Protestant Reformed Fellowship
Lord’s Day, 17
"Honour and majesty are before Him: strength and beauty are his
Service - 11:00 AM
Jehoshaphat, the Ecumenical King (1)
Jehoshaphat’s Godly Beginning
Psalms: 105:1-7; 117:1-2; 119:73-80; 90:8-10, 16-17
Service - 6:00 PM
Catechism, Lord’s Day 23; Romans 3
Righteousness by Faith Alone
I. Is Faith
the Basis for Righteousness?
Faith the Means of Righteousness?
Faith the Gift of Righteousness?
99:1-9; 118:1-7; 143:1-2, 10-12; 130:1-8
Quotes to Consider:
From J. I. Packer’s introduction to James
Buchanan’s The Doctrine of Justification: "Martin Luther described
the doctrine of justification by faith as ... the article of faith
that decides whether the church is standing or falling ... when this
doctrine is understood, believed, and preached ... the church stands
in the grace of God and is alive; but where it is neglected, overlaid,
or denied, as it was in mediaeval Catholicism, the church falls from
grace and its life drains away, leaving it in a state of darkness and
death. The reason why the Reformation happened, and Protestant
churches came into being, was that Luther and his fellow Reformers
believed that Papal Rome had apostatised from the gospel so completely
in this respect that no faithful Christian could with a good
conscience continue within her ranks ... the doctrine of justification
by faith is like Atlas: it bears a world on its shoulders, the entire
evangelical knowledge of saving grace. The doctrines of election, of
effectual calling, regeneration, and repentance, of adoption, of
prayer, of the church, the ministry, and the sacraments, have all to
be interpreted and understood in the light of justification by faith
... A right view of these things is not possible without a right
understanding of justification; so that, when justification falls, all
true knowledge of the grace of God in human life falls with it, and
then, as Luther said, the church itself falls. A society like the
Church of Rome, which is committed by its official creed to pervert
the doctrine of justification, has sentenced itself to a distorted
understanding of salvation at every point. Nor can these distortions
ever be corrected till the Roman doctrine of justification is put
right. And something similar happens when Protestants let the thought
of justification drop out of their minds: the true knowledge of
salvation drops out with it, and cannot be restored till the truth of
justification is back in its proper place" (pp. vii-ix).
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
The new SB (containing a report on the BRF
Conference) is available today.
Catechism: Monday at 7PM at the manse with the
Campbells, and Thursday at 7PM at the Hamills.
Rev. Stewart is to speak at Wednesday’s
Harryville Primary School assembly.
At Bible Study on Wednesday at 8 PM, we will
consider if the "baptism with the Holy Spirit" is subsequent to
Prof. Hanko will hold his last meeting in
Porthcawl this afternoon at 2 PM. He plans to leave Wales on Monday
but remain in England giving lectures in Cambridge and Leicestershire.
The Hankos leave the UK on 25 October.
Advanced Notice: A lecture by Rev. Stewart
on "Predestination" is planned for Friday, 5 November, in Ballymena
Protestant Hall at 8 PM.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day,
24 October, (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is "Who is Going to
Heaven, Part 2."