Announcements for Sunday, August 26.

  • Please pray for our children, young people, and teachers as they begin a new school season.
  • The mission collection today is for the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. The seminary is an educational institution whose mission is to prepare students to serve Christ and His church through biblical, experiential, and practical ministry. The seminary purposes that such training be God-glorifying and in accord with the Scriptures and historic Reformed creeds for the promotion and defense of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Meditation for Sunday, August 26.

Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.     Luke 10:36, 37.

Now this parable is applicable to another purpose than that for which it was intended; and does excellently set forth the kindness and love of God our Saviour towards sinful miserable man. We were like this poor distressed traveller. Satan, our enemy, had robbed us, stripped us, wounded us; such is the mischief that sin had done us. We were by nature more than half dead, twice dead, in trespasses and sins; utterly unable to help ourselves, for we were without strength. The law of Moses, like the priest and Levite, the ministers of the law, looks upon us, but has no compassion on us, gives us no relief, passes by on the other side, as having neither pity nor power to help us; but then comes the blessed Jesus, that good Samaritan (and they said of him, by way of reproach, he is a Samaritan), he has compassion on us, he binds up our bleeding wounds (Ps. cxlvii. 3; Isa. lxi. 1), pours in, not oil and wine, but that which is infinitely more precious, his own blood. He takes care of us, and bids us put all the expenses of our cure upon his account; and all this though he was none of us, till he was pleased by his voluntary condescension to make himself so, but infinitely above us. This magnifies the riches of his love, and obliges us all to say, “How much are we indebted, and what shall we render?”

The application of the parable. [1.] The truth contained in it is extorted from the lawyer’s own mouth. “Now tell me,” saith Christ, “which of these three was neighbour to him that fell among thieves (v. 36), the priest, the Levite, or the Samaritan? Which of these did the neighbor’s part?” To this the lawyer would not answer, as he ought to have done, “Doubtless, the Samaritan was;” but, “He that showed mercy on him; doubtless, he was a good neighbour to him, and very neighbourly, and I cannot but say that it was a good work thus to save an honest Jew from perishing.” [2.] The duty inferred from it is pressed home upon the lawyer’s own conscience: Go, and do thou likewise. The duty of relations is mutual and reciprocal; the titles of friends, brethren, neighbors, are, as Grotius here speaks ton pros tiequally binding on both sides: if one side be bound, the other cannot be loose, as is agreed in all contracts. If a Samaritan does well that helps a distressed Jew, certainly a Jew does not well if he refuses in like manner to help a distressed Samaritan. Petimusque damusque vicissim—These kind offices are to be reciprocated. “And therefore go thou and do as the Samaritan did, whenever occasion offers: show mercy to those that need thy help, and do it freely, and with concern and compassion, though they be not of thy own nation and thy own profession, or of thy own opinion and communion in religion. Let thy charity be thus extensive, before thou boastest of having conformed thyself to that great commandment of loving thy neighbour.” This lawyer valued himself much upon his learning and his knowledge of the laws, and in that he thought to have puzzled Christ himself; but Christ sends him to school to a Samaritan, to learn his duty: “Go, and do like him.” Note, It is the duty of every one of us, in our places, and according to our ability, to succour, help, and relieve all that are in distress and necessity, and of lawyers particularly; and herein we must study to excel many that are proud of their being priests and Levites.             Matthew Henry

Service information for 8/19/18

9:15 a.m.
Title: David called to be king
1. Saul rejected
2. David chosen
3. More than David

Psalter 187:1-4
Samuel 16:1-13 (13)
Psalter 4:1-5
Psalter 303:1-3
Psalter 422:6-7


6:00 p.m.
Title: The Word is a light in a dark place

Psalter 60:1-5
2 Peter 1:1-21 (19) HC LD35 qa98
Psalter 40:1-6
Psalter 215:1-6
Psalter 428:8-9

Announcements for Sunday, August 19.

  • Please pray for Brandineke and Klaske Vanden Berg as they return to the Netherlands for their studies on Thursday.
  • Please make a note of the following address changes:

Elissa Vander Boon   21 Max Webster St.   Brantford    ON   N3P 1G5

Anna Vander Boon    1045 Mary St    Louisville   KY    40204

  • The mission collection for August will be for the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. The seminary is an educational institution whose mission is to prepare students to serve Christ and His church through biblical, experiential, and practical ministry. The seminary purposes that such training be God-glorifying and in accord with the Scriptures and historic Reformed creeds for the promotion and defense of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Meditation for Sunday, August 19.

Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.    2 Timothy 1:9.

Brethren, let the man receive these truths, let them be written in his heart by the Holy Spirit, and they will make him look up. He will say, God has saved me! and he will walk with a constant eye to God. He will not forget to see the hand of God in nature and in providence, he will, on the contrary, discern the Lord working in all places, and will humbly adore Him. He will not give to laws of nature or schemes of state the glory due to the Most High, but will have respect unto the unseen Ruler. What the Lord says to me that will I do, is the believers language. What is His will that will I follow; what is His Word, that will I believe; what is His promise, on that I will live. It is a blessed habit to teach a man to look up, look up to God in all things.

 

At the same time, this doctrine makes a man look down upon himself. Ah, he says, I am nothing, there is nothing in me to merit esteem. I have no goodness of my own. If saved, I cannot praise myself, I cannot in any way ascribe to myself honor, God has done it, God has done it. Nothing makes the man so humble, but nothing makes him so glad, nothing lays him so low at the mercy seat, but nothing makes him so brave to look his fellow man in the face. It is a grand truth, would to God you all knew its mighty power!

