Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 1
"Teach me thy
way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth:
unite my heart
to fear thy name" (Psalm 86:11)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
Jehovah’s Praises to Our Children
Psalms: 147:12-20; 90:8-12; 102:13-18; 78:1-6
Service - 6:00 PM
Catechism, Lord’s Day 8; Matthew 28:19
Psalms: 68:1-6; 90:13-17; 143:5-11; 115:1-11
cassettes of the worship services or CDs of the sermons, contact Sean
Quotes to Consider:
Martin Luther: "He has not given you children and
the means to support them, only that you may do with them as you please;
or train them for worldly glory. You have been earnestly commanded to
raise them for God’s service, or be completely rooted out, with your
children and everything else; then everything that you have spent on
them will be lost."
Herman Hoeksema: "The passing generation knew the
Lord and His work for Israel ... But the next generation knew not the
Lord, neither the works He had done for Israel ... The conclusion from
all this is plain: grow lax in instruction—in home or school or
church—and the next generation will not know Jehovah and will not know
His great works for His people."
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
This morning we witness the sacrament of baptism
administered to Bradley Herman DeVries Buchanan. May the Lord bless him
as well as his parents as they seek to raise him in the fear of the
We welcome all visitors to our services today. The
June and July issues of the Covenant
Reformed News are available on the back table as are the
This morning, the second offering will be for the
The Council will have their monthly meeting
tomorrow at 7:30 PM at the manse.
Membership Class: Wednesday, 7:50 PM at the
Last Week’s Offerings: General Fund - £669.35.
Donation: £12 (Building Fund).
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day, 8
July (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW), is entitled "True Followers of
Christ" (Mark 8:34).
Advanced Notices: Thurs., 12 July, CPRC Stall in
Ballee Playing Fields Wed., 25 July, CPRC Stall at Clogher Valley Show
Sat., 28 July, CPRC Stall at Antrim Agricultural Show Fri, 14 Sept.,
Lecture in S. Wales on "The Perseverance of the Saints" Fri., 2 Nov,
Reformation Day Lecture in Ballymena Protestant Hall
Francesco De Lucia, our Italian translator from
near Naples, plans to visit us from 13-31 August.
Translations added this week to our website: 1
Ukrainian ("Tulip" pamphlet by Prof. Gritters), 2 Portuguese, 2 Tagalog
(links to the Canons of Dordt and Herman Hoeksema’s catechism
book, "Essentials of Reformed Doctrine") and 11 German. Martyn McGeown’s
article on "The Presbyterian Church in Ireland and Sodomy" is on-line at
PRC News: Edgerton PRC will call a missionary to
Heritage PRF in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, from a trio of Rev. Key, Rev.
R. Kleyn, and Candidate Spronk.
This is part 2 of the 13th e-mail from Prof. Engelsma
The Belgic Confession picks
up this biblical point and demolishes the clever error that likes to
make faith a human work earning righteousness in Article 22: "We justly
say with Paul, that we are justified by faith alone, or by faith without
works. However, to speak more clearly, we do not mean that faith itself
justifies us, for it is only an instrument with which we embrace Christ
our righteousness. But Jesus Christ, imputing to us all His merits and
so many holy works which He has done for us and in our stead, is our
righteousness. And faith is an instrument that keeps us in communion
with Him in all His benefits, which, when become ours, are more than
sufficient to acquit us of our sins."
It is also gross error concerning the fundamental
gospel-truth of justification by faith to teach that faith is really
covenant faithfulness, including obedience as well as trusting in
Christ, so that justification by faith means that, especially in the
covenant, one is justified by his own faithfulness to God. This is the
teaching today of the New Perspective on Paul and of the Federal Vision.
Faith is identified with faithfulness, which, of course, includes the
works of the one who is justified.
Against this error, as against the error that
justification is by works, or because of works, in every form, stands
the clear, sharp doctrine of the apostle in Romans 4:1ff. The faith by
which one is justified does not work for righteousness. It "worketh not"
(v. 5). Faith rejects all human works for righteousness. Faith rejects
even the good works that the believer does by the Holy Spirit within him
as any part of the righteousness of the believer. Faith rejects the
repentance over sin that is certainly an aspect of faith as any part of
the believer’s righteousness. Faith rejects itself, regarded as a human
work, as the believer’s righteousness with God. This is what faith is:
the renunciation of all and every human work, effort, act, activity,
achievement, and accomplishment, including its own renunciation of all
human effort and work, as the righteousness of the sinner with God.
Faith regards, and trusts in, the work, effort, act, activity,
achievement, and accomplishment of Jesus Christ in the stead of and on
behalf of the sinner as righteousness. The righteousness that faith
trusts in, and receives by imputation, is an obedience and work and
faithfulness altogether outside the sinner. For faith, Christ is its
righteousness, only Christ.
More must be said, and I hope to say it in subsequent
communications: that the Bible also teaches justification "out of"
faith; that the Bible teaches that God counted Abraham’s faith as
righteousness; that faith itself is a gift of grace; of course, that the
Bible teaches that justification is by faith only, and more.
But the glorious note of gracious justification of
the ungodly sinner already is sounded, so that every guilt-stricken
sinner may seek righteousness where alone it is to be found in the only
way in which righteousness can be sought and found: in Jesus Christ, in
whom God has worked out His righteousness for His elect people, by faith
Let us seek and find our righteousness by faith.
Let the true church proclaim justification by faith,
the heart of the gospel of grace.
And let us defend this truth against the lie of
justification by works, whether taught by the apostate churches or by
Cordially in Christ,