Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 4 March, 2012
"Those that be planted in the house of the Lord
shall flourish in the courts of our God" (Ps. 92:13)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
Zechariah’s Night Visions (4)
Joshua Standing Before the Angel of the Lord [download]
Scripture Reading: Zechariah 3
Main Parties in the Vision
The Devastating Rebuke From the Lord
The Wonderful Change of Garments
Psalms: 111:1-6; 119:161-168; 109:1-7; 32:1-5
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Zechariah’s Night Visions (5)
God’s Priestly Royal Servant [download]
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 11
Sign of Joshua and His Companions
The Prophecy of the Branch
The Picture of the Stone
Psalms: 101:1-6; 119:169-176; 71:1-8; 118:17-26
CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services, contact
desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
Quote to Consider:
John Calvin on Zechariah 3:1-2: "Let us
then know that Christ never performs the work of the priesthood, but
that Satan stands at his side, that is, devises all means by which he
may remove and withdraw Christ from his office. It hence follows that
they are much deceived, who think that they can live idly under the
dominion of Christ: for we all have a warfare, for which each is to arm
and equip himself. Therefore at this day, when we see the world seized
with so much madness, that it assails us, and would wholly consume us,
let not our thoughts be fixed on flesh and blood, for Satan is the chief
warrior who assails us, and who employs all the rage of the world to
destroy us, if possible, on every side ... Let us therefore know, that
God is not simply the enemy of Satan, but also one who has taken us
under his protection, and who will preserve us safe to the end. Hence
God, as our Redeemer and the eternal guardian of our salvation, is armed
against Satan in order to restrain him. The warfare then is troublesome
and difficult, but the victory is not doubtful, for God ever stands on
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
We welcome Marco Barone to our
worship services today.
A newsletter from Rev. Bruinsma in
is available on the back table.
Sunday Catechism: 10 AM - O.T.
Monday Catechism: 6 PM - O.T.
Beginners (Alex & Nathan) 6:45 PM - O.T. Juniors (Jacob & Joseph) 7:30
PM - Heidelberg (Timothy, Zoe, Amy & Lea)
Our Tuesday morning Bible study
meets at 11 AM on "Eschatology and Time." We’ll continue out discussion
on the "two ages."
Belgic Confession Class meets
Wednesday at 7:45 PM to study Article 13—"The Unspeakable Consolation of
The Council will meet this Thursday
at 7 PM at the church.
The Ladies’ Discussion Group will
continue their study of the book Lies Women Believe, meeting this
Friday, 9 March, at 10 am to discuss chapter 8.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast
next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) will be "A Blessed End to a
Beautiful Book" (Ruth 4:13-22).
Wales, 12 April, Rev. Stewart, "God’s Sovereignty & Man’s
Ballymena, 20 April, Rev. Stewart, "God’s Sovereignty & Man’s
Offerings: General Fund: £474.80.
PRC News: Rev. Spronk declined the call to Hope PRC. Edgerton
called Rev. R. Kleyn (Spokane, WA).
Letter to Belfast Telegraph and Belfast
Sadly, the current UK civil government wants to redefine
marriage so that it is no longer simply between a man and a woman, but
also between a man and a man, and a woman and a woman. The new
legislation would present the union between a man and a woman as only
one of three options regarding "marriage."
The God who created human beings male or female has defined marriage as
a one-flesh union between one man and one woman, as the Lord Jesus
teaches (Matt. 19:4-5). This reflects the great mystery of Christ's
unbreakable marriage with His beloved bride, the church, consisting of
all His elect from the beginning to the end of the world (Eph. 5:32).
Scripture's declaration that marriage is a lifelong bond between one man
and one woman (Rom. 7:2; I Cor. 7:39) is well summarised in the historic
wedding form: "as long as you both shall live" and "till death us do
Increased acceptance, approval and even encouragement of sins against
the seventh commandment—fornication, adultery, pornography, divorce for
many grounds (sexual infidelity is the only ground, according to Christ
in Matthew 5:32), remarriage while one's spouse is still living (Matt.
5:32; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18; Rom. 7:3; I Cor. 7:10-11) and
homosexuality (Rom. 1:26-27)—has paved the way for the state's push for
The Almighty judges for sin and gives people over to their iniquity.
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness
and unrighteousness of men, who hold [down] the truth in
unrighteousness" (Rom. 1:18). The way of deliverance from sexual lusts
and, indeed, the guilt, pollution and bondage of other sins as well, is
repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God,
crucified, risen and exalted as Lord and Saviour.
Rev. Angus Stewart
Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Letter to Belfast Telegraph
Questions of faith respondent John Burns must be answered
(BT Feb 28th)
God commands mankind to love Him because when man was created he
could and did. Since the fall man cannot love God because he will not.
John 5:40. Love is an act of the will. God gives the command and the
ability to His sheep. John 6:44.
When Scripture says God creates evil it means
calamities and adverse events not sin e.g. Job 2:10. God tempts
no-one to sin. God decrees sin but Satan and men are wholly
responsible for it e.g. the Cross of Christ.
There are no real contradictions in Scripture as it is
a unity as God is simple and a trinity in perfect unity. Scripture
is 100% truth Psalm 119:160
Our morality is grounded in God because He defines
morality and punishes immorality and idolatry in heathen nations
(Burns so-called genocide) and ultimately in hell (all the
wicked)-all to the praise of His justice.
Unbelief is damnable because it makes out God to be a
liar by disbelieving what He has said in His word. 1 John 5:10.The
evidence on which to base faith is compelling-creation, redemption
and fulfilled prophecy but man loves his sin too much to repent
unless God’s grace intervenes.
God is good, so good and righteous that He has to
punish unrepentant mankind who hate Him and by their lives spit in
His face-mankind as a whole had become so corrupt in Noah’s day God
had to destroy them in the flood and at the end of time will do
likewise by fire.
Morality is summed up in the ten commandments which
reflect God’s holy character-God first, then revealed morals because
He is the Supreme Judge. All morality based elsewhere e.g. in
idolatry and false religions is wickedness and immorality-witness
the golden calf.
Dr Julian Kennedy