Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church

83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 18 August, 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

Our Iniquity Laid on Christ  [download]  [youtube]
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 15

I. The Meaning
II. The Occasion
III. The Comfort
Psalms: 147:1-8; 40:11-17; 22:13-20; 119:169-176

Evening Service - 6:00 PM

The Man of Sin (1)
An End Times Error  [download]  [youtube]

Scripture Reading: II Thessalonians 2
Text: II Thessalonians 2:1-2

I. Its Nature
II. Its Communication
III. Its Effects
Psalms: 119:41-48; 41:1-6; 57:4-11; 50:1-6

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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Quote to Consider

Herman Hoeksema on Lord’s Day 15: "To us the cross of Christ is a symbol, a sign, expressive of the fact that He bore the curse of God that was upon us. For the victim of crucifixion was a castaway. There was no room for him in all God’s wide creation. Suspended between heaven and earth, he was the embodiment of the judgment that there was no place for him on the earth among men, and no room for him in heaven with God. Men did not want him; God did not receive him. This is the symbolism of the cross of Christ. Suspended on the accursed tree, He has no name left unto Him. He empties Himself completely. By the symbol of the cross, conceived not merely as man’s, but as God’s cross, we are assured that Christ bore the curse that was upon us" (The Triple Knowledge, vol. 1, pp. 659-660).

Announcements (subject to God’s will)

Back table: Rev. McGeown’s bi-monthly letter to the PRC, the 2013 PRCA Acts of Synod and Prof. Engelsma’s latest book, The Battle for Sovereign Grace: The Declaration of Principles (cost £15).

We extend our sympathy to the Graham family in the death of Alison’s grandmother this past Monday. The funeral was held on Thursday. May the Lord comfort and sustain them.

John McAuley is currently in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, recovering after the implanting of a pacemaker under his ribs on Thursday. Please remember John in your prayers.

The Council meets tomorrow evening at 7:30 PM.

The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) is entitled "The Prevailing Promise" (Isa. 41:10).

Philip Hall’s term as deacon expires this month. The Council has decided to nominate Philip for an additional 3-year term. A vote by male confessing members to approve/disapprove of this will be held after the evening service on Sunday, 1 September (Church Order 22).

S. Wales Lecture: Rev. McGeown will give the next lecture in The Rest, Porthcawl on Thursday, 12 September, on "God’s Sovereignty in Our Afflictions."

Offerings: General Fund - £740.12 (21 July), £549.60 (28 July), £903.12 (4 August), £383.99 (11 August). Building Fund - £152.80 (4 August). Donation: £200 (DVDs).

Website Additions: 1 Spanish, 1 Russian, 1 Ambonese Malay (a language in Indonesia) and 2 Hiligaynon (a language in the Philippines) translations were added.

PRC News: Candidate Erik Guichelaar is considering calls extended to him from both Randolph and Doon. He plans to answer them on or before September 1.

Book Review

The Reformed Worldview: The Word of God for Our Generation
by David Engelsma and Herman Hanko

£5.00 + £0.50 P&P = £5.50
152 Pages
Availability: In Stock

"'How should we then live?' is a question that has confronted every believer from the fall onwards, for the world we pass through constantly impacts on our lives, and can prove a very hostile environment. The practical issues of Christian living were the theme of the 2010 British Reformed Conference. The main addresses, delivered by Professors Engelsma and Hanko of the Protestant Reformed Churches (US), have been expanded and are now offered to a wider Christian audience. Through eight thoroughly biblical presentations, we are given detailed instruction and advice on the Reformed (or biblical) worldview: the organic development of sin; the abolition of truth; the believer and money; the sexual revolution; towards a one-world government; the unbreakable Scripture, and, finally a call to spiritual cleansing. The writers pull no punches when exposing the evil around us so some of the material is 'strong stuff,' but we should never shy away from seeing the world as it is, as we seek to witness to it ... it is, throughout, a sincere attempt to confront a sin-soaked society with the infallible word of God and to challenge the believer to examine where he or she stands. The sections on the abolition of truth ('newspeak,' making wrong seem good and driving out the old, plain, words) and towards a one-world government (are current events leading up to the final world dictatorship of the Antichrist?) are especially valuable and thought provoking. The book concludes on a positive note: God is in control, even the evil around us is working out His gracious plan. Events that shock and dismay us today may testify loudly that the Lord's return is near at hand." - British Reformed Newspaper