of John
the Baptist, Christ's forerunner; six months later, Gabriel
announces to the virgin Mary that she will give birth to the
incarnate Son of God. Three times Joseph is directed by an angel in
a dream in Matthew 1-2: he was told to marry Mary, to flee from
Herod (who was influenced by the devil; Rev. 12:4) into Egypt some
months after Christ's birth in Bethlehem, and to return to Israel
after Herod's death.
Moreover, on the very day
Christ was born, an angel appeared at night to some shepherds near
Bethlehem to declare the Saviour's birth. Whereupon the single angel was
joined by many of his fellows: "And
suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth
peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:13-14). This is the only recorded
biblical reference to angels on earth worshipping the Most High;
everywhere else angelic praise is mentioned, it occurs in heaven.
Strikingly, Scripture reveals that not only did that angelic delegation
to Bethlehem adore God; not one of the heavenly host failed to praise
the newborn King: "When he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world,
he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him" (Heb. 1:6).
Near the start of His ministry, angels ministered to Christ after His
temptation in the wilderness (Matt. 4:11); near the end, an angel
strengthened Him in His human nature during His agony in the Garden of
Gethsemane (Luke 22:43). It was an angel who rolled away the stone from
Christ's tomb (Matt. 28:2)—not to let Him out (for the risen Lord had
already departed) but to let His followers see that He had left! The
disciples' last sight of the Lord Jesus—His ascending into heaven, arms
outstretched in blessing—was accompanied and explained by two angels
The Son of man not only frequently spoke of good and fallen angels; He
also battled with the devil and his demons, especially during His
temptations, in His exorcisms and at His crucifixion.
John 1:51 is especially revealing, for Jesus told Nathanael and Philip,
"Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and
descending upon the Son of man." The ministry of angels upon Christ,
apart from the few examples given, was not visible and even then they
were not seen by the disciples prior to Christ's resurrection, for they
were either absent or sleeping when angels appeared. But they and we, by
faith, can understand something of the continuous care, protection and
guidance the God of heaven and earth provided for His incarnate Son
through their invisible ministry.
Our Lord's references to angels ascending and descending upon Him was an
allusion to Jacob's dream in Bethel (Gen. 28:12). The angels who protect
Christ, their head, invisibly watch over Jacob or Israel and all
Christ's "little ones" (Matt. 18:10; Heb. 1:14). Through His heavenly
messengers, the Almighty aids our weak faith by assuring us of His own
covenant presence with us, preserving us from evil, according to His
eternal and sovereign will. May the Triune God—who reminds us of His
care by His angels—keep you, believer, by the grace and Spirit of Jesus
Christ in 2012. "The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in
from this time forth, and even for evermore" (Ps. 121:8).