Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 24 April, 2016
“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
Our Wise, True, Holy and Righteous God! (4)
God’s Truth (I)
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 10
Text: Jeremiah 10:9-10
I. In Himself
II. In His Decree
III. In His Creation
Psalms: 91:1-6; 139:11-16; 86:11-15; 111:5-10
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Our Wise, True, Holy and Righteous God! (5)
God’s Truth (II)
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 7:1-16
Text: Isaiah 7:9
I. In His Revelation
II. In His Covenant
III. In His People
Psalms: 15:1-5; 139:17-24; 119:73-80; 25:4-10
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If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
or the elders
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Quotes to Consider
Thomas Watson: “How does it consist with the truth of God,
that he will have all to be saved, and yet some perish? I
Tim ii 4. Augustine understands it, not of every individual
person, but some of all sorts shall be saved. As in the ark,
God saved all the living creatures; not every bird or fish
was saved, for many perished in the flood; but all, that is,
some of every kind were saved; so he will have all to be
saved, that is, some of all nations” (A Body of Divinity, p.
101; italics his).
Prof. David J. Engelsma: “The gospel of Jesus Christ, as
revealed in the Bible and summarized in the ecumenical and
Reformed creeds, is ... the one and only true,
authoritative, and saving revelation of God concerning all
things. The gospel declares God to be the truth and the
reality. As the Word of God, the gospel gives meaning to the
universe, to all of history, and to the life of every
human—ultimate meaning to the life of every human, either as
a rebel against God, who will perish everlastingly, or as a
friend of God, who will live with Him forever. And this
gospel, revealed in Scripture, has graciously, powerfully
delivered us from the lawlessness, folly, rebellion,
meaninglessness, and hopelessness—and guilt—of our natural
condition, because it is the gospel of our Lord Jesus
Christ. ‘What is truth?’ asked Pilate, cynically and
despairingly. Pilate asked this of Him, who said, and said
truly, ‘I am ... the truth,’ and who is, therefore, also
‘the way’ and ‘the life’ (John 14:6)!” (The Reformed
Worldview, pp. 65-66).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
The April Covenant Reformed News is on the back table.
The Tuesday Bible study meets at 11 AM to look further at
the OT food laws.
The Belgic Confession Class meets this Wednesday at 7:45 PM
to continue Art. 28 on the Christian and Reformed teaching
that there is no salvation outside the church.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. R. Kleyn is entitled “Antichrist:
The Beast from the Earth” (Rev. 13:11-15).
There will be tea after next Sunday evening’s service, 1
May. Tea rota: Group B.
The Council’s next meeting will be Thursday, 5 May, at 7 PM.
Family visitation is to start the week beginning Monday, 9
May. The annual general meeting will be held on a Wednesday
night after family visitation is completed.
S. Wales Lecture: Thursday, 12 May, 7:15 PM, Rev. McGeown on
Offerings: General Fund: £786.90.
Website Additions: 1 Indonesian and 3 Hungarian
PRC News: Rev. Dan Holstege, who has accepted the call to be
the second missionary in the Philippines, will preach his
farewell sermon in First Holland PRC next Sunday, 1 May.
A Living Testimony
Brian D. Dykstra
Psalm 119:63: “I am a companion of all them that fear thee,
and of them that keep thy precepts.”
God created man as a social being. Each of us needs to
experience that there is a place where we belong. Also,
though God saves each individual who belongs to Him, we are
not delivered in different individual ways but in the one
way of the cross as those who belong to the body of Christ.
We are, however, social to different degrees. Some saints
move comfortably only within a small circle of people. Then
there are those who are similar to a dear friend of mine. He
loves plenty of companionship and conversation. When he was
faced with the reality of a 2200-mile solitary drive, he
realized this would be a punishment for him. He began to
call his friends to find one who would fly out to meet him,
then ride/drive with him. I went. We soon settled into a
routine for the expedition. When he drove, I would listen;
when I drove, he would sleep. We, and the friendship,
survived the trek.
In the church, this companionship is expressed as the
communion of the saints. This is the fellowship of the
living body of Christ. The communion of the saints,
fellowship with other believers, is one of the purposes of
our school. We desire our children to have godly companions.
We do not expect all of the students to have all of the
other students as their best friends. There are differences
of personalities and interests. Getting along and showing
kindness are the best we can expect in some cases.
Still, we need to remember that we truly are companions for
one another. A companion is one who goes along with another.
We share in what another is doing. There is a fundamental
agreement among us which we must express; not only in words
but also in deeds. Each of us, according to the plan God has
ordained, is walking the path of faith. God has the same
final destination for all His saints. We must remember an
important element of this path which we share with our
companions. The path is marked by grace. None of us are on
this path because of our own choosing or deserving. None of
us deserves to be on this path which leads to such a
Psalm 119:63 tells us who our companions are. The word “all”
is used. The condition of much of the church world today
would lead many to stop the definition of our companions
right there. The ecumenical movement once sought to have all
those who walked under any banner of Christianity unite and
join in brotherhood. Now, there are those who would have us
believe our companions on the path to glory also include
Muslims, Buddhists and anyone who bows to anything!
Our companions on this path have traits which allow us to
recognize them. We are companions to those that “fear thee,”
Jehovah. Fearing any god of one’s choosing will not do for a
foundation of true godly companionship. We must be
companions of all those who fear God. All on the path share
the realization of what God has done for us. We fear to
offend this merciful God who has so graciously delivered us
from our sins.
Do we see someone who fears the Lord? Then we are a
companion to them. We must not be willing to be companions
only to the popular, sociable, physically attractive or
talented. It is very well possible that there are fellow
saints with whom it seems the only thing we have in common
is the grace which delivers us from our sins.
Showing companionship is easier when we remember what we
are: sinners saved by grace. There are not two paths to
heaven, one of grace and one of works. We may not say,
“Well, that brother is good enough to be saved by his works,
but that other one? He is definitely saved only by grace. I
do not share the same experience of salvation with him!” We
are saved in the same gracious way, from the same deserved
fate and to the same awaited glory.
When we live as companions to each other, we will give a
powerful testimony to the world. Hope School’s Constitution
(Article II, 4) mentions this under its purpose statement.
“This school shall be a living testimony by word and deed in
this community whereby all students and teachers demonstrate
that the Kingdom of God comes first in their lives.” A
little later we read, “We actively seek out and help those
in need, as what we do for others is the same as doing it
for God Himself.”
May God dwell in us by His Spirit so we and our children
experience the encouragement we need as we walk as
companions on the path which leads to glory in Jesus Christ.