Covenant Church - OPC

We are a community of Christians who worship God of the Bible, an ever-present fire that is not consumed. We rejoice in Christ alone as the source of our salvation.

The Bible is our only source of truth and authority for life. Want more? Come and see!

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[09/24/21]   All are invited to attend our annual Fall Conference, which begins tonight at 7:30pm with Dr. Carl Trueman. Tomorrow's session begins at 7:00pm. Dr. Trueman will also be preaching at both worship services on Sunday, which are at 9:30am and 5:00pm, and taking questions during the Sunday School hour at 11:10am. The title is "Strange New World."

08/18/2021

"...that the whole church may pray as one people, and call upon the Lord with one voice..." https://opc.org/feature.html

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Hebrews 5:1-10

When the Bible says that the Son of God "learned obedience," it does not mean that he had to learn how to obey. Rather, by all his sufferings, he had to learn the full weight of obedience.

This passage in Hebrews likely refers to Christ's agony in the garden of Gethsemane. There he cried and wept and learned the holy and terrible will of God (Luke 22:39-46). Through his suffering, he learned the full meaning of the word obedience.

Then he was "made perfect," which does not mean sinless, for he was already sinless. It means he came to the goal; he reached the aim of his work by rendering full obedience in the most trying circumstances.

Now he has become "the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him." The Son's obedience to the Father corresponds to our obedience to the Son. The salvation procured by the obedience of the Redeemer is available to the redeemed who obey.

We must always maintain a proper distance between Christ and our­selves. Christ is our Savior. We are saved because of his obedience, not because of ours. At the same time, we may not imagine that we are so different from Christ that we leave the obedience to him while we continue to be disobedient. You cannot say that you believe in Christ if you refuse to obey him. The Bible knows no faith without obedience.

If someone should come running into a meeting and shout, "Fire, get out!" the only way to show that you believe what he or she says is to obey the command. You believe that there is a fire only when you run to get out. This is how faith and obedience are related as one act of confidence.

We must trust and obey. There's just no other way.

Understanding 4th Commandment 07/01/2021

Understanding 4th Commandment

Understanding 4th Commandment Rev. G. I. Williamson | Covenant OPC

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John 15:1-11

Think of an orchard or vineyard. The owner arrives to look for fruit, because that's the main interest of the fruit farmer. Lots of fruit makes the owner happy; it says that he is a good farmer. When there is no fruit, the owner trims back the branches with a pruning knife. If there is still no fruit, he cuts branches off.

Being fruit is, of course, a figure of speech when applied to people. Just as a fruit farmer works on his trees, God, the Owner of the orchard, works on people. God's aim is to harvest as much fruit as possible. He uses the knife only to get a richer yield. Only if no fruit appears after all this work does God cut the branch away. To be cut off means that God no longer tolerates you as someone who belongs to the people of God.

We cannot bear fruit unless we belong to Jesus. "Apart from me you can do nothing." Only when God's grace is known to us and God's Spirit is in us can we do works that God approves. These works are the fruits that please the Father.

We bear fruit when we suffer without growing bitter, when we do good deeds without taking credit, when we obey even if it is costly, when we confess Jesus even if it makes us unpopular, when we follow Christ even when he leads us where we do not choose to go.

Bearing fruit is impossible for those who are outside of Christ. But it is nothing spectacular for those who have received new life from Jesus. When a Christian fails to bear fruit, something has gone wrong, and it's time for serious self-examination.

God does not work in vain. When God has sent this powerful grace that changes our lives, God will also reap the fruits he has caused to grow.

An old catechism says that it is impossible for those who are implanted into Christ by a true faith not to bring forth fruits of thankfulness.

When God looks at you, what fruit does he see?
-Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven

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Browse Texts | Hymnary.org 06/21/2021

Browse Texts | Hymnary.org

Browse Texts | Hymnary.org Search for hymn texts by criteria such as first line, title, author, meter, subject, and lyrics.

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How does the Lord's Supper strengthen your faith?

Mark 14:22-25

God's grace comes to us through his Word. If we believe it, we receive it. It is possible for God's Word to bring grace into our lives, for the Word comes with the power of God's Spirit. God's Spirit brings to our hearts that which we hear with our ears.

As a further favor, our God strengthens our faith through the Lord's Supper. Here he assures us of his grace in a very direct manner. When we receive a piece of the bread, Christ says that he has given his body for us. He wants us to eat that bread and believe that he so loved us that he died for us. Then we must drink the wine or grape juice. Thus we do not only hear, we can even taste that God has forgiven our sins because Jesus shed his blood for us.

We must believe that this has happened for us, once for all. We don't have to pay for our sins, and we will not be punished for our sins. That has happened. It does not happen in the Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper assures us that it has happened once for all on Golgotha. We remember, we believe, and we rejoice.

Something is also happening during the supper. We eat a piece of bread, and we drink a sip of wine or grape juice. It's a sort of a meal. Ordinarily we eat foods and drink fluids in order to live and to do our work. But now Jesus is feeding us with himself. His power comes to us through his Spirit. He makes us strong so that we can live and do the work to which he has called us.

