Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 31
generation shall praise thy works to another,
declare thy mighty acts" (Ps. 145:4)
- 11:00 AM
Hating Your Family [download]
Reading: Luke 14:15-35
I. The Biblical
78:42-48; 45:9-14; 139:17-24
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Praying for the Coming of the Kingdom [download]
Reading: I John 3
Catechism, Lord’s Day 48
I. Praying for
II. Praying for
Against God’s Enemies
12-14; 78:49-54; 47:1-9; 51:14-19
Stephen Murray for CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship
Quote to Consider:
Herman Veldkamp: "The Lord does not need servants
who are willing to do something for Him: He needs people who are
willing to give themselves totally."
J. C. Ryle: "Children of religious parents …
often grow up professing a religion without knowing why, or without ever
having thought seriously about it. And then when the realities of
grown-up life begin to press upon them, they often astound everyone by
dropping all their religion, and plunging right into the world. And why?
They had never thoroughly understood the sacrifices which Christianity
entails. They had never been taught to ‘count the cost.’"
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
A special issue of the Standard Bearer on "The
Ecumenical Spirit of the Reformation" is on the back table today
PM - Joseph, Jacob, Nathan & Alex
PM - Zoe, Amy & Lea
12:15 AM - Beginners NT Class
The Council meets tomorrow evening at 7:30 PM
at the church.
Tuesday Bible study: 11 AM. We will look at II
Thessalonians 1:10-12 on our glorifying and admiring Christ on His
Wednesday Belgic Confession class: 7:45 PM. We
will study Article 3, "The Written Word of God" on the source and
inspiration of Scripture.
Ladies Discussion group will meet this Thursday
morning to discuss "Handmaidens of the Lord (2)." Contact Susan Hall for
Thursday membership class: 7:30 PM.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "Peace Shall Destroy Many"
(Daniel 8:23-25) by Rev. Bruinsma.
The annual church visitors from the PRC will
be Rev. Doug Kuiper from Randolph PRC and Elder Jim Holstege from
Southeast PRC. They plan to arrive on Friday, 7 January and be in N.
Ireland until Saturday, 15 January, when they will travel to Limerick
and stay there until Tuesday, 18 January.
Offerings: General Fund - £392.20. Donations:
£18 (books), £20 (DVDs).
Website Additions: 1 Portuguese and 2 German
translations were added. An
article on Hugh Latimer is now on-line as is a new
Missions resources page.
PRC News: Cornerstone called Rev. Haak (Georgetown, MI). Wingham
called Rev. A. Lanning (Faith, MI). Edgerton and Trinity have called
Rev. Bruinsma (Pittsburgh, PA). Hope will call from a trio of Revs.
Eriks (Hudsonville, MI), Marcus (Edmonton, AB) and Spronk (Peace, IL).
R. C. H. Lenski (American Lutheran) on Luke 14:26,
"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife,
and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he
cannot be my disciple"
"The condition is one of reality, i.e., Jesus thinks
and speaks of somebody who really wants to be a disciple of his. ‘Comes
to me’ means: with the desire to attach himself to me as disciples
attach themselves to a master or rabbi. If such a man does not ‘hate’
his own father and all other relatives, plus even his own life, Jesus
tells him right out that he is not able to be his disciple.
Much ingenuity has been expended on the verb ‘hate’
to little or no effect. Instead of leaving [the Greek word] in its true
sense ‘to hate,’ it is generally reduced, even ‘watered down till the
point is gone.’ All we need to remember is that this hating is the same
as that which was exercised by God: ‘Thou hatest all workers of
iniquity,’ Ps. 5:5; 45:7; Heb. 1:9; the same hate that is voiced by the
saints as in Ps. 101:3 and in other passages. The startling thing lies,
not in the verb ‘to hate,’ but in the objects to be hated, one’s own
father, etc., with the still more startling climax: and even also his
own life, that which animates the body and is thus inclined to become
‘carnal.’ This is nothing but a repetition of 12:49-53, father against
son, etc. Despite all of this hate in God his love remains, and the two
are entirely compatible (see 6:27), each even to the highest degree of
So the hate required for discipleship goes together
with our love to our parents, etc., that love which understands any evil
in them and would, with the help of Jesus, remove it. Jesus is speaking
of the father who is not a disciple, or, if he be a disciple, would in
his blindness hinder his son in his discipleship. Even our natural
affection for all our relatives and for our own life is left untouched
by this hating, for our very [love] toward them will keep us from
yielding to any desire of theirs which is in conflict with our
It is thus that we are to do this hating, which is
not to be reduced and softened in any way but is to be understood in the
fullest sense of the word even as it is required by [love] ... For this
we have Jesus’ own example in Matthew 12:48-50. When Jesus says: ‘is not
able to be my disciple,’ we should remember that a [disciple] is one who
has learned and imbibed, at least to a degree, and is endeavouring to
learn to the fullest degree through the teaching and the example of
Jesus the latter’s very own spirit so that as a disciple he may be like
his teacher, Matt. 10:35; Luke 6:40. When this is noted, it is at once
apparent that Jesus asks only that any and every disciple of his must be
copying him as his Master in this hating. Jesus naturally had to state
this requirement of true discipleship many times; a few of them are on
record: Matt. 10:37; 19:29; Luke 18:29."
Matthew 10:35-37: "For I am come to set a man at
variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and
the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be
they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me
is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is
not worthy of me."
Matthew 12:48-50: "But he answered and said unto him
that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he
stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my
mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father
which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."
Matthew 19:29-30: "And every one that hath forsaken
houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or
children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold,
and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be
last; and the last shall be first."
Luke 18:29-30: "And he said unto them, Verily I say
unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren,
or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, Who shall not
receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come