Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church

83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 25 January, 2015

“But our God is in the heavens: he hath done
whatsoever he hath pleased” (Psalm 115:3)

Morning Service - 11:00 AM

Absalom and His Rebellion (13)
Shimei Curses David  [download]  [youtube]

Scripture Reading: II Samuel 16:1-14
Text: II Samuel 16:5-8

I. Shimei and His Actions
II. Shimei and His Beliefs
III. Shimei and the Past
Psalms: 24:1-6; 92:1-6; 3:1-8; 7:1-6

Evening Service - 6:00 PM

Absalom and His Rebellion (14)
Two Reactions to Shimei’s Cursing  [download]  [youtube]

Scripture Reading: II Samuel 16:5-23
Text: II Samuel 16:9-14

I. Abishai’s Reaction
II. David’s Reaction
Psalms: 33:8-14; 92:7-11; 147:12-20; 7:7-13

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

John Calvin: “One final word upon your remaining, profane jeer: I have no ground for being angry at your reproaches because, according to my own doctrine, they were written of necessity. I am here furnished by the Scriptures with a solemn and effectual exhortation to forbearance. Nothing can be more instructive and appropriate in my case, nor better adapted to appease my indignation, than this admonition of David: ‘Let him curse, for God hath bidden him’ (II Sam. 16:11). David knew that Shimei on that occasion was driven on by the same rage of cursing as that with which you boil now. But those curses that Shimei thought he was hurling at David under the fortuitous occurrence (to him) of the then present circumstances, David knew by reflection to be directed by the overruling and secret providence of God, and therefore he restrained himself by the utterance of these memorable words. Surely no man will ever bear the assaults of the devil and of wicked men with a composure and moderation but the man who can turn away his mind and thoughts from those assaults to God alone, who ordained them and can say, using the words of God himself, ‘The Lord rebuke thee, Satan’ (Zech. 3:2)” (Calvin's Calvinism, p. 310).

Announcements (subject to God’s will)

Rev. Stewart’s bimonthly letter to the PRC is available on the back table.

Julian Kennedy and Chris Hutchings are worshipping with the LRF today.

Herbie Hall’s mother passed away last night. We extend our sympathies to the Hall families. Ivan Mawhinney’s mother-in-law also died recently. Let us remember all those who mourn the loss of loved ones in our prayers.

Monday Catechism:
Taylor, Josh, Corey, Bradley & Samuel (Beginners OT, book 1) - 5:30 PM
Alex, Nathan, Jacob & Joseph (Seniors NT) - 6:15 PM
Timothy & Chris (Essentials of Reformed Doctrine) - 7:00 PM

The Tuesday Bible study meets at 11 AM to study “The Kingdom of God and Old Testament Prophecy (4).”

The Belgic Confession Class this Wednesday at 7:45 PM to study Article 24 on “The ‘Putting Off’ of Sanctification.”

The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. R. Kleyn is entitled “Who Benefits From Our Good Works?” (Ps. 16:2-3).

Next Sunday, Rev. McGeown will preach for the CPRC, while Rev. Stewart is in the LRF.

Offerings: General Fund - £425.05.

Website Additions: 1 Spanish, 2 Russian and 5 Indonesian translations.

PRC News: First PRC called Rev. Smit. Peace PRC called Rev. R. Kleyn.