 

Lastly, this precious truth is full of comfort to the sinner, and that is why I love it. As it has been preached by some it has been exaggerated and made into a bugaboo. Why, there are some who preach the doctrine of election as though it were a line of sharp spikes to keep a sinner from coming to Christ, as though it were a sharp, glittering spear to be pushed into the breast of a coming sinner to keep him from mercy. Now it is not so. Sinner, whoever you may be, wherever you may be, your greatest comfort should be to know that salvation is by grace. Why man, if it were by merit, what would become of you? Suppose that God saved men on account of their merits, where would you drunkards be? where would you swearers be? you who have been unclean and unchaste, and you whose hearts have cursed God, and who even now do not love Him, where would you be?

 

But when it is all of grace, why then all your past life, however black and filthy it may be, need not keep you from coming to Jesus. Christ receives sinners, God has elected sinners, He has elected some of the blackest of sinnerswhy not you? He receives every one that comes to Him. He will not cast you out. There have been some who have hated Him, insulted Him to His face, that have burned His servants alive, and have persecuted Him in His members, but as soon as they have cried, God be merciful to me a sinner, He has given them mercy at once, and He will give it to you if you are led to seek it.

 

If I had to tell you that you were to work out your own salvation apart from His grace it were a sad look-out for you, but when it comes to you thus, black, there is washing for you! dead! there is life for you! naked! there is raiment for you! All undone and ruined! here is a complete salvation for you! O soul, may you have grace to lay hold of it, and then you and I together will sing to the praise of the glory of divine grace.

  CH Spurgeon

Service information for 8/12/18

9:15 a.m.
Title: Building and praying
1. Building together
2. Attacked by enemies
3. Persisting in the work

Psalter 359:1-4
Nehemiah 4:1-23 (9)
Psalter 249:1-6
Psalter 238:1-3
Psalter 422:7-8


6:00 p.m.
Title: The sin of worshipping images

Psalter 32:1-4
Exodus 32:1-20 (20) HC LD35 qa97
Psalter 290:6-11
Psalter 302:1-3
Psalter 421:3-4

Meditation for Sunday, August 12.

Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.    2 Timothy 1:9.

The purpose is not founded on foreseen merit, but upon grace alone. It is grace, all grace, nothing but grace from first to last. Man stands shivering outside, a condemned criminal, and God sitting upon His throne, sends the herald to tell him that He is willing to receive sinners and to pardon them. The sinner replies, Well, I am willing to be pardoned if I am permitted to do something in order to earn pardon. If I can stand before the King and claim that I have done something to win His favor, I am quite willing to come. But the herald replies, No, if you are pardoned, you must understand it is entirely and wholly as an act of grace on Gods part. He sees nothing good in you, He knows that there is nothing good in you, He is willing to take you just as you are, black, and bad, and wicked, and undeserving, He is willing to give you graciously what He would not sell to you, and what He knows you cannot earn of Him. Will you have it? and naturally every man says, No, I will not be saved in that style. Well, then, soul, remember that you will never be saved at all, for Gods way is salvation by grace.

You will have to confess, if ever you are saved, my dear hearer, that you never deserved one single blessing from the God of grace, you will have to give all the glory to His holy name if ever you get to heaven. And mark you, even in the matter of the acceptance of this offered mercy, you will never accept it unless He makes you willing. He does freely present it to every one of you, and He honestly bids you come to Christ and live, but come you never will, I know, except the effectual grace which first provided mercy shall make you willing to accept that mercy. So the text tells us it is His own purpose and grace.

 

Again, in order to shut out everything like boasting, the whole is spoken of as a gift. Do notice that, lest (for we are such straying sheep in this matter)lest we should still slip out of the field, it is added, purpose and grace which he gave us”—not which He sold us,” “offered us, but which he gave us. He must have a word here which shall be a death-blow to all merit—“which he gave us”—it was given, and what can be freer than a gift, and what more evidently of grace?

 

But the gift is bestowed through a medium which glorifies Christ. It is written, which was given us in Christ Jesus. We ask to have mercy from the well-head of grace, but we ask not even to make the bucket in which it is to be brought to us, Christ is to be the sacred vessel in which the grace of God is to

 

be presented to our thirsty lips. Now where is boasting? Why surely there it sits at the foot of the cross and sings, God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Is it not grace and grace alone?

Yet further, a period is mentioned and added—“before the world began. Those last words seem to me forever to lay prostrate all idea of anything of our own merits in saving ourselves, because it is here witnessed that God gave us grace before the world began. Where were you then? What hand had you in it before the world began? Why, fly back if you can in imagination to the ancient years when those venerable mountains, that elder birth of nature, were not yet formed, when world, and sun, and moon, and stars, were all in embryo in Gods great mind, when the unnavigated sea of space had never been disturbed by wing of seraph, and the awful silence of eternity had never been startled by the song of cherubimwhen God dwelt alone. If you can conceive that time before all time, that vast eternityit was then He gave us grace in Christ Jesus. What, O soul, had you to do with that? Where were your merits then? Where were you yourself? O you small dust of the balance, you insect of a day, where were you? See how JEHOVAH reigned, dispensing mercy as He would, and ordaining unto eternal life without taking counsel of man or angel, for neither man or angel then had an existence. That it might be all of grace He gave us grace before the world began.

I have honestly read out the doctrine of the text, and nothing more. If you do not like the doctrine why I cannot help it. I did not make the text; it is in my Masters Word, and I pray you to receive what He says whatever you may do with what I say.    CH Spurgeon