Meditation for Sunday, April 1.

He is not here; for he is risen, as he said: come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matt. 28:6.

Has Christ, and has his resurrection such a potent and comfortable influence into the resurrection of the saints? Then it is the duty, and will be the wisdom of the people of God, so to govern, dispose, and employ their bodies, as become men and women, that understand what glory is prepared for them at the resurrection of the just. Particularly,

First, Be not fondly tender of them, but employ and use them for God here. How many good duties are lost and spoiled by sinful indulgence to our bodies? Alas! we are generally more solicitous to live long, than to live usefully. How many saints have active, vigorous bodies, yet God has little service from them. If your bodies were animated by some other souls that love God more, and burn with holy zeal to his service, more work would be done for God by your bodies in a day, than is now done in a month. To have an able, healthy body, and not use it for God, for fear of hurting it, is as if one should give you a strong and stately horse, upon condition you must not work or ride him. Wherein is the mercy of having a body, except it be employed for God? Will not its reward at the resurrection be sufficient for all the pains you nor put it to in his service?

Secondly, See that you preserve the due honour of your bodies. “Possess them in sanctification and honour,” 1 Thess. 4:4. O, let not these eyes be now defiled with sin, by which you shall see God. Those ears be inlets to vanity, which shall hear the Hallelujahs of the blessed. God hath designed honour for your bodies, O, make them not either the instruments or objects of sin.

Thirdly, Withhold not, upon the pretence of the wants your own bodies may be in, that which God and conscience bid you to communicate for the refreshment of the saints, whose present necessities require your assistance. O, be not too indulgent to your own flesh, and cruel to others. Certainly, the consideration of that reward which shall be given you at the resurrection, for every act of Christian charity, is the greatest spur and incentive in the world to it. And to that end it is urged as a motive to charity, Luke 14:13. “When thou makes a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and thou shalt be blessed”. It was the opinion of an eminent divines, that no man living, fully understands and believes that scripture. “In as much as you have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.” How few saints would be exposed to daily wants and necessities, if that scripture were but fully understood and believed!

from The Fountain of Life Opened by John Flavel

Announcements for Sunday, April 1.

  • There will be no classes after the morning service today.
  • William Joseph Heikoop plans to make public confession of faith during the evening service today. 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
  • Today is the last opportunity to sign up for the Forgotten Man Ministries banquetscheduled for Thursday, April 19 at 6:15 at Frederick Meijer Gardens.

Service information for 4/1/18

9:15 a.m.
Title: An encounter with the risen Lord
1. Looking for the body of Jesus
2. Found by the risen Savior
3. To live by faith and not by sight

Psalter 175:1-4
John 20:1-18 (16)
Psalter 203:1-5
Psalter 29:1-3
Psalter 427:1-2


6:00 p.m. Confession of Faith
Title: True faith has a firm foundation
1. The resurrection of Christ
2. The preaching of the gospel
3. True faith and its fruit

Psalter 134:1-3
1 Corinthians 15:1-26 (14)
Psalter 320:1-5
Psalter 86:1-3
Psalter 346:1-2
Psalter 421:3-4

Service Information for 3/25/18

9:15 a.m.
Title: Behold the man!
1. What is man?
2. Who is Christ?
3. To behold Christ

Psalter 415:1-2
John 19:1-12 (5)
Psalter 15:1-3
Psalter 272:1-4
Psalter 32:1-4


6:00 p.m.
Title: Joy of heart in God

Psalter 76:1-4
Isaiah 57:1-21 (15) HC LD33 qa90
Psalter 419:1-3
Psalter 77:1-5
Psalter 251:1-3

Announcements for Sunday, March 25.

  • There will be no classes after the morning service next Sunday.
  • The mission collection for March is for the William Carey Foundation. The purpose of this organization is to support and strengthen the Reformed Churches in India. Its primary focus is to train local pastors in sound, biblical, Reformed teaching, that these men may preach the gospel and become leaders of the Reformed Churches in India.

Meditation for Sunday, March 25.

The Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 1 Cor. 11:23.

How Christ has, hereby, left such a special mark of his care for, and love to his people. And that will evidently appear, if you consider these five particulars.

