Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 14 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
The Wonder of Christ’s Sufferings
Scripture Reading: Mark 15:1-28
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 15
I. The Requisite Sufferer
II. The Appropriate Sufferings
III. The Substitutionary Sufferings
Psalms: 92:1-2, 12-15; 106:26-33; 69:1-4, 20-21; 22:13-20
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Christian’s New Standard of Judgment
Scripture Reading: II Corinthians 5
Text: II Corinthians 5:16
I. Not Knowing Christ After the Flesh
II. Not Knowing Men After the Flesh
Psalms: 118:1-9; 106:34-42; 75:4-10; 16:1-7
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
Herman Hoeksema on Lord’s Day 15: “... only the Son of God
could truly bear the wrath of God in His suffering, and
taste the awful reality of that wrath in all his passion;
only the Son of God in the flesh could sustain that wrath of
God to the end, without being crushed under it, and becoming
utterly lost in everlasting desolation; only the Son of God
in the flesh could make of that suffering an act, and that,
too, an act of perfect obedience, so that His passion and
death became the perfect Yes over against the No of sin, the
only atoning sacrifice. And so, only by the suffering of the
Son of God in the flesh could our redemption from
everlasting damnation be accomplished, and could there be
obtained for us the grace of God, righteousness, and eternal
life” (The Triple Knowledge, vol. 1, pp. 632-633).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
The PRC Synod declared that it had no objections to our
sister church relationship with the CERC in Singapore and
expressed its joy over the bond. This means that the sister
church relationship between our churches is now official.
Let us continue to pray for our new sister church in
Singapore and for her mission work in Kolkata, India. Let us
also continue to look for ways to give expression to this
relationship, that it may be spiritually profitable for both
of our churches.
On the back table are new RFPA book catalogues (the titles
can be purchased from the CPRC Bookstore). For RFPA book
club members, Prof. Hanko’s new commentary on James, Faith
Made Perfect, is available.
The Tuesday Bible study will meet at 11 AM to study Hosea on
Everyone is invited to a barbecue at the manse this Friday,
19 June, at 6:30 PM or as soon as you can make it
thereafter. Please let Rev. or Mary Stewart know if you are
able to come.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Haak is entitled “God’s Rule of
Conduct for Marriage” (Col. 3:12-13).
Friday, 26 June, “What Is a Protestant?” in Portadown Town
Hall at 7:30 PM.
Thursday, 2 July, “The Holy Spirit” by Rev. McGeown in S.
Offerings: General Fund - £490.42. Building Fund - £190.40.
Website Addition: 2 Javanese, 1 Indonesian and 2 Hungarian
PRC News: Rev. R. Kleyn declined the call to be missionary
in the Philippines. Peace PRC’s new trio is Revs. Eriks
(Hudsonville, MI), Huizinga (Redlands, CA) and Key
Protestant Reformed Synod 2015 Summary
Synod 2015 elected as officers the following men: President:
Rev. S. Key; Vice President: Rev. C. Haak; 1st Clerk: Rev.
D. Kuiper; 2nd Clerk: Rev. A. Brummel.
In addition to the 20 delegates and 3 professors, Synod
seated delegates from our sister churches: Deacon Tang Yoon
Chuan from the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in
Singapore and Deacon Philip Hall from the Covenant
Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland.
A highlight of the synod was the specimen sermon and
examination of Mr. Ryan Barnhill. As the examination
proceeded, Seminarian Barnhill demonstrated humility and
godliness, along with a thorough knowledge of the Reformed
faith and the ability to define and prove those truths from
the Bible. We rejoice in God’s gift of another candidate for
the ministry to the churches.
