Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 1
therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and
wherewith one may edify another" (Rom 14:19)
- 11:00 AM
Purposes With Israel in the New Testament Age (7)
The Olive Tree [download]
Reading: Romans 11:11-36
I. The Meaning
40:6-10; 80:8-13; 18:43-50
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Our Lord’s Ascension [download]
Reading: Acts 1:1-26
Catechism, Lord’s Day 18
I. The Meaning
II. The Benefits
40:11-17; 24:6-10; 68:16-21
Courtney (email@example.com) for CDs of the sermons
and DVDs of the worship services.
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
Everyone is invited to stay for tea after this
The November C. R. News
is available on the back table.
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
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.
Friday, 13 November - "The Last Days"
Thursday, 19 November - "The Glory of God"
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
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.
"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." -
"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.
"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
... 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." -
"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.
"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!"