Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church

83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 30 October, 2016

“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 Life of Jacob (13)
Jacob and Laban’s Confrontation at Galeed  [download]  [youtube]

Scripture Reading: Genesis 31:17-42
Text: Genesis 31:17-42

I. Laban’s Fierce Charges
II. Jacob’s Firm Retort
Psalms: 139:1-10; 17:8-15; 105:9-15; 121:1-8

Evening Service - 6:00 PM

The Life of Jacob (14)
Jacob and Laban’s Covenant at Galeed  [download]  [youtube]

Scripture Reading: Genesis 31:36-55
Text: Genesis 31:43-55

I. The Covenant Witnesses
II. The Covenant Vow
III. The Covenant Meal
Psalms: 122:1-9; 18:1-7; 50:1-6; 25:8-14

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

J. G. Vos: “‘And Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed’ (Gen. 31:47). This interesting item is included by Moses in the narrative. Laban spoke Aramaic, the language of Mesopotamia; Jacob spoke Hebrew, the language of Canaan. Jacob, of course, having lived twenty years in Mesopotamia, must have been able to speak and understand the Aramaic language. But in this sacred matter of a covenant he used the language of Canaan, the land of promise. The two names, in Aramaic and Hebrew, mean approximately the same thing: ‘heap of testimony’ or ‘heap of witness.’”

Announcements (subject to God’s will)

Monday evening’s Catechism classes:
5:45 PM - Taylor, Josh, Corey & Katelyn (Beginners NT)
6:30 PM - Bradley & Samuel (Juniors OT)
7:15 PM - Jacob, Joseph, Alex & Nathan (Heidelberg Catechism, book 2)

The Tuesday Bible study meets at 11 AM to continue our study of the OT ceremonial law (Num. 19) regarding uncleanness through death in Scripture.

Belgic Confession Class meets this Wednesday at 7:45 PM to continue our discussion of Article 29 on the marks of a true church.

Ladies’ Bible Study meets this Friday at 10:30 AM at the church to discuss Proverbs on wisdom and wealth. Contact Beth with any questions.

The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Bruinsma is “Looking Well to Her Household” (Prov. 31:27-28).

Portadown Reformation Day Lecture on “John Owen and the Death of Christ” is Friday, 11 November, 7:30 PM at Portadown Town Hall.

The Council meets on Monday, 14 November, at 8 PM.

The next S. Wales Lecture in The Round Chapel, Margam, is on Thursday, 8 December, at 7:15 PM, by Rev. Stewart on “John Owen and the Death of Christ.”

Offerings: General Fund: £657.00.

New translation: 1 Portuguese.

PRC news: Today the consistory of Faith PRC will oversee the beginning of worship services at Heritage Christian School for a little over 200 of their members who plan to request Classis East in January to be organized into another congregation.

CERC news: The Session of CERC in Singapore, along with a delegation from the PRC, examined Emmanuel Singh of Kolkata, India, yesterday. The brother demonstrated a command of, and commitment to, the Reformed faith. CERC’s Session approved the exam and declared him eligible for a call to the ministry of the gospel in CERC as a missionary to India.

Reformation Lecture on John Owen and the Death of Christ


This year marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Owen (1616-1683), perhaps the greatest theologian ever produced in the British Isles. Dr Owen served was appointed Vice-Chancellor at Oxford University by Oliver Cromwell.

John OwenOut of his numerous works published in 24 volumes, it is John Owen's treatise The Death of Death in the Death of Christ (1650) which is the most justly celebrated. In this unrefuted and irrefutable book, he proves from Scripture that the Lord laid down His life not for everybody but for the iniquities of His elect people alone.

Follow John Owen's biblical reasoning: “The Father imposed His just wrath due unto, and the Son underwent punishment for, either (1) all the sins of all men or (2) all the sins of some men or (3) some of the sins of all men. In which case it may be said that if (3) be the case, all men have some sins to answer for and so none are saved; that if (2) be true, then Christ, in their stead, suffered for all the sins of all the elect in the whole world, and this is the truth; but if (1) be the case, why are not all men free from the punishment due unto their sins? You answer, Because of unbelief. I ask, Is this unbelief a sin or is it not? If it is, then Christ suffered the punishment due unto it or He did not. If He did, why must that hinder them more than their other sins for which He died? If He did not, He did not die for all their sins!”

The Covenant Protestant Reformed Church (CPRC) in Ballymena is holding its annual Reformation Day lecture this Friday on “John Owen and the Death of Christ.” The speech will introduce John Owen and analyze his most famous book, explaining the glory of the Lord's particular and powerful atonement. This truth is crucial for understanding the cross, for preaching the Christian gospel and for establishing the church in the absolute sovereignty of the grace of the Triune God!

After his lecture, Rev. Angus Stewart, the minister of the CPRC, will field questions from the floor. Books, CDs, DVDs and free pamphlets will be available, and coffee and tea will be provided after the speech.

All are welcome at the Reformation Day lecture on Friday, 28 October, at 7:30 PM at Covenant Protestant Reformed Church (83 Clarence Street, Ballymena, BT43 5DR). It can also be watched live on-line for free (