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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church



Rev. Angus Stewart

Lord’s Day, 1 November, 2009


"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and

things wherewith one may edify another" (Rom 14:19)


Morning Service - 11:00 AM

God's Purposes With Israel in the New Testament Age (7)

The Olive Tree   [download]

Scripture Reading: Romans 11:11-36

Text: Romans 11:16-21

I. The Meaning

II. The Exhortations

Psalms: 63:1-8; 40:6-10; 80:8-13; 18:43-50


Evening Service - 6:00 PM

Our Lord’s Ascension    [download]

Scripture Reading: Acts 1:1-26

Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 18

I. The Meaning

II. The Benefits

Psalms: 147:1-8; 40:11-17; 24:6-10; 68:16-21


Contact Sean Courtney ( for CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services.


CPRC website:

CPRC YouTube Site:


Quote to Consider:

Herman Hoeksema on Romans 11:16-21: "Did the Gentiles do any better than the Jews? The history of the Jews is one continual history of apostasy, but is the history of the Gentiles better? You have but to look around in our own city to answer this question. Half of what was once the olive tree is dead. They lie under the tree with the dead Jews. The only difference is that they still call themselves branches. What is the difference? Has not the modern church despised Christ just as much as the Jews—although in a more civilized manner, more decently, more scientifically?" (Righteous by Faith Alone, p. 544).

Announcements (subject to God’s will):

The second offering this morning is for our building fund.

Everyone is invited to stay for tea after this evening’s service.

The November C. R. News is available on the back table.


Monday, 6:30 PM - Zoe, Amy & Lea Campbell at the manse

Tuesday, 7 PM - Jacob & Nathan at the Buchanans

Tuesday, 8 PM - Mark & Lauren at the Hamills

Wednesday, 1 PM - Beginners OT Class at the manse

The Council meets tomorrow evening, 2 November, at 7:30 PM at the manse.

Midweek Bible study meets on Wednesday at 7:45 PM at the manse. We will consider I Peter 3:9f., on not rendering evil for evil in the church.

Don’t forget this Friday’s lecture on "Calvin vs. Darwin: Anniversaries, Origins and Worldviews" in Ballymena Protestant Hall at 7:30 PM. Come and bring a friend.

Thank you to those who distributed flyers yesterday for Friday’s lecture. Any who would like to help distribute the remainder, contact Francesco.

Prof. & Mrs. Hanko are coming to N. Ireland this Friday, 6 November, until Monday, 30 November. Prof. Hanko will be preaching for us the four Lord’s Days he is here. Rev. & Mary Stewart will be staying in Limerick from 8-21 November to help the Limerick Reformed Fellowship and to enable the Council to make recommendations regarding the LRF to the PRC Synod of 2010.

The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "In Praise of Sovereign Grace: Irresistible Grace" (John 6:44).

The Kennedys have moved. Their new address is 77 Murob Park, Ballymena, BT43 6JQ. Their new phone number is 25-637873.

Our church visitors from the PRC, Prof. Dykstra and Pete VanderSchaaf, are coming from 8-18 January, 2010. The congregational dinner is being planned for Friday, 8 January.

Upcoming Lectures:

Limerick, Friday, 13 November - "The Last Days"

Limerick, Thursday, 19 November - "The Glory of God"

South Wales, Thurs., 26 November - "Corporate Responsibility" (Prof. Hanko)

Offerings: General Fund: £579.75.

Website additions: 4 German (including "Remembering the Lord’s Day" by Prof. Engelsma) and 2 Italian translations were added.

PRC News: Rev. Kuiper declined Bethel; Bethel’s new trio is Prof. Engelsma, Rev. Eriks and Rev. Koole. Cornerstone will call from a trio of Revs. Laning, Slopsema and Spriensma. Byron Center‘s new trio is Revs. Haak, Slopsema and Spriensma. Holland’s new trio is Revs. Key, Koole and W. Langerak.

