Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 15 November, 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
The Interlude and the Seventh Trumpet (3)
Eating the Little Book
Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 2:6-3:14
Text: Revelation 10:8-11
I. The Identity of the Little Book
II. The Taste of the Little Book
III. The Conveyance of the Little Book
Psalms: 88:1-9; 119:17-24; 19:9-14; 119:41-48
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
No Other God But Jehovah!
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 18
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 34
I. Illicit Knowledge Forbidden
II. Manipulative Power Banned
III. Beautiful Communion Enjoined
Psalms: 118:1-9; 119:25-32; 81:5-10; 25:8-14
For CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services,
If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
or the elders
CPRC Website: www.cprc.co.uk • Live Webcast:
CPRC YouTube: www.youtube.com/cprcni
CPRC Facebook: www.facebook.com/CovenantPRC
Quotes to Consider
Herman Hoeksema: “... to have no other gods before Him means
that we acknowledge no other lords, that He is our Lord
alone. We aknowledge and earnestly desire to live in harmony
with the [truth] that He is the Lord over our body and over
our soul, over our heart and over our mind, over our will
and over all our desires, that therefore we submit ourselves
and all things to Him, and press them into His service
unconditionally” (The Triple Knowledge, vol. 3, p. 144).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
On the back table are some videos by Tedd Tripp on
“Shepherding a Child’s Heart.” If you would like to borrow
these, just let Rev. Stewart know.
Monday evening’s Catechism classes:
5:45 PM - Taylor, Josh, Corey, Bradley & Samuel (Beginners OT, book 2)
6:30 PM - Alex & Nathan (Seniors OT)
7:15 PM - Jacob, Joseph & Chris (Heidelberg Catechism, book 1)
The Tuesday Bible study meets at 11 AM to study church
offices in Hosea.
The Belgic Confession Class will meet this week Wednesday at
7:45 PM to study the church’s unity in connection with
S. Wales Lecture: Rev. McGeown will give a lecture on
“Spiritual Gifts” in Port Talbot, S. Wales, at 7:15 PM on
Thursday, 19 November.
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Bruinsma is entitled “Jehovah
Builds His Church” (Psalm 147:1-3).
Rev. Nathan Decker and Elder Pete VanderSchaaf will be our
church visitors. They are planning to come in January,
although the dates are not fixed as yet.
Offerings: General Fund: £607.06.
Website Additions: 1 Portuguese and 2 Indonesian
Prof. Cammenga’s lecture on “Theistic Evolution: Should the
Church Make Peace or War?” and the follow up sermon “By
Faith We Understand … Creation,” have been posted to a
special website (www.CreationOrTheisticEvolution.com).
Questions can be asked using the “submit a question” box on
the website. The questions and answers will be posted on the
PRC News: Pastor and Mary Haak left on 11 November for a
3-week stay (11-30 Nov.) with the PRC of Vellore, India.
Deane and Donna Wassink will join them on November 25 and
then Rev. Griess and Rev. Kuiper from the Foreign Mission
Committee will arrive on 1 December. The Wassinks and the
ministers from the FMC plan to return on 14 December. In
all, a 5-week stay is planned with the saints in the PRC of
Vellore. During this time there will be numerous conferences
with area pastors, eight seminars, visits to three cities
plus numerous villages where outreach is done and visits to
the Grace Foster Home. The delegates will also spend time
with Pastor Raj and his wife Kasthuri to give them
encouragement in the work.
Rev. Angus Stewart
(The letter as sent to the Belfast Telegraph;
the words in italics they omitted)
In our day of moral relativism, a large-scale redefinition
of humanity is going on. Men and women are being redefined
as higher animals, and some are pushing to have certain
animals redefined as persons. Yet unborn babies have been
redefined as non-persons in many countries to justify their
Civil partnerships between homosexuals have been brought in
and now many are pressing for a redefinition of marriage, as
involving two men or two women.
Others want further permutations of marriage. Logically, if
gender is irrelevant in marriage, why should the numbers
involved matter? So why not polygamy, both polygyny and
polyandry? If the natural barrier between two men marrying
can be removed, how can one justify an arbitrary lower age
limit for marriage or sexual intercourse?
Now the fashionable cause is transgenderism, so male and
female, he and she, brother and sister, nephew and niece,
uncle and aunt, father and mother, etc., are being
What about the “rights” of a bisexual man or woman to marry
two people: someone of the same gender and someone of a
different gender? Is “marriage equality” to be denied them?
How about bisexual marriage for transgenders? What does
adultery or incest mean in a world of gender and marital
In keeping with their loss of objective moral standards and
identity, through the redefinition of humans, personhood,
marriage and gender, some people are becoming more tolerant
and accepting of bestiality. After all, is not tolerance
continually being proclaimed to us as the chief virtue? The
refrain of the day is: Who are we to judge? Besides, what is
wrong with bestiality, if we are basically animals too?
Meanwhile, the definition of “bigot” is being widened to
include those who question or oppose the latest instances of
redefinition, and the opprobrium heaped on those
“intolerant” and “narrow-minded” people is increasing, as is
the threat of legal proceedings for “hate speech,” words
uttered or written that are contrary to liberal
Prior to and alongside these redefinitions of mankind, in
terms of personhood, marriage and gender, is the
redefinition of God. Love has been redefined as tolerance,
then approval and now celebration of sin, especially sexual
sin. This redefinition of love is foisted on God and He is
portrayed as if He were an impotent god of only one
redefined attribute. Yet the true God and His love are
eternal, unchangeable, wise, holy and just.
Thus humanity is being redefined to further its lusts and
the infinitely righteous God is being made in the image of