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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church



Rev. Angus Stewart

Lord’s Day, 19 September, 2010


"One generation shall praise thy works to another,

and shall declare thy mighty acts" (Ps. 145:4)


Morning Service - 11:00 AM

Jerusalem and Antioch (4)

Antioch Sends Out Missionaries    [download]    [youtube]

Scripture Reading: Acts 12:24-13:16

Text: Acts 13:1-3

I. The Missionaries Antioch Sent

II. The Sending of the Missionaries

Psalms: 147:1-8; 75:5-10; 96:1-7; 65:1-5


Evening Service - 6:00 PM


The Heritage of God’s Servants   [download]   [youtube]

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 54

Text: Isaiah 54:17

I. A Defence From Every Satanic Weapon

II. The Condemnation of Every Judging Tongue

Psalms: 63:1-8; 76:1-6; 48:1-9; 46:1-7


Contact Stephen Murray for CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services.


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Quote to Consider:

Don Doezema: "This marked for the church the beginning of a new and important phase in its carrying out of the mandate given by Christ before His ascension, namely, that the gospel be preached to the ends of the earth. It is true that Christianity, especially as a result of the persecution that scattered the Christians from Jerusalem, had already spread beyond the limits of Palestine; but, as Jamieson wrote, ‘still the Church continued a stranger to formal missionary effort .... It was from Antioch that teachers were first sent forth with the definite purpose of spreading Christianity, and organizing churches’" (Upon This Rock, vol. 3, p. 174).

Announcements (subject to God’s will):

We welcome Matthew Kortus from Loveland PRC in Colorado, USA, to our worship services today. He will be with us until Thursday morning.

The September Covenant Reformed News and a new CPRC address/phone/e-mail list are available on the back table today.

Since Mr. Callender has been unable to worship with us in our new building, there is a card for him on the back table for everyone to sign.

This evening we will have a preparatory service with the view to celebrating the Lord’s Supper on next Lord’s Day, 26 September.

Catechism classes start tomorrow evening: 6:00 PM - Joseph, Jacob, Nathan & Alex (Beginners NT History) 6:45 PM - Zoe, Amy & Lea (Seniors NT History)

Tuesday morning Bible study starts this week, 21 September, at 11 AM at church. We will study II Thessalonians. A crèche will be provided. All are welcome.

An organizational meeting for a Ladies Coffee Morning/Discussion will be at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, 22 September, at church. Ask Susan for more information.

Wednesday Belgic Confession Class will start this Wednesday, 22 September at 7:45 PM at church. All are welcome.

Membership class (Anga, Jamie & Debbie) will start this Thursday, 23 September at 7:30 PM at church.

The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "Lawlessness in Society" (Matthew 24:12-13) by Rev. Bruinsma.

Check out the new, improved BRF website by Manuel Kuhs.

S. Wales Lectures: Friday, 15 October, on "Charismaticism" by Rev. Stewart, 3 December by Rev. McGeown and 21 January by Rev. Stewart.

PRC News: Candidate Holstege accepted the call to Holland and declined the call to Edgerton PRC.

PCI Moderator Betrays Confession at Westminster

Rev. Angus Stewart

The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI), Dr. Norman Hamilton of Ballysillan PCI in Belfast, stated that he is "glad to change [his] travel plans" to accept an invitation to attend a religious service at which the Pope, as an honoured guest, will deliver a speech (Friday 17 September, 2010).

The venue for this ecumenical service with the Bishop of Rome (on his papal tour of the UK) is striking: Westminster Abbey in London, where the Westminster Confession of Faith, the creed of Presbyterianism worldwide and of Dr. Hamilton and the denomination he represents and (to some extent) leads.


The dogmas of the Pope and the Church of Rome are clearly opposed by the Westminster Confession, especially its chapters on Scripture (ch. 1), God's eternal decree (3), divine providence (5), man's original sin and total depravity (6), the bondage of fallen man's will (9), effectual calling (10), justification by faith alone (11), good works (16), the perseverance of the saints (17), liberty of conscience (20), religious worship and the Lord's Day (21), oaths and vows (22), the church (25), the sacraments (27), baptism (28), the Lord's Supper (29), church discipline (30) and church synods and councils (31). Indeed, it is highly doubtful if there is even one of the 33 chapters of the creed formulated at Westminster Abbey with which the Pope could honestly agree.

Rome's theistic evolution (4:1), prayers to saints or for the dead (21:2, 4) and purgatory (32:1) are condemned by the Westminster Confession. "Popish monastical vows of perpetual single life, professed poverty, and regular obedience ... are superstitious and sinful snares" (22:7). The "Pope [has not] any power or jurisdiction over [the state] or over any of [the] people," including in the UK, and "ecclesiastical persons [e.g., paedophile priests] are not exempted" from civil authority and punishment (23:4). Indeed, the Westminster Confession states that the pope is "antichrist" (25:6) and the mass is "most abominably injurious to Christ's one only sacrifice, the alone propitiation for all the sins of the elect" (29:2).

No doubt the Pope will rejoice at being received and revered in the historic building in which the Westminster Confession was written. Dr. Hamilton may even cast a guilty glance towards Westminster Abbey's Jerusalem Chamber where the Westminster divines drafted their great Reformed confession—a confession he signed. Members of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland will look on with dismay or in denial at yet another public mark of their moderator's and denomination's betrayal of the truth of Jesus Christ set forth in their church's confession. The Westminster divines would be appalled and even the stones of Westminster Abbey would cry out if they could.