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News from the PRC and Sister-Churches for the Week of September 16, 2018 (*Updated)

On this thirty-seventh Lord's Day of 2018, September 16, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

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New worship location of Peace PRC in Dyer, IN

  • Today Peace PRC begins worshiping in her new building at 14864 101st Avenue, Dyer, IN 46311 (cf. photo above). May God bless their witness in this new community.

  • On Sept.9 Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA) announced his DECLINE of the call from Grandville PRC to serve as minister on loan in our sister church in Singapore.

  • On August 26 the congregation of Grandville PRC voted to extend a call to Rev. N. Decker (pastor of Trinity PRC). He plans to answer by Sept.23.

  • *UPDATE: From Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB comes this news: "Consistory presents to the congregation the following trio from which we will be calling a new minister for our congregation. Rev. E. Guichelaar (Randolph, WI), Rev. N. Langerak (Crete, IL), and Rev. M. VanderWal (Wingham, ON). Voting will take place on Sunday, Sept. 23rd after the afternoon service."
  • From Heritage PRC (Sioux Falls, SD) comes this special note of congratulations to her new pastor and his wife:
    • "We rejoice with Rev. & Mrs. Langerak who were united in marriage Saturday, September 15. May God richly bless them as they begin their married life"
    • And related to that is this: Rev. Tom Miersma will supply our pulpit today and next Sunday. Rev. Miersma is Emeriti Minister from Immanuel PRC, Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. We welcome him and his wife Janice into our fellowship.

  • Having recently sold and vacated her former building, Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) has begun worshiping for the time being at Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI.

  • From Georgetown PRC comes this special note of an upcoming event: "'Foster of Grace' the documentary on the India mission created by Brad Kamminga will be shown at Georgetown PRC on Sunday, Sep. 23 at 8pm.  This documentary will give you a better understanding of the background of the mission work and the Grace Foster Home as well as life in India and the struggles and challenges of abandoned children and women in India. This is a public showing for all, so please invite your friends and family from other churches."

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Classis East: The September meeting of Classis East took place this past Wednesday at Grace PRC. One congregation requested and received the concurrence of classis to increase discipline for one of its members. Four previous cases that came to the May classis that were previously judged to be illegally before classis were now judged legally before classis. In the judgement of classis each protest has been answered by Synod 2018. The expenses for this meeting of Classis was $904.28  

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Logo for the 2019 Dordt400 Conference (see note below)

PRC Seminary News:

  • Seminary is now in its fourth week of classses in this first semester. Continue to pray for the professors, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of training men for the gospel ministry.

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman officially began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are working on plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618-19-2018-19. The following details have been announced:

    Dordt 400: On behalf of the PRC Seminary, Trinity PRC is hosting a 3-day conference for the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordt on April 25-27.   Mark your calendars and visit our website at dordt400.org

    The Dordt 400 Conference includes a Writing Contest with great prizes.  If you are looking for a way to use your writing skills, visit our website at dordt400.org and start working on your essay.



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One of our sister congregations in the Philippines (cf. *note below)

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items (from her bulletin today):
    • "By now most of us are already aware that Rev Rodney Kleyn has declined the call to be our Minister-On-Loan (MOL). Let us not be discouraged but continue to pray and wait patiently as we seek the will of the Lord to send the man of His choice to serve in our midst. Psalm 27: 14 "Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say on the Lord."
    • This week we are thankful to God for bringing Rev. Spriensma into our midst to bring us the precious word of God. Rev. Audred and Mrs Alva Spriensma will be with us for 3 Sundays until 1 Oct. Rev Spriensma is no stranger to us. He was in
      Singapore in 2012 to assist us with the pulpit supply. He has pastored in Grandville, Kalamazoo and Byron Center PRCs prior to his current calling as the home missionary. Rev Spriensma did foreign mission work in the Philippines for 5 years leading to the organisation of the Berean Protestant Reformed Church of the Philippines. Rev and Mrs Spriensma are the parents of 5 married children and grandparents of 21 grandchildren! Do welcome them warmly and spend time fellowshipping with them."

    • Her latest newsletter (AUGUST 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (JULY 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we call attention to the following:
  • *The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.
  • The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors too.

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The new book available from the RFPA - in time for the 400th anniversary of the "great" Synod of Dordt!

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • The RFPA Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Angus Stewart will speak on “The RFPA, the CPRC, and the Spread of the Truth” at Grace PR Church in Grand Rapids, MI. This speech will address the role of RFPA literature from the perspective of a PR sister church running a bookstore and doing missionary work in another country, showing how these Reformed materials edify the CPRC’s members and assist in reaching its contacts. Men, women, and young people are all cordially invited to attend the meeting!

  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.
  • If you are in need of some pamphlets published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing, visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.
  • If you or a friend are interested in spiritually edifying music as well as in Bibles and other Reformed literature, visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI or visit their website.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. C. Haak (Georgetown PRC, Hudsonville, MI) continues his series on the OT prophecy of Jonah. The title of today's message is "A Sinful Response to Sovereign Mercy" based on Jonah 4:1-5.

  • From the Reformed Witness Hour (RWH) Committee: the RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the Reformed faith.

  • A new Spanish edition of the RWH is being produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Look for new messages each week - and help spread the word!

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ESPECIALLY FOR THE YOUTH OF THE PRC:

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and find out why you ought to be.

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (JULY 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • Girls Conference at Georgetown PRC:  "Shine as Lights in the World" (Grades 9-Post High/College) Nov. 10, 2018.  Good Speakers - Music - Q&A Panel.  Be inspired to live for Jesus boldly by shining His light!  Take a friend or two!  Register: https://shineaslights2018.eventbrite.com   

  • The 2018 PRYP's Convention was held the week of August 13-17, at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN. Pictures from the week can be found on Facebook and at the following link: Rev. Langerak’s Pictures
  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates: We have secured a location for our retreat during July 1-5, 2019! It will take place at Mt. Baker Bibleway Camp. Check it out at http://www.mtbakercamp.org/home.do. We hope to include activities such as a day trip to beautiful Artist Point, white water rafting, and more. Registration is set to open in February 2019, so don’t miss out! We encourage any young adults post-high school age to attend. Further details have been posted to our Facebook page: Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019. Request an invite to see these details, or message the group if you have any questions!

