Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 21 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
Our Lord’s Burial
Scripture Reading: Mark 15:25-47
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 16
I. The History
II. The Apologetic
III. The Comfort
Psalms: 65:1-5; 106:43-48; 22:9-15; 16:6-11
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
A Heart Established With Grace [download]
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 13
Text: Hebrews 13:9-10
I. The Goal
II. The Warning
III. The Altar
Psalms: 84:1-6; 107:1-9; 118:20-29; 26:1-8
For CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services,
If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
or the elders
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Quote to Consider
Herman Hoeksema on Lord’s Day 16: “The death of believers is
no satisfaction for their sins. Satisfaction it could never
be, of course. Only the death of the Son of God could blot
out the guilt of sin. If the just wrath of God must fall
upon us, we can only perish everlastingly. For ever we must
suffer death. But the Catechism means that the death of
believers is no longer to be considered a manifestation of
the wrath of God, an execution of justice, a punishment for
sin. It is changed into something else for them that are in
Christ. And this must be understood in its full sense. It
must be applied, not only to the final moment of dying, to
our descent into the grave, but equally to all that is
implied in death, to all the suffering of this present time.
For we lie in the midst of death in this world. Dying we
die. All the suffering and agony, all the sorrow and grief
of this present time are very really the operation of death.
When, therefore, we confess by faith that our death is not
meant as a satisfaction for sin, it also implies that all
our present sufferings of soul and body are no longer to be
considered as punishment for sin and expressions of the
righteous judgment of God. For believers, the sufferings of
this present time have lost their real sting” (The Triple
Knowledge, vol. 1, p. 676).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
On the back table are copies of the new RFPA book,
Beginning God, available now in the bookstore for £5.
This evening we will have be a preparatory service with the
view to partaking of the Lord’s Supper next Sunday morning.
The Tuesday Bible study will meet at 11 AM to study Hosea on
This Friday, 26 June, is Rev. Stewart’s lecture on “What Is
a Protestant?” in Portadown Town Hall at 7:30 PM. Come if
you can, invite others and/or remember this witness in your
Men’s Bible Study meets for the last study of the season
this Saturday, 27 June, at 8 PM at the Kennedys to review
Pursuit of Holiness.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Haak is entitled “A Dress Code for
Marriage” (Colossians 3:12-13).
Upcoming Lecture: Thursday, 2 July, “The Holy Spirit” by
Rev. McGeown in S. Wales.
Offerings: General Fund - £579.81.
Website Addition: 2 Indonesian translations (now all of the
BRF book, The Five Points of Calvinism, is in Indonesian).
PRC News: Peace PRC called Rev. Huizinga (Redlands,
Ye Are My
David J. Engelsma & Herman Hanko
British Reformed Fellowship, 2014
How can churches grow in these days? This question was
raised by members of the British Reformed Fellowship, and
answered from Scripture by the speakers at the 2012 British
Reformed Fellowship Ulster Conference. the addresses given
have now been collected and edited into this important
little book, and made available to a wider audience.
Professors Engelsma and Hanko show that in all ages the
church has grown by three means: a) from within as covenant
children are born and raised by believing parents within the
church, b) by the witnessing of believers, and c) by
evangelism. this is the balanced pattern of the Bible, and
thus church members play a vital role as witnesses: a point
enforced from Scripture in the nine chapters of this book.
These chapters cover "The Divine Mandate to Witness,"
"The Content of our Witness," "The Official Witness of the
Church," "The Personal Witness of a Godly Life," "The Manner
of Christian Witnessing," "By the Spirit of the Lord," "The
Martyr-Church's Witness to her Ascended Lord," and "Mission
Work; Message and Methods."
We are shown that witnessing is a divine mandate for all
believers, but when and where is not our choice: God brings
about the opportunities. What we witness is also not our
choice for Scripture has many warnings about false
witnessing. God's Word provides the message. Believers must
never be tempted to "leave evangelism to the professionals."
All are required to study the Word, and be ready to explain
and defend their faith at any time. The core message is
always to be the proclamation "Jesus is Lord" and there must
be an emphasis on the Law (10 Commandments) as God's rule
for life on earth. The visible church must have a stated,
confessional, doctrinal stance, should ensure that this is
as Scriptural and God-honouring as possible, and must
faithfully hold to it. This is the on-going witness of the
organised church. Words can soon be forgotten: a
consistently Christian life, distinct from that of the
world, is a powerful witness. Witnessing must be in love,
meek when called for, but bold and uncompromising when the
truth must be defended. Witnessing will inevitably also
raise opposition. Faithful witnesses are never alone: they
are supported by the Holy Spirit. "Witness" and "martyr" are
interchangeable terms. It is very possible that in the near
future there will be an ever heavier price to pay for
witnessing for Christ in word and life. These issues are
also in the sovereign hands of God, but we must be prepared
to stand faithfully until Christ returns.
The final chapter, "Mission Work: Method and Message" by
Martyn McGeown, is a challenging and encouraging narrative
of missionary church planting in Limerick, Ireland.
... [It] presents material from a Scriptural basis
that all concerned Christians would do well to ponder and
pray over. A wide circulation of this book would do much
British Church Newspaper, 12 June 2015