Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 5 March, 2017
“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 Suffering Saviour
Scripture Reading: Psalm 22
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 15
I. The Nature of His Sufferings
II. His Supports in His Sufferings
III. The Results of His Sufferings
Psalms: 150:1-6; 31:1-6; 69:16-22; 22:13-20
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Ministry of the Prophets
Scripture Reading: I Peter 1
Text: I Peter 1:10-12
I. Their Message
II. Their Searches
III. Their Example
Psalms: 103:1-7; 31:7-12; 129:1-8; 119:17-24
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:
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Quotes to Consider
Herman Hanko on I Peter 1:10: “... the full revelation of
the grace of salvation in Christ was not made known in the
old dispensation. The people of God did not know very much
about that salvation, especially in comparison with what we
of the new dispensation know. Their relative paucity of
knowledge was not because their inheritance was not a real
salvation, for the saints in the Old Testament were saved
just as we are, and all the blessings we receive were given
to them. But the circumstances were different. Objectively,
these saints did have the reality of their salvation, but
could only know it through the types and shadows that
constituted a picture book, which limited their knowledge.
Pictures of a woman whom a man loves are very nice to have,
but are nothing like actually being with her. He can even
learn a lot from the pictures, but all the knowledge one can
acquire through pictures cannot be compared with what he
knows when he meets her. So also the old dispensation gave
the people pictures. We have the reality” (A Pilgrim’s
Manual, p. 45).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
The box sets of the 3-volume series of “The Life of Jacob”
are on the back table. They are available for picking up at
£10 each per volume (CD or DVD).
Monday evening’s Catechism Classes:
5:45 PM - Taylor, Josh, Corey & Katelyn (Beginners NT)
6:30 PM - Bradley & Samuel (Juniors OT)
7:15 PM - Jacob, Alex & Nathan (Heidelberg Catechism, book 2)
The Council meets tomorrow evening at 8 PM.
The Tuesday Bible Study meets at 11 AM to consider holy war
and the New Testament.
The Belgic Confession Class meets on Wednesday at 7:45 PM to
continue our study of article 31 on church office-bearers.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846 MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. R. Kleyn is “Sunday: A Day of
Rest” (Ex. 20:8-11).
The next S. Wales Lecture by Rev. McGeown is planned for
Thursday, 6 April, at 7:15 PM in the Round Chapel, Margam.
The CPRC will be hosting a mini-conference to celebrate the
500th anniversary of the Reformation on Saturday, 21
October. Prof. Engelsma will be our guest speaker. He has
also agreed to preach for us on Sundays 22 & 29 October and
Offerings: General Fund: £884.20. Donation: £100 (C. R.
PRC News: Rev. W. Langerak (Southeast, MI) received the call
to be home missionary. Southwest PRC will call from a trio
of Revs. Key, W. Langerak and Mahtani.
Brian D. Dykstra
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress, and my deliverer; my
God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the
horn of my salvation, and my high tower” (Psalm 18:2).
While on a trip to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky,
my father took my cousin and me to a rock shop. No trip to
Kentucky is complete without a visit to such a shop. The
proprietor calmly sat on his porch while we diligently
searched the tables for something memorable. After some
time, my father stopped, picked up a softball-sized rock,
held it to his ear and shook it. He had a look of wonder on
his face as he reported, “Wow! This one’s got water in it!”
I dashed over, eagerly took the wondrous rock, held it to my
ear, shook it and realized I’d been duped. The Hillbilly
nearly fell off his porch from laughter and surely had
another story for family gatherings.
In light of such an experience, it surprises me that I was
glad when I saw our new science series included a unit on
rocks for the fifth grade. Rocks really are interesting and
the Bible has many references to rocks which can be brought
into the lesson.
Rocks are mentioned several times in Psalm 18. The rocks of
which David is writing in Psalm 18 are not rocks which can
be picked up and held in the hand. David refers to rocks
which are hills. These rocks rise quickly above the
surrounding terrain. These rocks could be a place to hide
from the enemy. They could also be used as a natural
During his days as a warrior, David had used rocks for both
purposes. When David describes his enemies as “the floods of
ungodly men” (verse 4), we have an idea of David’s view as
he stood on his rock. The surrounding countryside was filled
with men, all of whom were thirsty for David’s blood. The
enemies hated David and would enjoy nothing more than to
destroy him. The fact that David wrote songs for the praise
of God’s name and was the man after God’s own heart made
David’s enemies hate him even more. David began this Psalm
by affirming, “I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.”
Openly stating love for the one true God will only result in
the world’s contempt. We have come to expect nothing else.
Although only God is unchangeable, rocks are used as a
picture of something that is unchanging. Those who have seen
Long’s Peak from Loveland, Colorado know what it looks like.
We could drive to Rocky Mountain National Park and be
confident we could still recognize Long’s Peak because it
would have the same shape. We will also always be able to
recognize our covenant God because of the faithfulness and
mercy He shows to those whom He has elected in Christ.
Although David’s enemies changed over the years, God
remained his sure, unchanging and immovable rock. Because of
God’s faithfulness, David knew he could rely on God to
protect his soul.
We and our covenant children must stand upon the same Rock
as David. The view we have from this rock is the same as
David’s. When we view American popular culture, we witness a
flood of ungodly men. Fathers, what is the world’s opinion
of you as you seek to fulfil your God-given place of
headship in the home and are faithful to your wife? Mothers,
what does the world think of your submission to your husband
and your diligent work to raise a spiritual seed who will
praise the God of salvation? What does the world think of
godly young people who are thankful for covenant homes and
who walk obediently before God? What does the seed of Esau
think of the seed of Jacob when the seed of the promise does
not join in all the ungodly pleasures and entertainments
which today’s culture has to offer?
Although our rock is high, we can still hear their derisive
cries. We can see their hatred for God, His Word and all
that is righteous. Yet we can share David’s confidence
expressed in verse 3: “I will call upon the Lord, who is
worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine
enemies.” May God be pleased to use us as parents to teach
our children that victory already belongs to God, our Rock
who will protect us.