Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church

83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 17 May, 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 Rev. M. McGeown

Samson Chastised in Gaza’s Prison  [download]  [youtube]
Scripture Reading: Judges 16:6-22
Text: Judges 16:21-22

I. The Instruments Jehovah Employed
II. The Chastisement Jehovah Inflicted
III. The Repentance Jehovah Granted
Psalms: 129:1-8; 105:15-20; 32:3-5, 9-11; 89:26-34

Evening Service - 6:00 PM Rev. M. McGeown

Samson Dies in the Temple of Dagon  [download]  [youtube]
Scripture Reading: Judges 16:13-31
Text: Judges 16:23-31

I. Samson Zealous for Jehovah’s Glory
II. Samson Willingly Sacrificing All
III. Samson Bringing Great Destruction
Psalms: 115:1-9; 105:21-25; 16:1-7; 116:9-19

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

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Quotes to Consider

Dale Ralph Davis: “And what of the Christian who has stupidly and miserably failed his Lord? Should he not find hope in seeing that being cast down does not mean being cast off? Should he not rejoice that he can call on Yahweh even from Dagon’s temple?” (Judges: Such A Great Salvation, p. 192).

David J. Engelsma: “God does not tempt Samson, but He does lead Samson into temptation. He arranges the circumstances of Samson’s life in order that he sees and is attracted to the woman in Sorek. He then withdraws the grace that might enable Samson to withstand the temptation to love the ungodly woman and the temptation to betray his covenant calling to her. By His providential power, God brings about the fall of Samson. This is His just judgment upon His disobedient child and servant who would not heed His word. As is invariably the case with such acts of God, God causes Samson to be snared finally in the precise sin in which he had walked for a long time” (Unfolding Covenant History, vol. 5, pp. 150-151).

Announcements (subject to God’s will)

We welcome Rev. McGeown who will be preaching for us today. Rev. Stewart is preaching in the Limerick Reformed Fellowship.

The Lord took Mrs. Isabel Beaton to her eternal home this past Wednesday. Mrs. Beaton was a long-time friend of the CPRC and the BRF and was of tremendous help to our witness and lectures in South Wales. The funeral is to be held this Friday.

Family visitation has started. The schedule is on the back of the bulletin. Changing the schedule will affect others, but if your date and time do not work for you, please contact Rev. Stewart. If you are not a member but would like to be included in the family visitation, talk with Rev. Stewart or an elder.

The Annual General Meeting will be held tomorrow, 18 May, at 7:30 PM. There will be reports on the LRF, our evangelism efforts, audio-visual work, our finances, etc. All are encouraged to attend.

The Tuesday Bible study will meet at 11 AM to study harlotry in the prophets.

The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. R. Kleyn is entitled “The Pouring out of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:1-4).

The CPRC will be running a stall at the Ballymena Agricultural Show on Friday and Saturday, 29-30 May. We need volunteers willing to spend time at the stall talking with people and distributing literature. Speak to Julian Kennedy if you can help.

Upcoming Lecture: Friday, 26 June, Rev. Stewart will speak on “What Is a Protestant?” in Portadown Town Hall at 7:30 PM.

Offerings: General Fund - £921.11.

Website Additions: 1 Russian, 1 Indonesian and 1 Afrikaans translations.