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Missionary D. Kleyn teaching pastors in S. Negros (*cf. note below)

 MISSION NEWS:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond. For the next three weeks he and his wife are in Singapore serving our sister church, Covenant ERC.

  • The August 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.

  • To read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018), visit this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's! And the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela, the Philippines we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:

    • Provident CC:
      • Rev. Holstege will preach both times today.

      • Rev. Kleyn will preach for the Bearers of Light Community Church today in Guiguinto, Bulacan.

      • After the first service, Rev. Holstege will teach Lesson 2 in the Essentials of Reformed Doctrine: The doctrine of Holy Scripture. We will have a short merienda after class.

      • *This Monday and Tuesday, Revs. Kleyn and Holstege will travel to Negros Occidental for the monthly pastors’ classes in Sipalay.

    • Maranatha PRC:
      • Our Pastor, Rev. L. Trinidad will lead us in both services and after the second service he will teach the children the Catechism.
      • Our Missionary, Rev. D. Kleyn will lead us in both Services. He will continue the Belgic Confession lesson.
      • Our Missionaries and PRCP are planning to conduct a Conference in commemoration with the Synod of Dordt, dated November 1618 to May 1619.

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.
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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of September 9, 2018

Micah 6 8On this thirty-sixth Lord's Day of 2018, September 9, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA) has been considering the call from Grandville PRC to serve as minister on loan in our sister church in Singapore. Today, Rev. Kleyn informed Covenant ERC and his own congregation that he DECLINED this call.

  • On August 26 the congregation of Grandville PRC voted to extend a call to Rev. N. Decker (pastor of Trinity PRC). He plans to answer by Sept.23.

  • Today is the day Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) begins worshiping at Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI, having recently sold and vacated her former building.

  • From our Pittsburgh (PA) PRC comes this special announcement of an upcoming event: "Save the evening of October 5 at 7:30 pm. Rev. A. Stewart from our sister church in Ireland will be here to give a speech about Martin Luther and his wife Katie."

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Classis West: We have now received the official public report of the Aug.29-30 meeting from the stated clerk:

    Classis West met in regular session on August 29-30, 2018.  The meeting was hosted by Peace PRC (Lansing, IL), but all sessions were held in the facilities of the neighboring Crete PRC since Peace is in the process of transitioning to a new building.  Rev. John Marcus chaired the meeting.

    The highlight of this meeting was the examination of Pastor-elect Jonathan Langerak who had received and accepted the call extended to him by Heritage PRC (Sioux Falls, SD).  Mr. Langerak led a worship service on the night before Classis, expounding God's Word from Proverbs 3:5-6.  He was then examined the following day in the six loci of Dogmatics, Knowledge of Scripture, Knowledge of the Confessions, Controversy, and Practica.  With the concurrence of the synodical deputies from Classis East, Classis unanimously approved his examination and advised Heritage PRC to proceed to his ordination into the ministry.  Mr. Langerak was ordained in a special worship service held on August 31.  We give thanks to God for supplying another under-shepherd, and pray for God's blessings upon the ministry of Rev. Jonathan Langerak.
    In closed session, Classis dealt with the request of a consistory to increase censure on an impenitent member.  After hearing evidence of the member's impenitence and the consistory's careful labor, Classis advised them to proceed to making the second announcement of the second step of discipline.
    Classis was also informed by a consistory that it had, with the concurrence of a neighboring consistory, suspended its pastor from exercising his office, and that it sought Classis' approval to proceed with his deposition.  With great sadness, Classis voted unanimously to advise the consistory to proceed, and the synodical deputies concurred.
    On its agenda Classis also had an appeal from a member of a congregation against the decisions of his consistory.  Classis declared two parts of the appeal not legally before it as it was not finished at the consistory level.  Classis did enter into one part of the appeal and gave careful instruction to both the appellant and the consistory concerning the procedural issues which were raised.  By decision Classis also reminded the appellant of the importance of brevity in submitting materials and the importance of being patient with his consistory as they work through the issues.
    Classis also approved an overture from Hull PRC to Synod 2019 to add a statement to the bylaws of the denomination regarding our stance on marriage and homosexuality and to write policies regarding this issue that might be adopted by local consistories to aid them in the legal protection of their property against lawsuits. Classis judged that the overture made compelling arguments for the legal protection afforded by such an action and that it would be helpful to local consistories.
    The following classical appointment schedule for Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) was drawn up:  Rev. N. Langerak (September 16 and 23), Rev. R. Barnhill (October 7 and 14), Rev. S. Regnerus (October 21 and 28), Rev. E. Guichelaar (December 9 and 16), Rev. B. Huizinga (January 13 and 20), Rev. M. De Boer (January 27 and February 3), Rev. J. Laning (February 17 and 24), Rev. J. Engelsma (March 17 and 24), Rev. S. Key (March 31 and April 7), Rev. D. Lee (April 21 and 28), and Rev. A. Brummel (May 12 and 19).
    The expenses of Classis totaled $9,350.47.
    The next meeting of Classis West is scheduled for March 6, 2019, in Heritage PRC, the Lord willing.
    Rev. Joshua Engelsma, Stated Clerk, Classis West

  • Classis East will meet in regular session this week Wednesday, September 12th, beginning at 8 AM in Grace Protestant Reformed Church.

