Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 10
therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and
wherewith one may edify another" (Rom. 14:19)
- 11:00 AM Prof. Dykstra
Justified by Faith Alone: A Benefit of the Unconditional Covenant
Reading: Romans 4
Catechism, Lord’s Day 23
I. The Amazing
II. The Solid
25:1-5, 8-9; 143:1-4, 11; 56:1-4, 9-13
Evening Service - 6:00 PM Prof. Dykstra
The Coming of Scoffers in the Last Days
Reading: II Peter 3
Text: II Peter
I. The Scoffers
II. Their Coming
Knowledge of Them
22:23-28; 119:49-52; 42:1-5; 12:1-8
Courtney (email@example.com) for CDs of the sermons
and DVDs of the worship services.
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Announcements (subject to God’s will):
We welcome Prof. Dykstra and Elder Pete
VanderSchaaf to our worship services. Prof. Dykstra will preach for
us today and next Lord’s Day. Rev. Stewart is preaching today for the
Limerick Reformed Fellowship.
On the back table are
booking forms and Rev. Stewart’s bi-monthly letter to the
Our thanks to William and Alison Graham for
organizing Friday’s congregational dinner and quiz and to all who braved
the inclement weather, for a great night.
Philip and Susan Hall have moved. Their new
address is 14 Craig Court, Ballymena. Their phone number remains the
The dates for the Lord’s Supper in 2010 are as
follows: 28 March, 27 June, 26 September, 19 December. For hygiene
reasons, the Council has decided to use diced bread in the Lord’s
6:30 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
The Council will meet with the church visitors
tomorrow night, 11 January, 7:30 PM at the manse. The questions asked of
the council in church visitation are on the back of the bulletin.
Midweek Bible study meets this Wednesday at 7:45
PM at the manse. Prof. Dykstra will lead the study on II Peter 3:5-7.
The church visitors and the Stewarts travel to
Limerick on Friday. Prof. Dykstra will give a lecture on
"Dispensationalism: An Unbiblical View of the End of the World." Please
remember this witness in your prayers.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "Praying to our Heavenly
Father" (Luke 11:2) by Rev. R. Kleyn.
Ladies Bible study plans to meet Thursday,
21 January, at 10:30 AM at the Murrays to study Lesson 3 of Keeping
Lectures in Limerick:
12 February - "Preaching: The Voice of Christ"
March - "The Real St. Patrick"
Offerings: General Fund: £438.98. Building Fund
PRC News: Bethel PRC called Rev. Spriensma (Kalamazoo, MI).
Holland called Rev. Koole (Grandville, MI). Loveland PRC called Rev. Key
Questions for Church Visitation
Questions to the Full Consistory
- Is the Word administered at least twice on the Lord’s Day?
Is the Heidelberg Catechism regularly explained in the
services for divine worship, so that no doctrine is left untreated?
In the reading services, are sermons used as much as
possible which are produced in our own circle?
Is the Lord’s Supper celebrated at least four times a
year, preceded by a preparatory sermon, and followed by an
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
Are consistory members chosen in agreement with the
rules of the Church Order?
Does the consistory meet regularly in accord with the
needs of the congregation, at least once a month?
Are all matters coming before the consistory treated
according to our Church Order, and are the minutes properly recorded
Is censura morum conducted among the members of
the consistory before each Lord’s Supper?
Is family visitation conducted faithfully, so that each
family receives an official visit once a year?
Is church discipline faithfully exercised according to
God’s Word and the Church Order?
Is the consistory aware whether there are members of
secret organisations in the congregation, and if so, is church
discipline applied to them?
What is the spiritual condition of the congregation? Is
there unity, peace, and love?
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?
Is the congregation busy in the extension of God’s
kingdom, especially in the promotion of missions, to the best of its
Are the synodical assessments faithfully paid, in
agreement with the stipulated regulations?
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?
Does the consistory see to it that the parents send
their children to the Christian school?
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
- 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?
Does the minister faithfully explain God’s Word so that
the congregation is built up through his preaching?
Does he regularly conduct the catechism classes, visit
the sick faithfully, and take part in family visitation?
Does the minister reveal himself as a worthy example?
Is he devoted as much as possible to the exercise of
Does he receive sufficient income to take care of the
needs of his family, taking in consideration the character of his
Questions to the Minister and the Deacons in the Absence
of the Elders
- Do the elders regularly attend the services for divine worship as
well as the consistory meetings?
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?
Do they see to it that Christian discipline is
exercised, and that everything is done honourably and in good order?
Do the elders visit the sick and others in agreement
with the calling of their office?
Do they try to prevent and remove all offence in the
congregation, and try to comfort and instruct the members?
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
- 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?
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?
Are the collections counted in the presence of the
minister or one or more of the elders?
Do they administer the finances wisely, in consultation
with the minister and the consistory?
Do they, in their family and outward life and walk,
reveal themselves as exemplary Christians?