  1. This is a special mark of Christ’s care and love, inasmuch as by this he has made like abundant provision for the enlargement of the joy and comfort of his people. Believers are at this ordinance, as Mary was at the sepulchre, with fear and great joy, 28:8. Come, reader, speak thy heart, if thou be one that heartily loves Jesus Christ, and hast gone many days, possibly years, mourning and lamenting because of the inevidence and cloudiness of thine interest in him; who hast sought him sorrowing, in this ordinance, and in that, in one duty, and another: if at last Christ should take off that mask, that cruel covering (as one callsit) from his face, and be known of thee in breaking of bread: suppose he should, by his Spirit, whisper thus in thine ear as you sit at his table, Dost thou indeed so prize, esteem, and value me? Will nothing but Christ and his love content and satisfy thee? Then, as sweet, lovely, and desirable as I am, know that I am thine: take thine own Christ into the arms of thy faith this day: Would not this create in thy soul, a joy transcendent to all the joys and pleasures in this world? What thinkest thou of it?
  2. Here is a signal mark of Christ’s care and love, inasmuch as this is one of the highest, and best helps for the mortification of the corruption of his people. Nothing tends more to the killing of sin, than this does. Christ’s blood, as it is food to faith, so it is poison to our lusts. O what a pill is wrappedup in that bread! what an excellent potion is in that cup to purge the soul? One calls that table, an altar, on which our corruptions are sacrificed and slain before the Lord. For how can they that there see what Christ suffered for sin, live any longer therein?
  3. Moreover his care and love appear in providing an ordinance so excellently adapted, to excite and blow up his people’s love into lively flame. When Joseph made himself known to his brethren, “I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold, be not grieved:” O! what showers of tears and dear affections were there? How did they fall upon each others necks! so that the Egyptians wondered at the matter. How does the soul (if I may so speak) passionately love Jesus Christ at such a time? O what a Christ is my Christ! “The fairest among ten thousand.” What has he done, what has he suffered for me! what great things has my Jesus given, and what great things has he forgiven me: A world, a thousand worlds cannot show such another. Here the soul is melted down by love at his feet; it is pained with love.

from The Fountain of Life Opened by John Flavel

Meditation for Sunday, March 18, 2018.

The Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 1 Cor. 11:23.

Oh cursed sin! It was thou used my dear Lord so; for thy sake he underwent all this. If thy vileness had not been so great, his sufferings had not been so many. Cursed sin! thou wast the knife that stabbed him: thou the sword that pierced him. Ah what revenge it works! I remembered that it is storied of one of the kings of France, that hearing the bishop (as I remember it was Remegius) read the history of Christ’s trial and execution, and hearing how barbarously they had used him, he was moved, with so tragic and pathetic a history, to great indignation against Pilate, the Jews, and the rude and bloody soldiers, and could not contain himself, but cried out, as the bishop was reading, “O that I had been there with my Frenchmen, I would have cut all their throats who so barbarously used my Saviour.”

To allude to this: when the believer considers and remembers, that sin put Christ to all that shame and ignominy, and that he was wounded for our transgressions, he is filled with hatred of sin, and cries out, O sin, I will revenge the blood of Christ upon thee! Thou shalt never live a quiet hour in my heart.

It produces an humble adoration of the goodness and mercy of God, to exact satisfaction for our sins, by such bloody stripes, from our surety. Lord, if this wrath had seized on me, as it did on Christ, what had been my condition then! If these things were done to the green tree, what had been the case of the dry tree?

Sometimes representations, (and not common ones), are made of the love of Christ, who assumed a body and soul, on purpose to bear the wrath of God for our sins. And when that surpassing love breaks out in its glory upon the soul, how is the soul transported and ravished with it! crying out, what manner of love is this! here is a love large enough to go round the heavens, and the heaven of heavens! Who ever loved after this rate, to lay down his life for enemies! O love unutterable and inconceivable! How glorious is my love in his red garments! Sometimes the fruits of his death are there gloriously displayed; even his satisfaction for sin, and the purchase his blood made of the eternal inheritance: And this begets thankfulness and confidence in the soul, Christ is dead, and his death has satisfied for my sin. Christ is dead, therefore my soul shall never die. Who shall separate me from the love of God? These are the fruits, and this is the nature of that remembrance of Christ here spoken of.

from The Fountain of Life Opened by John Flavel

Announcements for Sunday, March 18, 2018.

  • Please pray for those who can not worship with us today, due to illness or weakness. Also, those who are away from home for studies, the military, or work.
  • The mission collection for March is for the William Carey Foundation. The purpose of this organization is to support and strengthen the Reformed Churches in India. Its primary focus is to train local pastors in sound, biblical, Reformed teaching, that these men may preach the gospel and become leaders of the Reformed Churches in India.

Service information for Prayer Day

9:30 am
Theme: “Isaiah’s heartcry to God”
1) To look down
2) To come down
3) To have mercy

Psalter 5
Isaiah 63:15 – 64:12 and BCF 13 (text: Isa. 64:1-3)
Psalter 72
Psalter 398
Psalter 68


Scripture: Jeremiah 33:1-14

Text: Jeremiah 33:3

Psalter 386:1-4
Psalter 66
Psalter 233:1-4
Psalter 230:4-6
Dox 230:7

Announcements for Sunday, March 11.

  • Please pray for traveling mercies for Pastor Vanden Berg as he plans to return on Wednesday.
  • The consistory has approved William Heikoop to make confession of faith. He has followed a course of study and has expressed a desire to make confession of faith in this church. If there are lawful objections, please bring the objection to the attention of the consistory. The confession of faith service will be held during the evening on April 1, the Lord willing.
  • The sign up sheet and collection box for the shower for Elissa Vander Boon will be available through Prayer Day, Wednesday, March 14.