Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 9
generation shall praise thy works to another,
declare thy mighty acts" (Ps. 145:4)
- 11:00 AM Rev. D. Kuiper
Simon’s New Name [download]
Reading: John 1:29-51
Text: John 1:42
I. His Old and
New Names Contrasted
II. His New Name
Reception of Grace Assured
85:8-13; 71:1-5; 92:1-2, 13-15
Evening Service - 6:00 PM Rev. D. Kuiper
Jehovah’s Covenant With David—Unconditionally Maintained With David’s
Reading: Psalm 89:1-37
6-8; 86:1-7; 132:1-5, 10-14; 89:29-37
Stephen Murray for CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship
Quote to Consider:
Herman Hanko: "To be partaker of this covenant is
the greatest blessing ... To represent God’s covenant in the midst of
the world is a privilege and calling than which there is none higher. To
look forward in eager anticipation to the day when this covenant is
finally perfected is the hope that sustains the people of God all their
life" (God’s Everlasting Covenant of Grace, p. 25).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
We welcome the church visitors, Rev. Doug
Kuiper and Elder Jim Holstege, to our worship services today. Rev.
Kuiper will be preaching both services for us.
Protestant Reformed Theological Journals (PRTJs) are on
the back table today.
The bookstore now has in stock the book
Peace for the Troubled Heart by Herman Hoeksema for £15. Some
copies are available on the table today.
PM - Joseph, Jacob, Nathan & Alex
PM - Zoe, Amy & Lea
12:15 AM - Beginners NT Class
Tuesday Bible study: 11 AM. Rev. Kuiper will
lead a discussion on Philemon. Please see the study questions on the
back of this sheet.
Wednesday Lecture: Rev. Kuiper will be giving
a public lecture here at 7:45 PM on "Grieve Not the Spirit: Sins Against
the Holy Spirit." Do come and bring a friend!
Thursday’s Membership class is changed to 6:30
PM due to the council meeting.
The Council will meet with the church visitors
this Thursday at 7:30 PM. The church visitors conduct "church
visitation." See the back of this bulletin for the questions that are
typically asked by the church visitors.
The congregational dinner will be held at
Leighinmohr Hotel this Friday, 14 January, at 7:00 PM. Today is the last
day to sign up.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "Marriage as God Ordained
It" (Genesis 2:21-25) by Rev. R. Kleyn.
Offerings: General Fund - £617.67. Building Fund
- £384.95. Donations: £500 (DVDs), £45 (DVDs), £23 (CR News).
Francesco De Lucia is currently in the middle of
a 2-week interim at the seminary given by Prof. Gritters on
Heidelberg Catechism preaching.
The Limerick Reformed Fellowship has a new
21 Jan., 7:15 PM in S. Wales - "Scripture Alone" (Rev. Stewart)
Feb., 7:30 PM in Lurgan Town Hall - "Predestination" (Rev. Stewart)
PRC News: Wingham called Rev. Marcus (Edmonton, Canada). Edgerton
will call from a trio of Revs. Den Hartog, Kuiper and W. Langerak.
Discussion questions on the book of Philemon for
Tuesday morning Bible study
1. Who were
Philemon and Onesimus?
2. Who were
Apphia and Archippus?
3. What was
Paul’s principal reason for writing to Philemon?
some forms of slavery are unethical; but is slavery as such always
wrong? If so, why? If not, why not? And what distinguishes a proper,
biblical slavery from an ungodly slavery?
5. Was it
wrong for Onesimus to leave Philemon?
6. What view
must Philemon have of his relationship with Onesimus (v. 16), and how is
this instructive for us today?
RECONCILIATION OF BROTHERS IN CHRIST
7. What is
our duty toward the brother we have wronged?
8. What is
our duty toward our brother who has wronged us?
blessings do Christian brothers enjoy in the way of fulfilling these
10. Does the entire church
benefit when Christian brothers fulfil these duties? If so, how?
Questions for Church Visitation
Questions to the Full Consistory
1. Is the
Word administered at least twice on the Lord’s Day?
2. Is the
Heidelberg Catechism regularly explained in the services for divine
worship, so that no doctrine is left untreated?
3. In the
reading services, are sermons used as much as possible which are
produced in our own circle?
4. Is the
Lord’s Supper celebrated at least four times a year, preceded by a
preparatory sermon, and followed by an applicatory sermon?
5. Does the
consistory see to it that catechism classes are regularly conducted?
Does the consistory determine the material for instruction? And does it
see to it that the classes are regularly attended?
consistory members chosen in agreement with the rules of the Church
7. Does the
consistory meet regularly in accord with the needs of the congregation,
at least once a month?
8. Are all
matters coming before the consistory treated according to our Church
Order, and are the minutes properly recorded and kept?
9. Is censura
morum conducted among the members of the consistory before each Lord’s
10. Is family
visitation conducted faithfully, so that each family receives an
official visit once a year?
11. Is church
discipline faithfully exercised according to God’s Word and the Church
12. Is the
consistory aware whether there are members of secret organisations in
the congregation, and if so, is church discipline applied to them?
the spiritual condition of the congregation? Is there unity, peace, and
14. Do the
children of the congregation, when they come to years of discretion,
seek admission to the Lord’s Supper? And if they are remiss, are they
pointed to their obligation and treated as the need requires?
15. Is the
congregation busy in the extension of God’s kingdom, especially in the
promotion of missions, to the best of its ability?
16. Are the
synodical assessments faithfully paid, in agreement with the stipulated
17. Are the
funds of the church and the poor fund and all proofs of possessions kept
in a safe place so that no occasion is given for mistrust nor
difficulties can arise on leave of office or death, and is the
congregation properly incorporated with the State? Are the archives in
18. Does the
consistory see to it that the parents send their children to the
19. Are the
Forms of Unity signed by all the members of the consistory, the
ministers, elders, and deacons?
the Elders and Deacons in the Absence of the Minister
1. Does the
minister in the preaching and in the administration of the sacraments do
his work faithfully according to the Word of God, the Forms of Unity,
and the Church Order?
2. Does the
minister faithfully explain God’s Word so that the congregation is built
up through his preaching?
3. Does he
regularly conduct the catechism classes, visit the sick faithfully, and
take part in family visitation?
4. Does the
minister reveal himself as a worthy example?
5. Is he
devoted as much as possible to the exercise of his office?
6. Does he
receive sufficient income to take care of the needs of his family,
taking in consideration the character of his work?
the Minister and the Deacons in the Absence of the Elders
1. Do the
elders regularly attend the services for divine worship as well as the
2. Do they at
set times attend the catechism classes to see how they are conducted and
attended; and do they assist the minister when the need requires it in
3. Do they
see to it that Christian discipline is exercised, and that everything is
done honourably and in good order?
4. Do the
elders visit the sick and others in agreement with the calling of their
5. Do they
try to prevent and remove all offence in the congregation, and try to
comfort and instruct the members?
6. Do they
conduct themselves as examples to the congregation in their family and
outward walk of life?
Questions to the
Minister and Elders in the Absence of the Deacons
1. Do the
deacons attend regularly the services for divine worship as well as the
consistory meetings; and in case such meetings are held, do they also
attend deacons’ meetings?
2. Are they
diligent in the collecting of the alms, and do they faithfully realise
their calling in the care and comfort of the poor and oppressed?
3. Are the
collections counted in the presence of the minister or one or more of
4. Do they
administer the finances wisely, in consultation with the minister and
5. Do they, in their family
and outward life and walk, reveal themselves as exemplary Christians?