Protestant Reformed Church
Day, 19 June, 2011
that be planted in the house of the Lord
flourish in the courts of our God" (Ps. 92:13)
Service - 11:00 AM
Son’s Messianic Kingdom (3)
Begotten Son [download]
Reading: Acts 13:22-48
Glorious Manifestation of the Son
The Divine Nature of the Son
The Eternal Generation of the Son
118:17-26; 103:16-22; 16:6-11; 2:1-8
Service - 6:00 PM
Us Not Be Weary in Well-Doing [download]
Reading: Galatians 5:13-6:10
Temptations to Be Weary in Well-Doing
The Motivation Not to Be Weary in Well-Doing
23:1-6; 104:1-7; 27:9-14; 37:29-37
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CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services.
Quote to Consider:
John Calvin on Psalm 2:7: "This
expression, to be begotten, does not therefore imply that he then began
to be the Son of God, but that his being so was then made manifest to
the world ... He who had been hidden from the beginning in the sacred
bosom of the Father, and who afterwards had been obscurely shadowed
forth under the law, was known to be the Son of God from the time when
he came forth with authentic and evident marks of Sonship ... We must,
at the same time, however, bear in mind what Paul teaches, (Romans 1:4)
that he was declared to be the Son of God with power when he rose again
from the dead, and therefore what is here said has a principal allusion
to the day of his resurrection."
Belgic Confession Article 10 - That Jesus
Christ Is True and Eternal God: "We believe that Jesus Christ,
according to his divine nature, is the only begotten Son of God,
begotten from eternity, not made nor created (for then he should be a
creature), but co-essential and co-eternal with the Father, the express
image of his person, and the brightness of his glory, equal unto him in
all things. He is the Son of God, not only from the time that he assumed
our nature, but from all eternity, as these testimonies, when compared
together, teach us. Moses saith, that God created the world; and John
saith, that all things were made by that Word, which he calleth God
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
On the back table today is the June issue
Covenant Reformed News.
This evening’s service will be
preparatory with a view to partaking of the Lord’s Supper next
Lord’s Day morning. Rev. McGeown will be taking the service and
preaching for us while Rev. Stewart preaches in the LRF.
This Friday, 24 June, at 7:30 PM is the lecture
on "For Whom Did Christ Die?" in Lurgan Town Hall. Anyone
interested in a lift to the lecture, contact Rev. Stewart.
Saturday, 11 AM, family visitation
with Rev. McGeown.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast
next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) will be "Keeping The
Lord’s Day Holy" (Hebrews 10:24-25) by Rev. Haak.
Men’s Fellowship will meet on
Saturday, 9 July, at 8 PM at the Kennedys to study Daniel 4.
Offerings: General Fund - £391.17. Donation:
£150 (CR News).
Website Additions: Two German
translations were added.
PRC News: The Protestant Reformed
Theological Seminary is planning a 2-day conference on 16-17 September,
entitled "1611-2011: Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King
James Version." There will be 3 speeches, one on Friday evening and
two on Saturday morning (www.kingjames400years.com).
of Synod 2011
Protestant Reformed Church
Monday, June 13, 2011: The pre-synodical
service was held at Grandville PRC. Rev. Ron Van Overloop, the president
of Synod 2010, preached a sermon on Titus 1:1-4. reminding us that we do
our work as the slaves of Jesus Christ.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011: Synod began its work by
electing officers: President – Rev. Jim Slopsema; Vice-President –
Rev. Ken Koole; First Clerk – Rev. Doug Kuiper; Second Clerk – Rev.
Garry Eriks. Synod also took the time to welcome Rev. Martyn McGeown,
who is attending synod as a representative of our sister-church in
After these beginning decisions were taken,
the synod and its visitors heard the sermons of Mr. Nathan Decker, Mr.
Brian Huizinga and Mr. Jonathan Mahtani. Synod approved the sermons,
agreeing that the sermons were Reformed and that the men displayed the
gifts to preach a sermon for the edification of God’s people.
