Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 7
after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep
of thy mouth" (Ps. 119:88)
- 11:00 AM Sem. M. McGeown
David’s Victory Over the Uncircumcised Philistine
Reading: I Samuel 17:1-52
Text: I Samuel
I. The Enemies
II. The Issues
III. The Victory
29:1-5; 56:1-7; 144:1-8
Service - 6:00 PM Sem. M. McGeown
The Sin of Giving Our Seed to Molech [download]
Reading: Leviticus 19:16 - 20:7
I. An Abominable
II. A Covenantal
29:5-11; 103:13-18; 78:4-8
Contact Sean Courtney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services.
CPRC website: www.cprc.co.uk
CPRC YouTube Site:
Quotes to Consider:
A. W. Pink on I Samuel 17: "‘When the Philistine
looked about and saw David, he disdained him’ (v. 42). First, Eliab had
taunted, then Saul had sought to discourage, and now Goliath scorns him.
Ah, the one who (by grace) is walking by faith must not expect to be
popular with men, for they have no capacity to appreciate that which
actuates him. But true faith is neither chilled by a cold reception nor
cooled by outward difficulties: it looks away from both, unto Him with
whom it has to do. If God be ‘for us’ (Rom. 8:31), it matters not who be
against us. Nevertheless, faith has to be tested—to prove its
genuineness, to strengthen its fibre, to give occasion for its exercise.
Well may writer and reader pray. ‘Lord, increase our faith’" (The
Life of David, p. 36).
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
We welcome Anne & Audra Miedema, Julie
Rainey’s sister and niece, to our worship services today. We also
welcome David Crossett back from India.
Protestant Reformed Theological Journal
is available on the back table for all interested parties.
Today, Ivan Reid, our church treasurer, is giving out
this past year’s financial report to CPRC members, etc.
The second offering this morning is for the
building fund. The foundations of our building have been started and
some of the concrete poured. We plan to add more photos on our website
as the building progresses (www.cprf.co.uk/articles/building.htm).
This Friday, Rev. Stewart will give a lecture in
on "Calvin vs. Darwin: Anniversaries, Origins and Worldviews." Please
contact Rev. Stewart if you would like a lift to the lecture.
The Reformed Witness
Hour next Lord’s Day (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW), is
entitled "Strengthen Each Others Hand in God" (I Samuel 23:16-18).
Limerick, Friday, 19 June, 7:30 PM - Calvin vs. Darwin
Friday, 10 July, 8 PM - Calvin’s Battle for the Reformation (I)
Friday, 17 July, 8 PM - Calvin’s Battle for the Reformation (II)
Thursday, 23 July, 7:15 PM - Calvin vs. Darwin
Offerings: General Fund - £609.70. Donations:
£100, £6 (CDs & DVDs).
PRC News: Rev. Hanko declined the call to Lacombe (Alberta,
Canada). Rev. Kuiper (Randolph, WI) declined the call to Calvary (Hull,
IA). Holland PRC called Rev. Eriks (Hudsonville, MI). Byron Center PRC
called Rev. Bruinsma (Pittsburgh, PA).
"Calvin’s Battle for the Reformation" Conference in
Last Wednesday and Thursday (3-4 June), I gave two
speeches at a conference in Lisbon, Portugal entitled "Calvin’s Battle
for the Reformation." The event was sponsored by a Portuguese
denomination, the Christian Presbyterian Church of Portugal (Igreja
Cristã Presbiteriana de Portugal, ICPP). The organising committee did a
fine job, hanging an attractive banner announcing the conference theme
at the front of the church and providing attendees with a helpful
programme and a booklet containing excerpts from Calvin’s Institutes
of the Christian Religion.
On the first night, the saints assembled to learn
about the great Genevan Reformer, while in the nearby Sporting Lisbon
football stadium the devil provided entertainment for some of his slaves
through Australian rock band AC/DC. Thankfully the racket could not be
heard in our church building and the main difficulties caused by the
concert were increased traffic and the scarcity of parking spots. Before
the first lecture, Nuno Pinheiro (the interpreter), Rev. Manuel Luzia
(Nuno’s pastor and an organiser of the conference) and I were
interviewed before the TV cameras of the Evangelical Alliance of
Portugal. The cameras stayed around to record the start of the speech.
Some of this footage is to appear later on Portuguese national
television [now on the CPRC YouTube channel at
As well as native Portuguese, attendees included
those who originated in the US, Brazil and Sâo Tomé, an island off west
Africa and a former Portuguese colony. Calvin would have approved of the
singing of Psalms 1 and 100; he used to sing to the tune of the latter
in St. Pierre’s Cathedral in Geneva. The saints in Lisbon were a most
appreciative audience, listening very well as I spoke a sentence or
clause in English and Nuno translated it into Portuguese. The people
were very engaged in the question and answer periods after both
speeches, with questions ranging from the execution of Servetus and the
state of the Church of England to key points of Calvin’s theology for
today and the way forward for Reformed churches in the twenty-first
century. Those whose English was up to it bought a number of books on or
by Calvin and other literature, and took DVDs of debates on Calvinism
and charismaticism plus free pamphlets. The two meetings were recorded
on camcorder and should be going on-line too (http://presbiteriana.com.sapo.pt).
Rev. Luzia, the saints of the ICPP and other visitors
asked me to pass on their regards to the CPRC and to let you know that
they are praying for you. Greetings also from Nuno and Alina Pinheiro
who were with us in Ballymena for a long weekend at the start of May and
who, with their children Tarsis, Tamar and Lucas, attended the 2008
British Reformed Fellowship Conference in Co. Fermanagh. Nuno and Alina
and their children made delightful hosts for our time in the Lisbon area
and we were superbly treated by them and our Portuguese fellow
Photos from the Calvin conference in Portugal can be
viewed online (http://presbiteriana.com.sapo.pt/3junho.htm
http://presbiteriana.com.sapo.pt/4junho.htm). Rev. Francisco Moura,
who attended the conference, has a report on it on his blog (http://franciscomoura.blogspot.com/2009/06/conferencia-batalha-de-calvino-pela.html).
Let us pray for the cause of Christ in Portugal!
Left to right: Rev.
Glenn Camenisch, Gerson Júnior, Nuno Pinheiro, Rev. Stewart and Rev.