Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church

83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 1 March, 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 Righteous Judgment of God  [download]  [youtube]
Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 1
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 5

I. God’s Necessary Judgment
II. God’s Sovereign Judgment
III. God’s Commutative Judgment
Psalms: 122:1-9; 96:8-13; 10:13-18; 89:1-6

Evening Service - 6:00 PM

Absalom and His Rebellion (18)
Absalom Hanging From a Tree  [download]  [youtube]

Scripture Reading: II Samuel 18:1-18
Text: II Samuel 18:1-18

I. David’s Military Organization
II. Joab’s Decisive Action
III. Absalom’s Terrible End
Psalms: 86:12-17; 97:1-7; 43:1-5; 9:13-18

For CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services, contact Stephen Murray
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 5: “If salvation is to come to us, it must come from above, and it must come in the way of a wonder of grace. The way of escape, if there be any, belongs to those things which eye hath not seen, and ear hath not heard, and that have never arisen in the heart of man. It must be opened by Him Who quickeneth the dead, and Who calleth the things that are not as if they were. Salvation does not lie within the scope of humanly conceivable possibilities. And this we must learn to acknowledge, not only as a matter of doctrine, but in true, heartfelt humiliation. We must indeed become nothing; Christ, the revelation of the wonder of God’s grace, must become all. We must come to the hearty confession that with us the way of escape is impossible, and that all our works and efforts, all our wisdom and philosophy, even all our piety and religiousness, mean absolutely nothing and are of no value whatever as far as obtaining again the favor of God is concerned. All boasting must be excluded. No flesh must glory in the presence of God. We must cast ourselves unconditionally upon Him Who alone doeth wondrous things” (The Triple Knowledge, vol. 1, p. 239).

Announcements (subject to God’s will)

Monday Catechism:
Taylor, Josh, Corey, Bradley & Samuel (Beginners OT, book 1) - 5:30 PM
Alex, Nathan, Jacob & Joseph (Seniors NT) - 6:15 PM
Timothy & Chris (Essentials of Reformed Doctrine) - 7:00 PM

The Council meets tomorrow evening at 7:45 PM.

The Tuesday Bible study meets at 11 AM to consider “Peter’s Role in the Kingdom of God.”

The Belgic Confession Class is cancelled for this week but will resume next week.

Ladies’ Bible Study meets this Friday at the church at 10:30 AM to continue the study of Philippians. All women are welcome.

The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. R. Kleyn is entitled “The Man of Sorrows” (Isaiah 53:1-3).

Rev. McGeown will preach for the CPRC next Lord’s Day, while Rev. Stewart is in the Limerick Reformed Fellowship.

S. Wales Lecture: On Thursday, 19 March, Rev. Stewart will give a lecture on “The New Life Within Us” at the Round Chapel in Port Talbot.

Lurgan Lecture: Rev. Stewart will speak at the Lurgan Town Hall on “The Threat of Rome to Protestant Churches Today” on Friday, 10 April, at 7:30 PM.

Offerings: General Fund - £933.40. Donation: £200 (DVDs).

Website Additions: 1 Spanish, 2 Italian and 3 Indonesian.

PRC News: Peace PRC will call from a trio of Revs. Griess (Calvary, IA), W. Langerak (Southeast, MI) and Marcus (Edmonton, AB).

Encouraging Quotes

“Thank you so much for the tapes, etc., you sent me with the I Peter commentary [i.e., A Pilgrim’s Manual]. I have been much edified by the [Belgic Confession] Article 19 Bible studies and am listening to John the Baptist (vol. 1) through again. It is even better the second time.” - England

“Glory to God. He is revealing His truth to His elect and your ministry is a God-send. I have been following you through Facebook ... I would like to receive the Covenant Reformed News.” - USA

“The books I ordered from you arrived safe and sound today. I look forward to reading these, as well as the Standard Bearers, which I am finding of great interest. I feel they are helping my faith immensely, having had nagging doubts as to which is the right path to follow ... The more I read from a Reformed angle, the more I am convinced it is the right way, giving God alone the glory.” - England

“Thank you for your latest Covenant Reformed News and the excellent piece on John the Baptist. You made some pertinent points which I hadn’t considered before. Very helpful.” - S. Wales

“Many thanks for the four copies of the book The Mystery of Bethlehem. What a blessing it has been to enjoy these lovely insights. Thanks too for the other items, the book and three cassettes! How providential! I will be at a men’s study day on Saturday and the subject is ‘The Life of Jacob.’ The tape you sent on ‘Jacob’s Wrestling With God’ will be very useful.” - Co. Down

“I have just received today the parcel of the 12-CD set on ‘Definitive Sanctification’ and the Standard Bearer. Deep from my heart, I want to thank you very much. I will be very blessed by them.” - Mauritius

“What a great little magazine the Standard Bearer is. I wish I had known about it before. It’s really good to be able to read articles about which you agree on everything ... Being able to correspond with you is the nearest I can every realistically hope to get to a Reformed church, with a properly accredited, trained and Christ-appointed pastor. It’s a desert where I live!” - England

“Thank you so kindly for the books. They will go a long way in helping not only me, but others with whom I journey.” - Scotland

“I found your website and it is a blessing. Your explanation of redeemed man made in the image of God is biblical, as I compare Scripture with Scripture, since God’s Word is the only authoritative standard. I look forward to continued blessing as I study the pages of your website, always striving to be like the Bereans mentioned in Acts 17:11.” - California, USA

“I read Herman Hoeksema’s Reformed Dogmatics and especially found his section on the covenant refreshing, very enlightening and helpful.” - England

“I am enjoying the sermon series on John 17.” - Scotland

“I watched the Gottschalk video on YouTube ... I’ll have to admit that I didn’t know the name Gottschalk, but now I do. I learned a lot from it.”- Washington, USA

“Many thanks for sending me the CR News. I have learned so much from your biblical teachings. I have kept all the copies in my file for future reference. I have used them to teach Christians in our church. Please keep sending them. May God bless you and use you mightily for His kingdom.” - England

“I found much that moved me on your website ... The statement on your homepage, ‘Reformed According to the Word of God’ tells me that your church is directed and regulated by the Holy Word of God. I liked the various quotes on the church, baptism, preaching, marriage and uncommon grace.” - Kenya

“I am so grateful for these wonderful teaching pamphlets. They are helping to sort out the confusion of many years of Arminianism, which I always struggled with. The Lord, in His mercy, is showing me His way ... I want to show some of these pamphlets to my Arminian friends. Thanks you once again. May God richly bless your ministry.” - England

“Please find an enclosed cheque for recently ordered books. Your website and books continue to bless us greatly and give us much needed teaching. May God bless you and your ministry.” - Scotland

“I’ve enjoyed listening to the Absalom [sermon] series. Fascinating history and so applicable today.” - Michigan, USA

“The book of Ronald Hanko, Doctrine According to Godliness, is superb, simple and foundational. Thank you.” - Indonesia