Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 29 March, 2015
“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
Drawing From the Wells of Salvation
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 11:1-12:6
Text: Isaiah 12:3
I. The Meaning
II. The Drawing
III. The Joy
Psalms: 114:1-8; 102:1-8; 104:10-16; 36:5-10
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Imitators of God
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:20-5:12
Text: Ephesians 5:1-2
I. The Meaning
II. The Manner
III. The Possibility
Psalms: 105:1-7; 102:9-14; 8:1-7; 103:11-17
For CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services,
If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
or the elders
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Quote to Consider
John Calvin: “We shall benefit very much from the Lord’s
Supper if this thought is impressed and engraved upon our
minds: that none of the brethren can be injured, despised,
rejected, abused, or in any way offended by us, without at
the same time, injuring, despising, and abusing Christ by
the wrongs we do … that we cannot love Christ without loving
Him in the brethren; that we ought to take the same care of
our brethren’s bodies as we take of our own; for they are
members of our body; and that, as no part of our body is
touched by any feeling of pain which is not spread among all
the rest, so we ought not to allow a brother to be affected
by any evil, without being touched with compassion for him.
Accordingly, Augustine with good reason frequently calls
this Sacrament ‘the bond of love.’”
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 Covenant Reformed News is on the back table along
with Rev. Stewart’s bi-monthly letter to the PRC.
A new RFPA book,
In the Beginning God, is available for RFPA
book club members.
The Tuesday Bible study will meet at 11 AM to begin our
study of Hosea.
The Belgic Confession Class on Wednesday at 7:45 PM will
continue Article 25 looking at more OT passages predicting
the abrogation of the ceremonial law.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. R. Kleyn is entitled “Burning
Hearts and Opened Eyes” (Luke 24:13-35).
Lurgan Lecture: Rev. Stewart will speak at the Lurgan Town
Hall on “The Threat of Rome to Protestant Churches Today” on
Friday, 10 April, at 7:30 PM.
S. Wales Lecture: On Thursday, 23 April, Rev. McGeown will
give a lecture on “Christian Comfort” at the Round Chapel in
Offerings: General Fund - £577.47.
PRC News: Rev. Griess (Calvary, IA) declined the call to
If you haven’t registered for the 2015 Protestant Reformed
Young People’s Convention, now is the time! Registration
ends 20 May. You can register at http://prcconvention.com/registration.html.
Remember to return all necessary forms to the address
provided on the response e-mail.
No Need for Anvils
Brian D. Dykstra
Though it has been many years since I last trod the asphalt
path to our Seminary’s front door, a professor’s voice still
fills the hallways of my mind, as he spoke to his students.
His words addressed a debate which was taking place in some
denominations. “Don’t give us doctrine, Reverend, give us
practice. We do not need cold doctrine. Just preach to us
about how to live. That was the demand of many church
members,” he said. The professor then stressed to us that
doctrine is life. What you believe, what you really believe
in your heart, not what you say you believe, but what you
really believe, will determine how you live your life.
The doctrine of God’s covenant not only determines how we
live in our homes, but it also determines how we treat our
students in our classrooms. It is a doctrine which
Teacher to Teacher is a publication of the Bob Jones
University Press which is sent to Christian school teachers
across the country. A recent article was titled, “Forging
Lives.” A teacher reported about a class trip taken to a
museum in Vermont. A blacksmith there demonstrated how he
changed the shape of metal by heating and pounding.
Reflecting on this the author wrote, “How like me, I
thought. As a teacher, my primary duty was to change the
shape of my students into the image of Christ.”
It is evident the author views students not as members of
God’s covenant, but as those who need converting. Many
Christian schools view their “mission” as the saving of the
children who populate their buildings. As a teacher, I
already feel the great responsibility of dealing with other
people’s children for a significant portion of the day for a
sizable percentage of a year. I could not imagine the weight
I would feel on my shoulders if I were to believe that I
actually was responsible, even in the smallest way, for
changing students into the image of Christ or bringing them
The article continues, “Our God is a consuming fire. Unless
our students come into regular contact with Him—and that
contact melts them into pliable forms, we are wasting our
time. What can we do to help? Our very lives must become the
live coals off God’s forge.” Later we are exhorted to “...
be on fire for Christ ...” in order to “... kindle a kindred
flame in our students.” I, a poor sinner, am thankful I do
not have to provide such a crucible for the purpose of
bringing my students to faith. My experience has shown
nothing makes weaknesses and sins more evident than when one
must deal with children. I could never burn bright enough to
change students into the image of Christ.
These students are not unregenerated, cold, unpliable steel
who must be heated and pounded into the proper shape on some
anvil. Faith will not be theirs because we have pounded them
into the right shape or because we have burned so brightly
ourselves that faith is kindled in them. Faith is the gift
of God. It is breathed into those who are members of God’s
covenant. It is God who works in man both to will and to do,
and it is God who produces both the will to believe and the
act of believing also (Canons III/IV:14).
We believe what the Bible tells us about God’s covenant with
His people. This doctrine affects how we view and teach the
children He has been pleased to give us. I am thankful I can
teach without using an anvil in my classroom. An anvil such
as that would be far too heavy to carry. Rather, in the
faith God has given, we cling to the covenant promises of
our almighty Jehovah. He will save His own elect in Jesus
Christ. These are the ones whom He will sanctify by His
truth (John 17:17).