Covenant Protestant Reformed
Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 8
"Those that be
planted in the house of the Lord
shall flourish in the courts of our God" (Ps. 92:13)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM Rev. M.
The Sweet Fragrance of the
Scripture Reading: II Corinthians 2:1-17
Text: II Corinthians 2:15-16
I. The Meaning
II. The Effect
III. The Calling
Psalms: 146:1-6; 128:1-6; 29:3-9;
Evening Service - 6:00 PM Rev.
The Happiness of Belonging to
Jehovah’s Flock [download]
Scripture Reading: Psalm 23:1-6
Text: Psalm 23:1
I. The Dependent Sheep
II. The Dependable Shepherd
III. The Rich Provision
Psalms: 77:14-20; 129:1-8; 34:1-10; 23:1-6
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CPRC website: www.cprc.co.uk
Quote to Consider:
John Calvin: "If, then,
amidst so universal a corruption and depravity of our
nature, some few do believe the gospel, to ascribe the faith
of such to their own goodness would be perfectly impious.
No! Let thanks, on the contrary, be given to God
continually, according to the admonition of the apostle,
‘because God hath from the beginning chosen such believers
unto salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit and
belief of the truth’ (II Thess. 2:13), in which words the
apostle traces faith and sanctification to the eternal
election of God as its source and cause" (Calvin’s
Calvinism, p. 86).
Charles Spurgeon: It has
been said that what the nightingale is among birds, that is
this divine ode [i.e., the 23rd Psalm] among the Psalms, for
it has sung sweetly in the ear of many a mourner in his
night of weeping, and has bidden him hope for a morning of
joy. I will venture to compare it also to the lark, which
sings as it mounts, until it is out of sight, and even then
is not out of hearing" (A Treasury of David, vol. I,
to God’s will)
We welcome Rev. McGeown.
He will be preaching for us at both services today while
Rev. Stewart preaches in the LRF.
Prof. Engelsma’s new book,
Federal Vision: Heresy at the Root, has arrived.
These are available for £5 for book club members and £8 for
Our Tuesday morning Bible
study meets at 11 AM on "Eschatology and Time." We will
discuss the "The Last Days."
Belgic Confession Class
meets Wednesday at 7:45 PM to study Article 14 on the fall
Rev. & Mary Stewart travel to
S. Wales this Thursday where Rev. Stewart will give a
lecture on "God’s Sovereignty & Man’s Responsibility. Please
remember this witness and these saints in your prayers.
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) will be
"Not Faithless but Believing" (John 20:24-29) by Rev. R.
The Council will hold
its monthly meeting at 7 PM on Monday, 16 April.
Ballymena Lecture: Friday,
20 April, at 7:30 on "God’s Sovereignty & Man’s
Responsibility." Plan to attend and invite your friends!
Men’s Bible Study will be
(DV) held on Saturday, 21 April, at the Kennedys. We will
begin our discussion on the first chapter of Disciplines
of a Godly Man. Question sheets will be on the back
CPRC Website: One Spanish,
three Hungarian, and three Afrikaans translations were
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(an excerpt from "The
Place of Reprobation in the Preaching of the Gospel")
On this basis we can determine
the place of reprobation in the preaching of the Gospel,
and, for that matter, its place in every presentation of the
truth. Surely reprobation must be preached. This follows
from the very fact that God has revealed it, and the
complete counsel of God must certainly be preached. We can
understand this necessity. Without the preaching of
reprobation, not only can election, its counterpart, not be
preached, but neither can justice be done to God’s electing
love. God’s great love must always be our chief concern.
That love is manifested in this that He has given His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not
perish, but have everlasting life. However, this becomes
still more glorious if we understand that to realize this
love, God has given people in the stead of His people, and
given the wicked as a ransom for the righteous.
Secondly, it surely must become
evident in the preaching that God is sovereign, also when a
part which He first formed falls away. When we see a farmer
pull out the little plants which he had previously planted,
it seems sad and foolish to us, until we understand that
this has its purpose. So too it is with the work of God.
Unless we consider the matter from God’s viewpoint, and
unless we are enlightened by His wise counsel, the world’s
history seems a great pity, a great misery. For, although
God is the ultimate Victor and will finally glorify His
people, the fact remains that many creatures which He had
first formed are eternally lost through the wiles of the
devil and the powers of death and sin. Not so, if we present
reprobation in the proper light. Then God remains sovereign.
There is then no accident. Whatever God does is well done,
for He does all things in wisdom.
We must not surrender an inch
of ground to the idea that God wills to save all, some of
which are nevertheless lost. God’s counsel shall stand, and
He shall remain sovereign—sovereign in regard to eternal
life, and at the same time sovereign in regard to eternal
perdition. Therefore reprobation must be preached; for God
must remain sovereign even over the kingdom of darkness.
Reprobation must be preached to the congregation from the
viewpoint of election. The believers must understand that
salvation is not of him that runneth, nor of him that
willeth, but of God that sheweth mercy. According to God’s
good pleasure they have received a place in the consummation
of all things. This means so much more to us when we
understand that God could also sovereignly have reprobated
us. There can be no question that reprobation should be
preached, if one wishes to divide the Word of truth
Thus, it has become evident how
reprobation should be preached, and what place it should be
given in the preaching of the gospel. In the first place, it
has become evident that we must not have sermonettes devoted
to reprobation. This is also true of election. This is true
of every aspect of the truth. He who occasionally preaches
only on election, without relating it whatsoever to
reprobation, is not preaching election. This is still more
true of reprobation, which is the antithetical counterpart
of election. It belongs with election. It can be understood
only in the light of election. It must accordingly be
presented in its relation to election.
It is also evident that, when
preaching on election and reprobation, we must not place
them dualistically over against each other. They are not on
the same level. They are not corresponding halves of the
same thing, but together they form a unity. Reprobation
should always be presented as subordinate to election, as
serving the latter according to God’s counsel. From this it
follows that reprobation should not be preached with a
certain delight in the doctrine. He who is forever preaching
reprobation shows not only that he is harsh and cruel, but
also that he has not understood the work of the Lord God.
God’s love remains the central thought. He has chosen in His
eternal love; and, for the sake of this love, He has also
reprobated. Thus all God’s work becomes a beautiful organic
unity. In this way He is and remains God, and He alone.
Thus, at the conclusion of all this, we exclaim in adoration
with the apostle, "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the
wisdom and knowledge of God; for of him and through him and
to him are all things! To him be glory forever!"
God will presently make all
things new. Then He will fully reveal His everlasting and
glorious Kingdom to all His children. Then the kingdom of
Christ, including His chosen church, will be inseparably
united with God. And it will appear that this divine and
beautiful work is so marvelous and so glorious that not only
was it doubly worth all the suffering of this present time,
but also it is costly enough to give people as a ransom for
it. The glory of the Lord shall, through Jesus Christ, shine
forth with heavenly radiance over all the works of His