Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 30 March, 2014
“But our God is in the heavens: he hath done
whatsoever he hath pleased” (Psalm 115:3)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
Administration of the Lord’s Supper
The Cup Christ Drank
Scripture Reading: John 18:1-24
Text: John 18:11
I. The References to It
II. The Nature of It
III. The Comfort of It
Psalms: 16:5-11; 69:6b-13; 75:3-10; 116:9-19
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Basket of the Firstfruits
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 26
Text: Deuteronomy 26:1-11
I. What It Is
II. Its Accompanying Confession
Psalms: 80:1-8; 69:14-20; 114:1-8; 136:13-24
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)
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 from other denominations must request permission
from the Council.
The April C. R. News and the Reformed Perspectives are on
the back table.
The Council meets tomorrow evening at 7:30 PM.
The Tuesday Bible study meets at 11 AM to continue our considerartion of 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.
Ladies’ Bible Study meets this Friday at 10:30 AM at church
to study Job’s wife.
Julian Kennedy is scheduled to undergo a hip replacement
this Saturday, 5 April. Therefore, Men’s Bible Study,
formerly scheduled for Saturday, 5 April, has been postponed
to the following Saturday, 12 April. Please remember the
Kennedys in your prayers during this time.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) is entitled “God Is Greater Than Man” (Job
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
Monday, 28 April, LRF lecture on “Living in Perilous Times”
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 - £816.07.
Website Additions: 1 Swahili and 2 Hungarian translations
News: Doon PRC called Rev. Huizinga (Redlands, CA).
Faith PRC called Rev. R. Kleyn (Spokane, WA).
Forget Not My Law
Brian D. Dykstra
Proverbs 3:1-2: “My son, forget not my law; but let thine
heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long
life, and peace, shall they add to thee.”
In Proverbs 3, Solomon is stating the duties of life. We are
to trust in God and honour Him. We must not despise God’s
chastening hand. We are told of the benefits of getting
wisdom and the comfort wisdom brings in life. We are also
told how to deal with a neighbour in need and with those who
oppress others. Yet, this whole section begins with the
command to “... forget not my law.”
Let’s not overlook the first two words of verse 1, “My son.”
Although what follows comes in the form of a command, these
first words set a mood different from that of a harsh
command which might come from an overseer. This is the voice
of our loving Father. He is almighty, but He does not use
His strength to punish us for our sins. Rather, His strength
is used to deliver His people from their sins. As the maker
and upholder of all things, He is able to provide what He
deems is necessary for us.
The Father is here addressing a son. Yet, we should not
think this address relegates daughters to second class
status. Have you ever met a father who puts less effort into
the instruction of his children who are daughters? Is the
standard of behaviour lower for them? Are daughters viewed
as having a less important place in the life of the
covenant? How about it fathers, is the mother of your
children second rate or not of vital importance to the
covenant life of your home? Are her job requirements
minuscule? Does any of this sound as God’s attitude toward
the mother of His only begotten Son whom the angel Gabriel
hailed as “highly favoured”?
The son is told not to forget his Father’s law. There are
different ways to forget. We can forget because we become
preoccupied with the affairs of life. Often we forget
because of the weakness of our memories. Here, the son is
told not to deliberately set aside the law of God. Such is
the case when, after careful thought and evaluation, God’s
law is not deemed to be worthy of keeping. We choose to
establish our own standard of morality. God’s law is not
suitable for the type of life we wish to live so we had best
forget it so we can enjoy what this world has to offer. Of
course, we understand what the end of such a life would be.
I am reminded of a church sign I saw several times this past
summer, “Live your life as if this is all there is, and it
will be.” Some will wish this is all there is to their
existence when they reach their final destination.
The son is told to keep the father’s commandments in his
heart. We keep something that is valuable to us. If we have
valuable possessions, we do what we can to reserve them for
our own use. In bygone years, a keep was a place to guard
valuables so no one could take them.
We have an interesting place of safe keeping mentioned here.
These commandments are to be kept in the heart. Let the
Pharisees beware! The service given to the Triune God
through obedience must spring from faithful hearts. The
commandments are not kept in the mind or mouth. We do not
have some external decoration of obedience which camouflages
a heart full of deceit. It is the heart from which are the
issues of life. Heartfelt service alone is pleasing to the
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Verse two tells us of the sure reward of obeying the
Father’s command. God’s law will add length of days, long
life and peace to us. Do all of Jehovah’s faithful children
live to advanced years and go to their graves with honoured
heads of gray? That is not our experience. Besides, do we
seek long life here so we can enjoy the charms of this
earth? We will be given length of days in the land of rest
to come. That is where we will have complete peace with God.
Our sins and the possibility to sin will be removed so we
will have no shame to ourselves or give any more offence to
our gracious God. Peace with the Almighty! Could we desire
May our faithful covenant God use this school so His
children do not forget His law, but keep it in their hearts.
In that way, they will have a peace worth having.