Covenant Protestant Reformed
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 10 March, 2013
"Those that be planted in the
house of the Lord
shall flourish in the courts of
our God" (Ps. 92:13)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
Enriched in All Utterance and
Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 1
Text: I Corinthians 1:4-5
I. The Meaning
II. The Thanksgiving
Psalms: 25:4-10; 28:1-5; 103:1-7;
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
John the Baptist’s Public
Christ’s Commendation of John
Scripture Reading: Matthew 11
Text: Matthew 11:7-15
I. The Character of John
II. The Office of John
Psalms: 66:1-7; 28:6-9; 71:1-8;
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Quote to Consider
John Calvin on Matthew 11:11:
not only maintain the authority of John, but elevate his
doctrine above the ancient prophets, that the people may
keep in view the right end of his ministry; for they mistook
the design of his mission, and, in consequence of this,
derived almost no advantage from his discourses."
Announcements (subject to God’s
We welcome Michelle Lou-Hing,
and Thiago, Sarah, Lidi, David and Nara to our
worship services today. This is the last weekend before the
Brazilians return to their homeland. May the Lord be with
On the back table today are the
March Covenant Reformed News and the new British
Reformed Journal for subscribers.
John McAuley returned home
from Antrim Hospital this past week, but remains quite weak.
John’s brother, Willie (age 81), passed away on Thursday.
The funeral was held yesterday. We extend to John and the
Murrays our sympathy. Please remember them in your prayers.
6 PM -
O.T. Beginners (Bradley & Alex)
6:45 PM - N.T. Juniors
(Nathan, Jacob & Joseph)
7:30 PM - Heidelberg (Timothy)
The Tuesday morning Bible
study will be held this week at 11 AM. We will look at
the idea and role of the signs of Christ’s return.
The Belgic Confession Class
will meet this Wednesday, at 7:45 PM, to continue article 19
on the communion of Christ’s two natures.
Ladies Bible Study meets
this week Friday.
The church visitors
arrive this Friday! Saturday’s
mini-conference starts at 11
AM with the second lecture at 1 PM and lunch in between.
Thanks to all who have signed up to bring food for Saturday
and Sunday. If you would still like to help, the sign-up
sheet is on the back table. Don’t forget to invite your
friends and neighbours to the meetings. Extra flyers are
available for distribution.
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) is
entitled "Joseph the Prime Minister" (Gen. 41:41-57) by Rev.
Philip and Susan Hall have
requested baptism for their son, Lucas Joshua. The
council has gladly granted this request and baptism is
scheduled for the morning of 14 April (when Susan’s sister,
Stephanie, is to be with us).
S. Wales Lecture: Rev.
Stewart will speak on "The Spirit of the Age and the Church"
in Porthcawl at 7:15 PM on Thursday, 18 April.
Offerings: General Fund -
£856.37. Building Fund - £202.52.
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PRC News: Faith PRC called Rev. R. Kleyn.
John the Baptist’s Witness to
Rev. Carl Haak
(excerpt from an article in the Standard Bearer, vol. 71, issue 1)
John the Baptist is one of the
most remarkable personalities in the Bible. His coming was
foretold in the Old Testament prophecies (Isa. 40:3-5; Mal.
3:1; Mal. 4:4-6). His privileged work was to be the
forerunner of the Lord (Luke 1:7). He served thus by
preaching repentance, with baptism as a sign of the
remission of sins (Luke 3:3-9). Jesus called him the
greatest of the prophets (Matt. 11:7-9). He lived as a
Nazarite in the desert and was filled with the Spirit from
his birth (Luke 1:80). Multitudes flocked to the Jordan
River to hear him, resulting in the conversion of many
people, among whom were publicans and soldiers (Mark 1:5;
Luke 3:10-14). His ministry was marked by scathing rebukes
of the religious formalism of his day (Luke 3:7-9). John the
Baptist, then, was the divinely appointed harbinger of the
Lord whose calling it was to make ready a people for the
appearing of Christ and personally to point out the Christ
when He appeared (Luke 1:41). Is not this the purpose of the
preaching of the gospel by the church today?
[John 1] verse 19 informs us
that the popularity of John caused the Jews to send a
delegation to John the Baptist to inquire concerning his
identity. John faithfully and humbly answers their questions
and unmistakably identifies himself as the forerunner of the
Christ. He also makes plain the reason for his baptizing.
John administers the sign of what the Christ will indeed do,
namely, baptize with the Holy Ghost. John also shows humble
faithfulness to his task by emphasizing the pre-eminence of
Christ over the forerunner.
What a moment in the history of the unfolding of God’s
covenant salvation is recorded in [John 1] verses 29-34!
Here at long last the promised Saviour stands before His
people in all the grace of God as the only sacrifice for
sin. It was for this moment that John had been sent, and it
was for this moment that all the people of God had waited
for 4,000 years. All the Old Testament promises pointed
toward this moment of the coming of the Christ to begin and
accomplish the work of God. Really, having completed this
task of pointing out the Christ and witnessing of His deity,
the work of John the Baptist is completed. Never was there a
fuller testimony given to Christ upon earth than that which
was given by John the Baptist. We know nothing of the Christ
unless the Spirit gives us to see Him with John the
Baptist’s eyes and we rejoice in Him as "the Lamb that was
slain" (Rev. 13:8).