Wednesday June 15, 2011: Mr. Decker,
Mr. Huizinga and Mr. Mahtani were examined in Dogmatics. From 8:30am
until about 3:00pm, with a couple of breaks, Prof. Cammenga examined
these three men on the following subjects of Dogmatics: Introduction to
Dogmatics, Theology, Anthropology, Christology, Soteriology,
Ecclesiology and Eschatology. These young men gave a good account of
their understanding of the foundation of the church.
Synod treated the material of eastern and
western home missions so that Rev. Bruinsma, our eastern home
missionary, could be present before he returned home. Rev. Bruinsma
thanked the Domestic Mission Committee and Southwest PRC’s Council for
their faithful work and support. He took time to explain briefly the
steady progress being made in Pittsburgh.
Synod then dealt with a proposal from the
Domestic Mission Committee to call a western home missionary. Synod
declared the proposal of the DMC to call a western home missionary to be
not legally before it because this matter did not appear in the printed
agenda. One of the rules of synod states, "No proposals of
importance shall be presented to synod that have not appeared on the
Agenda, so that consistories and classes may have opportunity for
Thursday, June 16, 2011 was a day of great rejoicing
for Synod 2011 and the Protestant Reformed Churches for two reasons. The
first is that synod approved the examinations of Mr. Nathan Decker, Mr.
Brian Huizinga and Mr. Jonathan Mahtani, declaring them candidates of
the ministry of the Word and Sacraments eligible for call on or after 16
July, 2011. These men were examined in Church History, Church Polity, OT
History, NT History and Practica.
The second reason for great joy at synod
was the decision taken by unanimous vote to establish a sister-church
relationship with the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore.
Although Synod 2011 approved this action, the actual relationship will
not be implemented until Synod 2012, the Lord willing, to make sure our
other sister-church, in Northern Ireland, has no objections. May the
Lord bless this relationship!
Friday, June 17, 2011: The Contact Committee’s
"sacred duty," according to the preamble of its constitution,
is "to manifest the true unity and catholicity of the church on
earth in as far as that is possible." Synod heard from the CC how
they are carrying out this sacred duty with many contacts which are at
different stages of contact: our sister-church in N. Ireland;
Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Australia with whom we have a
corresponding relationship; contacts in Germany, Uzbekistan, Namibia,
Heritage Reformed Congregations, Portugal; and attending NAPARC. In many
instances, synod simply approved the CC’s work with these contacts,
but there are a few things that should be noted as highlights.
The CC reported that Revs. Koole and A. Lanning attending the 50th
Anniversary celebration of the EPC in Australia. Rev. Koole spoke at
the celebration and our delegation had a one-day conference with
some of the ministers of the EPCA.
Rev. M. McGeown addressed synod on behalf of the CPRC
in NI, expressing the warm greetings of our sister. He also
expressed thanks for the many benefits enjoyed in the relationship
and informed synod about the missionary work being done in Limerick.
Rev. Slopsema asked Rev. McGeown to express the greetings of the
PRCA to the saints in N. Ireland and Limerick and the thanks we have
for the sister-church relationship. Synod approved providing
financial support for the mission work in Limerick.
Synod approved sending observers to the 2011 meeting of
The CC reported that the six churches in Namibia
responded positively to the delegation’s presentations of the PRCA
and our distinctives, but more visits are necessary to get to know
each other better. Since the delegation returned these six churches
have not extended another invitation for us to return because of
internal struggles that have required their undivided attention. The
CC informed synod concerning recent developments in these churches,
which indicate they want to continue this contact—these churches
have decided to present to their classis a report of their meetings
with our delegation in the summer of 2010 with the desire that the
classis would begin corresponding with us. Synod approved sending
another delegation to Namibia when an invitation for such a
delegation is given.
In the afternoon, Synod treated the
material of the Foreign Mission Committee because Rev. Smit, one of our
missionaries in the Philippines, was present. The highlight of the
afternoon was Rev. Smit’s address to synod concerning the ongoing work
in the Philippines. He gave a brief update of the work being doing in
the Berean Protestant Reformed Church and in the other congregations
with whom they work. After making decisions concerning the work in the
Philippines, synod also approved the FMC’s work of investigating
Myanmar as a possible field of mission labour.
Synod will resume Monday morning at 8:30am
at Grandville PRC, DV.