Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 22
"That ye may
with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even
the Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 15:6)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
A Lord’s Day at Troas
Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s
Day 38; Acts 20:7
I. The Worship Service
II. The Raising of Eutychus
Psalms: 92:1-2, 12-15; 67:1-7;
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Reformed Courtship (4)
The Calling of Fathers
I. At the Wedding of Their
II. Before the Wedding of Their
Psalms: 45:6-11; 68:1-6;
78:1-6; 78:7-11, 63-65
CPRC website: www.cprc.co.uk
Quotes to Consider:
John Calvin on Acts 20:7: "And the zeal of them
all is worth the noting, in that it was not trouble to Paul to teach until
midnight, though he were ready to take his journey [the next day], neither
were the rest weary of learning. For he had no other cause to continue his
speech so long, save only the desire and attentiveness of his auditory."
Jay E. Adams: "Let us look at the responsibility
that has been laid on the husband. As a Christian, he is responsible to
God to head up his family ... the husband is responsible for everything
that happens in his home. Nothing must go on in the home of which he is
not aware. Nothing should happen to his children over which he does not
have surveillance and, indeed, the final say" (Christian Living in the
Home, p. 90).
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
The 2006 PRC Acts of Synod are on the back table.
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 consider the proper understanding of our baptismal form in
connection with the Unconditional Covenant.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day, 29 October
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "Justification By Faith is the
End of All Boasting" (Rom. 3:27-28).
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 - £1155.50.
Donations: £50 (Building Fund), £5 (CR News).
Website: Three new articles in Portuguese have been
added to our website.
Anyone interested in ordering a PRC Missions 2007
Calendar, see the sign-up sheet on the back table.
PRC News: A delegation from Doon PRC and the Foreign
Mission Committee plans to visit the mission field in the Philippines next
month. They plan to arrive on Thursday, Nov. 9, hear confessions of faith
on Friday and Saturday, obtain the approval of Doon’s consistory on the
evening of the 11th. The next week includes observing the Pastors’
Training class and a trip to Gabaldon. The public confessions and baptisms
are scheduled for the first service on the 19th. In the second service is
planned the organisation of the group into an instituted congregation with
the installation of office-bearers—a very busy and wonderful day. Let us
thank our gracious God for bringing the field to this point and ask for
His blessing on the work of the delegation.
Rev. John Heys on keeping the Sabbath day holy:
"An holy day is one set aside by God wherein we may
perform spiritual work unhindered by the labour and toil of our natural
lives. It is a day, and that is particularly true of the sabbath as an
holy day, given him that he may enter into and enjoy the things of God’s
Where do you stand as far as the Sabbath is concerned?
Or better still, where are you found standing on the Sabbath?
How sincerely can we say with the psalmist, ‘I was glad
when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord’? If we had
to write a Psalm and express our true disposition of mind, would we not
write ‘I was glad when it was all over, that I might return home?’ Are we
not like the little boy who was asked how he liked church, when he
returned from his first church service, and replied, ‘The singing was
good, but the commercial was too long?’ And then when the service is over,
the whole long afternoon and evening is made for man to use for the
earthly pursuits and lusts of man?
Here is one commandment which, by deeds, if we dare not
say it with the lips, we consider outdated, not relevant to our times,
old-fashioned and meant for another generation gone by. Although God with
His finger cut the words also of this commandment into the granite to
signify that which time would not wear away, man has succeeded, at least
in his mind, to wear the granite smooth so that the fourth commandment is
gone! ... And it is so often because we have our eyes on the world and the
things of the world, which in I John 2:15-17 we are warned not to love,
that we have (?) to travel and perform deeds on the Sabbath, lest these
material things and our pursuit of them suffer.
No, during the week we do not have the time. During the
week it would cost us something of this earth’s goods. And so the Sabbath
becomes the holiday that our flesh would not let us take during the week.
The holy day becomes a few moments of hurried worship cut short for the
sake of the flesh, and the day becomes for the greater part—if indeed our
minds even during the short service were not already on what we intend to
do for the flesh—an holiday! Meanwhile God has not changed, Who declares,
‘Love ME! And show this on the Sabbath!’
We are not interested in becoming legalistic. Do not
bring up that accusation. But we are emphatic when we say that our Sabbath
conduct reveals the measure of our love of God. We are stressing the point
that a child of God is pictured in Psalm 27:4—and then a New Testament
child as well as an Old Testament child of God—when the psalmist says,
‘One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may
dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the
beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple’...
But do we mean it and do we live that way? Does our
action and attitude on the Sabbath as well as during the week show this?
Without treating the text itself but using it to bring out the point
expressed in our theme above, there are elements here that need stressing.
The psalmist speaks of ONE request; and that means that all the desires
which he has are controlled by that desire. He SEEKS after it, or as the
Psalter versification, he still prays this. He comes to the living God
with this prayer. That is how sincere he is and how much he means it. You
can tell people that. O, yes, we are glad that we can go to church. We are
thankful for the preaching of the Word. We are ready to defend our
doctrine—and clamour perhaps for practical preaching, provided it does not
find fault with our Sabbath conduct. But the test is whether we tell God
these things in prayer and sincerely thank him and ask Him for these. We
support it financially and are liberal givers. But are we moral supporters
of that preaching and of activities on the Sabbath that show that it is
not an holiday for us but an holy day? If you love God, the keeping of the
fourth commandment is not difficult at all. For that reason we said that
our Sabbath conduct—what we allow and what we disallow, where we go and
from what we will stay away—reveals the measure of our love to God.
Are we a peculiar people, or are we more and more
becoming a worldly people? Are we a royal priesthood of God, or are we in
the service of the kingdom of darkness on the Sabbath? Is our rest a
peculiar rest of a peculiar people? Or does this word even have an
unpleasant sound in our ears? We do not want to be a different and
distinct people. We do not want the world to see that we are different
from them and that we are pilgrims and strangers here below. And so their
holiday crowds more and more into our holy day in our hearts and lives ...
If the glow of the Sabbath does not remain on Monday,
there is also something wrong. If with the last ‘Amen’ of the worship
service suddenly the Sabbath falls away and we are ready to talk business
... The Sabbath has not been so different after all. Different habits,
different hours were kept, but the same old activities of the things of
our natural life were sought; and the spiritual was still shelved for a
‘more convenient time.’ Is this perhaps also the reason why on Monday or
the following days of the week we are not interested in group or society
discussion and study of the Word? Have we too many holidays during the
week that we cannot get out of the habit on Sunday? The world gets such a
grip on us, you know. We have to know on Sunday what the world is doing in
the field of sport. It gets such a grip on you that you cannot leave it
alone one day in a week. The day is not different because we are not
different inside. O the new man in Christ is different—the exact opposite
of the old man of sin. But who rules us on the Sabbath? Be sure that it is
the new man in Christ. Be sure that you walk in His fear on the Sabbath."
("Holiday or Holy Day," The Standard Bearer,
vol. 42, pp. 472-473, vol. 43, p. 10).