Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 19
after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep
of thy mouth" (Ps. 119:88)
- 11:00 AM
of Infant Baptism
All Thy Children Taught of the Lord! [download]
Reading: Isaiah 54
I. The Meaning
II. The Reality
III. The Comfort
33:15-22; 34:11-18; 105:4-9
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Glorious Name "Christian" [download]
Reading: Acts 11:19-30; 12:25-13:4; 14:26-28
Catechism, Lord’s Day 12
I. The Profound
Meaning of It
II. The First
Use of It
Worthy of It
34:1-9; 119:1-8; 118:15-23
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DVDs of the worship services.
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Quotes to Consider:
Prof. David Engelsma: "God’s purpose in the
chastisement of His children establishes what our purpose must be in the
chastisement of our children. Our purpose in chastising our children
must be their profit. But their profit is not their pleasure, but their
holiness. Thus our purpose in disciplining our children is nothing less
than their life. Do we want our children to live? Do we want them to
live spiritually? ... Then we discipline, because discipline maintains
and preserves and increases holiness" (Keeping
God’s Covenant, p. 73).
Herman Witsius: "Nor, indeed, is it surprising,
that the followers of Jesus put so high a value on this name of
Christian; for it comprehends almost every relation in which they stand
to Christ, the communication of his mystical unction, and the
participation of his offices; and it binds its professors to a contempt
of the world, and to more than human undertakings. Each of these things
must now be considered with some attention" (The Apostle’s Creed,
vol. 1, p. 300).
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
This morning we witness the baptism of Corey
Jonathan Hall. May the Lord bless Philip & Susan as they raise Corey in
the fear and admonition of the Lord.
DVDs of both Calvin lectures as well as the
given at the last Calvin lecture are available. A newsletter from
Heritage PRF is also on the back table.
Rev. & Mary Stewart travel to S. Wales
this Thursday where Rev. Stewart will give a lecture on "Calvin vs.
Darwin: Anniversaries, Origins and Worldviews."
The Reformed Witness
Hour next Lord’s Day (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW), is
entitled "The Grace of Giving" (II Corinthians 9:5-8).
Brian Crossett’s term as elder expires this
August. The Council nominates Brian for an additional 3-year term. This
will be voted upon at a congregational meeting after the evening service
on Sunday, 2 August (Church Order 22).
Thursday, 30 July, 7:30 PM - The 4 Horsemen of Revelation 6
Thursday, 24 September, 7:30 PM - Guidance: How Do I Know God's Will for
Friday, 30 October, 7:30 PM - Calvin on Justification: Considering the
Judgment Day with Singular Delight
Friday, 6 November, 7:30 PM - Calvin vs. Darwin: Anniversaries, Origins
Offerings: General Fund - £458.23. Donations:
£200 (building fund), £5 (building fund), £50 (CR News),
£6.50 (CDs), £10.30 (books).
Website: 1 German translation was added as were
two book reviews by Martyn McGeown on The Reading and Preaching
of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church, vols. 1 &
PRC News: Byron Center called Candidate Griess.
Holland’s new trio is Cand. Griess, Rev. Hanko (Lynden, WA) and Rev. Key
(Hull, IA). Lacombe’s new trio is Rev. den Hartog (Southwest, MI), Cand.
Griess, and Rev. Key. Rev. Bill Langerak (Southeast, MI) declined the
call to Trinity PRC.
John Calvin on Isaiah 54:13:
"It deserves attention, that all that belongs to the
ornament of the Church, proceeds from no other source than from the
grace of God; for if we are "carbuncles" and "sapphires" in consequence
of our being taught by the Lord, it follows that this does not proceed
from nature. Now there are two ways in which the Lord teaches us; by
external preaching, and by the secret revelation of the Holy Spirit.