When we observe the Lord's Supper, we look back and remember Gol­gotha. We look up and see the living Lord who is now giving us all we need. We look around at all the other sinners Christ has saved and given us as brothers and sisters. And we look forward because the Lord wants us to believe that our communion with him is forever, and that he is pre­paring an even greater feast.

-Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven

06/07/2021

"If we neglect prayer, we will not really know much about the Word of God or the sacraments—at least not much that will bear true and abiding fruit in our lives or in the lives of those to whom we minister. As preachers, our sermons will be barren and lacking in power. In conversation, we will fumble about with platitudes. In other words, without prayer, neither Word nor sacrament will bear abiding fruit in our lives. Indeed, if we neglect any of the three primary means of grace, we end up with something not Reformed, but deformed."

Read more: https://opc.org/nh.html?article_id=1065

From "Prayer: Our Highest Privilege" by Bruce H. Hollister (June issue)

05/28/2021

In Luke 6:46, Jesus asked his disciples a piercing question: “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”

The coming series of weekly posts titled "Serious Christianity" purposes to pose the same essential question to the mere professors of Christianity which presently pervade the modern church through topical (and admittedly tough) posts written by Christian McShaffrey.

While we anticipate that our efforts will be regarded by many as impolite or inappropriate, we challenge you to find out whether you take your Christianity seriously by prayerfully pondering each post.

Pastor McShaffrey also wishes to express that these posts do not necessarily represent the “official” position of his church (especially in areas where the Westminster Confession and Catechisms are silent).

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In 1643, an assembly was called to Westminster Abbey to address serious matters of doctrine, worship, and government within the church. After three years of study, prayer, and deliberation, it published the “The Westminster Confession of Faith” as a summary of what the Bible teaches. We have adopted this confession as our own. If you would like to receive a free printed copy, please contact us today.

Every week we'll review parts of this confession and questions from the Shorter Catechism derived from it. Comment below with your answers to these questions: What is the chief end of man? What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him? What do the Scriptures principally teach?

From Chapter I - Of the Holy Scripture: "The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man, or church; but wholly upon God (who is truth itself) the author thereof: and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God." Proof texts: 2 Pet. 1:19, 21; 2 Tim. 3:16; 1 John 5:9; and 1 Thess. 2:13

https://www.fivesolas.church/beliefs/confession

05/23/2021

The Lord designed the Sabbath to teach us to long for glory. The Sabbath is not the entirety of the Christian life, but the Sabbath is a vital component of healthy Christian living. Through it, we delight in the Father as the head of our household. In it, we have communion with Christ our Savior in his humiliation and exaltation. By it, the Spirit renews us in the image of God as those who worship in Spirit and in truth. By dedicating a day to worship, we honor the object of worship through the public means that he has appointed, with reverent hearts, at the appointed time. By meditating on God’s great works through his Son and their application to us by his Word and Spirit, we learn better both to love God and to love others.
-Ryan M. McGraw

Read more: https://opc.org/nh.html?article_id=1064

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A good hymn has sound theology, beautiful poetry, and pleasing music seamlessly interwoven. An excellent hymn, like “How Sweet and Awesome Is the Place,” has something more: it has soul.

Unique to this hymn is how it joins election and evangelism. The Lord’s parable of the great banquet undergirds the hymn as it transports us to heaven and the presence of Jesus. A delightful banquet is being prepared. Ministering love carries sumptuous dainties from the King’s larder and sets them on tables before the arriving guests, who break forth into joyful song. Watts sees himself in the company and begins to sing in wonder, “How sweet and awesome is the place with Christ within the doors, while everlasting love displays the choicest of her stores.”

He marvels that he, of all sinners, should be invited to the feast. “Why me?” is the question all the guests share. Thousands have made a wretched choice, choosing to starve rather than come. The guests know they did not come of their own volition. Divine love irresistibly drew them. As Watts contemplates the unspeakable wonder of being present at this heavenly feast, he also thinks of those who have not yet accepted Jesus’s glorious invitation. In stanzas 5 and 6, his heartfelt prayer ascends to God:

Pity the nations, O our God, constrain the earth to come;
Send your victorious Word abroad, and bring the strangers home.
We long to see your churches full, that all the chosen race
May, with one voice and heart and soul, sing your redeeming grace.

-Christopher Folkerts

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04/19/2021

Providence Christian Academy, a distinctly Reformed, Classical Christian School based in Dyer IN, is seeking candidates for several part-time teaching positions.
Our teaching needs are:
-5-8th grade choir, drama
-8th grade logic
-PE for all ages
Candidates must be a member in good standing of a NAPARC-affiliated church. If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact [email protected].

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Life begins at conception! #ScienceOfLife #ProLifeIsProScience #ProLife

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If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways..." —Psalm 81:13

There is a tremendous amount of suffering in the world. It's everywhere and it reaches everyone. Just thinking about it makes a person suffer more.

