Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 18 December, 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
The Life of Jacob (24)
The “Death” of Jacob’s Favourite Son
Scripture Reading: Genesis 37:12-36
Text: Genesis 37:12-36
I. Jacob Sends Joseph to His Brothers
II. The Brothers Sell Joseph Into Slavery
III. Jacob Grieves Inconsolably for Joseph
Psalms: 1:1-6; 22:8-14; 64:1-6; 77:15-20
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Ashes of the Red Heifer
Scripture Reading: Numbers 19
Text: Numbers 19
I. The Awful Problem and Need
II. The Careful Preparation and Application
III. The Gospel Lesson and Value
Psalms: 34:1-10; 22:15-21; 90:3-9; 51:1-7
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If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
or the elders
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Quote to Consider
Homer Hoeksema: “We must bear in mind that it is one of the
greatest glories of God’s power and infinite wisdom that sin
and evil, Satan and hell, are made to serve his purpose”
(Unfolding Covenant History, vol. 3, p. 106).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
A letter from Rev. Kleyn in the Philippines and Rev.
Stewart’s bimonthly letter to the PRC are on the back table.
This evening’s service is preparatory for partaking of the
Lord’s Supper next Sunday morning, 25 December. Rev. McGeown
will be taking the services that day, while Rev. Stewart is
Standard Bearer subscriptions are due. Please either pay the
RFPA directly (www.rfpa.org) ($36) or pay Rev. Stewart (£29)
who will pay the RFPA for you.
Monday evening’s Catechism Classes: Mid-term catechism tests
5:45 PM - Taylor, Josh, Corey & Katelyn (Beginners NT)
6:30 PM - Bradley & Samuel (Juniors OT)
7:15 PM - Jacob, Alex & Nathan (Heidelberg Catechism, book 2)
The Tuesday Bible Study meets at 11 AM to study further the
Old Testament holy war.
Belgic Confession Class meets this Wednesday at 7:45 PM to
continue with Article 30, “The Government of and Offices in
Men’s Bible Study meets this Friday, at 8 PM at the Kennedys
to discuss James 5:4-9.
Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846 MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Bruinsma is “The Ruler From
Bethlehem” (Micah 5:2).
S. Wales Lecture: Rev. McGeown will speak on “Christian
Contentment” Thursday, January 12, in The Round Chapel,
Margam, at 7:15 PM.
The church visitors, Rev. VanOverloop and Sid Miedema, and
their wives, are planning to arrive on Friday, 13 January.
Keep Friday, 20 January, free for the congregational dinner
at Ross Park Hotel. A sign-up sheet is on the back table.
Offerings: General Fund: £784.10. Donations: £200 (England).
New translations: 1 Hungarian, 1 Portuguese (“Was the Church
Right to Condemn Montanism?”) and 3 Marathi (ecumenical
PRC News: Rev. Brummel declined the call to First Holland
Next year’s PR Young People’s Convention, hosted by First
PRC of Holland, will be held 7-11 August, 2017, at Michindoh
Conference Center in Hillsdale, MI. More information will
follow in the months to come.
The CERC in Singapore voted to call Pastor Emmanuel Singh as
missionary to Kolkata, India. Pastor Emmanuel plans to
answer the call on or before 1 January.
The Lutheran World Federation, the World and Rome
Rev. Angus Stewart
published in the Belfast
News Letter, 9 December, 2016
McManus accurately notes the considerable (but not complete)
agreement between the Roman church and the Lutheran World
Federation (LWF) on justification. His error, however, is in
attributing this to the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ.
The LWF is
a long way from the faithful doctrines of Martin Luther and
historic, confessional Lutheranism. Hence sounder Lutheran
churches want no part in it. Luther, the great Reformer,
would have denounced the LWF compromises on justification
and other doctrines in no uncertain terms!
The LWF is
filled with churches, especially those in the West, that
deride the verbal inspiration and infallibility of sacred
Scripture, for they are riddled with higher criticism of the
God the Father Almighty the Maker (and governor) of heaven
and earth, by believing in evolutionism and chance.
falsely claim that the Triune God, who sent His Son to be
crucified for the sins of His people, is the same as Islam’s
the gospel of God’s grace in Jesus Christ which perfectly
justifies and progressively sanctifies all the elect, who
are totally depraved of themselves. Instead, theirs is a
politically-correct message about a god of one attribute (a
weak, universal love) and his social gospel with its
the Son of God's teaching on marriage as a one-flesh union
between one man and one woman for life (Matthew 19:4-6),
they tolerate and embrace impenitent homosexuals in their
membership and church offices.
opposition to Christ’s headship over His church (I Timothy
2:12-15), they appoint women office-bearers.
profane the Lord’s Supper by permitting people who, in their
doctrine and/or lifestyle, lack a credible profession of
church discipline is not practised but abhorred as
the LWF is an unfaithful, ecumenical body that includes
secularized, dying churches with a largely nominal and
rapidly declining membership. These churches are conforming
more and more to the world, as “synagogues of Satan”
(Revelation 2:9; 3:9).
It is no
wonder that, as it capitulates to the ungodly world, the LWF
is also busily engaged in undoing the Reformation in order
to get closer to Rome. Hence its revisionism regarding “the
truth of the gospel” of justification by faith alone in
Christ alone (Galatians 2:5, 14).
church and the Lutheran World Federation are two religious
bodies agreeing together against, not in, the Word and
Spirit of God. This is not the unity of the bride of Christ
but of two harlots deciding to work together to some extent
(cf. Ezekiel 16:44-59; 23:36-49). This agreement is not to
be attributed to the gracious work of the Spirit of truth
but to the working of “the mystery of iniquity” and “the
spirit of antichrist” (II Thessalonians 2:7; I John 4:3).