Meditation for July 28, 2019.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28.

That Christ allows sinners to come to him, rather on account of the desperateness of their case, than otherwise: Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are heavy-laden. As if he had said, “You have been labouring, and yet can get no rest; let that engage you to come to me. Sit down, and consider your case, if nothing else will prevail with you, let the desperateness of your disease bring you to the great Physician.” You are cordially welcome to do so.

For, consider, That it is for this very end God discovers the worst of a man’s case to himself, drives him to his wit’s end, in order that he may begin to be wise. Hosea 2:6,7, “Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths…then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband, for then was it better with me than now.”

Consider, That Christ has made offers of himself to those in the worst of cases. Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” And he holds out himself as a Saviour in particular for these, Revelation 3:17,18; Isaiah 55:7.

Consider, Such have been made welcome, who have employed such arguments with him. Psalm 25:11, “For thy name’s sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is very great;” and also in the case of the Canaanite woman with Jesus, Matthew 15:26-28, “But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master’s table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”

Consider, He has the more glory, the more desperate that the case is; none see the stars so well as from the bottom of a deep pit. His power is the greater to pardon, his grace to overcome, when there is most occasion for these being displayed; it is the worst of diseases that do best proclaim the physician’s skill, when a cure is effected.

Thomas Boston

Service Information for July 28

AM Service: 9:15am

Theme: A seal of righteousness of faith
1. How Abraham is justified
2. God seals his righteousness
3. A father of all believers
Psalter 242:1-4
Romans 4:1-13 (11)
Psalter 425:5
Psalter 436:3
Psalter 403:1-3
Psalter 141:1-4
Psalter 83:1-3


PM Service: 6pm

Theme: In the cave of Adullam
1. David fleeing for Saul
2. People coming to David
3. David becoming their captain
Psalter 150:1-4
1 Samuel 21:10 – Ch. 22:8 (1-2)
Psalter 103:1-4
Psalter 388:1-5
Psalter 415:8-10

 

Meditation for Sunday, July 21.

Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 1 Cor. 1:20.

By wisdom here he means everything that man can comprehend either by the natural powers of his understanding, or as deriving aid from practice, from learning, or from a knowledge of the arts. For he contrasts the wisdom of the world with the wisdom of the Spirit. Hence, whatever knowledge a man may come to have without the illumination of the Holy Spirit, is included in the expression, the wisdom of this world This he says God has utterly made foolish, that is, He has convicted it of folly.

There is also a solution furnished at the same time to the question, how it happens that Paul in this way throws down upon the ground every kind of knowledge that is apart from Christ, and tramples, as it were, under foot what is manifestly one of the chief gifts of God in this world. For what is more noble than man’s reason, in which man excels the other animals? How richly deserving of honor are the liberal sciences, which polish man, so as to give him the dignity of true humanity! Besides this, what distinguished and choice fruits they produce! Who would not extol with the highest commendations civil prudence  (not to speak of other things,) by which governments, principalities, and kingdoms are maintained? A solution of this question, I say, is opened up to view from the circumstance, that Paul does not expressly condemn either man’s natural perspicacity, or wisdom acquired from practice and experience, or cultivation of mind attained by learning; but declares that all this is of no avail for acquiring spiritual wisdom. And, certainly, it is madness for any one, confiding either in his own acuteness, or the assistance of learning, to attempt to fly up to heaven, or, in other words, to judge of the secret mysteries of the kingdom of God, or to break through (Exodus 19:21) to a discovery of them, for they are hid from human view. Let us, then, take notice, that we must restrict to the specialties of the case in hand what Paul here teaches respecting the vanity of the wisdom of this world — that it rests in the mere elements of the world, and does not reach to heaven. In other respects, too, it holds true, that without Christ sciences in every department are vain, and that the man who knows not God is vain, though he should be conversant with every branch of learning. Nay more, we may affirm this, too, with truth, that these choice gifts of God — expertness of mind, acuteness of judgment, liberal sciences, and acquaintance with languages, are in a manner profaned in every instance in which they fall to the lot of wicked men. John Calvin

Announcements for Sunday, July 21.

