Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 12 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 - Rev. M. McGeown
The Courageous Sufferings of Faith
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:1-16, 32-40
Text: Hebrews 11:35b-38
I. Terrible Sufferings
II. Sufferings Through Faith
III. Victorious Sufferings
Psalms: 107:1-9; 34:17-22; 44:11-17; 56:3-12
Evening Service - 6:00 PM Rev.
Table Fellowship with the
Scripture Reading: Psalm 23:1-6
Text: Psalm 23:5
I. Rich Fellowship
II. Abundant Provision
III. Careful Preparation
Psalms: 128:1-6; 35:1-7; 16:1-7; 23:1-6
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If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
CPRC website: www.cprc.co.uk
CPRC YouTube: www.youtube.com/cprcni
Quotes to Consider:
John Owen: "There was never
any greater instance of the degeneracy of human nature unto
the image and likeness of the devil than this, that so many
of them have been found, and that in high places of power,
emperors, kings, judges and priests, who were not satisfied
to take away the lives of the true worshippers of God by the
sword, or by such other ways as they slew the worst of
malefactors, but invented all kinds of hellish tortures
whereby to destroy them" (Comm. on Hebrews).
Tertullian (c. 145-220):
"With our hands thus stretched out and up to God, rend us
with your iron claws, hang us up on crosses, wrap us in
flames, take our heads from us with the sword, let loose the
wild beasts upon us … [but we beseech God] on the emperor’s
behalf" (Apology to the Emperor).
Peter, young man at Lampsacus, Greece
(martyred c. 250 AD): "I am astonished that you should wish
me to sacrifice to an infamous woman whose debaucheries even
your own historians record and whose life consisted of such
actions as your laws would punish. No! I shall offer the
true God the sacrifice of praise and prayer." He was then
broken on the wheel; but his torments only inspired him with
fresh courage; he even smiled at his persecutors. He was at
length beheaded (after refusing to sacrifice to the
(concerning the imprisonment of John Hus, burned in 1415):
"After a short audience with the cardinals, the prisoner was
taken away by a guard of soldiers, and within a week he was
securely immured in the dungeon of the Dominican convent.
Preparations had been going on for several days to provide
the place with locks, bolts and others strong furnishings.
In this prison Hus languished for three months. His cell was
hard by the latrines. Fever and vomiting set in, and it
seemed likely they would quickly do their dismal work ... he
had freedom to walk about in his chains by day but was
handcuffed and bound to the wall at night" (History,
vol. VI, pp. 373-374).
William Tyndale (burned in
1536): "Take away my goods, take away my good name, yet
as long as Christ remaineth in me, so long I love thee not a
whit the less" (letter to his persecutors).
(burned in 1543): [with a cheerful countenance embracing
the stake, at which he would be burned, in his arms and
kissing it] "Now welcome, mine own sweet wife; for this
day shalt thou and I be married together in the love and
peace of God."
(burned in 1543): "Be merry, my brethren, and lift up your
hearts and hands unto God, for after this sharp breakfast, I
trust we shall have a good dinner in the kingdom of Christ,
our Lord and Redeemer."
William Hunter (burned, aged 19 years,
in 1555): "For the little pain I shall suffer, which will
soon be at an end, Christ hath promised me, mother, a crown
of joy; should not you be glad of that?" (to his
mother’s remark that she was glad she ever bare such a child
who could find it in his heart to lose his life for Christ’s
John Bradford (burned in 1555): "Oh! what am I, Lord, that thou shouldest
thus magnify so vile a man, so unworthy a wretch as I have
always been? Is this thy wont, to send, as thou didst for
Elias, a fiery chariot, to fetch home to his Father's house
such a prodigal as I have been? Oh! dear fathers, be
thankful for me; and for your own parts make ready, for we
are only your gentlemen ushers. The marriage of the Lamb is
come, prepare for the wedding. I am about to leave my
flesh in a world where I received it; but I go to a better
world, and shall be conveyed thither as Ignatius was at
Rome. God grant it may make my persecutors better men. Amen"
(Memoirs of John Bradford)
Announcements (subject to God’s
We welcome Rev. McGeown
to our pulpit today. Rev. Stewart is preaching for the LRF.
John McAuley had stents put
in this past Tuesday and returned home on Wednesday. We
thank God for His guiding hand and care of our brother.
Congratulations to Ivan & Lily
Reid who celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary
today. We are thankful for the years the Lord has given them
together and pray for His blessing in the years ahead. We
also thank Ivan for his many years of work as treasurer
for the CPRC. Ivan will be retiring from that position
after tomorrow night’s meeting. William Graham will be
taking over the job.
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.
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
A schedule for family
visitation is on the back of this bulletin. Please try
to make the dates and times work as much as possible. If you
do need to reschedule. or if you are not a member but would
like to be included in family visitation, talk to Rev.
Stewart or one of the elders.
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) is
entitled "The Blessing on Joseph" (Genesis 48;
49:22-26) by Rev. R. Kleyn.
Offerings: General Fund -
£584.80. Building Fund - £547.20.
Website Addition: 1 Portuguese translation.