Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 29 June, 2014
“But our God is in the heavens: he hath done
whatsoever he hath pleased” (Psalm 115:3)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
Administration of the Lord’s Supper
Jesus, the Bread of Life
Scripture Reading: John 6:26-58
Text: John 6:31-35
I. The Origin
II. The Satisfaction
Psalms: 100:1-5; 74:12-17; 78:18-25; 23:1-6
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Drawn by the Father
Scripture Reading: John 6:43-71
Text: John 6:44-45
I. The Meaning
II. The Parallel
III. The Comfort
Psalms: 24:1-6; 74:18-23; 25:4-10; 110:1-6
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If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
or the elders
CPRC Website: www.cprc.co.uk • Live Webcast:
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Quotes to Consider
Matthew Henry on John 6:35: “That Christ is bread is that to
the soul which bread is to the body, nourishes and supports
the spiritual life ... as bread does the bodily life; it is
the staff of life. The doctrines of the gospel concerning
Christ—that he is the mediator between God and man, that he
is our peace, our righteousness, our Redeemer; by these
things do men live. Our bodies could better live without
food than our souls without Christ.”
John Gill on John 6:35: “Christ is so called [the bread of
life], because he gives life to dead sinners: men in a state
of nature are dead in trespasses and sins; and whatever they
feed upon tends to death; Christ, the true bread, only gives
life, which is conveyed by the word, and made effectual by
the Spirit: and because he supports and maintains the life
he gives; it is not in the power of a believer to support
the spiritual life he has; nor can he live on anything short
of Christ; and there is enough in Christ for him to live
upon: and because he quickens, and makes the saints lively
in the exercise of grace, and discharge of duty, and renews
their spiritual strength, and secures for them eternal
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
After a week of self-examination, confessing members in good
standing are called to partake of the sacrament of the
Lord’s Supper. Your participation in the Lord’s Supper is in
part a witness that you repent of your sins, believe that
Jesus Christ is your righteousness and desire to live a new
and godly life. As this heavenly food can be taken to one’s
judgment (I Cor. 11:28-30) and as the common reception of
this food is a confession of doctrinal unity (Acts 2:42),
the elders supervise the partaking of the sacrament.
Visitors from other denominations must request permission
from the Council.
On the back table are two A4 sheets passed out at our Annual
General Meeting this past Monday. They contain the financial
report and statistics covering box set sales, book sales and
the CPRC website
The Tuesday Bible study meets at 11 AM to look at Christ’s
controversies on justification (4).
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) is entitled “Arise, Go, Cry Against It”
Offerings: General Fund - £564.99.
The Council meets next week Monday, 7 July at 7:30 PM.
Website Additions: 4 Hungarian translations.
PRC News: First PRC will call from a trio of Candidate Engelsma, Rev. Haak (Georgetown, MI), and Rev. Spronk
(Peace, IL). Faith PRC’s new trio is Candidate Engelsma,
Rev. Spronk, and Rev. Van Overloop (Grace, MI). Seminarian
Ryan Barnhill is starting his 6 month internship in Edgerton
PRC this week.
Depart From Evil
Brian D. Dykstra
Proverbs 3:7-8: “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the
Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel,
and marrow to thy bones.”
The purpose of Solomon in the book of Proverbs is to give
wisdom. It would seem strange then that here he instructs
his son to “Be not wise.” Even the ungodly value wisdom.
There are a great number of self-help books and seminars
which can be read and attended in order to make one wise in
a certain area of life. For us as members of the Church, one
of the reasons we value our godly friends is because we can
go to them for wise advice. Of course, we are to seek after
wisdom as God reveals it to us in His Word.
Obviously Solomon is not advising us against seeking wisdom.
What we are warned against is being wise in our own eyes.
One who is wise in his own eyes is proud. He has no need of
further instruction because he believes he knows everything
he needs to know in order to do what he wishes and live in a
way which pleases him. He does not need to seek the advice
of anyone. He will rely upon himself and his own skill. One
who is wise in his own eyes is what public schools advocated
a few years ago when they stressed the concept of
What is the result when men are wise in their own eyes? When
tempted by Satan, Eve looked at the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil, and determined that it was a tree to be
desired because it would make her wise. Judas, though he had
performed miracles in Christ’s name, came to despise the
Lord because he saw Jesus would not establish an earthly
kingdom. Judas was imagining how rich Christ’s inner circle
of friends could become if they would charge people for
healing and the bread Christ could provide. When Peter
witnessed the beginning of Christ’s trial, his wisdom saw
only the Lord’s humiliation so he refused to acknowledge he
even knew the man. Paul’s wisdom led him to persecute the
There are even more examples in our society. Who would have
thought a hundred years ago that there would be state and
national political battles over the definition of marriage?
Man’s wisdom led to the development of the welfare state to
care for poor families. Have the poor really been helped
over the last fifty years? Man’s wisdom made divorces easier
to obtain. It was claimed that this would be better for our
legal system and would even benefit children. Has it helped?
The opposite of being wise in one’s own eyes is to fear the
Lord. The proud imagine themselves someone to be reckoned
with. Their opinions must be valued. Their authority must be
recognized. The truly wise confess God’s lordship over their
lives. A lord had complete control over his subjects. He
made decisions for them. He told them what to do and where
We fear our Lord. He has the authority to govern and direct
our lives. We must humbly submit and confess that His will
is best. Fearing our Lord also means we recognize all that
He has done for us. He has been more than kind to us. Even
when He has led us through ways we would rather not have
been led, we knew God would never take His salvation away
from us or any of His elect. We fear to do anything to
offend the God who has done so much for us.
The fear of the Lord must result in departing from evil.
Some departures cause sorrow and are, therefore, made
hesitantly. Such is the case when we say good-bye to loved
ones whom we know we will not see for some time. There are
other departures which we make as quickly as we can. When my
summer surveying requires me to do some work in active
sanitary sewers, I do my work as quickly as possible and
depart as fast as I can.
The fear of God will reveal to us the true nature of sin. We
begin to see how horrible sin is and how foully it must
smell to the holy God. The contrast between the sweet smell
of fellowship with God and the stench of sin makes us depart
from sin and walk in God’s ways.
Departing from evil gives spiritual and physical healing,
health to the navel. Sin always has its dreadful spiritual
effects, but the Bible also speaks of the physical
consequences of sin. The adulterer sees his body consumed.
The drunkard is slow and unreliable in his work, and is
red-eyed. David spoke of how his unconfessed sin caused his
bones to be old and dry.
Turning from the ways of sin can, at times, bring physical
healing. Verse eight speaks of “marrow to thy bones.” Marrow
refers to the moisture in our bones. This is in contrast to
the dryness of dead bones, the dryness of unconfessed sin or
spiritual death. Departing from evil through true confession
gives spiritual life and health.
May our students learn true wisdom and fear God. Then they
will turn from evil and experience the spiritual life of
fellowship with their Lord.