  • The consistory has accepted the transfer of membership for Mrs. Faith Vander Zwaag and three baptized children. We commend this family to the Lord, and the Christian care and love of the congregation.“Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.” Ps. 144:15.
  • A baptism service will be held next Saturday morning, the Lord willing. The following parents plan to bring their child for baptism:

John and Laura Kersten with their son, Gerrit Benjamin.

Case and Maria VerBeek with their daughter, Isabelle Faith.

  • If you are attending the youth group camping trip this week, please be at the church parking lot no later than 8:45 am tomorrow morning.
  • The mission collection next Sunday is for FaculteDe Theologie Évangelique, a French speaking reformed seminary in Montreal, Canada. This is one of the only reformed seminaries in the world in the French language. Dr. Rev. Meine Veldman serves as Dean and Professor in the seminary.

Midweek Service

Theme: Dealing with sorrow and vexation

1. David is vexed
2. David cries for mercy
3. David has faith

Psalter 364:1-4
Psalm 6:1-10 (2)
Psalter 437:1-3
Psalter 64:1-3

Service Info for July 14

AM Worship: 9:30am

Theme: A daughter of Abraham set free
1. Bound for eighteen years
2. Healed by Christ
3. On the sabbath day
Psalter 40:1-4
Luke 13:10-17 (12)
Psalter 416:1-3
Psalter 102:1-5
Psalter 64:1-3
Psalter 293:1-3
Psalter 162:1-2

 


PM Worship: 6pm

Theme: How to serve God
1. Two sacrifices
2. The difference
3. The result
Psalter 242:1-4
Genesis 4:1-16 (4-5)
Psalter 164:1-4
Psalter 141:1-4
Psalter 440:4-5

 

 

Meditation for Sunday, July 14.

 For thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood anymore, For thine Maker is thy husband. Isa. 54:4, 5.

Many motives might be adduced; consider only,
1. The loveliness and beauty of Christ. His beauty is universal; he is lovely in his person, lovely in his nature, lovely in his offices, lovely in his estates of humiliation and exaltation, lovely in all his relations; his beauty is transforming, it will make the bride comely also; it is communicative, the bride is made comely through his comeliness. When we speak of the comeliness of Christ, we should let angels and saints above, that have the more immediate intuition of the radiant splendour of this blessed object, go forth to declare his glory. Everything in him is lovely, and nothing is lovely without him, nothing is lovely but what proceeds from him and goes to him; he is so lovely, that he cannot possibly be otherwise: he is the primary, original, and necessary loveliness.
2. Consider, as he is lovely so he is loving; his love is infinite, eternal, free, distinguishing, effectual; never man loved like him. O how many folds are in this love, as can never be unfolded?
3. Consider, if we close with Christ we will give him a glad heart; his heart is glad in that day, when he takes a poor sinner by the hand; the day of his espousal is the day of the gladness of his heart. How many times have we, grieved him by our hypocrisy, and formality, and backwardness? And would we now give him a glad heart, for all the grieved hearts, we have given him? Then let us embrace him as offered in the gospel, and then he will be glad. Why? Then he will see the fruit of election, the fruit of redemption, the fruit of his death, the fruit of his resurrection, the fruit of his ascension, the fruit of his intercession: then he gets back the temple of the Holy Ghost; the lost sheep is found again: then he gets back the member of his own body.
You may say, What shall I do then, that I may be married unto Christ?
In one word, if you would have Christ for your husband, O then, entertain his suit, and hearken to his wooing, and courting motions! Is he darting light into your hearts, and letting you see the evil of some sin that formerly ye delighted in? O do not resist his suit, by continuing in sin after this! Is he strengthening that light so as to set conscience on fire with the sense of sin, and apprehension of wrath? O quench not this fire till you get water out of the wells of salvation! Otherwise ye reject his suit. Is he carrying his suit farther, and stirring up your affections to desire after Christ! O quench not this motion! But cry to him to fasten the nail sure, and carry on the work, till the marriage be completed.
Now, I might give a word of exhortation also to them that are married and espoused to Christ.
All I shall say is this; O let Christ’s bride live on him, and take all from him! As a poor woman married to a rich man, she lives upon his riches. Many are ready to say, that if Christ would call us his bride, we would live on ourselves; we would pray, repent, believe, &c.; but the bride of Christ must get all these things in him, and take all from him, and live wholly on him, and freely on him. When Joseph’s brethren did not know him, they were buying and selling with him, they would have nothing from him without money; but when they knew that he was a brother, for all the offenses that they had done him, they were content to come down every man of them, and take all from him for nothing; this is the way you must do with Christ, when matched to him; we must not, with the legalist, have repentance and duties of our own, we must take all from him, who is the repository of all divine fullness, whereof the believer’s part is, out of that fullness to receive grace for grace. Ralph Erskine

Announcements for Sunday, July 14.

