Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church

83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 28 April, 2013

"But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious,
longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth" (Psalm 86:15)

Morning Service - 11:00 AM

The Mutual Indwelling of the Father and the Son  [download]  [youtube]
Scripture Reading: John 13:31-14:21
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 8

I. The Questions Which Occasion This Teaching
II. The Doctrines Which Require This Teaching
III. The Comfort Which Flows From This Teaching
Psalms: 92:1-6; 33:8-14; 91:1-6; 27:1-5

Evening Service - 6:00 PM

John the Baptist’s Public Ministry (17)
After John’s Death  [download]  [youtube]
Scripture Reading: Luke 9:1-36
Text: see back of bulletin

I. Jesus Hears of John’s Burial
II. Jesus’ Misidentification as John Resurrected
III. Jesus’ Interactions With John’s Persecutor
Psalms: 99:1-7; 33:15-22; 116:7-16; 119:161-168

For CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services, contact Stephen Murray
If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart

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Quotes to Consider

Prof. Engelsma: "From an original meaning of ‘encircling’ or encompassing,’ the term perichoresis has come to refer in theology to the mutual interpenetration and indwelling of the Father and the Son. The doctrine is based on John’s teaching that the Father is in the Son, and the Son in the Father ... This indwelling expresses and realizes fellowship between the Father and the Son. It is intimacy. In John 17:20-26 Jesus compares the oneness of this indwelling to the oneness of the fellowship of believers. Indeed, he derives the oneness of the fellowship of his church from this indwelling: ‘That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us’ (John 17:21). The indwelling of the Father and the Son is the intimacy of their mutual love" (Trinity and Covenant, pp. 68, 69).

Martin Luther: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that really matter."

Announcements (subject to God’s will)

We welcome Henry and Barb DeVries from Randolph PRC to our services today.

Standard Bearers are available on the back table for subscribers.

John McAuley was admitted to hospital this past week after suffering a minor heart attack. Please keep John and the Murrays in your prayers.

The Tuesday morning Bible study will be held this week at 11 AM. We will consider the (erroneous) preterization of various eschatological passages (i.e., interpreting them as if they refer exclusively to the past).

The Belgic Confession Class will meet this Wednesday, at 7:45 PM, to continue our study of article 21 and Christ’s high priestly work as our sacrifice.

The Council meets this Friday, 3 May, at 7 PM.

The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) is entitled "A Memorable Family Reunion" (Gen. 45:16-46:34) by Rev. R. Kleyn.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting on Monday, 13 May. Rev. McGeown will give a report on the mission work in Limerick. Other reports will also be given on the work and evangelism activities of the church.

Offerings: General Fund - £591.37. Donation: £200 (DVDs). Translator Fund Donations: $1,000 (£656) and £100.

Website Additions: 10 Burmese (all of Rev. Hanko’s Doctrine According to Godliness is now on-line in Burmese), 2 Italian and 2 Hungarian translations.

PRC News: Randolph PRC called Rev. Van Overloop (Grace, MI). Rev. Spronk (Peace, IL) is considering the call to Doon PRC.

After John’s Death


John’s Burial

Mark 6:29: "And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb."

Matthew 14:12-13: "And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus. (13) When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities."

Herod Reckons Jesus Is John Resurrected

Luke 9:7-9: "Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead; (8) And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. (9) And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him."

Matthew 14:1-2: "At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, (2) And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. "

Mark 6:14-16: "And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. (15) Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets. (16) But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead."

Some Reckon Jesus Is John Resurrected

Matthew 16:13-14: "When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? (14) And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets."

Mark 8:27-28: "And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am? (28) And they answered, John the Baptist: but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets."

Luke 9:18-19: "And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? (19) They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again."

John Is Elijah

Matthew 17:10-13: "And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? (11) And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. (12) But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. (13) Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist."

Mark 9:11-13: "And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come? (12) And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought. (13) But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him."

Jesus Is Urged to Flee From Herod

Luke 13:31-33: "The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee. (32) And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. (33) Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem."

Jesus Before Herod

Luke 23:6-12: "When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean. (7) And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time. (8) And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. (9) Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing. (10) And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. (11) And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate. (12) And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves."