Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 31 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
Listen and Wake Up! (9)
Good Tidings for Zion
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 52
Text: Isaiah 52:7-10
I. The Old Testament Imagery
II. The New Testament Reality
Psalms: 93:1-5; 106:1-6; 97:1-8; 99:1-7
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Lordship of Christ
Scripture Reading: Philippians 2
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 13
I. Its Height
II. Its Breadth
III. Its Depth
Psalms: 148:1-10; 106:7-10; 139:1-10; 12:1-8
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:
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CPRC Facebook: www.facebook.com/CovenantPRC
Quote to Consider
Herman Hoeksema on Lord’s Day 13: “That Jesus is our Lord
means that He rules over us, not by force and compulsion,
but by grace and the impelling power of His love. It
signifies that His mind is our mind, that His will is our
will, that His Word is our law, and that His law is our
delight. It is He alone that determines, not only what we
shall do, but also what we shall think, and feel, and
desire, and by what motives we shall be governed. It means
that He has dominion over the life of our body and of our
soul, and over all our relationships in the midst of this
present world, in the home and in the shop, in labor and
industry, in the school and on the street, in the Church and
in the State, in peace and in war, in prosperity and in
adversity. And the confession that He is our Lord implies
that we gladly and willingly acknowledge His lordship, and
that it is our earnest desire and endeavor to know His will,
and to obey no other Word than His in any department of our
life in the world, no matter what may be the cost, yea,
though we should lose our very life in his service. For, let
us make no mistake, the confession that Jesus is Lord is
limited to the Church. It does not mean that you can gain
the world for Christ, or that you can crown Him King in
every domain of this present world. He alone exercises His
lordship of grace; and He limits it to His elect Church. And
the world hates His lordship, and hates those that
consistently confess it. Hence, if you represent the cause
of the Son of God in the world, you must expect tribulation.
Only by compromising the strictly intolerant lordship of
Jesus Christ can you escape this. We must suffer with Him.
But even so, we are of good cheer. For we know that He is
responsible for us, and that He has overcome the world. And
if we suffer with Him, we shall also be glorified together!” (The
Triple Knowledge, vol. 1, pp. 600-601).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
Thanks to all who helped out at the stall at the Ballymena
Agricultural Show this past Friday and Saturday, especially
Julian Kennedy who organized it and spent much of his time
there. Please pray that the Lord will use this witness to
draw His elect.
Philip & Susan Hall and children leave this Thursday for the
US, where Philip will be representing the CPRC at the PR
Synod. David Crossett will be leaving Tuesday for the US to
join Kristin who is already there. We pray for travelling
mercies for these families and a blessed time of fellowship
with saints in our sister churches.
The Council meets tomorrow night at 7:30 PM at the church.
The Tuesday Bible study will meet at 11 AM to study Hosea on
Family visitation concludes this week. The schedule is as
Wed., 3 June 7 PM Douglas Stewart (Reid/Rev. Stewart)
8 PM Stewarts (Crossett/Reid)
Based on the weather forecast available at this time, we
have decided not to have a barbecue at the manse this
Friday. Instead, it is scheduled for Friday, 19 June.
Men’s Bible Study meets this Saturday at 8 PM at the
Kennedy’s to study the chapter “The Joy of Holiness” in the
book, The Pursuit of Holiness.
Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Haak is entitled “In the Beginning
God Created Marriage” (Gen. 2:18-25).
Thursday, 11 June, “What Is a Protestant?” The Round Chapel,
S. Wales, at 7:15 PM.
Friday, 26 June, “What Is a Protestant?” Portadown Town Hall
at 7:30 PM.
Offerings: General Fund - £579.26.
Website Additions: 1 Portuguese and 3 Indonesian
the Old Testament Ceremonial Laws
Rev. Angus Stewart
(published in the Belfast News
Letter on 29 May, 2015)
In his letter on
homosexuality, Thomas from Belfast (News Letter 25 May) cites three
ceremonial and civil laws from Leviticus for Old Testament
Israel in the Mosaic age, asking about their role in
First, Leviticus 25:44-46 is a
law regulating slaves from the pagan nations around the land
of Canaan which God gave Israel (for a time). These slaves
were excluded from release at the jubilee (fiftieth) year.
Jesus Christ fulfilled prophecy regarding the jubilee as the
One anointed “to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” to
bring spiritual “liberty” from sin through faith in Him
(Luke 4:18-19; Isa. 61:1-2). This is guidance for our
Second, cutting one's body and
certain parts of one's hair was forbidden ancient Israelites
because of its association with idolatrous pagan funeral
rites “for the dead” (Lev. 19:27-28). This does not prohibit
shaving or surgery today!
Third, the Mosaic food laws
forbade Old Testament Jews to eat pork (Lev. 11:7) and other
foods in order to help keep God's one holy nation at that
time separate from the Gentiles even in their dining (Deut.
33:28). After the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost
when God started saving a universal church, He told Peter
that eating (formerly) unclean foods was now fine (Acts
10-11), as the Jerusalem council soon decreed (Acts 15),
for, as Christ said, “whatsoever thing from without entereth
into the man, it cannot defile him” (Mark 7:18). By His
sacrificial death, the Messiah abolished the temporary,
local, Jewish ceremonial and civil laws, thus uniting
believing Jews and Gentiles (Eph. 2:14-16; Col. 2:14-17).
The many Mosaic laws provide
guidance (in various ways) by showing us our sins, leading
us to the cross and calling us to live out of gratitude for
God's gracious salvation. Passages in the Bible are to be
understood in their place in the history of redemption, with
Scripture interpreting Scripture and especially the new
covenant/testament interpreting the old.
Thomas rightly notes that
“Leviticus 18:22 does say that no man is to have sexual
relations with another man.” This law is easily proved to be
moral, permanent and universal because it is based upon
God's creation ordinance of marriage as a one-flesh union
between one man and one woman (Gen. 2:24), in which
relationship alone sexual intercourse is to be enjoyed. This
truth about marriage is reiterated by Christ Himself (Matt.
19:4-6) and His apostles (Eph. 5:23-33; I Peter 3:1-7), and
guarded by the seventh commandment (Ex. 20:14). Moreover,
the New Testament also speaks of homosexuality as a sin
(e.g., Rom. 1:26-27; I Cor. 6:9-11; I Tim. 1:10; Jude 7).
If Thomas would like a box set
of 8 CDs of recent classes in our church on “The Abolishing
of the Ceremonial Law” for free, he should send me his