Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 26 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
Administration of the Lord’s Supper
Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:1-14, 21-36
Text: Exodus 11-12
I. The Tenth Plague
II. The Passover Meal
III. The Spiritual Significance
Psalms: 105:26-37; 33:1-7; 78:46-52; 27:3-6
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Christ, the Quickening Spirit
Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 15:35-58
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 17
I. The Meaning
II. The Significance
Psalms: 118:19-26; 33:8-14; 104:30-35; 143:6-1110
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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Quote to Consider
Herman Hoeksema on Lord’s Day 17: “Again, let us beware of
presenting this matter as if Christ, in the moment of
regeneration, bestows this life on us and raises us from our
spiritual death, and now we possess that life apart from
him. Not for one moment do we have life in separation from
the living Lord. We live only because he lives. He lives in
us. We are raised in fellowship with him only. By virtue of
our fellowship with him, we live. By his Spirit and through
his word he calls us out of death into life, and by his
Spirit and through his word he continues to dwell in us and
to make us partakers of his resurrection life” (The Lord of
Glory, p. 40).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
After a week of self-examination, confessing members in good
standing are called to partake of the sacrament of the
Lord’s Supper. Your participation in the Lord’s Supper is in
part a witness that you repent of your sins, believe that
Jesus Christ is your righteousness, and desire to live a new
and godly life. As this heavenly food can be taken to one’s
judgment (I Cor. 11:28-30) and as the common reception of
this food is a confession of doctrinal unity (Acts 2:42),
the elders supervise the partaking of the sacrament.
Visitors who are members of other denominations must request
permission from the Council.
The March issue of the Covenant Reformed News is on the back
Monday evening’s Catechism Classes (end of season tests):
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
The Tuesday Bible Study meets at 11 AM to consider the idea
of the land in Genesis.
The Belgic Confession Class meets on Wednesday at 7:45 PM to
begin our study of article 32 on “The Order and Discipline
of the Church.”
Ladies’ Bible Study meets this Friday at 10:30 AM at church
to discuss the lessons from Proverbs on lying and “Arguing
and Strife and Teasing.”
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846 MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. R. Kleyn is “Christian
Stewardship” (Ex. 20:15).
The next S. Wales Lecture by Rev. McGeown on “Why the
Trinity?” is planned for Thursday, 6 April, at 7:15 PM in
the Round Chapel, Margam.
Plan now to attend a CPRC lecture by Rev. Stewart on “Are
All Men in the Image of God?” on Friday, 12 May, at 7:30 PM.
Offerings: General Fund: £571.84.
Translations: 2 Czech.
PRC News: Rev. Huizinga received the call to be third
missionary to the Philippines. Rev. Key is considering calls
to Southwest PRC and First Holland PRC. Rev. W. Langerak has
the call to be home missionary. Zion PRC called Rev. Haak.
Watching the Mainstream Rush By
Brian D. Dykstra
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and
broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many
there be which go in thereat” (Matt. 7:13).
Members of the Protestant Reformed Churches are accustomed
to having various labels attached to them. We have been
called Anabaptists and hyper-Calvinists. I recently came
across another label which others would apply to us. We are
“pseudo-scientists.” Because we are creationists and deny
evolution, we are false (“pseudo”) scientists. Mainstream
scientists place creationists in the same category as those
who believe that the Apollo moon landings were faked, and in
astrology, alien abductions and UFOs.
Philip C. Plait, who works for NASA, wrote an article in the
May 2004 issue of Sky and Telescope magazine titled, “A
Commonsense Guide to Cosmic Nonsense.” Plait devotes most of
his article to giving advice to amateur astronomers in how
to deal with the “cranks” who sometimes attend star parties
hosted by amateur astronomy associations. While special
attention is given to astrology, the Apollo moon landings,
alien abductions and UFOs, what caught my attention was a
table at the end of the article. The table is titled, “Web
Sites Defending the Truth.” One of the topics listed in the
table is “Creationism.” Plait offers this commentary, “Where
to go when someone insists that the Earth is only 6,000
The web site listed is www.talkorigins.org. This is a
valuable web site. Its value is not that it is a place where
the truths of God’s Word are carefully explained by fellow
believers. Rather, its value is that we can prepare our
young people for what they are to face if they continue
their education past our own high schools. High school
teachers and parents of college bound students might find it
The web site contains scores of articles in many areas of
study. Each article follows the same outline. Articles begin
with a “false” claim and its source, which is then followed
by a response and references.
Going to the heart of the matter but omitting two responses
in the interest of space, Talk Origins says,
Claim CH100: God’s Word, the Bible, must be our ultimate
authority. The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it.
1.1 This claim is dogmatism. It suggests no reason for its
conclusion. The views of others, that the Bible is not God’s
word or is not an ultimate authority, have just as much
3.1 In practice, this claim really means, “My view of the
Bible is the ultimate authority.” (Since there are so very
many different interpretations of the Bible, not to mention
other religions, the claim would be meaningless otherwise.)
In practice, then, this claim displays a great deal of
arrogance, hubris, and close-mindedness. It says that the
final word on how the universe operates depends on your
personal decision of what to believe.
5.1 The Bible says several things that you probably don’t
Slavery is acceptable.
You should kill your child if he strikes you [Ex. 21:15].
If you work on Sunday, you should be put to death [Ex.
If you curse, you should be stoned to death [Lev. 24:14-15].
Happiness is smashing children upon the rocks [Ps. 137:9].
Women should be subjugated by their husbands [I Pet. 3:1-7]
What a tirade, consisting of anti-Christian philosophy and
caricatures of biblical teaching, including ignoring the
abrogation of the Old Testament and Mosaic civil law through
the cross of Jesus Christ!
The visitor to the web site who wishes to participate in
discussions is first encouraged to read an article which
explains the basics of evolution. This will ensure an
understanding of basic scientific terminology during
discussions because, if the basics of evolution are not
understood, your contributions will be met “with scorn.” It
is interesting that evolutionists will first define God and
His Word out of the debate!
We know, of course, that any debate which does not first
understand that the Bible is the revealed Truth of the one,
only God, will be futile. “Through faith we understand that
the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things
which are seen were not made of things which do appear”
(Heb. 11:3). Faith is not, as is claimed by many, “I cannot
prove it but I believe it anyway.” Faith is a living bond
between the believer and the Lord. Faith is God’s gift to
His adopted children in Jesus Christ. This living bond is
the proof that God’s Word is truth.
In articles concerning evolution, and on this web site as
well, I am struck by how often the “mainstream” is
mentioned. It is as though the river of evolutionists is
broad, mighty and irrefutable. The river of creationists, on
the other hand, is but a shallow and inconsequential
trickle. Is truth determined by popular vote? If so, would
the evolutionists ever concede that the votes of the
mainstream scientific world are infinitely outweighed by
God’s one vote?
We know that in stepping into the mainstream of evolution,
we would be swept away to destruction. We, by God’s grace,
will stay in our insignificant trickle and watch the
mainstream rush by.