Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 20 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
Administration of the Lord’s Supper
If God Be For Us ...
Scripture Reading: Romans 8:28-39
Text: Romans 8:31b-32
I. The Unanswerable Logic
II. The Loving Manifestation
III. The Wonderful Promise
Psalms: 100:1-5; 119:97-104; 27:1-5; 23:1-6
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Golden Chain of Salvation
Scripture Reading: Romans 8:13-34
Text: Romans 8:30-31
I. The Beautiful Links
II. The Theological Lessons
III. The Astonishing Conclusion
Psalms: 116:1-8; 119:105-112; 37:29-37; 65:1-5
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:
CPRC YouTube: www.youtube.com/cprcni
CPRC Facebook: www.facebook.com/CovenantPRC
Quote to Consider
Herman Hoeksema on Romans 8:31-32: “... if we can really say
that God is for us, we have no need of anything else. All we
need to know is this one thing: whether God is for us. If
God is for us, we can have peace” (Righteous by Faith Alone,
A. W. Pink: "Of old,
it was announced by the language of prophecy: 'For unto us a
child is born, unto us a son is given' (Isa. 9:6)—given to
be all that to us, which our fallen state called for.
Accordingly, the angels announced to the shepherds at the
time of His advent: 'For unto you is born this day ... a
Savior, who is Christ the Lord.' That Gift was the supreme
exemplification of the divine benignity. 'In this was
manifested the love of God toward us, because God sent his
only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through
him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he
loved us, and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for
our sins' (1 John 4:9-10). That was the guarantee of all
other blessings. As the apostle argued from the greater to
the less, assuring us that Christ is at once the pledge and
channel of every other mercy: 'He who spared not his own
Son, but delivered him up for us all — how shall he not with
him also freely give us all things?' (Rom 8:32). God did not
withhold His choicest Treasure, the Darling of His bosom,
but freely yielded Him up; and the love that spared not Him
—will not begrudge anything that is for the good of His
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
After a week of self-examination, confessing members in good
standing are called to partake of the sacrament of the
Lord’s Supper. Your participation in the Lord’s Supper is in
part a witness that you repent of your sins, believe that
Jesus Christ is your righteousness and desire to live a new
and godly life. As this heavenly food can be taken to one’s
judgment (I Cor. 11:28-30) and as the common reception of
this food is a confession of doctrinal unity (Acts 2:42),
the elders supervise the partaking of the sacrament.
Visitors who are members of other denominations must request
permission from the Council.
A new Protestant Reformed Theological Journal and the
December Covenant Reformed News are available free on the
back table, as is the sign-up sheet for those wanting to
have the church visitors over for dinner.
The Tuesday Bible study meets at 11 AM to look at kingship
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Bruinsma is entitled “God’s
Faithfulness” (I Thessalonians 5:24).
Rev. McGeown will be preaching for the CPRC next Lord’s Day,
while Rev. Stewart takes the services in the LRF.
All are invited to the manse on New Year’s Eve for games and
fellowship at 7:30 PM or any time thereafter. If you plan to
come, please let the Stewarts know.
The next Council meeting is Monday, 4 January, at 7 PM.
The Belgic Confession Class resumes on 6 January, when we
will consider catholicity in the local church and missions.
Catechism classes resume Monday, 11 January.
The congregational dinner is scheduled for Friday, 15
January, at the Ramble Inn. Prices are £10 for an adult meal
and £5 for a children’s meal. A menu and sign-up sheets are
on the back table.
CPRC, Wed., 13 Jan., 7:30 PM, Rev. Decker on “God’s Beautiful Covenant of Grace”
S. Wales, Thurs. 28 Jan., 7:15 PM, Rev. Stewart on “Our Identity in Christ”
CPRC, Fri., 18 March, 7:30 PM, Rev. Stewart on “Our Identity in Christ”
Offerings: General Fund: £1,566.64.
Website Additions: 2 Portuguese (including the article “The
Image of God in Man: A Reformed Reassessment”) and 1
PRC News: Rev. J. Laning (Hull, IA) declined the call to the
Reformation Day Lecture on Jan Hus' Martyrdom
published in December 2015 issue of the Evangelical Times
"But the holy catholic—that is, universal—church
is the totality of the predestinate or all the
predestinate, present, past, and future. This
definition follows St. Augustine ... who shows
how it is that one and the same church of the
predestinate, starting at the beginning of the
world, runs on to the apostles, and thence to
the day of judgment"—that was Jan Hus's (c.
1369-1415) definition of the church! And that
definition was the first of thirty charges for
which the Council of Constance in southern
Germany burned him at the stake in 1415!
Of Hus' De Ecclesia (The Church), from
which this quotation is taken, historian
David S. Schaff declares, "Huss's treatise has a
place of first importance among works on the
church. Its treatment is clear, elaborate and
professedly based on Scripture. It is the best
known work on the subject issued from Augustine
to the Reformation period. It was the basis of
charges in the most famous formal trial of a
single individual in the history of the
Christian church. It was cherished and used by a
large section of the Bohemian people. It has had
a permanent influence upon the development of
the idea of the church."
With this year being the 600th anniversary of
the wicked execution of this great pre-Reformer,
Pastor Angus Stewart spoke on "Jan Hus: His
Martyrdom and Ecclesiology," while illustrating
his presentation with photos and slides (Friday
30 October). An engaged audience in the Covenant
Protestant Reformed Church (CPRC) in Ballymena,
N. Ireland, learned about Hus, the most famous
Czech in history, a man with an heroic status in
his native land and further afield as a powerful
preacher, beloved pastor, university professor,
multiple author, Bible translator, church
reformer and steadfast martyr.
In this commemorative lecture on Hus, many
questions were answered: Why did a medieval
church council, itself supposedly seeking the
reformation of an admittedly corrupt church with
three popes, cruelly execute a man noted on all
sides for his godliness? What did Hus believe?
What was his doctrine of the church? Why was
this theologian of conviction such a threat?
What are the similarities between the Czech
pre-Reformer Jan Hus and the German Reformer
Martin Luther? And what are the lessons for
today? A lively time of questions and answers
followed the speech.
This special Reformation Day lecture and
PowerPoint presentation was and is of special
interest to those of Czech or German extraction
or who have visited Prague or Constance, those
who enjoy church history or the development of
Christian doctrine, those who are encouraged by
the testimony of the church's martyrs, and those
who love the truth of the church or desire
church reformation. It can be watched (www.youtube.com/cprcni)
or listened to free on-line (www.cprf.co.uk/audio.htm).
Moreover, the Hus speech is free for the asking
on DVD (which also contains the question
session) or CD. Simply contact Mary Stewart, 7
Lislunnan Road, Kells, N. Ireland, BT42 3NR (firstname.lastname@example.org;
028 25 891851).