Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 23 March, 2014
“But our God is in the heavens: he hath done
whatsoever he hath pleased” (Psalm 115:3)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
Scripture Reading: II Corinthians 3:1-4:7
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 35
I. The Man-Made Images
II. The God-Given Image
III. The Spirit-Wrought Images
Psalms: 25:8-14; 68:31-35; 97:1-7; 135:14-20
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Our Holy, Harmless High Priest
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 7
Text: Hebrews 7:26-28
I. His Impeccable Character
II. His Finished Work
III. His Heavenly Intercession
Psalms: 73:23-28; 69:1-6a; 132:10-17; 110:1-7
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
CPRC Website: www.cprc.co.uk • Live Webcast:
CPRC YouTube: www.youtube.com/cprcni
CPRC Facebook: www.facebook.com/CovenantPRC
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
This evening will be a preparatory service, with the view to
partaking of the Lord’s Supper next Sunday morning.
A letter from Rev. D. Kleyn in the Philippines, Rev.
Stewart’s bi-monthly letter to the PRC and the March
Covenant Reformed News are on the back table, as are
evangelistic tracts and CPRC flyers for your personal
distribution or for putting through doors.
Monday Catechism is the end of season test:
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 consider Christ’s
controversies on the law.
The Belgic Confession Class will be held on Wednesday at
7:45 PM studying “The Imputation of Christ’s Obedience” in
connection with justification in article 23.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) is entitled “Job Maintains That He Is
Innocent” (Job 27:6).
The Council has granted Rev. Stewart permission to speak at
an EPC family camp in Tasmania (17-21 April), preach at
Brisbane EPC (27 April) and lecture and preach in Singapore
(29 April - 6 May).
Rev. den Hartog will fill the CPRC pulpit while Rev. Stewart
is away. Rev. den Hartog’s schedule is:
Sunday, 20 April, preaching in the CPRC
Wed., 23 April, CPRC lecture on “The Importance of the
Sunday, 27 April, preaching in the LRF (Rev. McGeown in the
Fri., 2 May, CPRC lecture on “The Role of the Father in the
Sunday, 4 May, preaching in CPRC
S. Wales Meetings: Rev. McGeown will speak in Port Talbot on
“The Christian as Prophet, Priest and King” (Tuesday, 15
April) and on “The Perfections of Holy Scripture”
(Wednesday, 7 May).
Offerings: General - £473.71.
Website Addition: 1 Luo translation was added.
PRC News: Doon PRC called Rev. Huizinga (Redlands, CA).
The Way of Good Men
Brian D. Dykstra
Proverbs 2:20-22: “That thou mayest walk in the way of good
men, and keep the paths of the righteous. For the upright
shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the
transgressors shall be rooted out of it.”
In the beginning of the book of Proverbs, Solomon tells us
the purpose of his work. The people of God are to know
wisdom and the young are to gain discretion. Here, at the
end of chapter 2, Solomon repeats his desire for God’s
children. We were told in verses 10-15 that when wisdom
enters our hearts we are delivered from the path of wicked
men. Verses 16-19 tell us that wisdom delivers us from
strange women. These evil men and women seek to lure us to
walk the same path as they do. It is the path which is
broad, easy and comfortable, but the end of that path is
Now in verse 20 we are instructed that wisdom will lead us
to walk in the way of good men. There were faster means of
transportation in Solomon’s day. However, we are not told
that we will run on this way. The goal is not that we will
ride some animal or cart pulled by an animal on this way.
Speed is not the emphasis. Our society is fast paced. Also,
because there are so many churches and schools in our area,
we can become very busy in events that are beneficial. Yet,
there is a need to walk. Psalm 19 tells us of the speech of
the night time sky, but how often do we slow down long
enough to look at the stars?
Also, walking is something we can do for an extended period
of time. Being on the way of good men is not a quick burst
of energy which then results in our having to take a break
for a time. This past summer my surveying crew chief and I
were working on a small farm. The woman of the house came
out to ask me how the work was going. She mentioned, “You
sure do a lot of walking. Do you do this all day?” I
replied, “Yes, I told my boss I could walk all day, but I
will never run anywhere.” Walking is for the long term.
We are to walk on a way, a trodden path. We are not cutting
a new path. We are not going where no one else has gone
before. We are not chopping down trees and cutting brush to
establish a new path. This way has been trodden by so many
that the grass is gone. We are not struggling through bushes
or hedges. This way is easily distinguished from the
surrounding terrain. There are many who have walked this
path before us.
The way is that of the good and the righteous. The good are
those who conform to the standard of God’s law. This is not
a denial of total depravity to say that there are good men.
Aren’t we comfortable saying Enoch, Abraham, Joseph, Ruth,
David and many others were good? What about the saints of
our own personal experience? We simply must remember the
source of the good. Are we good of ourselves? Try to find a
saint who truly understands redemption through Christ’s
blood who would say he is the source of his own goodness.
How many do you think you’d find?
The righteous are the just. This is a moral and legal term.
The righteous are free from guilt. A judge has declared them
innocent of any wrong doing. Again, do you know of any
fellow saints, or do you read of saints in history or
Scripture who claim their righteousness is their own? Do you
picture any saint who understands the holiness of God daring
to say he is righteous enough in himself to enter heaven?
No, the path has been walked humbly by those who by faith
confess Christ to be their righteousness.
The chapter ends with the final destination of the upright
and the wicked. The upright will dwell together. This will
give us fellowship in a place which will last. We will not
be on the shifting tides of water. The land is firm and
stable. It is a place where God’s people will remain. We do
not need to worry about being given an eviction notice. It
is an everlasting place where God’s people will have
fellowship with each other and with Him.
It is quite different for the wicked. The end is
antithetical. There will be no common ground. They will be
cut off. They will be separated and have no connection with
this firm place of fellowship. They will be rooted out.
Plants that are rooted out do not grow back. It is not as if
they will be trimmed or cut back so they can grow back when
God’s wrath is appeased.
May God grant us and our students wisdom to discern the path
of the upright. The path marked by His Word leads to
fellowship with Him in our Lord Jesus Christ.