Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 31 January, 2016
“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
Zephaniah and the Day of the Lord (6)
The Desolation of the Nations Close By
Scripture Reading: Zephaniah 2
Text: Zephaniah 2:4-11
I. West: Philistia
II. East: Moab and Ammon
Psalms: 93:1-5; 122:1-9; 97:1-7; 22:26-31
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Zephaniah and the Day of the Lord (7)
The Desolation of the Nations Far Off
Scripture Reading: Zephaniah 2
Text: Zephaniah 2:12-15
I. South: Ethiopia
II. North: Assyria
Psalms: 36:5-11; 123:1-4; 68:31-35; 96:1-7
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Quote to Consider
O. Palmer Robertson: “So this second major section of the
prophecy [i.e., Zephaniah 2] shows the Lord’s involvement
with all the nations of the earth. Wherever unrighteousness
is found, it shall be punished. The announcement of judgment
on the nations also functions to summon Judah to repentance.
Little time remains before the arrival of the Day of
[Jehovah]. Judah must seek the Lord. Humility may make it
possible for them to be hid on the Day of [Jehovah’s] wrath.
Let them consider the Lord’s dealings with their national
neighbors. Let them be moved by fear and by jealousy to turn
to the Lord. The Day cannot be turned back. But they may be
among that remnant that shall be saved for the enjoyment of
the plundered nations” (The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and
Zephaniah, p. 314).
David W. Baker: “... Zephaniah uses the example of what awaits the
surrounding nations as a warning, giving Judah good reason to repent,
as he had warned them to do (vv. 1-3). This causal connection between
verses 1-3 and verses 4 to 3:8 is shown by the particle ‘for’, which
links these oracles against the nations with the description of the
Day of [Jehovah], but the force is lost due to its
omission in the NIV” (Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah, p. 104).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
On the back table today are free 2016 Scripture calendars.
Monday evening’s Catechism classes
5:45 PM - Taylor, Josh, Corey, Bradley & Samuel (Beginners OT, book 2)
6:30 PM - Alex & Nathan (Seniors OT)
7:15 PM - Jacob & Joseph (Heidelberg Catechism, book 1)
The Council meets tomorrow evening at 8 PM.
The Tuesday Bible study meets this Tuesday at 11 AM to study
the end of Israel’s ungodly kingship.
The Belgic Confession Class meets this Wednesday at 7:45 PM
to consider the glory of the holiness of the church in
connection with article 27.
Ladies’ Bible Study meets this Friday at 10:30 AM at church
to study lesson 9 of the study guide on I Peter.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. R. Kleyn is entitled “The Second
Coming of Christ” (Rev. 22:12-13).
S. Wales, Thursday, 25 Feb., 7:15 PM, Rev. McGeown on “The Love of the World”
CPRC, Friday, 18 March, 7:30 PM, Rev. Stewart on “Our Identity in Christ”
Offerings: General Fund: £763.90.
Website Additions: 1 Portuguese, 1 Indonesian and 2
From Pete VanderSchaaf and Rev. Decker: “We would like to
thank Rev. and Mary Stewart and the congregation for your
loving hospitality during our recent stay in Ballymena as
well as for the nice gifts for us and our wives. It truly
was a joy to fellowship and worship with you as fellow
believers. May God’s richest blessing continue to rest upon