Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church

83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 19 February, 2017

“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 (32)
Jacob’s Blessing of His Twelve Sons  [download]  [youtube]

Scripture Reading: Genesis 49
Text: Genesis 49

I. The Speaker of the Blessing
II. The Idea of the Blessing
Psalms: 95:1-6; 29:1-4; 23:1-6; 2:6-12

Evening Service - 6:00 PM

The Life of Jacob (33)
Jacob’s Last Words  [download]  [youtube]

Scripture Reading: Genesis 49
Text: Genesis 49

I. Words of Prophecy
II. Words of Burial
Psalms: 18:43-50; 29:5-9; 72:1-8; 17:10-15

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

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Quotes to Consider

George Lawson: “If God had given you such a father as Jacob, or promised you such blessings by the mouths of your dying fathers, as those which Jacob promised from God to some of his children, would you not have reckoned yourselves very happy? would you not have lived all your days in the faith of such gracious promises, and in the hope of such precious blessings? But all that believe in Christ are his spiritual seed. He bequeathed to them all the most precious blessings when he was leaving the world. The dying speeches and last words of Jesus may afford us far richer consolation than the best blessings of Jacob could afford to his sons” (The History of Joseph, p. 551).

Announcements (subject to God’s will)

Rev. Stewart’s bimonthly letter to the PRC is available on the back table. Standard Bearers (1 February) are available for those who didn’t get them earlier this week.

Monday evening’s Catechism Classes:
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 consider holy war according to the writing prophets, including their predictions of Jesus Christ and the NT age.

The Belgic Confession Class meets on Wednesday at 7:45 PM to study article 31, including sinful motives and ways of seeking church office.

Join us this Friday evening from 7 PM onwards at church for a puzzle party and fellowship. Bring a jigsaw you want to build or help others with theirs. All welcome.

Men’s Bible Study meets this Saturday at 8 PM at the Kennedys to discuss James 5:19-20 and review the whole epistle.

The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846 MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. R. Kleyn is “No Other Gods” (Ex. 20:3).

S. Wales Lecture: Rev. Stewart will speak on “The New Calvinism and the Reformation Compared” on Thursday, 2 March, at 7:15 PM in the Round Chapel, Margam.

The Lord’s Supper in 2017 will be held on Sundays 26 March, 25 June, 24 September and 31 December.

The CPRC will be hosting a mini-conference to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Saturday, 21 October. Prof. Engelsma will be our guest speaker. He has also agreed to preach for us on Sundays 22 & 29 October and 5 November.

Offerings: General Fund: £617.70. Donations: $1,400 (USA), £100 (website).

Translation additions: 2 Spanish.

PRC News: Rev. Lanning declined First Holland PRC. Rev. R. Kleyn declined Southwest PRC. Rev. Mahtani declined the call to be third missionary in the Philippines. Zion PRC formed a trio of Revs. Eriks, Haak and R. Kleyn.

New Book by Cookstown Man

(published in the Mid-Ulster Mail, 2 February, 2017)

A product of both Cookstown Primary School and Cookstown High School, Martyn McGeown has recently had his first book published. It is an exposition of Jesus Christ's own teaching on the end of the world and his second coming in Matthew 24-25, which is the longest treatment of the end times in the four gospel accounts.

A graduate of Queen's University in Belfast with a joint degree in German and French, Martyn has always been interested in literary and spiritual issues. Much study of Scripture and close interaction with the various schools of thought lie behind his new book, Called to Watch for Christ's Return.

The Cookstown man has lived in Germany, the Republic of Ireland and America, where he studied for four years for the Christian ministry. Now serving as the minister of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship (, Rev. McGeown has put some of the fruit of his pastoral labours into book form.

Published in America, this superbly written work covers the fall of Jerusalem to the Romans in AD 70, the signs of the Lord's return, the worldwide preaching of the gospel, the great tribulation, the abomination of desolation, the parable of the fig tree, the glory of Christ's coming and much more. Bringing in relevant portions of Daniel (including the 70 weeks), II Thessalonians (including the man of sin) and Revelation (including the mark of the beast), Pastor McGeown's new book serves as a fine treatment of the whole subject of the Bible's teaching regarding the future.

As the title indicates, Called to Watch for Christ's Return is also a very practical book explaining the Christian hope, bringing comfort and guarding against unbelieving fears.

This attractive paperback of some 304 pages is available for £8.25 (inc. P&P) from the CPRC Bookstore (7 Lislunnan Road, Kells, BT42 3NR; 25 891851; with cheques payable to “Covenant Protestant Reformed Church.”