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This year's PRC Seminary students (photo taken at this year's PRC Seminary Convocation (see note below)

PRC Seminary News:

  • Seminary Convocation was held this past Wednesday, September 5, at Providence PRC. For more on this event (including pictures and a short video clip of the special music), visit this webpage.

  • Seminary began its classes on Wednesday, Aug.29. Besides our seniors (Matt K. and Jacob M. - internships - cf.. note below), we have two other seminary students this year: third-year student Josiah Tan and first-year student Marcus Wee (who arrived this week with his wife and son), both from our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC. In addition, four young men are taking different levels of pre-seminary Greek from Profs. R. Dykstra and B. Gritters at the seminary.

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman officially began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are working on plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618-19-2018-19. The following announcement is now being publicized:

    Dordt 400: On behalf of the PRC Seminary, Trinity PRC is hosting a 3-day conference for the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordt on April 25-27.   Mark your calendars and visit our website at dordt400.org

    The Dordt 400 Conference includes a Writing Contest with great prizes.  If you are looking for a way to use your writing skills, visit our website at dordt400.org and start working on your essay.



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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items:
    • Synod 2018 gave approval to the request of Covenant ERC in Singapore that a minister-on-loan be called to labor in their midst during their present vacancy, and appointed Grandville PRC the calling church. On August 5 the congregation voted to call Rev. R. Kleyn from a trio that also included Rev. G. Eriks and Rev. S. Key. He plans to answer this call by Sept.9 (TODAY). *Note: Rev. Kleyn has DECLINED this call.
    • Rev. D. Kleyn and his wife are in the CERC yet today, as our missionary to the Philippines assists in preaching and teaching. This is the note in her bulletin today - including news of her next helper:
      "This week we bid farewell to Rev Daniel Kleyn and Sharon after he peaches in this Lord’s Day. Rev Daniel Kleyn and Sharon will be heading back to the Philippines on Tuesday 11 September.... We thank Rev Daniel Kleyn for taking time off from his busy schedule in the Philippines to minister to us for the past week. We thank God for maintaining the supply for our pulpit during the times while we wait for His appointed MOL.

      We look forward to have Rev. Audred Spriensma and his wife, Alva, to arrive next Saturday 15 September.... Rev. Spriensma and Alva will be with us for three Sundays. Besides preaching, Rev Spriensma will be teaching the secondary level Catechism class and the Pre-Confession the class."

    • Also, from her bulletin today we find another note about her mission work in India: "We thank God for a fruitful trip to Kolkata by Eld Leong and Eld Wee as they supervised the baptism of ten saints and the public confession of faith of six saints in last Lord’s Day. This marked a significant development for CERC (Fellowship) Kolkata. We rejoice with the saints of Kolkata in this milestone as we see the Lord establishing the work of our hands (Psa 90:17) and give us fruits through the labours of our missionary pastor, Rev Singh. Pray that the saints in Kolkata show their love for God by forsaking the world and walking in a godly and holy life."

    • Her latest newsletter (AUGUST 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (JULY 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we call attention to the following:
  • The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.
  • The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors too.

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The new book available from our sister church in N. Ireland and from PRC Evangelism Committees.
Contact yours to obtain your copy. Here's the description: "This superb new book sets forth the Reformed and biblical truth of the end in ten relatively short chapters!"

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • The RFPA Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Angus Stewart will speak on “The RFPA, the CPRC, and the Spread of the Truth” at Grace PR Church in Grand Rapids, MI. This speech will address the role of RFPA literature from the perspective of a PR sister church running a bookstore and doing missionary work in another country, showing how these Reformed materials edify the CPRC’s members and assist in reaching its contacts. Men, women, and young people are all cordially invited to attend the meeting!

  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.
  • If you are in need of some pamphlets published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing, visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.
  • If you aor a friend are interested in spiritually edifying music as well as in Bibles and other Reformed literature, visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI or visit their website.

  • The PRC Denominational Directory is now for sale for just $15.00. To order please fill out an order form or by emailing Laura Huizinga @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • The Psalter App is now available for Android as well as for IOS (Apple) devices. For more info visit: https://psalterapp.weebly.com

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. C. Haak (Georgetown PRC, Hudsonville, MI) brings part 3 a series on the OT prophecy of Jonah. The title of today's message is "God's Mercy with Repentant Sinners", Jonah 3:10.

  • From the Reformed Witness Hour (RWH) Committee: the RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the Reformed faith.

ESPECIALLY FOR THE YOUTH OF THE PRC:

  • Girls Conference at Georgetown PRC:  Shine as Lights in the World (Grades 9-Post High/College) Nov. 10, 2018.  Good Speakers - Music - Q&A Panel.  Be inspired to live for Jesus boldly by shining His light!  Take a friend or two!  Register: https://shineaslights2018.eventbrite.com   

  • The 2018 PRYP's Convention was held the week of August 13-17, at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN. Pictures from the week can be found on Facebook and at the following link:

    Rev. Langerak’s Pictures

  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates: We have secured a location for our retreat during July 1-5, 2019! It will take place at Mt. Baker Bibleway Camp. Check it out at http://www.mtbakercamp.org/home.do. We hope to include activities such as a day trip to beautiful Artist Point, white water rafting, and more. Registration is set to open in February 2019, so don’t miss out! We encourage any young adults post-high school age to attend. Further details have been posted to our Facebook page: Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019. Request an invite to see these details, or message the group if you have any questions!

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (JULY 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.
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    Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and find out why you ought to be.

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 MISSION NEWS:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond. Today, he is preaching in Georgetown PRC. Over the next three weeks he and his wife will be traveling to Singapore to serve our sister church, Covenant ERC.

  • The August 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.

  • To read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018), visit this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's! And the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela, the Philippines we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:

    • Provident CC:
      • Rev. Holstege will preach both times today.