There is physical pain and there is mental pain. There is suffering that can be removed, and there is sorrow that is irremovable because it belongs to the lot of humanity. There is suffering we bring on ourselves by error, bad judgment, or transgression, but there are also disasters that cannot be foreseen or prevented.

It seems impossible to sort it all out. One might try to classify the different kinds of sufferings, and yet, somehow, all sorrow seems to be connected by a network of roots underneath the soil of our existence. Humanity is hurting all over. The wounds were there long before we were born.

The Bible reveals a sorrow of which we remain ignorant as long as we are preoccupied with our own suffering and our world's woes. It is the sorrow of God. God's lamentation is at the top of this page: "If my people would only listen to me . . ."

The whole Bible is the story of God seeking and people hiding. God asked, "Adam, where are you?" And Adam hid himself. It is one long story of a Father who looks down the road, day after day. He sighs, "My son, when are you coming home?"

God's sorrow explains our suffering. Deep down, all our pain is because we lost God. Religion—the search for God—is not merely an escape for the weak, as some have said. Not one of us is strong enough to survive if we don't find God. By losing God, we lost our authentic environment.

Our only hope lies in a complete reunion with our God. Our sorrows will all be plucked up by the roots only when heaven and earth are reunited. Then we will have reached the fountain of healing. And God will wipe away all tears.

Have you thought much about the sorrow of God? What causes God's sorrow? How does it explain our own suffering and sorrow?

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"Dying and Living to Christ" Get the full sermon here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeMSHCHpBic

"Dying and Living to Christ" Get the full sermon here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeMSHCHpBic

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02/17/2021

Acts of Kindness have been around for a long time. This "National Random Acts of Kindness Day," but let's remember to be kind every day!

Acts of Kindness have been around for a long time. This "National Random Acts of Kindness Day," but let's remember to be kind every day!

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"A Call to Humility" Get the whole sermon here: https://www.facebook.com/jason.voss.336/videos/10101234263178644/

"A Call to Humility" Get the whole sermon here: https://www.facebook.com/jason.voss.336/videos/10101234263178644/

Former Planned Parenthood manager recalls how your prayers save lives 01/28/2021

Former Planned Parenthood manager recalls how your prayers save lives

May our God grant repentance to all those who advance the cause of abortion.

Former Planned Parenthood manager recalls how your prayers save lives Longtime Planned Parenthood manager Sue Thayer just visited a surgical abortion facility where she used to work to pray for an end to abortion. On today's vi...

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"You Shall Be Called, 'Cephas'" Get the whole sermon here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wva9dBD-Dmw

"You Shall Be Called, 'Cephas'" Get the whole sermon here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wva9dBD-Dmw

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12/16/2020

We will be returning to in-person worship this Sunday, Dec 20. Please use caution and do NOT attend if you have ANY symptoms.

[12/09/20]   We will not be having in-person worship this Sunday, Dec 13. We will be live-streaming only. Members may participate via our private Facebook group; non-members may participate via our YouTube channel "Covenant Church Orland Park."

12/03/2020

Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Hark! the Herald Angles Sing

Trinity Psalter Hymnal #311

11/25/2020

Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Our Story

In the winter of 1992-93, Rev. James Bosgraf, regional home missionary of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, was made aware of the potential for beginning an Orthodox Presbyterian Church in the Tinley Park, Palos Heights, and Orland Park area of Illinois. Letters were sent to a number of families whose names had been given to him as potential members. In response to their interest, a preliminary meeting was scheduled at Rest Haven Central for Monday, June 7, 1993. Mr. Bosgraf also invited Dr. Norman De Jong, who had just completed ministerial training at Mid-America Reformed Seminary. Dr. De Jong had been a Christian school administrator and a college professor and was in his late fifties, but felt called to the ministry. When the families expressed an interest in forming a church under Dr. De Jong's leadership, a call was arranged through the Session of Bethel Presbyterian Church in Wheaton, IL.

The first worship service of Covenant Church was held in the cafeteria of Chicago Christian High School on October 3, 1993. We had already elected a Steering Committee consisting of Dr. De Jong as moderator and three men acting as elders and three men acting as deacons. Bethel Presbyterian Church in Wheaton consented to be our "mother" church, giving us formal "mission status" within the OPC as of July 28, 1993. All major decisions were overseen by their Session, including the interviewing of applicants for membership and the supervision of the sacraments.

On April 9, 1995, we graduated from mission status and were organized as a particular church in the Orthodox Presbyterian denomination. Since he had sustained all the examinations and had been ordained by the Presbytery, we were now permitted to call Dr. De Jong as our own pastor.

From our inception until October 1997, we held our worship services in the facilities of Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights, IL. During 1997, we were able to negotiate the purchase of the property located at 9340 W. 147th Street in Orland Park, which we purchased from the Church of the Nazarene. After major renovations and untold hours of volunteer labor, we were able to occupy these facilities on January 25, 1998.

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9340 W. 147th .St.
Orland Park, IL
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