Synod approved the work of the Domestic Mission Committee
(DMC) in Pittsburgh thanking Rev. Bruinsma and Southwest PRC
for their work. Rev. Bruinsma was present to speak of the
challenges of 17 years of labours with not much more to show
in terms of numbers. He expressed encouragement in seeing a
united core group that loves the truth and interacts well
with the many visitors they continue to see at worship
services and lectures. The DMC and Southwest, along with the
Fellowship and missionary, believe that God continues to
give an open door to the spread of the gospel in the
Pittsburgh area. The DMC announced that they are preparing a
proposal for a second home missionary which they hope to
present to Synod 2016. The proposed budget was approved for
Synod approved the work of the Foreign Mission Committee
(FMC) in the Philippines. Rev. Smit, previous missionary to
the Philippines, was granted permission to speak and spoke
of the great need for assisting the Protestant Reformed
Churches in the Philippines with theological training for
their students. Synod thanked Rev. Daniel Kleyn and his wife
for their faithful labours, along with Doon PRC for their
work as calling church. Pray that God will provide labourers
for the harvest!
Synod approved the work of the FMC regarding Myanmar and
India where they are working with Hope PRC and Georgetown
PRC with a view to developing new fields of labour in those
Synod approved an overture from the FMC that expands the
policy of synod regarding payment for the travel of wives
accompanying their husbands on official delegations.
Previously men needed to be gone for 4 Sundays and their
wives present for at least 14 days in order for their travel
to be covered. The new policy places the responsibility on
the standing committees to approve coverage on a case by
case basis in situations they believe the presence of the
wife will be of benefit to the delegation.
Synod treated the work of the Contact Committee (CC) with
both the CERC of Singapore and the CPRC of Northern Ireland.
Deacon Tang and Deacon Hall addressed synod on behalf of
their respective congregations. Another highlight of synod
was the receipt of a joint letter from the two churches
expressing their desire to establish a sister church
relationship with each another. Synod not only expressed no
objections but great joy and thankfulness to God for this
manifestation of the unity and catholicity of the church.
Synod approved the work of the CC with the EPC of Australia
and approved a 2017 conference to be held in Australia.
Synod also expressed approval of the CC’s work with the BERG
in Germany and declared that their explanation regarding the
differences between the PRCA and the BERG satisfied the
requirement of Synod 2014. Representatives from the BERG
plan to be in Grand Rapids later this year. Synod approved
the CC once again sending visitors to NAPARC and granted
them an extended deadline regarding the mandate of Synod
2014 “to study and recommend what guidelines synod would
follow to determine whether and how to participate in an
ecumenical council of churches.” Synod approved the request
of the CC to send a delegation to Namibia and South Africa
in 2016 in response to an invitation from two consistories.
Synod noted that the sale of the parsonage in NI has been
finalized. Synod expressed deep gratitude to God and
presented plaques of tributes of thanksgiving for Mr. David
Ondersma (13 years as treasurer) and Mr. Don Doezema (20
years as stated clerk), both of whom are retiring from their
respective positions after synod.
Synod approved a recommendation of the Theological School
Committee (TSC) to begin the transition plan for the
replacement of the current faculty in 2017 with subsequent
appointments in 2019 and 2021. Approval was given for the
relocating of the seminary driveway, resurfacing the parking
lot and bringing in city water. Synod approved the
recommendation of the TSC regarding live streaming of
student examinations when feasible, reserving for itself the
right not to do this any given year. No permanent record
will be retained of those exams. Three students were
admitted to the seminary for next year: Mr. Matthew Kortus,
Mr. Jacob Maatman and Mr. Darren Vink. Synod expressed
gratitude to the professors and support staff of seminary
for their work.
Rev. Van Overloop was elected to replace Mr. Doezema as
Stated Clerk and Mr. Doezema agreed to fill the remaining
one year term of Rev. Van Overloop’s assistant Stated Clerk
position. The position of treasurer will be filled by the
assistant treasurer this year while the board seeks suitable
candidates for the position.
Synod 2016 will be held in Hull, IA.
Synod adjourned Friday. The chairman, Rev. Key, offered a
prayer of thanksgiving for the unity that prevailed during
the deliberations of synod and asked God to use the
decisions for the good of the church of Jesus Christ.