  • Please note the flyer on the bookrack for the community reception hosted by Protect Life at Plymouth Christian. Registration deadline has been moved to Wednesday, July 17.
  • Saturday, July 20 is the last day to sign up for the Family Camp. Please put payments for the family camp in the Hoffmanns mailbox.

Announcements for Sunday, July 7.

  • Give thanks to the Lord that Mr. and Mrs. Case VerBeek were blessed with the birth of a daughter, Isabelle Faith. “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD, and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” 127:3.
  • The offerings for June 2019 are as follows:

General $17,239.00

Benevolent $  1,569.00

CEF $  6,157.00

Building $  1,613.00

William Carey $  6,156.55

  • We encourage everyone to try to attend family camp this year, or join us at some point during the camp schedule. We were able to reduce the cost thanks to the generosity of the congregation through the collections that were taken. Pastor Vanden Berg will give the two morning topics and Pastor A.T. Vergunst will join us on Tuesday evening on behalf of Hudson Taylor Ministries.

Meditation for Sunday, July 7.

 For thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood anymore, For thine Maker is thy husband. Isa. 54:4, 5.

If this marriage be made up betwixt Christ and thee, then thou hast put away all lovers besides Christ; the right hand will be cut off, the right eye put out; you will be divorced from all other husbands, particularly from the law; ye must be dead to the law, that ye may be married to another husband, even to Christ. But you will say, What is it to be dead to the law? I answer, It is not to lay it aside as the rule of obedience; for the law shall still be the rule and standard of the believer’s obedience, life, and conversation but to be dead to the law, is to be sensible that the law cannot save us. It is to disclaim all hopes of being justified by the law, or by our works or obedience to it. I see Christ, the glorious husband, hath brought in an everlasting righteousness, answering the law fully: this is the garment I must put on, and cast off my filthy rags.
Hast thou given a cordial consent upon the contract-day? Can you say you were enabled to take him, as the Psalmist, “O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, thou art my Lord;” and thou art my God, my head, my husband? Have you given a rational consent to it? Yea, a super-rational and supernatural consent? A deliberate, chaste, solemn, unconditional consent? Did you say it with faith, that he was yours, and shall be so forever? It is true, persons may be matched to Christ who cannot condescend on the precise time: the Spirit may work many times some way that we cannot know; yet it is his ordinary way with his bride, after many tossings, to break in with ravishing, conquering sweetness, to draw forth her soul to a solemn remarkable closing with him, and consenting to him. Have you then been engaged to make over yourself to the bridegroom, by an unreserved resignation of yourself to him, that you will not only take him wholly, and for ever, for holiness and happiness, for light and life, for grace and glory, but also make over yourself to him, soul and body, whatever you are, whatever you have been? Are you one with him? Have you one spirit with him? “He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit,” 1 Cor. 4:17.
Can you say, that upon the marriage-day, you got a marriage-gift from the bridegroom? Among the Jews, the bridegroom was to give a marriage-gift to his bride: Now, what gift did you receive on this marriage-day? Can you say, indeed I got the wedding garment; he clothed me with his righteousness, which he span out of his own bowels, weaved with his own hands, and, dyed with his own blood; and thus all my guilt is covered, the curse is done away? This is indeed what few get; yet some have been, and are able to say, I am delivered from the wrath to come; and there is no condemnation to me; and on such a time I got also an ornament of the graces with the spirit, which I wear as jewels, that is to say, faith, love, obedience, patience, humility; and I got the promise of an hundred-fold here, and I am expecting more gifts yet, before the marriage be consummated I am expecting more assurance, I live in the hope of glory; I expect a sealed pardon of all my sins, and I look to get the earnest of the spirit, and more every day.     Ralph Erskine