Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church

83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 8 January, 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

God, the Providential Governor  [download]  [youtube]
Scripture Reading: Psalm 139
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 10

I. God’s Power and Providence
II. God’s Presence and Providence
III. God’s Love and Providence
Psalms: 107:1-9; 24:6-10; 104:1-7; 139:13-17

Evening Service - 6:00 PM

The Life of Jacob (26)
“All These Things Are Against Me”  [download]  [youtube]

Scripture Reading: Genesis 42
Text: Genesis 42:36

I. The Complaint of Jacob
II. The Problems With Jacob
III. The Comparison With Joseph
Psalms: 37:19-24; 25:1-7; 105:16-22; 73:23-28

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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Quote to Consider

George Lawson: “We make our burdens heavier than they ought to be by adding to them the weight of our own gloomy apprehensions; or we represent them heavier than we feel them to be by words that convey more meaning than they ought. Surely the troubles laid upon us are heavy enough to be borne. Why should we court unhappiness, and yet complain of it?” (The History of Joseph, p. 178).

Announcements (subject to God’s will)

The church visitors, Rev. VanOverloop and Elder Sid Miedema, and their wives, arrive on Friday. A schedule/dinner sign-up sheet is on the back table.

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 Council meets tomorrow evening at 8 PM.

The Tuesday Bible Study meets at 11 AM to study the holy wars in Judges.

The Belgic Confession Class meets on Wednesday at 7:45 PM to continue with Article 30, “The Government of and Offices in the Church.”

S. Wales Lecture: Rev. McGeown speaks on “Christian Contentment” this Thursday in The Round Chapel, Margam, at 7:15 PM. Remember this witness in prayer.

The Men’s Bible Study (on James 5:10-12) meets on Saturday at 8 PM at the Kennedys.

The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846 MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Bruinsma is “The Marital Bond” (Song 1:16-17a).

There will be tea after the evening service next Lord’s Day. Tea Rota: Group A.

Church visitation with the CPRC Council will be held on Monday evening, 16 January at 8 PM.

The Tuesday morning Bible study on 17 January will be led by Rev. VanOverloop on “Paul’s Prayers for the Ephesians.”

Rev. VanOverloop will give a lecture in the CPRC on Wednesday, 18 January, at 7:30 PM on “Content With Who I Am in Christ.” Flyers are on the back table.

Don’t forget to sign up for the congregational dinner at Ross Park Hotel on Friday, 20 January. A sign-up sheet is on the back table.

Offerings: General Fund: £774.82. Building Fund: £180.10.

New translations: 2 Spanish, 1 Indonesian and 2 Hungarian.

PRC News: The new trio for third missionary to the Philippines is Revs. Eriks, Mahtani and Spronk. Rev. VanOverloop received the call to be home missionary.

Rev. Emmanuel Singh accepted the call from the CERC in Singapore to serve as missionary to Kolkata, India. He will be installed as missionary today.

Encouraging Quotes

“The Lord has upheld me through the CDs on Zephaniah and on Isaiah 51-52. Truly they are a wonderful and vital lifeline ... I would also be grateful if you would send me photocopies of March 15, 2016 Standard Bearer, pages 275-278, which is the article on the Second Helvetic Confession, Chap. 3.A, by Prof. Cammenga, as I passed on the original to the pastor here, as it was very relevant to something at the church. It was a lovely blessing to me so I don’t want to be without it.” - Yorkshire, England

“Thanks from the USA. [The CPRC] lectures and sermons have helped me immensely.” - Washington, USA

“I’m a believer in Kinross, Scotland, who has met in both reformed churches and brethren. I just followed a link and watched your lecture on ‘Dispensationalism, J. N. Darby, etc.,’ and wanted to say how encouraged I was. I followed the Q. & A. session too. Maybe just a tad too hard on the brethren toward the end as you referred to their meetings, but apart from that I would agree with most criticism of them. You have obviously done much research into this whole area. I would love to know if you have had an opportunity to consider what is being called Progressive Dispensationalism. This whole area intrigues me. I would tend towards historic premillennialism but do not find amillenialism difficult or offensive in any way. Sorry to ramble on. Just wanted to connect and thank you and encourage you in the Lord.” - Scotland

“Glad to connect to you. Enjoyed your video [debate] with Ramsey and the way you defended Calvinism. God bless you.” - Pune, India

“Thank you for all the literature and booklets you sent me some time ago. I enclose a cheque for a small amount to compensate you for postage and material, etc. Keep up the good work in the Lord’s name.” - Co. Antrim

“Just watched the interview [on YouTube] with Prof. David J. Engelsma on the book Christ’s Spiritual Kingdom. Do you have it for sale, if so, how much? Loved the interview. Watched a few of them today, as I’ve been sick, so I’m using my sick time productively.” - Rep. of Ireland

“I been using your YouTube debates for years, I praise the Lord for your service and dedication to His chosen. Truly a blessing to many in the States! Thank you!” - USA

“Many thanks for the books and Standard Bearers. I also look forward to seeing you at your next lecture.” - S. Wales

“A big thank you for sending me the items requested. They are a great blessing! God willing, I hope to order more [BRF] conference sets and books shortly.” - Lincolnshire, England

“My son and I, for our weekly two-man ‘men’s fellowship,’ watched the first hour of your debate concerning the revelatory gifts. You faced not one, but two opponents (including the verbose moderator), PLUS the emailers. All that to say this: we deeply admire your patience and restraint! And when they finally allowed you more than two consecutive sentences (about 30-40 minutes in), you launched quite the truth-salvo. We’ll take a week to recover from our frustration over the other two participants, and try to watch the rest next Saturday. For your part: well-done, and thanks and God bless you for graciously, firmly upholding the sufficiency of Scripture and the centrality of the gospel.” - Texas, USA

“I am very grateful for the tapes and literature which arrived safely yesterday. I shall spend many happy hours studying them all. There is so much speculation about the ‘end times,’ but what I have seen so far in your leaflets is much in keeping with what I understand. We are certainly at war with the powers of darkness, but it is up to the church to proclaim the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ because we know that in Him we have the victory. Please find my cheque along with my thanks for your kind efforts. May the Lord prosper your ministry.” - Scotland

“Words can not express how much your preaching, books and free pamphlets mean to me as I now find myself disabled and unable to go out much. It has been a real blessing. I have just finished Redeemed With Judgment, a book I will treasure. Every page I turned just filled with God’s truth. Could you please send me Studies in Genesis?” - Co. Antrim

“Thanks so very much for your constancy in sending me the regular supplements of [Reformed materials]. I assure you they are eagerly awaited in our home and are well read and saved to be read again and again.” - Lancashire, England

“One matter upon which I forgot to say ‘thank you’ concerned your supplying me with the monthly Covenant Reformed News. I have been receiving this paper since its inception some 20 or so years ago (initially via Rev. Ron Hanko) and still enjoy its content. Please continue to mail it to me.” - S. Wales