      • After the first service today, Rev. Holstege will begin teaching Essentials of Reformed Doctrine. Today we will consider Lesson 1: The Knowledge of God. We will have a short merienda after class.

      • This Wednesday at 7:30, Lord willing, Rev. Holstege will continue to teach Hermeneutics (Rules of Bible Interpretation). All are welcome to join.

      • Rev. and Sharon Kleyn are still in Singapore today. They plan to return to the Philippines this week, DV. We pray that the Lord will watch over them in their travels.

    • Maranatha PRC:
      • Our Missionary, Rev. R. Smit will lead us in both services.
      • Our Missionaries and PRCP are planning to conduct a Conference in commemoration with the Synod of Dordt, dated November 1618 to May 1619.

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.
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PRC Seminary Convocation 2018

PRC Seminary Convocation 2018

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The PRC Seminary held its annual Convocation on Wednesday, September 5, as faculty and students marked the beginning of a new season of instruction.

The program was held at Providence PRC (picture above) in Hudsonville, MI at 7:00 p.m. Prof. B. Gritters spoke on Acts 20:24 “None of these things move me…”

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On the printed program for the evening (cf. attached), Prof. Gritters has this fitting quote from John Calvin included (taken from his commentary on that passage):

“…it is a filthy thing for us to be so holden
with a blind desire to live, that we lose the
causes of life for life itself; and this do the
words of Paul express. For he doth not simply
set light by his life; but he doth forget the
respect thereof, that he may finish his course;
that he may fulfil the ministry which he hath
received of Christ, as if he should say that he
is not desirous to live, save only that he may
satisfy the calling of God; and that, therefore,
it shall be no grief to him to lose his life, so
that he may come by death unto the goal of
the function prescribed to him by God.

And we must note that which he saith,
with joy, for his meaning is, that this is taken
from the faithful by no sorrow or grief, but
that they both live and die to the Lord. For
the joy of a good conscience is more deeply
and surely laid up, than that it can be taken
away by any external trouble, or any sorrow
of the flesh; it triumpheth more joyfully than
that it can be oppressed.”

During the program special music was provided by Crista Phelps (piano) along with Sam Bergman and Conner and Erin Courtney (violin). See the video attached here to listen to one of their beautiful Psalter number arrangements (bottom of post, under "Media").

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After the convocation address the present student body was introduced.

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From l-r: Freshman Marcus Wee (Covenant ERC Singapore); Senior Jacob Maatman (Crete & SW PRCs); Senior Matt Kortus (Loveland, Faith, & Zion PRCs); Junior Josiah Tan (Covenant ERC Singapore)

*NOTE: Due to connection issues, the live-stream on the Seminary's YouTube channel did not work. Our apologies! But Nick Kleyn recorded most of it and posted it on his Facebook page.

Reformed News Asia - August 2018

Issue 50 - August 2018
Pamphlets

We print pamphlets written by our members and those from other Reformed churches of like-minded faith. They include a wide range of topics from doctrines to church history and practical Christian living. These pamphlets serve to promote knowledge of the true God as expressed in the Reformed faith.
NEWPamphlet!
Ageing
By Rev. den Hartog Arie & MaryBeth Lubbers

"Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not..."  
Psalm 71:18 

"For I know [Abraham], that he will command his children and his household after him...."
Genesis 18:19 

Click hereto view our catalogue of pamphlets.

Click here to make an order.

All pamphlets are free. CERC reserves some discretion regarding large orders and/or orders from those outside Singapore.
 
Featured Book
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For international orders, click here.
Grace and Assurance
by Martyn McGeown

From the RFPA website:

In 1618-19 the great Synod of Dordt met to counter the Arminian error that was threatening the peace and welfare of the Reformed churches in the Netherlands. The fruit of their deliberations was the Canons of Dordt, a creed which has defined the Calvinist, Reformed faith for centuries.

This accessible commentary on the Canons leads readers through the comforting message of the creed: being wholly saved by God’s grace—not one’s own merit—comes with the steadfast assurance of eternal and unchangeable election.

 
Audio Recordings
Series of Sermons on The Last Days by Prof Russell Dykstra from 2 Peter 3:

The Coming Of Scoffers In The Last Days 
The Willing Ignorance Of The Scoffers
God's Longsuffering To Usward
What Manner Of People?


 
 
Upcoming Events!
 
Mooncake Gospel Meeting 

Speaker : Elder Lap Meng
Date : 29 Sep 18, Sat
Venue : CERC
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
 
23 Sep    31st CERC Church Anniversary
Oct    Mission Seminar
 
Past Events...
 
Infant Baptism

In July, we were again blessed to witness the Infant Baptism of Sonya, daughter of Ivan Chew and Elisa; and Asaph, son of Marcus Wee and Tze Yan! We rejoice with their parents, thanking God and praying for God's blessings upon them as they bring up their covenant child in the fear of the Lord. 
Baptism of Sonya
Baptism of Asaph
 
Farewell for Pastor & Sherry Den Hartog

A number of farewell meals were planned for Pastor & Sherry Den Hartog who had been in our midst for 25 Sundays since January 2018. We bid farewell to them on 16 July. We thank God for them for their dedicated labours in our congregation for the past months, through the preaching and the counsels. We praise God for His goodness and love for CERC. 
Farewell lunch for Pastor Den Hartog and Sherry organised by Glowing Candles Bible Study Group
 
Prof & Carol Dykstra

We were glad to receive Prof & Carol Dykstra into our midst for 5 Sundays. We are very grateful to God for providing for our needs and for the supply of pulpit till the end of this year. May we trust and be thankful to God in all matters.
Prof Dykstra in one of his speeches
 
Installation of Office Bearers

On 22nd July, we witnessed the installation of Elder elect Wee Gim Theng and Elder Leong Fai Chong to the office of Elder as well as Deacon elect Paul Liu to the ofiice of Deacon. We thank God for His care and faithfulness for His church and we pray for the Lord's blessings upon them as they diligently undertake their respective callings. 
 
