Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church

83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 6 December, 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

The Blasphemer Stoned  [download]  [youtube]
Scripture Reading: Leviticus 24
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Days 36-37

I. The Sin
II. The Sentence
III. The Stoning
Psalms: 12:1-8; 119:65-72; 52:1-7; 118:1-9

Evening Service - 6:00 PM

The Interlude and the Seventh Trumpet (7)
The World’s Reactions After the Death of the Two Witnesses  [download]  [youtube]

Scripture Reading: Revelation 11
Text: Revelation 11:9-13

I. Merry-Making
II. Great Fear
Psalms: 92:1-8; 119:73-80; 79:1-6; 96:8-13

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

CPRC Website: • Live Webcast:
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Quotes to Consider

Homer Hoeksema: “The punishment [of the stoning of the blasphemer] was severe; perhaps it may seem unnecessarily harsh. But we must remember that no profane person has a place in the midst of God’s people, and blaspheming God’s name was the clearest and most direct manifestation of profanity. Besides, death was the only way of cutting a man off from the fellowship of Israel. In principle this was no more terrible than excommunication from the church in the New Testament day. Severe this punishment was for him who received it; but it was also a severe visitation for the Israelitish mother and her father, who were reminded of their sin and stricken with misery and grief. A stern warning it was for the congregation, too” (Unfolding Covenant History, vol. 4, p. 91).

Announcements (subject to God’s will)

On the back table are (1) copies of the new book on Gottschalk available for £10 (RFPA book club copies have not arrived yet in the post) and (2) free booklets of daily devotionals on the Psalms in bundles covering the whole of next year.

Standard Bearer subscription renewals are due. Please pay Rev. Stewart £23 as soon as possible or pay the RFPA directly by credit card.

Monday evening’s Catechism classes: TESTS!
5:45 PM - Taylor, Josh, Corey, Bradley & Samuel (Beginners OT, book 2)
6:30 PM - Alex & Nathan (Seniors OT)
7:15 PM - Jacob, Joseph & Chris (Heidelberg Catechism, book 1)

The Council meets this Monday at 8 PM.

The Tuesday Bible study meets at 11 AM to look more at Jehu in Hosea 1.

The Belgic Confession Class will meet this week Wednesday at 7:45 PM to study further the catholicity of the church in connection with Article 27.

The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Bruinsma is entitled “Mary’s Miraculous Conception” (Matthew 1:18).

Next Lord’s Day evening will be a preparatory service with the view to partaking of the Lord’s Supper on the morning of Sunday, 20 December.

Rev. Nathan Decker’s lecture is planned for Wednesday, 13 January, on “God’s Beautiful Covenant of Grace” at the CPRC at 7:30 PM.

The congregational dinner is scheduled for Friday, 15 January, at the Ramble Inn.

S. Wales Lecture: Rev. Stewart will give a lecture on “Our Identity in Christ” in Port Talbot, S. Wales, at 7:15 PM on Thursday, 28 January.

Offerings: General Fund: £715.29. Donation: £200 (DVDs).

Website Additions: 1 Indonesian, 1 Hungarian and 5 Spanish translations.

Encouraging Quotes

“I’m now ready to take the next Belgic Confession CD Box set. Could you also please let me have one copy of All Glory to the Only Good God and invoice me for the two items. Have been much blessed by the CDs on ‘Christ’s Seven Words from the Cross.’ Thanks also for the CD on ‘The New Life Within Us’—very encouraging and comforting. Every blessing.” - England

“Many thanks for the Covenant Reformed News which we gladly receive. Please note our change of address for your mailing list.” - Co. Tyrone

“Both parcels of box sets have now been received with everything in perfect order. We are extremely well pleased to receive this very fine scriptural instruction. We do hope that we may be a help to friends with this material. God bless and strengthen the work in Ballymena.” - Australia

“I am reading the booklet ‘Unlikely Mothers of Christ’ and really enjoying learning many new aspects of scriptural lessons. So much rich helpful lessons connected to our Lord’s gospel! Thanks for the lecture on Hus—really very insightful. Good lessons to take to heart!” - S. Wales

“Thank you for sending me the Covenant Reformed News. Towards the costs of which service, please find enclosed the donation by cheque.” - Scotland

“I am a Presbyterian missionary working in Albania. I have appreciated your web site and the great volume of materials that I have found there. I would like to know if it would be possible for me to translate some of your website materials for some languages in our region (Balkans and neighbours) and/or publish to [spread] Reformed material among the people here?” - Albania

“Many thanks for the book and free literature which arrived today. I have already posted the cheque and this should be with you shortly ... My dad is always talking about the meetings held in Wales and the various publications and books he has purchased form the CPRC. My son, who is away at university, already receives the monthly newsletter by post, so would it be possible to e-mail me copies of the C. R. News each month?” - England

“I want to thank you for the sermons you have placed on-line. I have found them very valuable. I am particularly interested in purchasing multiple copies of ‘The Most Avoided Chapter in the Bible.’” - North Carolina, USA

“Thank you so much for the two CDs on Lord’s Days 19 & 20, preached on 23 August. And my thanks to Stephen who does the recording, etc. ... In the wonderful working of God, I’d just finished studying Romans 1-8 with Hoeksema’s super commentary. At the same time I had finished re-listening to the BRF Conference addresses and since Sunday have listened to the first three classes on Belgic Confession Article 26. They all fitted together beautifully ... Yesterday I listened to Pastor’s sermon on Psalm 110 for Lord’s Day 19. It is such a wonderful Psalm and the very, very helpful exposition of it was just what I needed ... I’m so thankful to the Lord for His wonderful nourishment through the preaching at the CPRC and for allowing us to share in it.” - England

“Thanks a lot for your e-mail and the pamphlets. Regarding the Covenant Reformed News, I am receiving it and enjoying it every month ... If I decide to buy a book from your bookstore, is it possible to pay by international postal money order?” - Spain

“Thought you would be interested to know we enjoyed the live broadcast last [Sunday] night and viewed the entire sermon. Sincere thanks for providing the facility which worked without a glitch.” - Co. Antrim

“I was wondering if you could recommend a book or article ... I am grateful for all the material including many articles the CPRC has on-line. I appreciate your help.” - Brazil

“I appreciate [the CPRC] sermons; they’re a blessing.” - Virginia, USA

“Many thanks for Hoeksema’s Reformed Dogmatics which arrived safely yesterday ... Thanks also for the very interesting and spiritually valuable copies of the Covenant Reformed News and Standard Bearer. I will pass these on to other interested folks over here. Let me know if there is anything I can do to forward the work.” - England

“Quite exciting. The Standard Bearer magazine you send us are a great blessing to our congregation here in Kenya, especially to the youths. Even the adults who could not read and write gathered around two or more youths as one read in English and the other interpreted in Luo ...” - Kenya

“Package arrived safely today. Many thanks for the books and other literature and tapes, providing me with some good reading and listening. May God bless you both and the flock at Ballymena.” - S. Wales