Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 15
"It is a good
thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises
unto thy name, O
most High: to shew forth thy lovingkindness in
the morning, and
thy faithfulness every night" (Psalm 92:1-2)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
Lawful Oaths and Vows
Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s
Day 37; II Corinthians 1:23
I. The Assertory Oath
II. The Promissory Vow
Psalms: 100:1-5; 66:1-9;
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Reformed Courtship (3)
I Thessalonians 4
I. Abstaining from all
II. Possessing One’s Vessel in
Psalms: 62:7-12; 66:10-20;
For audio cassettes of the
worship services, contact Sean Courtney (email@example.com)
CPRC website: www.cprc.co.uk
Quotes to Consider:
G. I. Williamson: "Perjury is the act of
wilfully making a false oath. It is a serious crime. The Bible calls it
swearing deceitfully (Ps. 24:4). The taking of an oath with secret
intention of double meaning, not disclosed to others, or with mental
reservations, whereby the mind silently voices dissent from part or all of
what is being sworn, is a sin of enormity. And yet this sin is common
today even within churches that officially claim this Confession of Faith!
When a Presbyterian minister is ordained and installed he is required to
make certain oaths. He is required, in this oath of office, to affirm that
the Bible is the only infallible rule of faith and practice. He then is
required to solemnly swear that he receives and adopts the Confession of
Faith and Catechisms as agreeable to and founded on the Word of God, and
that he personally accepts the system of doctrine taught in them. To take
such an oath of office and at the same time not to believe that the Bible
is infallible, or to disagree with the doctrines of the Confession of
Faith, (such as, for example, the virgin birth of Christ, and bodily
resurrection, or the doctrine of election) is to be guilty of perjury. It
is little wonder that the spiritual condition of the churches is low, when
it has become accepted practice to swear deceitfully, and that on the part
of the shepherds of Israel."
A. A. Hodge: "When the matter of the vow is not
unlawful, but morally indifferent, the vow is binding; but experience
abundantly proves that to accumulate such obligations is very injurious.
The Word of God in the Scriptures imposes upon us by his authority all
that it is his will or for our interest for us to observe. The
multiplication of self-imposed duties dishonours him, and greatly harasses
us and endangers our safety" (The Confession of Faith, p. 291).
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
Standard Bearers and the new British Reformed
Journals are on the back table for those who subscribe. The October
issue of the Covenant Reformed News
is also available as is the new CPRC book, pamphlet, and tape series
Catechism: Monday, 7 PM with the Campbells at the
manse. Tuesday, 7 PM at the Murrays. Thursday, 7 PM at the Hamills.
Our Mid-Week Bible Study is Wednesday at 7:45 PM at the
manse. We will continue studying our baptismal form in connection with the
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day, 22 October
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "Remember Our Persecuted
Brethren" (Heb. 13:3).
Upcoming Lectures: Tuesday, 31 Oct., Limerick, "God’s
Unconditional Covenant" Friday, 17 Nov., S. Wales, "God’s Unconditional
Covenant" Friday, 12 Jan., S. Wales, subject to be decided.
Last Week’s Offerings: General Fund - £1011.66.
Donations: £20 (CR News).
PRC News: Doon PRC has formed a new trio for foreign missionary: Rev.
Dick (Grace, MI), R. Kleyn (Trinity, MI), and VanderWal (Redlands, CA).