Covenant Protestant Reformed
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 5 May, 2013
"But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious,
longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth" (Psalm 86:15)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
Christ Will Build His Church
Scripture Reading: Matthew 16:13-28
Text: Matthew 16:13-19
I. The Rock on Which Christ Builds His Church
II. The Meaning of Christ Builds His Church
III. The Means by Which Christ Builds His Church
Psalms: 147:1-8; 34:1-9; 118:15-23; 62:5-10
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
John the Baptist’s Public Ministry (18)
John’s Witness After His Death
Scripture Reading: John 5:31-47; 10:39-42
Text: see back of bulletin
I. John’s Witness as a Bright and Shining Lamp
II. John’s Witness in a Place Beyond Jordan
III. John’s Witness in the History of Redemption
Psalms: 36:5-11; 34:10-16; 105:6-12; 135:8-15
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CPRC website: www.cprc.co.uk
Quote to Consider
Herman Ridderbos on John
10:40-42: "Verse 40 tells us that Jesus returned to the
Jordan, ‘to the place where John at first baptized.’ The
Evangelist thus, as we will see, defines this journey as a
return to the starting point of Jesus’ ministry, that is, to
the witness that John the Baptist gave at that place
concerning Jesus. What has happened since that beginning is
put in the perspective of ‘how everything began’ by this
summation, this evaluation of the end in light of the
beginning. True, John himself was no longer there to witness
to Jesus, but, the Evangelist reports, ‘many came to him,’
people who had heard John’s testimony and now came to
confirm its truth" (The Gospel of John, p. 378).
Announcements (subject to God’s
We welcome Philip and Julie
Rainey from First PRC in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to our
Free Protestant Reformed
Theological Journals are available on the back table.
John McAuley remains in
hospital awaiting surgery either to put stents in or to do a
bypass. If it is decided that he needs a bypass operation,
he may be sent to London. Please continue to remember John
and the Murrays in your prayers.
The Tuesday morning Bible
study will be held this week at 11 AM. We will consider
the dating of the book of Revelation (in connection with
The Belgic Confession Class
will meet this Wednesday, at 7:45 PM, to continue our study
of article 21. This will be the last class of the season.
Men’s Bible Study will meet
this Saturday, 11 May, at 8 PM at the Kennedys on the topic
of "Discipline of Giving."
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) is
entitled "Israel Preserved in Egypt" (Genesis 47) by Rev. R.
Rev. McGeown will preach for
the CPRC next Lord’s Day, while Rev. Stewart preaches
for the LRF.
Everyone is invited to attend
the Annual General Meeting on Monday, 13 May, at 7:30
PM. Reports on the LRF, the CPRC finances, audio-visual
work, the bookstore, etc., will be given. Tea will be served
after the meeting.
Family Visitation will
begin next Wednesday, 15 May. The schedule will be available
soon. If you are not a member but would like to be included
in family visitation, please talk to Rev. Stewart or one of
Offerings: General Fund -
£681.00. Donation: £100.
Website Additions: 2
Burmese, 2 Spanish and 1 Nepali translations.
PRC News: Rev. Spronk declined the call to Doon PRC.
Doon’s new trio is Revs. Eriks, Haak and R. Kleyn.
Seminarian Ryan Barnhill has been licensed to speak a word
of edification in the churches.
John’s Witness After His Death
John Was a Burning and Shining
John 5:33-36: "Ye sent unto
John, and he bare witness unto the truth. (34) But I receive
not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye
might be saved. (35) He was a burning and a shining light:
and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
(36) But I have greater witness than that of John: for the
works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same
works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath
John Taught His Disciples to
Luke 11:1: "And it came to
pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he
ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us
to pray, as John also taught his disciples."
Christ Escapes to Where John
John 10:39-42: "Therefore they
sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,
(40) And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where
John at first baptized; and there he abode. (41) And many
resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all
things that John spake of this man were true. (42) And many
believed on him there."
The Law and Prophets Were Until
Luke 16:16: "The law and the
prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God
is preached, and every man presseth into it."
The Baptism of John Was From
Heaven (Matthew 21:23-27, 32; Mark
11:27-33; Luke 20:1-8)
John in Acts
Acts 1:4-5: "And, being
assembled together with them, commanded them that they
should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise
of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. (5) For
John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized
with the Holy Ghost not many days hence."
Acts 1:21-22: "Wherefore of
these men which have companied with us all the time that the
Lord Jesus went in and out among us, (22) Beginning from the
baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up
from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his
Acts 10:36-38: "The word which
God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by
Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) (37) That word, I say, ye
know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began
from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; (38)
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and
with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that
were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."
Acts 11:16: "Then remembered I
the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized
with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost."
Acts 13:24-25: "When John had
first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance
to all the people of Israel. (25) And as John fulfilled his
course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But,
behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I
am not worthy to loose."
Acts 18:24-25: "And a certain
Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and
mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. (25) This man was
instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the
spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the
Lord, knowing only the baptism of John."
Acts 19:1-7: "And it came to
pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed
through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding
certain disciples, (2) He said unto them, Have ye received
the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We
have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
(3) And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized?
And they said, Unto John’s baptism. (4) Then said Paul, John
verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto
the people, that they should believe on him which should
come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. (5) When they
heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord
Jesus. (6) And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the
Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and
prophesied. (7) And all the men were about twelve."