Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church



Rev. Angus Stewart

Lord’s Day, 9 January, 2011


"One generation shall praise thy works to another,

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


Morning Service - 11:00 AM Rev. D. Kuiper

Simon’s New Name  [download]  [youtube]

Scripture Reading: John 1:29-51

Text: John 1:42

I. His Old and New Names Contrasted

II. His New Name Prophesied

III. His Reception of Grace Assured

Psalms: 61:1-4; 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 Seed  [download]  [youtube]

Scripture Reading: Psalm 89:1-37

Text: Psalm 89:29-37

I. David’s Covenant-Breaking Seed

II. Jehovah’s Covenant-Keeping Promise

III. Jehovah’s Covenant-Realizing Purpose

Psalms: 105:1-3, 6-8; 86:1-7; 132:1-5, 10-14; 89:29-37


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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.

Free 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.

Catechism classes:

Monday, 6:00 PM - Joseph, Jacob, Nathan & Alex

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

Tuesday, 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 YouTube channel.

Upcoming Lectures:

Friday, 21 Jan., 7:15 PM in S. Wales - "Scripture Alone" (Rev. Stewart)

Friday, 4 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?



4. Certainly 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?



7. What is our duty toward the brother we have wronged?

8. What is our duty toward our brother who has wronged us?

9. What blessings do Christian brothers enjoy in the way of fulfilling these duties?

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?

6. Are consistory members chosen in agreement with the rules of the Church Order?

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 Supper?

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 Order?

12. Is the consistory aware whether there are members of secret organisations in the congregation, and if so, is church discipline applied to them?

13.What is the spiritual condition of the congregation? Is there unity, peace, and love?

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 regulations?

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 order?

18. Does the consistory see to it that the parents send their children to the Christian school?

19. Are the Forms of Unity signed by all the members of the consistory, the ministers, elders, and deacons?


Questions to 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?


Questions to 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 consistory meetings?

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 catechising?

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 office?

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 the elders?

4. Do they administer the finances wisely, in consultation with the minister and the consistory?

5. Do they, in their family and outward life and walk, reveal themselves as exemplary Christians?