Covenant Protestant Reformed
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 3 February, 2013
"Those that be planted in the
house of the Lord
shall flourish in the courts of
our God" (Ps. 92:13)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
John the Baptist’s Public
John’s Testimony of Christ’s
Scripture Reading: John 1:1-34
Text: John 1:31-34
I. This Is Part of My Commission
II. The Spirit Descended Like A Dove
III. He Baptizes With the Holy Spirit
Psalms: 84:1-6; 24:1-5; 89:19-26; 2:1-8
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
John the Baptist’s Public
The Lamb of God
Scripture Reading: John 1:19-42
Text: John 1:29-30
I. The Beautiful Name
II. The Glorious Work
III. The Profound Revelation
Psalms: 147:1-10; 24:6-10; 90:1-7;
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Quote to Consider
J. C. Ryle on John 1:32: "As a Levite, John
doubtless was familiar with all the ceremonies by which the
Jewish high priests and kings were solemnly inducted into
their office. For his satisfaction, therefore, our Lord
received visible attestation from heaven, and was publicly
recognised as the Messiah, the anointed Priest, and King,
and Prophet, before His forerunner’s eyes."
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery:
"Because of the dove’s softness, beauty of feathers and
eyes, and affection for and faithfulness to its mate, Song
of Songs several times likens the lover to a dove (e.g.,
Song 1:15; 2:14; 4:1; 5:2, 12; 6:9)" (p. 217).
George Hutcheson: "The
virtue and efficacy of Christ’s death doth expiate and take
away the sin of the universality of his elect throughout all
the world, and is not restricted to Jews only, as these
typical sacrifices were, but extended to all his elect among
the gentiles also; for he ‘taketh away the sin of the
world,’ which is not to be understood of all and every man
(for their sins are not taken away), but of his own
scattered through the world, and in all ages of it, and
particularly as taking in gentiles as well as Jews, as the
word ‘world’ is taken, I John 2:2" (The Gospel of John,
Announcements (subject to God’s
The February Covenant
Reformed News is available on the back table.
Lucas Hall came home this
past Monday. Philip & Susan thank the congregation for all
their support and prayers.
6 PM -
O.T. Beginners (Bradley & Alex)
6:45 PM - N.T. Juniors
(Nathan, Jacob & Joseph)
7:30 PM - Heidelberg (Timothy)
The council meets
tomorrow night, 4 February, at 8:15 PM.
The Tuesday morning Bible
study will be held this week at 11 AM. We will continue
our discussion of "The Nearness of Christ’s Coming."
The Belgic Confession Class
will meet this Wednesday, at 7:45 PM, to continue article 19
on the two natures of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This Friday, 8 February
at 7:30 PM, is the lecture on "Calvinism, Hyper-Calvinism
and Hypo-Calvinism." Come and invite others to hear about
this crucial topic. Any help with the tea and biscuits
provided after the lecture would be appreciated.
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) with
Rev. R. Kleyn continuing a series on Joseph.
Offerings: General Fund -
£515.40. Donation: £200.
Website Additions: 2
Esperanto ecumenical creeds, 1 Portuguese and 2 Italian
PRC News: Randolph’s new
trio is Revs. Bleyenberg, Griess and VanOverloop.
Family Worship (5)
by J. H. Merle D’Aubigne
(preached in Brussels and
published in Paris in 1827)
Thus, then, do you, who, by the
grace of God, are well disposed, and have made good
resolutions, make an attempt, and be not discouraged; make
another still; resort to prayer; ask God to guide you
himself, to sustain you, and give you success; ask Jesus
Christ to be with you; for "where two or three are gathered
together in his name there is he in the midst of them." But,
my brethren, if you wish to erect an altar unto God in your
house, you must, first of all, erect one in your own heart.
And is there one there? I ask you, my brethren, Is there
one? Ah! could I draw back the vail, could I now penetrate
into the hearts of those who listen to me, what would I see?
Or, rather, O Lord! what must thou see in our hearts—thou,
from whom nothing is vailed, and before whom all things are
naked and visible!
In your heart, my dear hearer,
I see an altar erected to pleasure and worldliness; there
you offer up your morning sacrifice; there you sacrifice,
especially in the evening; and the incense arising from it
intoxicates and bewilders you even at night.
In your heart, my dear hearer,
I see an altar erected to the good gifts of this world, to
riches, to Mammon.
In yours, my dear hearer, I see
an altar consecrated to yourself. You are the idol whom you
worship, whom you exalt above every thing else, for whom you
wish for all things, and at the foot of whom you would fain
see all the world kneel.
My brethren, is there an altar
in your hearts erected to the only living and true God? Are
you the temple of God, and does God’s Spirit dwell within
you? So long as there is no altar erected to God in your
souls, there can be none in your houses; "For what
fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what
communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath
Christ with Belial? and what agreement hath the temple of
God with idols?"
Be converted, then, in your
hearts! Die to the world, to sin, to yourselves even, and
live to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Immortal souls, Christ
hath redeemed you at a great price! He gave his whole life
on the cross for you. Learn, then, "that he died for all,
that they which live should not henceforth live unto
themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose
again." "Wherefore come out from among idols, and be ye
separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing;
and I will receive you, and will be a father unto you, and
ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
O happy is that family, my
brethren, which has embraced that God who says, "I will
dwell in them, and walk in them, and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people"! Happy for time, and happy for
eternity! How can you hope to meet with those whom you love
near Christ in heaven, unless with them you seek Christ on
earth? How shall you assemble as a family there, if you have
not as a family attended to heavenly things here below? But
as to the Christian family which shall have been united in
Jesus, it will, without doubt, meet around the throne of the
glory of Him whom it will have loved without having seen. It
will only change its wretched and perishable dwelling for
the vast and eternal mansions of God. Instead of being a
humble family of the earth, united to the whole family of
heaven by the same ties, it will have become an innumerable
and glorious family. It will surround the throne of God with
the hundred and forty-four thousand, and will say, as it
said on earth, but with joy and glory, "Thou art worthy, O
Lord, to receive glory and honour and power."
O, my brethren, if but one
father or mother would now resolve to meet together in the
presence of the Lord, if one single person not yet bound by
domestic ties were to resolve to raise an altar unto God in
his house when he shall be so bound, and would, in some
future day, so act that abundant blessings would descend
upon him and his, I would give thanks unto God for having
Dear hearer! may the Lord so affect your heart that you
may now exclaim, "As for me and my house we will serve the
What is Calvinism (the biblical
truth of God’s sovereign grace) and
how does one determine this?
What are the errors of hyper-Calvinism
(over and above
Calvinism) and hypo-Calvinism (under and below Calvinism)?
Can you simply
define these terms as you wish and call people
"Hyper-Calvinist!" or "Hypo-Calvinist!"—if
you don’t agree with them?
along to hear the truth
about scriptural, creedal
honours the Triune
God and humbles and comforts
His believing people!
Speaker: Rev. Angus Stewart
Date: Friday, 8 February, 2013
at 7:30 PM
at Covenant Protestant Reformed
83 Clarence St., Ballymena BT43 5DR
All are invited!