Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 7 June, 2015
“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
Listen and Wake Up! (10)
Depart From Babylon!
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 52
Text: Isaiah 52:11-12
I. The Beautiful Old Testament Imagery
II. The Practical New Testament Reality
Psalms: 15:1-5; 106:11-18; 114:1-8; 26:6-12
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Christ’s Virgin Birth: What It Teaches Us
Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-21
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 14
I. Its Nature
II. Its Place
Psalms: 98:1-9; 106:19-25; 22:6-12; 89:23-29
For CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services,
If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
or the elders
CPRC Website: www.cprc.co.uk • Live Webcast:
CPRC YouTube: www.youtube.com/cprcni
CPRC Facebook: www.facebook.com/CovenantPRC
Quote to Consider
John Calvin: “When mention is made of our union with God,
let us remember that holiness must be the bond of our union.
But, this does not mean that we come into communion with Him
by the merit of holiness. We ought rather first to cleave to
Him, in order that, pervaded with His holiness, we may
follow whither He calls. Holiness must be the bond of our
union because it greatly concerns His glory not to have any
fellowship with wickedness and impurity. Wherefore He tells
us that this is the goal of our calling, the goal to which
we ought ever to have respect, if we would answer the call
of God. For to what end were we rescued from the iniquity
and pollution of the world into which we were plunged, if we
allow ourselves, during our whole lives, to wallow in them?
Besides, we are at the same time admonished, that if we
would be regarded as the Lord’s people, we must inhabit the
holy city Jerusalem, which, as He hath consecrated it to
Himself, it would be impious for its inhabitants to profane
it by impurity. Hence the expressions, ‘Who shall abide in
thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that
walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness’ (Psalm 15:1-2;
24:3-4); for the sanctuary in which He dwells certainly
ought not to be like an unclean stall” (“The Christian
Life,” pp. 4-5).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
Rev. McGeown’s letter to the PRC is available on the back
table, along with a new
Covenant Reformed News.
The Tuesday Bible study will meet at 11 AM to study Hosea on
Rev. Stewart is to give a lecture in Margam, S. Wales, this
Thursday at 7:15 PM on “What Is a Protestant?” Please
remember this witness in your prayers.
Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Haak is entitled “God’s Design for
Marriage” (Genesis 2:24).
Everyone is invited to a barbecue at the manse next week
Friday, 19 June. Please let Rev. or Mary Stewart know if you
are able to come.
Upcoming Lecture: Friday, 26 June, “What Is a Protestant?”
in Portadown Town Hall at 7:30 PM.
Offerings: General Fund - £1,156.92.
Website Addition: 1
Afrikaans translation of “The Biblical
Ground of the Baptism of Infants,” a pamphlet by Herman Hoeksema.
PRC News: The pre-synodical service on Monday, 8 June, at
7:00 PM, in Faith PRC, including Rev. Koole’s sermon, will
be streamed live (http://faithprc.org/watchlive.cfm).
Seminarian Barnhill’s specimen sermon will be delivered on
Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Pending synod’s approval, this sermon,
as well as the rest of Mr. Barnhill’s examination and his
graduation, will also be streamed live. The schedule for the
rest of the examination will be announced on-line at the
time of the specimen sermon. Graduation is planned for
Thursday, 11 June, at 7:30 PM in Faith PRC, with Prof.
Cammenga speaking on “The Minister and His Marriage.”
Following the Footprints of Faithful Fathers
Brian D. Dykstra
In his biography about Robert E. Lee, Lee of Virginia,
Douglas Southall Freeman recounts an interesting story.
While Lee was a captain in the United States Army, he was
given permission to return to Arlington, Virginia, to attend
to family matters after the death of his father-in-law. On a
snowy evening, Lee decided to take a walk with his son
Custis. Suddenly, Lee noticed his youngster was no longer
walking at his side. Lee turned and saw that Custis had
dropped behind to walk in the tracks his father had left in
the snow. Lee later remembered this event and said, “When I
saw this, I said to myself, ‘It behooves me to walk very
straight when this fellow is already following in my
We certainly have had a snowy enough December this year to
leave footprints behind us. However, for our current
purposes we are looking to follow footprints of a different
sort. The footprints which I have in mind are more than
fifty years old. These are the footprints left by those who
started our school. Such footprints are found in Article I
of Hope School’s Constitution.
What did these Protestant Reformed fathers believe to be of
utmost importance when establishing this school? What could
they do to insure that their covenant seed would follow in
their path? Article I, the “Basis” for this school society,
provides us with a clear path these fathers wished for us to
follow. It tells us what was of essential importance to
these men as they began their hard work at the inception of
Section A of Article I begins, “The Bible is the infallibly
inspired, written Word of God ... and as such form[s] the
basis for administration, instruction and discipline in the
school.” As different as such a basis might have sounded
some fifty years ago, it seems antiquated today. One can
almost hear the world’s laughter. The Bible? That’s quaint,
but isn’t that terribly impracticable? How can you people
teach science with the Bible as your standard? What are your
children going to do when they study science in colleges or
universities? Do you think anyone will take them seriously?
Also, why hold up the Bible to your girls as the standard of
truth when it relegates them to the status of second-class
citizens? If you teach your children that the Bible is the
only standard of morality, they will be very close minded
and intolerant, and there is little room for such thinking
in today’s society. You’re just setting your children up for
failure by educating them with a basis such as that!
The harsh winds of the world’s ridicule of God’s Word might
seem a threat to drift in our fathers’ footprints. We might
be tempted to think walking in such footprints is no longer
practical or desirable. It is not worth the trouble to try
to find them under today’s conditions. As the coldness of
the world’s iniquity and its attitude toward the beauty of
the kingdom of God grows more severe, we might be tempted to
say that it’s just too cold to walk in those footprints.
They marked a fine path in their day but times have changed.
Yet, we can still see those footprints, for God has
preserved them. Below them, under the snow, are the old
paths, “ ... where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye
shall find rest for your souls.” We pray that God will give
us richly of His grace so we or our children do not answer
as did carnal Israel of old, “But they said, We will not
walk therein” (Jeremiah 6:16).
Yes, those footprints mark a ridiculed old path. The world
has little use for anything old any more, but let us
continue to follow those footprints for they are as old as
God’s promises to us. He will not fail to use our school,
with His infallible Word as its basis, to point out to His
covenant children what lies at the end of the path.