Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 20
"But I will
hope continually, and will yet praise thee
more and more"
- 11:00 AM
Ezekiel's Vision of the Future (2)
The Union of the Two Sticks [download]
Reading: Hosea 1:1-11; 2:14-23
I. The Symbolic
68:31-35; 60:1-5; 133:1-3
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Evil Communications [download]
Reading: I Corinthians 15:1-19, 30-38, 51-58
Catechism, Lord’s Day 43
I. What They Are
II. What They Do
III. Do Not Be
119:41-48; 69:1-6; 41:5-11; 12:1-8
Stephen Murray for CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship
Quotes to Consider:
Oswald T. Allis: "A good illustration of the
light which its use in the New Testament may throw upon the latent
implications of an Old Testament text is Paul's use [in Romans 9:25-26]
of Hosea 2:23 and 1:10. In their context the words of Hosea refer to
disobedient Israel. Israel was 'my people' by virtue of God's choice and
call. But Israel had become 'not my people' through disobedience to God
and consequent rejection by him. Yet Hosea declares that Israel shall
again be called 'my people.' So the prophecy might very naturally be
regarded as referring exclusively to Israel. But Paul, under the
guidance of the Holy Spirit and in the light of gospel truth, sees a
deeper meaning in these words of the ancient prophet. 'Not my people'
may mean two things: 'no longer my people' and 'not yet my people.' In
the one sense it would refer to the Jews, in the other to the Gentiles.
just as James interprets Amos' prophecy regarding the tabernacle of
David, considered in the light of prophecy as a whole, as referring to
the conversion of the Gentiles in the Church age, so Paul declares that
Hosea foretold the calling of 'vessels of mercy ... not from the Jews
only, but also from the Gentiles.' So here, as elsewhere in these
chapters (e.g., 9:33, 10:11f., 11:5), prophecy is appealed to as
foretelling that very situation which is represented by the Church age"
(Prophecy and the Church, p. 156).
Prof. Engelsma: "An especially destructive
weakness is the introduction into our families of hatred, strife, and
evil speaking, whether against the neighbour, or against some authority,
or against the church. Walking in such ways, we cannot expect happiness
in our families. We have, in these cases, given place to the devil, the
destroyer of happiness. What is worse, God Himself will bring judgment
upon our houses. He brought judgment upon David’s family: ‘the sword
shall never depart from thine house’ (II Sam. 12:10). He will not spare
our families, if we despise His ways."
J. Miller: "Few things are more important in a
home than its conversation, and yet there are few things to which less
thought is given. The power to communicate good which lies in the tongue
is simply incalculable. It can impart knowledge, utter words that will
shine like lamps in darkened hearts, speak kindly sentences that will
comfort sorrow or cheer despondency, breathe out thoughts that will
arouse and quicken heedless souls ... Why should so much power for
blessing be wasted? Especially why should we ever pervert these gifts
and use our tongues to do evil, to give pain, to scatter seeds of
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
A report on the last two days of the PRC Synod
is available on the back table. Copies of Prof Engelsma’s new book,
Bound to Join, are also on the back table. (Our thanks to Brian
Crossett who brought these back from the US!) This important book on
church membership is available at a special price of £8.
This evening we will have preparatory with the
view to celebrating the Lord’s Supper next Sunday morning.
Since Martyn McGeown has passed his synodical
examination and graduated from the PR Seminary, the Council declares him
eligible for a call and presents his name to the congregation to call
him to be our missionary based in Limerick working with the Limerick
Reformed Fellowship. A brief congregational meeting will be held after
the evening service on 4 July to vote on this.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "Christ’s Inseparable Love"
Have you booked for the BRF Conference yet? Bookings
are due by 1 July.
The Council will meet Monday, 28 June, at 7 PM
at the manse.
Upcoming Meeting: S. Wales, Friday, 2 July -
"What About Israel?"
Offerings: General Fund: £406.30.
Website Additions: 3 Italian videos are on-line
www.cprf.co.uk/languages/italian.htm). 1 German and 2 Italian
translations were also added.
PRC News: Rev. Marcus declined the call to Trinity PRC. Rev.
Eriks declined the call to Edgerton PRC. Hope PRC’s trio is Revs. R.
Hanko, W. Langerak and A. Lanning. Holland’s new trio is Revs. Eriks,
Kuiper and Spronk.