Encouraging Quotes:

"Your website definitely has a lot of great resources! I’m currently reading The Triple Knowledge by Herman Hoeksema. Wow, what a blessing it is to me! Needless to say, I bought a bunch of books from the Reformed Free Publishing Association." - Wisconsin, USA

"The books you sent me, especially Hoeksema’s Reformed Dogmatics and Hanko’s Doctrine According to Godliness helped me keep the correct perspective on what true Reformed theology really is. I also read Engelsma’s Common Grace Revisited over the weekend, which really was an eye-opener for me. He has some perspectives on the matter that never crossed my mind and I am glad to say that, after reading it, I am fully in agreement with the Protestant Reformed Church’s beliefs on the matter ... I visited your website again today and saw a new translated article in the Afrikaans section on ‘Political Correctness,’ which was really impressive and very enjoyable to read." - South Africa

"We are very glad to be updated on the progress of the building of the church in Ballymena. The whole cause remains in our regular prayers and we continue to rejoice with you in the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ ... may I commend your website. I’ve just replenished my MP3 player with the ‘good things’ of the gospel." - Hampshire, England

"I happened to watch your debate with an Arminian pastor ... I thoroughly enjoyed it, and found it very educational especially for instruction to the youth. My thanks to you in defending the Reformed doctrines to an obvious overwhelming Arminian view in the show." - Singapore

"... I do not enjoy the best of health at the present moment—something which makes the availability of recordings of your services such a blessing in my case." - Kent, England

"I want to thank you for all you are doing through Christ. I have been watching some of your debates between Calvinism and Arminianism with Rev. Timothy Ramsay and I was clapping while you were talking. I was doing this because I was so happy that someone was finally showing the Scriptures to someone on a world-wide level ... I haven’t always believed in God’s election and predestination, but about six month ago I received ‘God’s Sovereignty in Salvation’ by Rev. Steven Houck and it really had a large impact on my life ..." - Kentucky, USA

"Thank you! Please inform Pastor Stewart how blessed I was by his sermon on Hebrews 12:1-2, ‘Running the Race Set Before Us.’ May God alone have all the glory." - S. Wales

"Since reading the latest Beacon Lights in which appeared Martyn’s very interesting article about the future for Israel, I was provoked to go to your website and print out a copy of it. It was a great experience and I am sure I could have spent hours just browsing and reading all of your information packed in there. In my browsing I also found lists of pamphlets, etc., and the ones you have translated into other languages ... We remember you often in our daily prayers and send our love to all the congregation." - New Zealand

"Yes, I would like to receive the weekly CPRC bulletin by e-mail. Thank you for all the things you have sent me in the past. I have found all of it very helpful and a great blessing." - England

"Thank you for your wonderful website and faithful sermons. We listen to them each week as a mid-week ‘boost.’" - New Jersey, USA

"... I can’t wait to get my hands on this book [The Reformed Faith of John Calvin by Prof. Engelsma] ... It is great to see the pictures of the meeting house and its progress ... I was delighted to see the YouTube of you in Portugal. It is great to see the opportunities that have been given to you by the Lord. I have been re-reading Engelsma’s book on Psalm 73. What an encouraging Psalm! ... I heard a man preach on this recently and he spoke of this prosperity as God’s common grace to the wicked. If so do we conclude that common grace is a grace which puts the wicked in slippery places? I recommended Prof. Engelsma’s book to him." - Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland

"I’m listening again to the sermons on Colossians 1:15-20 and am being greatly blessed." - W. Yorkshire, England

"I am writing this e-mail to express my nearly unspeakable gratitude for the books you gave me. I have read almost all that you gave me. Especially the books on marriage, divorce and remarriage ... Trinity & Covenant is a really important book. I must study it more. Also, ‘The Covenant: God’s Tabernacle with Man’ by Herman Hoeksema took my breath away ... I must read more from Hoeksema about the covenant. I want his Reformed Dogmatics as soon as I can spare some money!" - Germany