Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 29 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
The Preaching of the Gospel [download]
Scripture Reading: Romans 10
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 25
I. What It Is
II. Who Is to Bring It
Psalms: 124:1-8; 119:81-88; 32:1-5; 40:3-4, 8-10
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Hoping for Grace at Christ’s Revelation [download]
Scripture Reading: I Peter 1
Text: I Peter 1:13
I. The Grace That Will Be Ours
II. The Hoping to Which We Are Called
Psalms: 149:1-7; 119:89-96; 23:1-6; 73:23-28
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Quotes to Consider:
Herman Hoeksema: "Through the preaching
it pleases God through Christ, the exalted Lord, the chief prophet of
God, who alone gathers his church, to speak to his people unto
salvation. This is evident from Romans 10:14, which, according to the
original, asks, ‘How shall they believe in him whom they have not
heard?’ Through the preaching, therefore, you do not hear about Christ,
but you hear him. The difference is easily understood. When you hear
about or of someone, he is not present. You do not hear his own voice,
but the voice of someone else who tells you something about him. But
when you hear someone, you hear his own voice. He is present with you.
He is addressing you personally. This is the sense of Romans 10:14,
which teaches that you cannot believe in Christ unless you have heard
him speak to you, unless you have heard his word addressed to you. This
is exactly the meaning of the words, ‘How shall they believe in him whom
they have not heard?’" (Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 2, p. 289).
Calvin: "When the Prophet says, by the
breath of his lips, this must not be limited to the person of Christ;
for it refers to the Word which is preached by his ministers. Christ
acts by them in such a manner that He wishes their mouth to be reckoned
as his mouth, and their lips as his lips; that is, when they speak from
his mouth, and faithfully declare his Word (Luke 10:16)" (Comm. on Isa.
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10 AM - O.T.
6 PM - O.T.
Beginners (Alex & Nathan) 6:45 PM - O.T. Juniors (Jacob & Joseph) 7:30
PM - Heidelberg (Timothy, Zoe, Amy & Lea)
Tuesday morning Bible study meets at 11 AM on Revelation 17
Belgic Confession Class meets
Wednesday at 7:45 PM. Continuing Article 12, we will consider the
devil’s attack on the church.
The Ladies’ Discussion Group
will continue their study of the book
Lies Women Believe, meeting this
Friday, 3 February, at 10 am to discuss chapter 7, part 1.
Reformed Witness Hour
next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) will be "Hope for Those Who
Are Empty" (Ruth 2:18-23) by Rev. R. Kleyn.
General Fund: £584.30.
Donations: £49 (lecture).
£150 of books were sent to
the Evangelical Library in London at the request of a donor in England.
: Rev. Spronk received the call to Edgerton PRC. Hope
will call from a trio of Revs. Eriks, Kuiper, and Spronk.
"Yes it is I who admonish, I who order, I who command, it is the bishop
who teaches. But it is Christ who commands through me." "The preacher
explains the text; if he says what is true, it is Christ speaking."
Luther: "Flesh and blood are an
impediment. They merely behold the person of the pastor and brother ...
They refuse to regard the oral Word and the ministry as a treasure
costlier and better than heaven and earth. People generally think: ‘If I
had an opportunity to hear God speak in person, I would run my feet
bloody’ ... But you now have the Word of God in church ... and this is
God’s Word as surely as if God Himself were speaking to you."
Second Helvetic Confession (1566):
"Wherefore when this Word of God is now preached in the church by
preachers lawfully called, we believe that the very Word of God is
preached, and received of the faithful; and that neither any other Word
of God is to be feigned, nor to be expected from heaven: and that now
the Word itself which is preached is to be regarded, not the minister
that preaches; who, although he be evil and a sinner, nevertheless the
Word of God abides true and good."
Wilhelmus à Brakel (1635-1711): The
minister must "remind himself in a lively manner that God has sent him,
that he ascends the pulpit as an ambassador of God, speaks in the name
of God, and is as the mouth of the Lord unto the congregation" (
Christian’s Reasonable Service
, vol. 2, p. 138).
John Murray on Romans 10:14: "...
Christ is represented as being heard in the gospel when proclaimed by
the sent messengers. The implication is that Christ speaks in the gospel
Hughes Oliphant Old: "Fides ex
[faith comes by hearing] is a corollary to a strong
Augustinian theology which believes that it is essentially God himself
who reaches out to his people in the preaching of the word, and
therefore it is what God does in and through these means of grace which
makes them effective. That faith comes by hearing follows naturally from
the doctrine of grace ... when the word of Christ is truly preached,
then Christ is present" (
The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures,
vol. 1, pp. 183, 186).
John Owen: "... for a public, formal,
ministerial teaching, two things are required in the teacher: — first,
gifts from God; secondly, authority from the church (I speak now of
ordinary cases). He that wants either is no true pastor. For the first,
God sends none upon an employment but whom he fits with gifts for it, 1.
Not one command in the Scripture made to teachers; 2. Not one rule for
their direction; 3. Not one promise to their endeavours; 4. Not any end
of their employment; 5. Not one encouragement to their duty; 6. Not one
reproof for their negligence; 7. Not the least intimation of their
reward, — but cuts off ungifted, idle pastors from any true interest in
the calling. And for the others, that want authority from the church,
neither ought they to undertake any formal act properly belonging to the
ministry, such as is solemn teaching of the word; for, — 1. They are
none of Christ’s officers, Ephesians 4:11. 2. They are expressly
forbidden it, Jeremiah 23:21; Hebrews 5:4. 3. The blessing on the word
is promised only to sent teachers, Romans 10:14-15. 4. If to be gifted
be to be called, then, — (1) Every one might undertake so much in sacred
duties as he fancies himself to be able to perform; (2) Children (as
they report of Athanasius) might baptize; (3) Every common Christian
might administer the communion. But endless are the arguments that might
be multiplied against this fancy. In a word, if our Saviour Christ be
the God of order, he hath left his church to no such confusion" (
Works, vol. 13, p. 43).
Francis Turretin: "… no one, unless
sent by God, ought to usurp the office of teaching in the church,
whether a new doctrine is proposed or an old one, because it is always
evident that no one ought to assume the part of a … minister unless he
is sent by the Lord. And as many as teach in the church without being
called or sent are said ‘to teach in their own name’ and not in the name
of Christ (John 5:43) (i.e., not sent by God), by themselves and their
own authority and thrust in by themselves, who on that account deserve
the name of thieves and robbers and not of true shepherds (John 10:8)" (
of Elenctic Theology, vol. 3, p. 212).
Westminster Larger Catechism, Q. & A. 158:
By whom is the word of God to be preached?
The word of God is to be preached only by such as are sufficiently
gifted, and also duly approved and called to that office."
Wilhelmus à Brakel: "Question: Is a divine commission necessary
for the office of minister? Answer: Socinians and others answer
negatively; however, we answer affirmatively. The need for a divine
commission is first of all evident from several clear texts ...
Ephesians 4:11, ‘And he gave some, apostles ... and some, pastors and
teachers.’ As you can observe, Christ has given pastors and teachers as
well as apostles ‘for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the
ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ’ (Eph. 4:11-12) ...
Consider also Romans 10:15, ‘And how shall they preach, except they be
sent?’ It is as much as being stated that no one can or may preach
without being sent. One cannot evade the issue here ..." (The
Christian’s Reasonable Service, vol. 2, p. 118).