Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 19 April, 2015
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind ...” (Rom. 12:2)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
God’s Fatherly Rule
Scripture Reading: Acts 17:10-34
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 10
I. In the Creation
II. In Our Lives
Psalms: 86:8-13; 103:16-22; 33:10-17; 139:1-10
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Listen and Wake Up! (3)
Fear Not the Reproach of Men!
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 51:1-20
Text: Isaiah 51:7-8
I. The Beautiful Address
II. The Crucial Command
III. The Two Reasons
Psalms: 87:1-7; 104:1-7; 37:29-37; 40:8-12a
For CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services,
contact Stephen Murray
If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
or the elders
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Quote to Consider
E. J. Young on Isaiah 51:7: “The profundity of this teaching
is not to be overlooked. Men are afraid of many things,
mostly of what man can do to them. There is but one way in
which such fear can be overcome, and that is to know
righteousness and to possess the law in one’s heart. This
way, despised by men, is nevertheless the only way to true
security; and those who possess it need not fear the rebukes
and reproaches that an unbelieving world and church may heap
John Calvin on Isaiah 51:8: “Because salvation is founded on
the goodness of God, Isaiah reminds us of it, that men may
be reduced to nothing, and that confidence may be placed in
God alone. The meaning may be thus summed up, ‘Salvation is
in God, that by it he may preserve, not himself, but us;
righteousness is in God, that he may display it for our
defence and preservation.’ Accordingly, from the eternity of
God’s ‘salvation and righteousness’ we ought to infer that
the servants of God cannot possibly perish ... Thus we see
how he applies this eternity to the children of God, who do
not subsist in themselves, but in God, and have the
foundation of their salvation in him.”
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
We welcome Charlotte and Emma Higgs from Brisbane EPC in
Australia to our worship services today.
The April Covenant Reformed News is available on the back
Everyone is welcome to stay for tea after the evening
John McAuley had stents put in on Thursday and returned home
from the hospital on Friday. We are thankful for his good
recovery so far and pray that the Lord will continue to
strengthen him in the days ahead.
The Tuesday Bible study will meet at 11 AM to study harlotry
The Belgic Confession Class on Wednesday at 7:45 PM will
continue Article 25 dealing with the ceremonial law in the
life of Christ.
S. Wales Lecture: This Thursday, Rev. McGeown will give a
lecture on “Christian Comfort” at the Round Chapel in Port
Talbot. Please remember this witness in your prayers.
Mens’ Bible Study meets this Saturday at 8:00 PM at the
Kennedys to study chapter 15, “Holiness and Faith” in The
Pursuit of Holiness.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. R. Kleyn is entitled “Encouraged
to Persevere” (Hebrews 10:23).
Offerings: General Fund - £1,299.01. Building Fund - £50.
Website Addition: 1 Indonesian translation.
PRC News: Peace PRC has formed a trio of Revs. Decker, Eriks
and Key. Rev. Smit is to be installed today as pastor in
First PRC in Grand Rapids.
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Brian D. Dykstra
A few weeks ago in fifth grade history, we watched a video
about the flight of Apollo 17. The video’s title, “On the
Shoulders of Giants,” was taken from a statement made by
Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, during a
post-flight news conference. When asked to compare the
amount of time Apollo 17 astronauts spent on the moon as
compared to the time Apollo 11 astronauts spent on the moon,
Cernan answered by quoting Sir Isaac Newton. Newton, a
pioneer in the science of astronomy, when once asked about
his achievements responded, “If I have seen farther than
others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of
Here is the data which prompted the reporter’s question.
of Moon Walks
||2 hrs. 48 min.
|| 46 lbs.
||22 hrs. 4 min.
The numbers certainly demonstrate man’s increased ability to
spend more time in a hostile environment and to do more
research. Each crew of astronauts built on the work of those
who had gone before so the time spent on the moon and the
pounds of samples collected increased. Mr. Cernan has since
expressed his disappointment that mankind has not yet walked
on Mars. After all, he and others have shown the way.
Evidently, however, it has not been worth the effort or
expense to stand upon the shoulders of the giants of
technology who last landed on the moon in December of 1972.
We, too, stand on the shoulders of giants. We can still
recall some of these men of faith. Ya, doze men mit de Dutch
brogue. They were men who appeared crusty and uncultured to
the world. Men, many of whom, no matter their level of
education or their occupation, had theology as their
avocation; men who probably would not consider themselves
giants of faith, but covenant fathers making sacrifices to
provide for the spiritual well-being of their children and
the generations to come. We have built on the sound
foundation begun by them so that a school which had 72
students in 1950, now has more than 200.
Soon Hope Protestant Reformed Christian school will graduate
its 53rd class. Parents will again have the privilege of
witnessing twenty children of God’s covenant receive their
diplomas from our own Protestant Reformed school, a school
started by men who recognized the covenantal need for such a
school. The world will not note the ceremony which will take
place at Faith Protestant Reformed Church. Our goal is not
to graduate young people who will dazzle the world as
captains of industry or lead the way to new areas of
knowledge. We seek to graduate covenant young people who
confess their class text: “Behold, God is my salvation; I
will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my
strength and my song; he also is become my salvation” (Isa.
As this class graduates, remember what we as parents have
been given by our grandparents. Though not noted by the
world, would any of us deny the importance of the work being
accomplished in our school through God’s blessing? We stand
on shoulders worth standing on. May God so grant us the
dedication to the cause of His Truth that our children may
say the same of us.