What kind of teaching the Prophet means is explained by Christ, when he
quotes this passage; and therefore we ought not to seek a better
interpreter. "It is written in the prophets," says he, "All shall be
taught by God. Every man who hath heard and learned from the Father
cometh to me" (John 6:45). If this passage were to be understood as
relating to external preaching, the conclusion which Christ draws from
it would not be well founded; for it does not follow, "The Gospel is
preached, and therefore all believe." Many oppose, others openly scorn,
and others are hypocrites. Those only "who have been foreordained to
life" (Acts 13:48) are sincerely teachable, and are entitled to be
ranked among the disciples. The Gospel is preached indiscriminately to
the elect and the reprobate; but the elect alone come to Christ, because
they have been "taught by God," and therefore to them the Prophet
This makes it evident in what way we become living
and precious stones for building the temple of God. It is when the Lord
has formed and polished us by his Spirit, and has added to the external
preaching of the word the internal efficacy of the Spirit. Hence we
learn how great is the depravity of the human mind, which cannot be bent
and formed anew, unless the Lord move it by the power and efficacy of
his Spirit. Isaiah has connected both modes of teaching, the internal
and the external; for he gives the appellation of "children of the
Church" to those who are "taught by the Lord." If they are her children,
they must then have been conceived in her womb and nourished by her,
first "with milk, and next with solid food," as Paul says (I Corinthians
3:2) till they "grow up and arrive at manhood" (Ephesians 4:13).
Thus the external administration of the word is
necessary if we wish to be disciples; and this shows the extreme madness
of fanatics, who abuse this passage for the purpose of overturning the
preaching of the word and the ministry which the Church enjoys; for they
cannot be "the children" of the Church, if they do not allow themselves
to be educated in her. In vain will they boast of secret revelations;
for the Spirit does not teach any but those who submit to the ministry
of the Church, and consequently they are the disciples of the devil, and
not of God, who reject the order which he has appointed; for we see that
these two things, "Children of the Church" and "Taught by God," are
united in such a manner that they cannot be God's disciples who refuse
to be taught in the Church. They ought likewise to be properly
distinguished, as Isaiah also distinguishes them, that we may not apply
to men what ought to be ascribed to the efficacy of the Spirit; but at
the same time they ought to be joined together, so that we may know that
in this matter God chooses to employ the agency of men."
The internship in SW PRC is proving to be very
interesting and enjoyable. The saints there have welcomed me into their
hearts and homes and made me feel part of the church. It is not easy to
go from one huge church (Hudsonville) to another large (albeit, somewhat
smaller) church and try to learn who everyone is, but I am enjoying the
attempt! The people are very understanding that I cannot be expected to
know everyone in a few weeks and when I forget their name they are not
offended although I am making a huge effort. I am studying the picture
directory every time I meet a new person.
The internship started on 1 July. I go on about 3
visits a week with Rev. den Hartog. We have been to nursing homes to
visit the elderly and infirmed; we have been to the homes of widows and
to homes of people with illnesses, and it is wonderful to see the strong
faith these saints have in affliction. I have been moved, too, to see
what a caring pastor Rev. den Hartog is as he brings the Word (which is
our comfort) to bear upon the lives of these dear people.
SW PRC have started a lunch rota. On my first Sunday
there (5 July) we had a welcome program after the evening service at
which I was asked to introduce myself and describe how I came to be a
member of the CPRC and a seminarian. Some members of the church played a
special number on the violin and Rev. den Hartog asked me to explain to
the people how to pronounce my name (I said it is "McGeown" and then
tried to explain: the best explanation I have found was by Rev. Rodney
Kleyn who wrote "Mig-Yone" on the board in the consistory room. I don’t
have too many high hopes. It took the Profs. three years to get it
On 7 July, I attended (with Rev. den Hartog) the
pastor’s breakfast and we bade farewell to Rev. Rodney Kleyn who is now
at the other side of America in Spokane, Washington.
My first sermon was on 12 July on I John 2:1-2
("Jesus Christ, Our Advocate") which was graciously received. Rev. den
Hartog gave me some feedback and I am now working on number 2 (which,
DV, I will deliver on 2 August in the evening service on Titus 2:14).
I have also attended two consistory meetings at SW
(although technically the second was a continuation of the first). Both
went on to after 11:30 PM. Consistory meetings are strictly confidential
and it has been very useful to my training to see how they are
conducted. SW is also blessed to have godly and wise elders who love the
Things will get a lot busier when the season of
catechism and society begins. That will be a blessed time too.