Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 27 October, 2013
"But thou, O Lord, art a God
full of compassion, and gracious,
longsuffering, and plenteous in
mercy and truth" (Psalm 86:15)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
The Man of Sin (9)
The Man of Sin’s Deceptive Powers
Scripture Reading: I John 2
Text: II Thessalonians 2:10
I. In Various Passages
II. As a Warning to Us
Psalms: 100:1-5; 50:1-6; 119:97-104; 52:1-7
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Body-Communion of the Saints
Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 12
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 21
Psalms: 99:1-7; 50:7-12; 34:8-16; 16:1-7
For CDs of the sermons and DVDs of
the worship services, contact
If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart or the elders
CPRC Website: www.cprc.co.uk •
CPRC YouTube: www.youtube.com/cprcni
Announcements (subject to God’s
The new Standard Bearers
are on the back table for subscribers. The October
Covenant Reformed News and a new pamphlet by Prof.
Engelsma entitled "The Coming of the Kingdom: Christianizing
the World?" are also available, as are daily devotionals for
The bookstore now has in stock
Herman Hoeksema’s new devotional,
All Glory to the Only
Good God. It is available for £15.
Samuel (Beginners NT) - 5:30PM
Alex, Nathan (Juniors OT) -
Jacob, Joseph (Seniors OT) -
Timothy (Essentials of Reformed
Doctrine) - 7:45PM
Tuesday Bible study meets
at 11 AM to study Christ’s arguments regarding the sabbath
based on His own identity.
Belgic Confession Class
(audios added weekly to the website)
meets this Wednesday at 7:45 PM to continue with article
21b, on the extent of Christ’s atonement.
Ballymena Lecture: Rev.
Stewart will give a lecture on "War and Peace in the
Heidelberg Catechism" this Friday, at 7:30 PM here at the
CPRC. Flyers are on the back table. Take some and pass them
on to friends and neighbours. Any help with the tea after
the lecture would be greatly appreciated.
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) is
entitled "The Omnipotent and Omniscient God" (Isa.
S. Wales Lecture: Rev.
Stewart will speak on "Original Sin" on Thursday, 7
November, 7:15 PM, at a new venue, the Round Chapel, Margam,
Offerings: General Fund (13
Oct.) - £633.71, (20 Oct.) - £552.73.
Website Addition: 1
Hiligaynon (Rev. Houck’s pamphlet, "Knowing the True God"),
1 Portuguese (e-book of Prof. Hanko’s book,
Faithful Saints) and 2 Afrikaans translations.
Many of the PRC saints—too many
to name them individually—whom Rev. & Mary Stewart met in
Grand Rapids last week, pass on their greetings. Be
assured of their continued prayers for us as a congregation.
Doon PRC will call from a trio consisting of Revs. Koole
(Grandville), W. Langerak (Southeast, GR), and Marcus
(Edmonton, AB). The organizational meeting for the Classis
of the PRC of the Philippines is planned for this Thursday.
The churches forming this new classis are the Berean
Protestant Reformed Church (Cubao, Metro Manila, Rev. Vernon
Ibe) and the First Reformed Church of Bulacan (Muzon,
Bulacan, Rev. John Flores). The meeting will include signing
ceremonies, a meditation from Scripture, singing, prayer of
thanksgiving and a group photo, as well as an opportunity to
hear greetings and thanksgiving to God from other churches
(including one from the CPRC and LRF).
The Heidelberg Catechism, the
second of our Three Forms of Unity, received its name from
the place of its origin, Heidelberg, the capital of the
German Electorate of the Palatinate. There, in order that
the Reformed faith might be maintained in his domain,
Elector Frederick III commissioned Zacharias Ursinus,
professor at Heidelberg University, and Caspar Olevianus,
the court preacher, to prepare a manual for catechetical
instruction. Out of this initiative came the Catechism,
which was approved by the Elector himself and by the Synod
of Heidelberg and first published in 1563. With its comfort
motif and its warm, personal style, the Catechism soon won
the love of the people of God, as is evident from the fact
that more editions of the Catechism had to be printed that
same year. While the first edition had 128 questions and
answers, in the second and third editions, at the behest of
the Elector, the eightieth question and answer, which refers
to the popish mass as an accursed idolatry, was added. In
the third edition the 129 questions and answers were divided
into 52 Lord’s Days with a view to the Catechism’s being
explained in one of the services on the Lord’s Day. That
salutary practice is still maintained today, in harmony with
the prescription of the Church Order of Dordrecht. In the
Netherlands the Heidelberg Catechism was translated into the
Dutch language as early as 1566, and it soon became widely
loved and used in the churches there. It was adopted by
several national synods during the later sixteenth century,
and finally included by the Synod of Dordrecht, 1618-1619,
among our three forms of unity, a place which it has to this
Anniversary of Reformation Catechism
This year is the 450th
anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism, probably the most
beloved and used catechism of the Reformation. Written in
the lovely city of Heidelberg in Germany, its warm personal
tone is encapsulated in its opening words: "What is thy only
comfort in life and death? That I with body and soul, both
in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my
faithful Saviour Jesus Christ."
Appropriately, this year’s
annual Reformation Day Lecture in the Covenant Protestant
Reformed Church (CPRC) is "War and Peace in the Heidelberg
Catechism," explaining the battle for the faith both before
and in the Heidelberg Catechism and the peace of the gospel
that it proclaims. Rev. Angus Stewart’s speech will be
accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation. All are welcome to
come to this special Reformation Day event at 7:30 PM this
Friday (1 November) in the Covenant Protestant Reformed
Church, 83 Clarence Street (off the Cullybackey Road),
Ballymena. Free copies of the Heidelberg Catechism will be
available, along with books, pamphlets, DVDs and CDs, etc.,
plus light refreshments.
The speech will also be broadcast live in video on the
internet through the CPRC’s new live webcasting (www.cprf.co.uk/live.html).
Live Webcasting at Covenant!
The Covenant Protestant Reformed Church (CPRC)
is now broadcasting both their Sunday services
live on the internet each week. The church in
Clarence Street, Ballymena, has recently been
connected to the fibre optic broadband network,
so that anyone with a computer and good internet
access should be able to watch, live and for
free, both Sunday morning and evening services,
as well as special lectures. This should be of
special help to those sick or housebound on the
This Sunday, Rev. Angus Stewart will preach at
the CPRC on "The Man of Sin's Deceptive Powers
(II Thess. 2:10-12), as part of a series on the
Antichrist, and "The Communion of the Saints."
Simply turn on your computer and go to the CPRC
to watch the services at 11am and 6pm. This
should prove a welcome addition to the (over
1,500) videos on the CPRC's YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/cprcni)
which were put on-line after the meeting, since
now, for the first time, people can watch and
participate in the services live.