Family Seminar

This year's national day on 9 August, we were privileged to have a speech by Prof Dykstra under the theme: Dealing With Technology - Seeking Wisely To Live Wisely With Screen. The speech can be found here. Let us consider the usage of technology in our lives and in our homes. 

Fellowship Outing

On 22 September, we had another fellowship outing under the theme: Dwelling Together in Unity. The outing started of with devotions by Paul Liu followed by an activity of arts and crafts.
3D structures based on verses. Can you guess the verse?
 
Notes
 
Salt Shakers

Salt Shakers is a bi-monthly magazine published by the youth in Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church (CERC). Included in each issue are writings pertaining to bothReformed doctrine and practical theology. Contributors to Salt Shakers include our pastor, youth and members of CERC, and pastors and professors from the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. Salt Shakers also features articles from the Standard Bearer and other Reformed publications. Click here to access.

 
Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church
We are a Reformed Church that holds to the doctrines of the Reformation as they are expressed in the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt.

Lord's Day services on Sunday at 930 am & 2 pm ~ 11 Jalan Mesin, #04-00, Standard Industrial Building, Singapore 368813 ~ Pastor: Rev Andy Lanning  ~ www.cerc.org.sg 
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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of September 2, 2018

On this thirty-fifth Lord's Day of 2018, September 2, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

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  • Pastor-elect Jonathan Langerak successfully sustained his classical examination this past Wednesday, August 29).  Friday evening, Aug.31, he was ordained and installed in Heritage PRC (Sioux Falls, SD) as her second pastor.  This morning he will preach his inaugural sermon. May God bless him with many years of a faithful ministry. For more on this joyful event, along with pictures, visit this webpage.
  • On August 26 the congregation of Grandville PRC voted to extend a call to Rev. N. Decker (pastor of Trinity PRC).

  • The congregation of Grandville PRC voted Sunday August 5 to call Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA) from the Council's trio for calling a minister on loan to serve in our sister church in Singapore.  He plans to answer by Sept.9. We pray for the good guidance of the Holy Spirit as he considers this special call.

  • SE PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) informs her congregation and the PRC of this important news in her recent bulletin: "Southeast PRC has recently sold their church facility and anticipates worshiping at Adams School beginning Sunday, September 9. A luncheon and short program will be held Sunday, September 2 following the final worship service at the church at 5pm. We welcome all those interested in attending!” And from her Aug.26 bulletin we learn this: "The new owners, Redemption Church, will take possession of the property on Sept. 15."

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Synod 2018: The PRC Synod reconvened this past Tuesday, August 28, at Byron Center PRC. Below is the report of this final session. Summary reports on the other work and decisions of synod may be found under the News section of the PRC website.
    • Synod 2018 reconvened Tuesday August 28 at Byron Center PRC to conduct the Formula of Subscription examination of Rev. David Overway.  At the June meeting synod appointed the professors of the seminary to conduct the exam.  Prof. Cammenga, on behalf of the faculty, asked Rev. Overway the questions that were prepared by the professors.  Subsequent to the questions of the professors, the delegates of synod were given opportunity to ask questions.  After the exam a committee of pre-advice met to formulate a recommendation for synod’s consideration.  Synod passed the committee’s recommendation with its ground: 
      Recommendation: That synod approve the formula of subscription exam of Rev. D. Overway. Ground: Rev. Overway demonstrated that his convictions are in harmony with the Reformed Confessions regarding the the doctrines about which there were suspicions.
      May God use the decision for the welfare of Rev. Overway, Hope PRC (Walker), and our denomination.  
  • Classis West: Summary of the Aug.29-30 meeting:

    Pastor-elect Jonathan Langerak successfully sustained his classical examination this past Wednesday.  Friday evening he was ordained and installed in Heritage PRC, Sioux Falls, as their pastor.  May God bless him with many years of a faithful ministry.

    Besides approving the classical examination of the now Rev. Jonathan Langerak, Classis West concurred with consistory decisions in two sobering discipline cases, considered an overture from Hull’s consistory and decided to forward it to Synod 2019 with approval of Classis West, faced an appeal with 3 parts, declaring 2 parts not legally finished at the consistory level, and giving careful instruction to both the appellant and consistory concerning the procedural issues which were the other part of the appeal.  Classical appointments were granted the Lacombe congregation.

  • Classis East will meet in regular session on September 12th in Grace Protestant Reformed Church.

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Providence PRC, location of this year's PRC Seminary Convocation - Wednesday night, Sept.5 (cf. note below)

PRC Seminary News:

  • Seminary Convocation will be held Wednesday, September 5, at Providence PRC, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Prof. B. Gritters will be speaking on Acts 20:24 "None of these things move me..."  After the convocation address the student body will be introduced.  All are invited to attend. The program will also be live-streamed through the seminary's YouTube channel.

  • Seminary began its classes on Wednesday, Aug.29. Besides our seniors (Matt K. and Jacob M. - internships - cf.. note below), we have two other seminary students this year: third-year student Josiah Tan and first-year student Marcus Wee (who arrived this week with his wife and son), both from our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC. In addition, four young men are taking different levels of pre-seminary Greek from Profs. R. Dykstra and B. Gritters at the seminary.

  • In that connection note this for PRC members and friends: "Seminary classes begin for the first semester on Wednesday, August 29.  If anyone would like to audit classes, the following classes are offered to auditors:  Ancient Church History by Prof. Dykstra, and Dogmatics (Christology) and Intro to Dogmatics by Prof. Cammenga.  If you are interested in attending, please call the seminary (531-1490) tomorrow to find out the day and time the class you are interested in will meet."

