Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church

83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 19 October, 2014

“But our God is in the heavens: he hath done
whatsoever he hath pleased” (Psalm 115:3)

Morning Service - 11:00 AM

Absalom and His Rebellion (1)
Amnon’s Incestuous Rape of Tamar  [download]  [youtube]

Scripture Reading: II Samuel 13:1-22
Text: II Samuel 13:1-19

I. The Tragic Sequence of Events
II. The Necessary Evaluation of Amnon
Psalms: 46:1-7; 81:8-16; 19:8-13; 119:105-112

Evening Service - 6:00 PM

Absalom and His Rebellion (2)
The Incestuous Rape of Tamar  [download]  [youtube]

Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 6
Text: II Samuel 13:1-22

I. Jonadab the Crafty
II. Tamar the Victim
III. Absalom the Hater
Psalms: 97:1-5, 10-12; 82:1-8; 133:1-3; 101:3-8

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

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Quotes to Consider

Gordon Keddie: “The ingredients of a genuine love are altogether lacking [in Amnon]: there is no self-giving commitment, no seeking of the other’s highest good, no sensitive devotion, not even a hint of romance; there is only naked physical lust and an utterly self-centred disregard for Tamar’s personal integrity, welfare and blessedness. Amnon is consumed, not by what he could do for her, but by what he wanted desperately to do to her. He wanted sex—it was as simple as that!”

John Calvin: “Therefore, when we see that the Spirit of God stated here, as a reproach, that Jonadab was a prudent man, and that he so forgot himself as to be a pimp for his male cousin, disgrace his female cousin, and be disloyal to his uncle, the king—it all warns us to pray that if God has given us some prudence, He would also add integrity and sincerity so that we may keep ourselves from craftiness” (Sermons on II Samuel, p. 619).

Announcements (subject to God’s will)

Mrs. Callender is scheduled to have a pacemaker fitted tomorrow. Please remember the Callenders in your prayers.

Julian Kennedy is now the CPRC treasurer. Our thanks to William Graham for his work.

There are still some slots available on the tea rota on the back table. Group A will be responsible for tea on Sunday evening, 2 November when Bob and Carolyn Prins are to be with us. If you have any questions, please talk with Kristin.

Monday Catechism:
Taylor, Josh, Corey, Bradley & Samuel (Beginners OT, book 1) - 5:30PM
Alex, Nathan, Jacob & Joseph (Seniors NT) - 6:15PM
Timothy & Chris (Essentials of Reformed Doctrine) - 7:00PM

The Tuesday Bible study meets at 11 AM to study “The Kingdom of God as the Sphere of Salvation.”

The Belgic Confession Class this Wednesday at 7:45 PM will study “Sanctification and the Members” in connection with Article 24.

The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Bruinsma is entitled “The Communion of the Saints” (Eph. 4:1-6).

Upcoming Lectures: Rev. Stewart will speak on Friday, 31 October, in the CPRC on “Gottschalk: Medieval Confessor of God’s Absolute Sovereignty.” On Thursday, 6 November, he will give the same lecture in S. Wales.

The council meets on Monday, 3 November, at 7:45 PM.

Offerings: General Fund - £560.32.

Website Additions: 2 Afrikaans translations.