Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 22 September, 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 (6)
The Restrainer of the Man of Sin’s Revelation
Scripture Reading: II Timothy 3:1-4:5
Text: II Thessalonians 2:5-7
I. The Need for This Restraint
II. The Nature of This Restraint
Psalms: 54:1-7; 45:7-12; 119:49-56; 76:5-12
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Necessity of Christ’s Ascension
Scripture Reading: John 14:1-11; 16:1-16
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 18
I. His Earthly Work Was Finished
II. His Heavenly Work Had to Begin
Psalms: 47:1-9; 45:13-17; 68:16-20; 22:23-28
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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
Quote to Consider
Augustine: "He who loves
the coming of the Lord is not he who affirms it is far off,
nor is it he who says it is near [i.e., imminent]. It is he
who, whether it be far or near, awaits it with sincere
faith, steadfast hope and fervent love."
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
This evening we will have a
preparatory service with a view to celebrating the
Lord’s Supper next Sunday morning.
Reformed News is available on the back table, as is
The Reformed Perspectives, which includes an article on
"Living Chastely: Our Marriage to the Risen Lord."
The Council would like to
remind the congregation that exiting and entering the
sanctuary during the services can be distracting to other
worshippers. We ask that this be kept to a minimum.
Monday Catechism: Bradley,
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 the arguments Christ used in His sabbath
controversies (handouts are on the back table).
Belgic Confession Class
meets this Wednesday at 7:45 PM to continue with article 21b
on foundational truths about our Saviour’s atonement.
Men’s Bible Study will meet
this Saturday, 28 September, at 8 PM at the Kennedys using
the Ezra study guide, chapter 2. (Please note: the reference
in the study guide to Psalter #230 is Psalm 85.)
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) is
entitled "Spiritual Lethargy" (Song 5:1-8).
Philip Hall’s installation
has been postponed until Lord’s Day, 6 October, for
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 -
Website Additions: 1
Portuguese and 7 Chinese (consisting of 21 Covenant
Reformed News articles) translations were added.
PRC News: Rev. Griess declined the call to Faith PRC.
Doon PRC called Rev. R. Kleyn (Spokane, WA).
"Mystery" in the New Testament
(Matt. 13:11) He answered and said
unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the
mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not
(Mark 4:11) And he said unto them,
Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of
God: but unto them that are without, all
these things are done in parables:
(Luke 8:10) And he said, Unto you it
is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to
others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and
hearing they might not understand.
(Rom. 11:25) For I would not,
brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest
ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in
part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the
Gentiles be come in.
(Rom. 16:25) Now to him that is of
power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the
preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of
the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
(I Cor. 2:7) But we speak the wisdom
of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom,
which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
(I Cor. 4:1) Let a man so account of
us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the
mysteries of God.
(I Cor. 13:2) And though I have the gift of
prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge;
and though I have all faith, so that I could remove
mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
(I Cor. 14:2) For he that speaketh in
tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man
howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
(I Cor. 15:51) Behold, I shew you a
mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be
(Eph. 1:9) Having made known unto us
the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure
which he hath purposed in himself:
(Eph 3:3-4) How that by revelation he
made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few
words, Whereby, when ye read, ye
may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
(Eph. 3:9) And to make all men see what is
the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of
the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by
(Eph. 5:32) This is a great mystery:
but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
(Eph. 6:19) And for me, that
utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth
boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
(Col. 1:26-27) Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from
generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make
known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles;
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
(Col. 2:2) That their hearts might
be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all
riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the
acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father,
and of Christ;
(Col. 4:3) Withal praying also for
us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to
speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
(II Thess. 2:7) For the mystery of
iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth
will let, until he be taken out of the way.
(I Tim. 3:9) Holding the mystery of
the faith in a pure conscience.
(I Tim. 3:16) And without controversy
great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the
flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached
unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up
(Rev. 1:20) The mystery of the seven
stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven
golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the
seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest
are the seven churches.
(Rev. 10:7) But in the days of the
voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound,
the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared
to his servants the prophets.
(Rev. 17:5) And upon her forehead was
a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF
HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
(Rev. 17:7) And the angel said unto
me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the
mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her,
which hath the seven heads and ten horns.