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman officially began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • The Spring 2018 issue of the PRT Journal is still available and may be picked up at the seminary. If you would like to receive a print copy and are not on our mailing list, contact the seminary (616-531-1490). The pdf version is also still available for free download. Visit this page to find out the contents and begin reading.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are working on plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618-19-2018-19. The following announcement is now being publicized:

    Dordt 400: On behalf of the PRC Seminary, Trinity PRC is hosting a 3-day conference for the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordt on April 25-27.   Mark your calendars and visit our website at dordt400.org

    The Dordt 400 Conference includes a Writing Contest with great prizes.  If you are looking for a way to use your writing skills, visit our website at dordt400.org and start working on your essay.



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Pastor E. Singh, missionary laboring in Kolkata, India on behalf of Covenant ERC
(*cf. note below)

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items:
    • Rev. D. Kleyn and his wife are in the CERC for the next two weeks, as our missionary to the Philippines assists in preaching and teaching. This is the note in her bulletin today: "This Lord’s Day we welcome Rev Daniel Kleyn and Sharon into our midst. They will be here for two Lord’s Day assisting us with pulpit supplies. The Session has also requested Rev Kleyn to administer the Lord Supper in the morning service. Let us come together to partake of the Lord Supper and to remember the work of our Lord Jesus on Calvary’s cross. Next Lord’s day after the morning service, Rev Kleyn will be giving a presentation of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines (PRCP). This is in line in our working with the Contact Committee of PRCP towards the establishing of sister church relationship between PRCP and CERC. We encourage all members to come for the presentation."

    • *Also, from her bulletin today we learn of this significant mission item: "This Lord’s day, Elder Wee and Elder Leong are in Kolkata to supervise the administration of Baptism and Confession of Faith of some the saints in the mission fellowship in Kolkata under the labour of our missionary pastor Rev Emmanuel Singh. This significant event reminds us of the work of our Lord Jesus in gathering His sheep from all tongues and nations. May the Lord use this occasion to remind us to be faithful in our calling to preach the Gospel."

    • Synod 2018 gave approval to the request of Covenant ERC in Singapore that a minister-on-loan be called to labor in their midst during their present vacancy, and appointed Grandville PRC the calling church. On August 5 the congregation voted to call Rev. R. Kleyn from a trio that also included Rev. G. Eriks and Rev. S. Key. He plans to answer this call by Sept.9.

    • Her latest newsletter (JUNE 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page. Watch for the next issue soon!

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (May 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we call attention to the following:
  • The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.
  • The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors too.

 Behold I Come CPRC 2018
The new book available from our sister church in N. Ireland and from PRC Evangelism Committees.
Contact yours to obtain your copy. Here's the description: "This superb new book sets forth the Reformed and biblical truth of the end in ten relatively short chapters!"

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • Considering some pamphlets published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.
  • If you are in need of spiritually edifying music as well as of Bibles and other Reformed literature, visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI or visit their website.

  • The PRC Denominational Directory is now for sale for just $15.00. To order please fill out an order form or by emailing Laura Huizinga @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Directories will be delivered to your church 1-2 weeks after payment is received.

  • The Psalter App is now available for Android as well as for IOS (Apple) devices. For more info visit: https://psalterapp.weebly.com

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. C. Haak (Georgetown PRC, Hudsonville, MI) brings part 3 a series on the OT prophecy of Jonah. The title of today's message is "Conviction for Christian Education," based on Eph.6:4.

  • From the Reformed Witness Hour (RWH) Committee: the RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the Reformed faith.

ESPECIALLY FOR THE YOUTH OF THE PRC:

  • The 2018 PRYP's Convention was held the week of August 13-17, at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN. Pictures from the week can be found on Facebook and at the following link:

    Rev. Langerak’s Pictures

  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates: We have secured a location for our retreat during July 1-5, 2019! It will take place at Mt. Baker Bibleway Camp. Check it out at http://www.mtbakercamp.org/home.do. We hope to include activities such as a day trip to beautiful Artist Point, white water rafting, and more. Registration is set to open in February 2019, so don’t miss out! We encourage any young adults post-high school age to attend. Further details have been posted to our Facebook page: Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019. Request an invite to see these details, or message the group if you have any questions!

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    Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and find out why you ought to be.

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Pictures from the last visit of the Kleyns to the PR Fellowship in Albuera, southern Leyte.
Top: Sign advertising the services; bottom: singing from the Psalter in Tagalog.

 MISSION NEWS:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond. Today, he is preaching at Kalamazoo PRC. This Thursday he will lead the Bible study in Dorr, MI once again: "The Dorr Bible study is to meet at the public library this Thursday, September 6, at 7:30 PM. We look next at Jesus attending the wedding at Cana in Galilee (John 2)."

  • The August 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page. We rejoice in this wonderful news from the Limerick bulletin: "For a number of years, beginning in 2011, Chester and Dale Mansona have been receiving catechetical instruction—Old and New Testament Bible History, Heidelberg Catechism, Essentials of Reformed Doctrine, etc.—with Pastor McGeown. Recently, they met with a delegation of the CPRC Consistory to request baptism and membership in the Limerick Reformed Fellowship, in which interview they expressed their trust in Jesus Christ, their agreement with and love for the truth as it is taught here, as well as their determination to live in godliness. With joy we announce that the CPRC Council approved this request. Therefore, their baptism and public confession of faith will take place, barring any lawful objections, on 2 September."

  • To read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018), visit this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's! And the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela, the Philippines we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:

    • Provident CC:
      • Rev. Smit will preach both times today. Rev. Holstege will preach once in Maranatha PRC today. Next week, Lord willing, Rev. Holstege will preach for PCC.

      • Lord willing, this Wednesday, Sept. 5, the midweek Bible study will begin again at 7:30 pm. For several weeks, Rev. Holstege will teach the rules of Bible Interpretation (Hermeneutics).

