Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 12 June, 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
Complete in Christ (5)
All the Fulness of the Godhead Dwells in Christ [download]
Scripture Reading: Colossians 2
Text: Colossians 2:9-10
I. The Meaning
II. The Manner
III. The Benefit
Psalms: 24:1-6; 145:16-21; 63:1-8; 36:5-11
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Praying for Our Daily Bread
Scripture Reading: Psalm 145
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 50
I. A Prayer of the Needy
II. A Prayer of the Industrious
III. A Prayer of the Blessed
Psalms: 84:1-6; 146:1-6; 104:17-24; 37:21-27
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Quotes to Consider
Herman Hoeksema on Lord’s Day 50: “... even though this
petition is a prayer for tangible and material bread, it is
deeply spiritual. This is not a common petition that any man
can pray. The natural, unregenerated man is unable to make
it his own. All the manifestations of greed and
covetousness, the striving after the things of this world
and always more of them, the constant and bitter fighting
between the haves and the have-nots, and the lusts of the
flesh and of the eyes and the pride of life that manifestly
characterize the life of the natural man all constitute a
striking contrast to the simple request for daily bread.
Even for the believer it is not always easy to utter this
petition in spirit and in truth and without reservation. We
do not usually live on the high spiritual level that is
required to take this petition on our lips and to mean it
... In the petition we acknowledge that God is the only
fountain of all good and that neither our care nor industry,
nor even his gifts, can profit us without his blessing.
Therefore, we can withdraw our trust from all creatures and
place it alone in him” (The Perfect Prayer, pp. 121-122).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
New CD/DVD box sets and free pamphlet catalogues are
available on the back table.
Everyone is welcome to stay for tea after this evening’s
service. Tea rota: Group C.
Marina Mawhinney and Helen Mawhinney have requested
membership in the CPRC. After meeting with the two women and
hearing of their agreement with the doctrines “taught here
in this Christian church,” the Council joyfully granted that
request. We welcome them and pray that the Lord will bless
our fellowship together.
Have you booked yet for the BRF Conference (16-23 July)? All
bookings and full payments are due this week. Extra booking
forms are on the back table. If you are unsure how much you
owe, please check with Kristin.
Philip Hall’s term as deacon ends in August. Church Order 22
advises that members be given “an opportunity to direct
attention to suitable persons,” so if you have anyone you
believe should be nominated for this office, please speak
with Rev. Stewart or an elder.
The Tuesday Bible study meets at 11 AM to discuss the eating
of blood in connection with the OT food laws.
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. R. Kleyn is entitled “The New
Heaven and New Earth” (Rev. 21:1-3).
Offerings: General Fund: £871.63. Building Fund: £249.87.
Donations: £200 (DVDs).
New translations: 3 Hungarian.
PRC news: The PR Synod begins this week. Rev. McGeown leaves
tomorrow to represent our congregation and the LRF. Pray for
the Lord’s blessing on Rev. McGeown and on this assembly.
Brian D. Dykstra
Psalm 100:2: “Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his
presence with singing.”
Last October, a parent gave me a copy of an article from
Calvin College’s newspaper, The Chimes. I do not know if the
parent’s intent was for me to address the article’s content
on the “back of the note” but that’s the risk one takes when
giving me an article. I had already planned several article
topics for the beginning of the school year, so I decided to
save the article. The article is titled, “Calvin Debates
Common Grace in Music,” and it appeared in the 4 October,
The article was occasioned by performances at Calvin College
by the groups Jimmy Eat World, which uses obscenities in its
performances, and the Indigo Girls, two lesbian women. The
article speaks of the debate taking place at Calvin about
“two key beliefs of the Christian Reformed Church about
culture that are often in tension with one another: common
grace and antithesis.”
One advantage I had in waiting to treat this article is that
is has been ably handled in the Standard Bearer. Rev. Koole
dealt with it in an “All Around Us” article in the November
15, 2002 issue, and Prof. Engelsma dealt with it in passing
in the December 1, 2002 issue in his series “He Shines in
All That’s Fair” [now published in the book,
Revisited]. You might wish to go over those articles again
because I would like to look at the events reported in The
Chimes from a different point of view. First, we can see the
effects on a Christian school when false doctrine is held
and, second, the reason for music instruction in our
Calvin College held a panel discussion on “how hosting those
artists fits into Calvin’s mission.” One of the panel
members was Richard Mouw. We have heard about him through
the Standard Bearer. During the discussion, Mouw said,
“common grace modifies the antithesis.” That’s the way it is
with false doctrine. It “modifies” the truth until the truth
isn’t recognized any more. What happens is that common grace
bleaches the black and soils the white so the church can
meet the world on the common gray. It’s a bit like modifying
the noun “dog,” not with the adjectives of “snout” and
“fur,” but with “beak” and “feathers.”
In a school setting, everything can then be introduced to
students under the cover of common grace. Mr. Mouw said
about “cultural” events at Calvin in earlier years, “They
were all for the point of creating discernment.” Calvin
professor Helen Sterk said about the Indigo Girls, “If you
listen to them, a lot of what they bring us is how to love,
and that’s probably a good thing.” Incredible, isn’t it? Why
tell students to turn to the book of Proverbs for spiritual
discernment when movies and rock groups can serve the same
purpose? Why look to God the Father for a lesson about love
because He sent His only begotten Son or why look to the Son
who willingly took upon Himself our sins and bore them all
the way through His suffering and death on the cross for an
example of love, when the Indigo Girls can supply the same
instruction in a contemporary fashion?
I was going to use a common metaphor and say that false
doctrine provides a loophole big enough to drive a truck
through, but recent reports in the Grand Rapids Press’
Saturday religion section (and I wish I had noted the dates
at the time) indicate that the loophole is actually large
enough to accommodate the congregation of First Toronto CRC,
and that is all I care to say about that congregation here.
The effects of false doctrine on a school, not to mention a
denomination, are devastating.
These events remind us of the need for musical instruction.
Man has a musical nature. Very early in history, we see the
development of musical instruments. Jubal already makes his
appearance in Genesis 4. An honorary “aunt” of mine was
known for her tin ear. She could never sing on pitch. She
mentioned that one enjoyable aspect of having all her
children in school was that she could sing as loudly as she
wanted in her empty house. We are musical and need to learn
how to use music for God’s glory.
Music can appeal to us emotionally and, because of this, it
must be used carefully. Satan has learned to use music to
spread ungodly morals and sinful rebellion. Satan’s
balladeers numb their listeners to the effects of sin. Sin
is not so serious and becomes an accepted fact of today’s
society. Heresy can enter a church through music that is not
solidly based on Scripture. Our children need to learn to
discern between the good and the evil. The antithesis cuts
through this area of life also.
How many of God’s people have found comfort singing Psalms
with loved ones in times of sorrow and loss? The Psalms also
express the joy of being delivered from sin. How often don’t
the generations that gather at family reunions express unity
by singing together? We can teach our children about music
and how to use it in submission to God’s purpose.
May God preserve us in His Truth so we do not take Satan’s
songs on our lips, but come before Him singing the songs of