Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 9 August, 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
Constrained by Christ’s Love
Scripture Reading: II Corinthians 5:11-6:10
Text: II Corinthians 5:14-15
I. Constrained: By What?
II. Constrained: What?
III. Constrained: How?
Psalms: 122:1-9; 107:39-43; 18:1-7; 116:1-8
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Ascension of Christ
Scripture Reading: Luke 24:36-53
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 18
I. The Event
II. The Worldview
III. The Significance
Psalms: 99:1-7; 108:1-6; 47:1-9; 68:16-20
For CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services,
If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
or the elders
CPRC Website: www.cprc.co.uk
• Live Webcast: www.cprf.co.uk/live.html
CPRC YouTube: www.youtube.com/cprcni
Quotes to Consider
Albert Barnes on II Corinthians 5:15: “A servant, a slave,
does not live to himself but to his master. His person, his
time, his limbs, his talents, and the avails of his industry
are not regarded as his own. He is judged incapable of
holding any property which is not at the disposal of his
master. If he has strength, it is his master’s. If he has
skill, the avails of it are his master’s. If he is an
ingenious mechanic, or labours in any department; if he is
amiable, kind, gentle, and faithful, and adapted to be
useful in an eminent degree, it is regarded as all the
property of his master. He is bound to go where his master
chooses; to execute the task which he assigns; to deny
himself at his master’s will; and to come and lay the avails
of all his toil and skill at his master’s feet. He is
regarded as having been purchased with money; and the
purchase money is supposed to give a right to his time, his
talents, his services, and his soul. Such as the slave is
supposed to become by purchase, and by the operation of
human laws, the Christian becomes by the purchase of the Son
of God, and by the voluntary recognition of him as the
master, and as having a right to all that we have and are.
To him all belongs; and all should be employed in
endeavoring to promote his glory, and in advancing his
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
We welcome Chris LouHing (Jackie’s brother) to our services.
Chris is staying with the Kennedys.
On the back table are new pamphlets on
“The Prohibition of
the Remarriage of the Innocent Party” by Prof. Engelsma and
a letter from the Philippines.
Prof. Hanko’s commentary on James,
Faith Made Perfect, is
now available in the bookstore for £15.
Our thanks to Herbie and Hazel Hall for their work as
caretakers over the last five weeks.
The Council meets this Monday at 7:30 PM at the church.
The Tuesday Bible study will meet at 11 AM to continue our
study of Hosea.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Haak is entitled “Homeward Bound.”
Rev. Stewart will be preaching in the Limerick Reformed
Fellowship next week while Rev. McGeown is in the US. The
CPRC will use DVDs for the services.
Offerings: General Fund £796.80 (5-7-15), £698.15 (12-7-15),
£565.20 (19-7-15), £691.52 (26-7-15), £716.93 (2-8-15).
Building Fund £134.42 (5-7-15), £127.93 (2-8-15). Donations:
£200 (DVDs), $100. Gift Aid Refunds: £8,818.90 (for 2012 &
Website Additions: 1 Korean and 4 Indonesian translations,
including “Does God Really Desire to Save the Reprobate?”
PRC News: Peace PRC called Candidate Ryan Barnhill. The new
trio for the Philippines is Revs. Eriks, Haak and Huizinga.
Have You Been Feeling a Bit Strange?
Brian D. Dykstra
There is an envelope on my desk in which I keep articles
from various sources. Sometimes these articles can be
grouped into some common theme which will then be suitable
for “the back of the note.” It is time to clean out some
articles from the envelope.
Some months ago there appeared an interesting item in a
small column entitled “News of the Weird.” It told of Rev.
Marvin Munyon who spoke at a seminar at the Eau Claire
Gospel Center. He spoke about “how to administer the loving
and supportive corporal punishment demanded in the Bible.”
Rev. Munyon affirmed that the proper use of spanking would
“build self-esteem because it lets children know they are
From time to time my children have provided me with the
opportunity to use the rod of correction. However, my
purpose was not to build their self-esteem. I was merely
trying to follow the direction God gives in His Word.
“Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod
of correction shall drive it far from him” (Prov. 22:15). I
know my discipline is not administered in perfection, yet I
pray God is able to use my weak efforts for the good of His
What struck me about how strange my disciplinary methods
must appear to the world was evident in the next little
story from the “News of the Weird.”
What followed the item about Rev. Munyon was an article
about a complaint from some female dancers (let’s call them
“exotic showgirls” here in an effort to be polite). They
wanted an exemption from the “no-touching-the-dancers” rule
because it discriminated against blind customers.
I suppose I have been in some unusual or interesting company
from time to time, but I must wonder why my belief in
corporal punishment should put me in the company of these
“dancers”! I feel a bit strange to learn just how “weird”
the world views me.
Next, in the November 27, 2000, Grand Rapids Press there was
a report about the Canadian elections which were about to
take place. A conservative named Stockwell Day was in the
race for Prime Minister for the newly formed Canadian
Alliance. The Canadian press and the political competition
repeatedly called upon Day to “defend his faith that humans
were planted full-grown in the Garden of Eden—as the
biblical book Genesis describes—and that if dinosaurs strode
the Earth at all, they did so at the same time as Adam and
A paper in Montreal had for a headline, “Day Admits
Creationist Views.” The press reported that the news was “as
if he’d confessed to an extramarital dalliance or cheating
on his tax returns.”
What caught my attention, however, was the article’s final
paragraph. One Montreal woman said, “It’s kind of freaky,
being in denial about fossil evidence and carbon dating. I
do like his message on taxes. Plus he’s real cute. But
heavy-duty Christianity makes me nervous.”
If creationism makes this woman nervous, have I got a
denomination for her! How would she react to people who held
to all of the Five Points of Calvinism? How would she, and
others, feel about being told that God does not love
everybody? How would they react to being introduced to the
true God who is the judge who will some day return?
Such news items make us realize just how strange we seem to
the world. This is the world in which our children are
growing. If, by God’s powerful, efficacious grace, our
children continue to walk the old path marked out by God’s
truth, how strange will they appear to be in the next twenty
years, should our Lord tarry?
The ark-building Noah must have seemed strange to people who
had never even seen a drop of rain. “Of what use could that
ark possibly be?” they must have wondered. The father of all
the faithful, Abraham, must have appeared strange as well.
This old, childless man speaks of his children inheriting
May God give us His grace that we might be as pilgrims and
strangers in the earth. He has promised His people a great
heavenly reward and He will keep the promises which He has
made to His beloved strangers in Jesus Christ.