      • Rev. and Sharon Kleyn arrived safely in Singapore last Friday. They will be there for the next two Sundays to preach for the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore (CERCS), a sister church of the PRCA which is currently vacant. We are thankful to the Lord for their safe arrival.

    • Maranatha PRC:
      • Our Missionary, Rev. D. Holstege will lead the First Service and our Pastor, Rev. L. Trinidad will lead the Second Service.
      • Next week Rev. R. Smit will lead us in both in Services.

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.
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Rejoicing in the Successful Examination and Ordination of J. Langerak

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Pastor-elect Jonathan Langerak during his examination at the meeting of Classis West (held at Crete PRC)

Pastor-elect Jonathan Langerak successfully sustained his classical examination this past Wednesday August 29, at the meeting of Classis West held at Crete (IL) PRC (hosted by Peace PRC).

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Rev. Jonathan Langerak and Rev. Rodney Kleyn at the ordination service held at Heritage PRC.

Friday evening, August 31, he was ordained and installed in Heritage PRC, Sioux Falls, as her second pastor. Rev. R. Kleyn led the service, expounding the Word from I Cor.5.

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Newly ordained pastor, Rev. J. Langerak and his fiance, Sarah Kleyn.

We rejoice with Rev. Langerak and Sarah and their familes, as well as with Heritage PRC, and pray that God bless him with many years of faithful and fruitful ministry.

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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for September 2018

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First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for September 2018 on the RWH radio/Internet program.

haak smallRev. Carl Haak, pastor of Georgetown PRC (Hudsonville, MI), concludes his four-month service for the RWH program with a special Christian Education message and by completing a series on the OT book of Jonah (cf. schedule of messages below).

Sept.2 - Conviction for Christian Education, Eph.6:4

Sept.9 - God's Mercy with Repentant Sinners, Jonah 3:10

Sept.16 - A Sinful Response to Sovereign Mercy - Jonah 4:1-5

Sept.23 - God's Rebuke of a Pouting Prophet  - Jonah 4:6-11

Sept.30 - A Greater Than Jonah Is Here, Matt.12:41

You are encouraged to listen to these important messages and to let others know about them too. Help spread the word about the Reformed Witness Hour, now in its 77th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign, particular, efficacious grace!

Check out our new website, launched in May of this year!

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Use the attached flyer (pdf) to spread the news of these important gospel messages!

PO Box 1230, Grand Rapids MI, 49501 | reformedwitnesshour.org | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you wish to be added to the mailing list to receive the printed booklet of the messages each month, send an email to Judi Doezema at doezema at prca.org.

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Covenant Reformed News - August 2018

 
 

Covenant Reformed News


August 2018 • Volume XVII, Issue 4



God’s Wisdom (3)

The two previous instalments explained the basic idea of wisdom and showed how it is manifest in God’s Persons, perfections, decree and works of creation and providence.
Jehovah displayed His rich wisdom through the whole history of Old Testament Israel, involving Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the exodus, the wilderness wanderings and the conquest of Canaan; the periods of the judges and the united monarchy of Saul, David and Solomon; the divided kingdoms of Israel in the north and Judah in the south; the conquests by the Assyrians and the Babylonians; the return from the captivity and the 400 silent years.
Turning to the pages of the New Testament, who can fail to be impressed by the profound wisdom of the Triune God? It begins with John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Messiah, the prophesied “Elijah” (Mal. 4:5; Matt. 11:14; Luke 1:17), who ushered in Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God. Though never did a man teach as He taught, the wicked Jewish leaders conspired to have Him crucified. However, His sacrificial death is the atonement for all the sins of His elect church, and it was swiftly followed by His victorious resurrection and the outpouring of the blessed Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Much of the rest of New Testament Scripture is occupied with the gathering of the catholic or universal church of Jews and Gentiles.
Regarding this wonder, Paul exclaims, “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Eph. 3:8-11).
In Romans 11, the same apostle explains how Jehovah uses believing Jews and Gentiles to provoke each other to a holy jealousy (11-15), until all of elect Israel and “the fulness of the Gentiles” are brought to salvation immediately prior to the Lord’s second coming (25-26; II Pet. 3:9). No wonder that Paul cried out, “O the depth of the riches ... of the wisdom ... of God!” (Rom. 11:33). Rev. Stewart
 

Did God Pray to God? (2)

In the last issue of the News, I answered the question of whether Christ prayed to Himself in Gethsemane (and elsewhere) in the affirmative. He, who personally was God in our flesh, prayed to His Father who was the Triune God, not the First Person of the Trinity. We also saw that this question involves the great mystery of the Trinity and the marvellous wonder of God becoming flesh in the Person of the eternal Son.
We ought to provide more detail to this answer, though we shall understand it only in a small measure. God is so infinitely great in His Being and in His works, that we shall never understand His greatness though we have eternity to contemplate His majesty. Our knowledge of Jehovah, even when we will be sinlessly perfect, will always be a smidgen, compared to His unsearchable riches because of our limited human minds.
But we must come to some knowledge of what the Scriptures teach for they instruct us in a very wonderful truth.
In short, the truth is that all the works of God are done by the holy Trinity. Never is one work solely the business of the First Person; another work, the business of the Second Person; and a third work, the business of the Third Person.
I already mentioned God’s work of creation. That work was not performed by the First Person of the holy Trinity to the exclusion of the Second and Third Persons. Already in Genesis 1, creation is described as the First Person speaking His powerful and creative word. That personal Creator Word is identified in other parts of Scripture as God’s Son (John 1:1-3, 18). Also, in Genesis 1:2, the Holy Spirit is specifically mentioned as brooding upon the face of the deep.
Scripture says more than this. It designates God’s Word as Christ, that is, Immanuel, God with us in the flesh (Matt. 1:23; John 1:14). John 1:1 declares that the Word “was with God” and “was God.” Both are true. He was Himself God but also “with” God, that is, distinct from God (the Father) yet with Him. Colossians 1 speaks of the One “in whom we have redemption through his blood” (14), who is also “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth ... all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist” (15-17).
Hebrews 1:2, in an equally marvellous passage that proclaims the excellency of Christ far above all the Old Testament types and shadows, extols Him as the One “by whom also he [i.e., God] made the worlds.”
In Proverbs 8, in what is one of my favourite passages in the Bible, where Christ is given the name “wisdom,” Scripture puts in the mouth of wisdom these words: “The Lord [i.e., the Triune God] possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old ... When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above ... Then I was by him, as one brought up before him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him” (22, 27-28, 30).
These passages of Holy Writ are so profound that they will not be fully understood by the church until the Lord Himself returns. But they do teach that even eternally, as well as in God’s work of creation, Christ had a significance distinct from that of the Triune God.
The same is true of our Lord’s birth. We use the active voice when we confess such truths as Christ entered our flesh, the Son came into the world to take on Himself our human nature and the guilt of our sins, etc. The Scriptures make clear that the incarnation was not the work of the Second Person alone but is also the work of the other divine Persons. Gabriel told Mary how it was that she would be the mother of the Lord: “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). The incarnation of our Saviour was the work of the Triune God!
God is the Father of Christ. Thus Christ (according to His divine nature) is His own Father (with respect to His human nature).
So it is with Christ’s resurrection. Scripture uses both expressions to describe it: Christ “rose” (active) and He “was raised” (passive) from the grave (e.g., I Cor. 15:4; Rom. 4:25). When the angels at His sepulchre announced to the women the glad tidings of the resurrection, they said, “He is not here: for he is risen” (Matt. 28:6). The text does not say He “was raised” (passive) but it states He “is risen” (active).
In Psalm 2:7, we read, “I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.” Paul, in his sermon at Antioch in Pisidia, quotes this verse as proof that Jehovah raised Christ from the grave: “God ... hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee” (Acts 13:33). The Triune God raised Christ and He arose by His own divine power.
One truth of Scripture that we ought never to forget is that the Bible is the infallibly inspired record of the revelation of God. Jehovah reveals Himself in all His works and purposes. Primary in this revelation is God’s purpose to glorify Himself in all He does, for He alone is worthy of all praise and honour, now and forever. His revelation is not a revelation in which bits and pieces of His glory are revealed, here a little and there a little, so that we have to sift through the works of God that we may know Him. God is one, so also is His revelation one. Nor does the First Person of the holy Trinity reveal Himself here, the Second Person there and the Third Person in yet a third place.
The Triune God reveals Himself in all His glory and infinite blessedness in Jesus Christ. One revelation; one mighty work. As far as the present issue is concerned, the Triune God reveals Himself in the incarnation, the ministry, the suffering and death, the burial and resurrection, the ascension and glorification, and the second coming of Christ, when He will make all things new and execute God’s fierce judgments against the ungodly. It is not one Person of the Trinity but the Triune God who says, “Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11).
I do not hesitate to say that the name “Father” refers always in Scripture to the Triune God. But, as I said in the previous article, the Trinity itself is revealed to us in the fact that each work of God is performed with one Person in the foreground: God as Father in creation, God as Son in redemption and God as Holy Spirit in sanctification (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. & A. 8).
Christ came in a state of humiliation to be followed by His state of glorification. Even as He walked among us, in all respects like us (except that He was totally without sin), the glory of His divine nature shone through the veil of His human nature like a flash of lightning, in His words and especially in His miracles. The disciples saw it and knew He was “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16; John 2:11).
But the Scriptures teach us that the surpassing glory of our Saviour is especially in the cross. While Christ was in His state of humiliation, in His life and ministry, and while on the cross doing battle with the powers of darkness and earning our everlasting salvation, His divine nature was hidden behind His human nature—except, perhaps, when He died. Even the centurion saw His divinity flash through His human nature at the moment when He died (Mark 15:39). There were those who could see His divinity in His state of humiliation but it was by faith only, for it was hidden to the unbelieving eye.
All the work of Christ is summed up in Psalm 40:6-8, quoted and explained in Hebrews 10:5-9. God Triune came into the world in the Second Person of the Trinity who lay as a baby in the manger in Bethlehem. God Triune was a man in the Person of the Son. God Triune suffered and died in the incarnate Second Person. God Triune arose in the Person of the Son for God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.
In glory, when we shall see Christ, we shall, in fact, see the Triune God. Jesus said to Philip, “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also” (John 14:7).
The glory and blessedness of being united by faith to Christ is that we shall not only see God in Him, but really and truly live with the holy Trinity in covenant fellowship through Christ into whom we are engrafted by faith.
In other words, Yes, Christ did always pray—in Gethsemane, as well as all the other times in His life—to His Father, the Triune God. In a sense, therefore, He prayed to Himself. Yet it is also clear that He was conscious of Himself, and prayed, as the Son in our flesh, and not as the Second Person of the Trinity only, as we saw last time in our explanation of “not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matt. 26:39).
Hebrews 5:7-9 reveals something of this: “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son [i.e., ‘Though he were Son’], yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.”
For many years I did not dare to preach on this text in Hebrews 5, though I wanted to do so. Finally, I did. Afterwards, I regretted that I had tried. I felt as though I had failed. It was too profound for me. We stand before a mystery, the great mystery of our salvation!  Prof. Hanko

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South Wales Lecture

FRIDAY, 31 August, 2018
 7:15 PM


Speaker:
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Subject:
Christ Our Sacrifice in Isaiah 53
 
Leviticus 1-7 sets forth 4 bloody sacrifices and the 6 stages in offering them. Isaiah 53 extols God’s suffering servant using sacrificial language and ideas. Come to learn more of our Saviour’s redemptive work, fulfilling the Old Testament sacrificial system!

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