Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 5 January, 2014
“But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and
longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth” (Psalm
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
The Prayer of Hannah
Scripture Reading: I Samuel 1:1-18
Text: I Samuel 1:1-18
I. Provoked to Tears
II. Presumed to Be Drunk
III. Promised a Son
Psalms: 42:1-5; 59:7-12; 25:15-22; 62:5-8, 11-12
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Joy of Hannah
Scripture Reading: I Samuel 1:19-2:10
Text: I Samuel 1:19-2:10
I. The Birth of a Son
II. The Dedication of Samuel
III. The Prayer of Praise
Psalms: 34:1-10; 59:13-17; 30:1-2, 5-8; 113:1-9
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If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
or the elders
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Quote to Consider
Ronald S. Wallace: “In the voice of Eli, [Hannah] heard the
voice of God. He was saying, ‘I have heard you and I
understand. You are mine! Trust me with your prayers, your
hopes, your words, your plans, your home, your future, and
your nation’” (Hannah’s Prayer and Its Answer, p. 19).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
This morning we will witness the baptism of Hannah Joy,
infant daughter of William and Alison Graham. May the Lord
be with them as they raise this covenant child in the fear
and admonition of the Lord.
The Covenant Reformed News, the Beacon Lights and the
Standard Bearer are on the back table. Standard Bearer
renewals are due. You can pay the RFPA directly ($35) or you
can pay Rev. Stewart (£21.50) and he’ll pay the RFPA for
Thank you, congregation, for your gifts, words of
encouragement and prayers on our behalf during this past
year. We give thanks to God for you and rejoice in His work
of grace in you. May we together in this new year be “stedfast,
unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the
Lord” (I Cor. 15:58). Rev. & Mary Stewart
Bradley, Samuel (Beginners NT) - 5:30PM
Alex, Nathan (Juniors OT) - 6:15PM
Jacob, Joseph (Seniors OT) - 7:00PM
Timothy (Essentials of Reformed Doctrine) - 7:45PM
The Council meets tomorrow night at 8:30 PM
Tuesday Bible study meets at 11 AM to study Christ’s
controversy regarding the forbidding of remarriage (while
one’s spouse lives).
Belgic Confession Class will be held this Wednesday at 7:45
PM to start article 23 on the great gospel truth of
Ladies’ Bible Study meets this Friday at 10:30 AM at church.
All women are welcome to join us to study Deborah.
Men’s Bible Study meets this Saturday at 8 PM at the
Kennedys to study chapter 7 of the Ezra study guide.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) is entitled “By Faith Looking For a City”
(Heb. 11:9-10) by Rev. Bruinsma.
24 January - Rev. Eriks and Sid Meidema arrive for church
29 January - Rev. Eriks’ lecture: “Knowing the Truth in an
Age of Uncertainty”
31 January - congregational dinner at Leighinmohr Hotel
28 February - lecture in Lurgan: “John Knox and
Offerings: General Fund - £504.19.
Website Additions: 2 Afrikaans and 2 Hungarian translations.
PRC News: Rev. Bruinsma declined Doon PRC. Faith PRC called
Lawful Oaths and Vows
Rev. Angus Stewart
In response to “Should Courts
Drop Swearing on the Bible?” (English Churchman
7886), it should be noted that lawful oaths were not only
made in the Old Testament (e.g., Gen. 24:2-9; Deut. 6:13;
10:20; Isa. 65:16) but also in the New Testament.
The apostle Paul made oaths to
God to attest the truth of his claims (Rom. 1:9; 9:1; II
Cor. 1:23; Gal. 1:20). The mighty angel from heaven swears
“by him that liveth for ever and ever” (Rev. 10:6). Jehovah
delivered the gospel promise by swearing by Himself (Gen.
22:16-17; Heb. 6:13-14). Being abjured by the high priest,
the Lord Jesus affirmed under oath that He was “the Christ,
the Son of God” (Matt. 26:63-64). The next day, because of
His own oath and the gospel promise that God swore, He died
on the cross as a propitiatory sacrifice for our sins to bring
us the blessings of salvation. Moreover, God swears by
Himself that on the judgment day every knee shall bow and
every tongue shall swear that Jesus Christ is Lord to the
glory of God the Father (Isa. 45:23; Phil. 2:10-11). This
oath will involve billions of people, the reprobate wicked
as well as elect believers!
The Saviour's words (Matt.
5:33-37) do not cancel the third commandment (Ex. 20:7),
reducing the Decalogue to the Ennealogue, or contradict
other Old and New Testament Scriptures or condemn His own
testimony (Matt. 26:63-64). They forbid swearing by that
which is not God and thoughtless or profane swearing by His
name in causal conversation or on trifling occasions.
Thus, contrary to the
Anabaptists (e.g., Quakers), the Reformed have always
confessed that there is an appropriate time, place and
manner for assertory oaths and promissory vows (e.g.,
baptism, church membership, church office and wedding vows).
The last of The Thirty-Nine Articles states, “As we confess that
vain and rash swearing is forbidden Christian men by our
Lord Jesus Christ, and James His apostle, so we judge, that
Christian religion doth not prohibit, but that a man may
swear when the magistrate requireth, in a cause of faith and
charity, so it be done according to the prophet's teaching,
in justice, judgment, and truth” (cf. Heidelberg
Catechism, Lord's Days
36-37; Westminster Confession