Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 9 March, 2014
“But our God is in the heavens: he hath done
whatsoever he hath pleased” (Psalm 115:3)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
The Prophet Jonah (16)
Jonah’s Anger for the Gourd
Scripture Reading: Jonah 4
Text: Jonah 4:9
I. The Meaning
II. The Application
Psalms: 145:1-8; 68:7-12; 37:3-8; 22:26-31
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Prophet Jonah (17)
The Lesson of Jonah’s Gourd
Scripture Reading: Jonah 4
Text: Jonah 4:10-11
I. A Lesson Involving Important Comparisons
II. A Lesson Concerning God’s Covenant
Psalms: 146:1-8; 68:13-18; 67:1-7; 72:7-12
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contact Stephen Murray
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or the elders
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Announcements (subject to God’s will)
CDs, DVDs and handouts of the speech on “John Knox and
Predestination” are available on the back table.
Monday Catechism: Bradley, Samuel (Beginners NT) - 5:30 PM
Alex, Nathan (Juniors OT) - 6:15 PM
Jacob, Joseph (Seniors OT) - 7:00 PM
Timothy (Essentials of Reformed Doctrine) - 7:45 PM
The Tuesday Bible study meets at 11 AM to study our Lord’s
temple controversies with the Jews, this time considering
Christ’s paying the temple tax.
Belgic Confession Class on Wednesday at 7:45 PM will
focus on “The Righteousness of God,” a key phrase in the
truth of justification (article 23).
The Council will meet this Thursday at 7:30 PM.
The Men’s Bible Study will meet this Saturday, 15 March, at
8 PM at the Kennedys to look at the first section of the
Malachi study guide. As additional preparation listen to
Rev. Eriks’ series on Malachi on Sermon Audio or Rev.
Stewart’s series on Malachi on the CPRC website (at the end
Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) is entitled “Affliction Is for My Profit”
Offerings: General Fund - £798.76, Building Fund - £274.00.
PRC News: Doon PRC will call from a trio consisting of Revs.
Huizinga, Key and Koole.
Brian D. Dykstra
Proverbs 2:12-15: “To deliver thee from the way of the evil
man, from the man that speaketh froward things; Who leave
the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of
the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in
their paths ...”
In verses 12-19 Solomon continues to instruct us from what
sinful ways true wisdom will preserve us. In verses 12-15,
we told from what type of man wisdom will preserve us.
God’s wisdom will prevent us from joining the wicked in his
customary way of life. Evil living has become this man’s
habit. This way has been walked so often by him and by
others similar in heart that it can be easily distinguished
from the surrounding terrain. The man who walks it can be
recognized by his speech. His speech is described as being
froward, proud and disobedient. He does not care to follow
God’s good law and defies Him to do anything about it.
Either he feels there will be no consequences for his sin,
or he does not care what those consequences might be.
In verse 13, the subject becomes plural. This wicked man now
has companions. They have left the paths of uprightness.
They appear to have known the way that was right and just
before God, but they forsook that way. Perhaps they were
brought up in homes which had God-fearing parents, but the
way of sin was far more appealing to them. The works of
darkness became more appealing to the flesh. There no longer
was any benefit for avoiding the path of the wicked.
This temptation has not diminished. We are, to varying
degrees, social creatures. It can become difficult to walk
the godly way when that way appears to be so solitary and
ridiculed. The wicked seem to have plenty of companionship
and good times. They are not sitting around with long faces
as they contemplate their ultimate fate. They look happy.
They have good times with their friends. They laugh and live
care free. That their way is one of darkness can be hard for
us to see at times. Lot sought some fellowship with Sodom
and Gomorrah. Jacob’s daughter Dinah kept company with the
people of Canaan. There is a real temptation for our young
people to do what it takes to be socially acceptable.
The wicked also rejoice to do evil. That can appear shocking
to us. How often don’t we feel sorrow and shame because our
thoughts and desires are sinful! We see the darkness of our
nature and are driven to our knees to ask forgiveness. Yet
the wicked not only think such things, they actually do
them. Then, when they do these things, they show no effect
of guilt or shame. They are happy! They live care free, and
their only concern in life is how to satisfy their next
Young people might wonder about what point there is to the
godly life. Why do we have to deal with all that guilt? Why
go through life with a long face when the world can provide
such happiness? Only godly wisdom can reveal to us the end
of rejoicing to do evil.
These evil men also delight in the frowardness of the
wicked. The word translated here as froward is sometimes
translated “perverse.” That certainly speaks of our time.
Hollywood and our popular culture like to push the envelope
of what is portrayed in entertainment or what is thought of
as being funny. Entertainers who make the most money are
often those who dare to say and do what others have not
dared to do as yet. While there are some in our nation who
bemoan the condition of our culture, their voices are easily
drowned out by the many others insisting on their First
Amendment rights. We can see how much our society delights
in what is perverse by how profitable such enterprises are.
The ways of the wicked are crooked and they are proud of it.
They will say that what is good is evil and that which is
evil is good. They have convinced themselves that God will
do neither good nor evil to them. They are as carnal Israel
as they grew ripe for the judgment of God. The wicked
believe their way is pleasant because its very crookedness
prevents them from seeing the certain destruction which lies
at it end.
We must warn students about the way of the evil man. It is
appealing to our flesh. May God be pleased to use the
instruction of this school and the homes represented here to
cause His wisdom to enter the hearts of His people. Only He
can preserve us in the straight way which leads to
fellowship with Him in Jesus Christ.