Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church

83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 8 October, 2017

“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

Righteousness by Faith Alone (8)
The Necessity of Faith Alone  [download]  [youtube]

Scripture Reading: Romans 4
Text: Romans 4:16

I. For the Truth of God’s Grace
II. For the Certainty of God’s Promise
III. For the Assurance of God’s Saints
IV. For the Catholicity of God’s Church
Psalms: 100:1-5; 54:1-7; 89:1-6; 105:6-12

Evening Service - 6:00 PM

Ruining or Remembering the Lord’s Day?  [download]  [youtube]
Scripture Reading: Galatians 6
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Days 38

I. Using Live Webcasting
II. At Church
III. During the Day
Psalms: 122:1-9; 55:1-9; 92:1-8; 118:17-26

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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Announcements (subject to God’s will)

We welcome Justyn Perry from Preston in Lancashire to our worship services today.

We extend our sympathy to George & Hannah Wilkinson in the death of George’s brother, William, this past Wednesday. The funeral was held on Friday. May the Lord be near them and comfort them in their loss.

Monday catechism classes:
5:45 PM - Corey & Katelyn (Beginners OT, Book 1)
6:30 PM - Taylor, Josh, Bradley & Samuel (Juniors NT)
7:15 PM - Jacob, Alex & Nathan (Heidelberg Catechism, Book 1)

Tuesday Bible Study meets this week at 11 AM to study the Passover in Exodus and Deuteronomy.

Belgic Confession Class meets on Wednesday at 7:45 PM to consider Article 33 looking at the component parts of the sacraments.

Ladies’ Bible Study meets this Friday at 10:30 AM at church to discuss the section in the Proverbs study guide on drunkenness.

The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846 MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Bruinsma is “Entrusted with the Gospel” (I Thess. 2:3-4).

CPRC Reformation speeches by Prof. Engelsma:
Saturday, 21 October, 11 AM - “Martin Luther: Theologian of the Glory of God” (lunch will be served between the two lectures)
Saturday, 21 October, 1 PM - “Justification in Paul and in James”
Friday, 27 October, 7:30 PM - “Martin Luther: Man of Conviction”
Friday, 3 November, 7:30 PM - “Calvin’s Doctrine of the Covenant”

Prof. Engelsma is also to preach at both CPRC services on Lord’s Days 22 & 29 October and 5 November.

Rev. Stewart will be preaching in the LRF on 29 October and 5 & 12 November, while Rev. McGeown is in the US to speak at Reformation conferences there. Our pastor will also be giving a lecture on “Martin Luther’s Great Discovery” in Limerick on Saturday, 28 October.

Translation: 1 Russian.

Offerings: General Fund: £674.60. Building Fund: £189.50. Donations: $10,000 (USA).

PRC News: Byron Center PRC called Rev. A. Lanning (CERC, Singapore). Rev. Smit accepted the call to be the third missionary to the Philippines. Cand. Feenstra accepted the call to Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB). Lynden PRC will call from a trio of Rev. Huizinga, Rev. Mahtani and Cand. Regnerus.

The CERC of Singapore invites young people (aged 13+) to join them at their Covenant Keepers Camp, 19-22 December, at Aloha Loyang, Sea View Bungalow 1. See their website ( or e-mail them ( for more information.

Encouraging Quotes

“I have been enjoying much of your writing and sermons. I recently watched a couple of interviews with you and Prof. Hanko, and have just ordered three of his books. I watched his sermon, ‘The Victorious Christian Life,’ and loved every minute of it. I read every word of your C. R. News ... you often come to mind and I pray for and thank God for His ever blessing you with wisdom and grace to feed His sheep.” - Minnesota, USA

“Thank you for all the translations on your website! Today there are not so many good articles about the way, the truth and the life.” - Belgium

“About six months ago, I started re-reading Pink’s The Sovereignty of God and so listened to the two sermons on ‘The Sovereignty of God’ too. What a wonderful provision of the Lord ... I had the Psalm 23 series but, recently, sent them to a Christian friend. They arrived safely, and she had listened to the first two and enjoyed them, when she wrote and thanked me. I am re-reading Called to Watch for Christ’s Return which is very, very lovely, and will then go back to Redeemed With Judgment on Isaiah, which is also wonderful! How remarkable that they both speak to our world in the here and now!” - Yorkshire, England

“I am a Protestant minister in Switzerland and a staunch Calvinist ... The work you are doing is excellent and God will bless it.” - Switzerland

“Thank you for the Covenant Reformed News. They are little gems. I have been looking for something on II Peter for some time—most apposite themes for our times. Hope all is well with you and yours.” - England

“Enjoying the [Belgic Confession 25] classes on ‘The Ceremonial Law’ and learning so much.” - New Jersey, USA

“I have been a Christian believer for many years before having discovered, quite recently, the Reformed point of view, which reconciled many inner controversies I had been suffering from. John Calvin’s teaching seems sound and scripturally consistent. I would like to learn more Reformed basic teachings ... On your website I found excellent an translation of the Heidelberg Catechism into my native language, Armenian.” - Germany

“The sermon on the mass was very interesting. It answered my question regarding the inclusion of Question and Answer 80 in the Heidelberg Catechism. Thank you.” - Hungary

“The books you sent are a real blessing. They bear a good testimony in this dark age of apostasy, confusion and evil. I’m studying creation and reading Calvin’s commentary on Genesis. I enjoy reading Calvin. His style is direct and full of spiritual gems. He was a giant of a Reformer. God bless your stand for truth.” - Lincolnshire, England

“I just want to praise God for your website and let you know how helpful the articles on have been to my faith! After watching the debate on Calvinism, I found your website. I especially like the articles on eschatology and Calvinism, and find myself coming back to your website often when I need to discern truth from error. Thank you for providing truth and discernment to the world wide web and keep up the good work.” - Texas, USA

“I came across your debate on Calvinism vs. Arminianism on YouTube and this led me to your website, from which I found the many talks/sermons that I have been listening to. I admire the solid reasoning and logic behind the basis for your theology and am coming to grips with Calvinistic theology myself, many thanks to you.” - New Zealand

“I am overjoyed with the package that you have sent through the post. May God bless you more.” - London, England

“I just finished your lesson I found on YouTube called ‘Mortification’ and I was truly blessed. An excellent reminder of the Christian’s responsibility to repent and slay all sin in one’s life. I noticed we have a lot in common in our doctrine of sanctification and our hatred of easy-believism.” - Philippines

“Thank you very much for sending me the Covenant Reformed News regularly. I read them closely.” - France

“Although I was unable to make the last lecture [on 28 September, 2017], we really appreciate your continuing to come to South Wales. I look forward to seeing you next time.” - S. Wales