Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 28 September, 2014
“But our God is in the heavens: he hath done
whatsoever he hath pleased” (Psalm 115:3)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM Lord’s Supper
Christ’s Seven Words From the Cross (5)
Christ’s Request for a Drink
Scripture Reading: John 19:23-42
Text: John 19:28
I. The Reality of His Human Nature
II. The Fulfilment of Old Testament Prophecy
III. The Bearing of God’s Hot Wrath
Psalms: 42:1-5; 79:1-6; 22:13-20; 69:21-26
Evening Service - 6:00 PM Applicatory
The Strict Preaching of the Law
Scripture Reading: James 1:18-2:13
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 44
I. What It Is
II. Its Role in Justification
III. Its Role in Sanctification
Psalms: 122:1-9; 79:7-13; 1:1-6; 119:113-120
For CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services,
If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
or the elders
CPRC Website: www.cprc.co.uk • Live Webcast:
CPRC YouTube: www.youtube.com/cprcni
Quote to Consider
A. W. Pink: “How marvellously complete was the prophetic
foreview! No essential item was missing from it. Every
important detail of the great tragedy had been written down
beforehand. The betrayal by a familiar friend (Ps. 41:9),
the forsaking of the disciples through being offended at him
(Ps. 31:11), the false accusation (Ps. 35:11), the silence
before his judges (Isa. 53:7), the being proven guiltless
(Isa. 53:9), the numbering of him with transgressors (Isa.
53:12), the being crucified (Ps. 22:16), the mockery of the
spectators (Ps. 109:25), the taunt of non-deliverance (Ps.
22:7, 8), the gambling for his garments (Ps. 22:18), the
prayer for his enemies (Isa. 53:12), the being forsaken of
God (Ps. 22:1), the thirsting (Ps. 69:21), the yielding of
his spirit into the hands of the Father (Ps. 31:5), the
bones not broken (Ps. 34:20), the burial in a rich man’s
tomb (Isa. 53:9); all plainly foretold centuries before they
came to pass” (The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the
Cross, p. 107).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
After a week of self-examination, confessing members in good
standing are called to partake of the sacrament of the
Lord’s Supper. Your participation in the Lord’s Supper is in
part a witness that you repent of your sins, believe that
Jesus Christ is your righteousness and desire to live a new
and godly life. As this heavenly food can be taken to one’s
judgment (I Cor. 11:28-30) and as the common reception of
this food is a confession of doctrinal unity (Acts 2:42),
the elders supervise the partaking of the sacrament.
Visitors from other denominations must request permission
from the Council.
Taylor, Josh, Corey, Bradley & Samuel (Beginners OT, book 1)
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 greatness in
Belgic Confession Class this Wednesday at 7:45 PM will
study definitive sanctification in connection with Article
Ladies Bible Study meets Friday, 10:30 AM, at church to
consider lesson 3 and begin lesson 4 in the Philippians
Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Bruinsma is entitled “The Church:
The Body of Christ” (Eph. 1:3-6).
Offerings: General Fund - £733.04.
The next council meeting will be held on Monday, 13 October,
at 7:45 PM.
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.
PRC News: Faith PRC called Rev. Spronk. Rev. Griess was
called to work in the Philippines. First PRC’s new trio is
Revs. Van Overloop, Huizenga and Mahtani. Pastor-elect J.
Engelsma sustained his classical exam on Wednesday, and is
to be ordained and installed as Doon’s new pastor on 3
Wisdom and Discretion
Brian D. Dykstra
Proverbs 3:21: “My son, let not them depart from thine eyes:
keep sound wisdom and discretion.”
In this verse, Solomon teaches his son the need for sound
wisdom and discretion. Sound wisdom has some substance to
it. It is wisdom which is not subject to passing trends and
fashion. It is not the wisdom of the job market, the
investment market or the business world. It is not the
wisdom of the athletic competition or the social mill.
Solomon is concerned about something greater than his son’s
obtaining and maintaining a place in the world. Wisdom which
is based on God’s truth is the only wisdom which will endure
and is timeless. The wisdom of God and His Word is spiritual
and gives direction to His people in every age. With the
wisdom of God’s Word, there is lasting guidance for the
Discretion is the ability to recognize the difference
between good and evil. This is a spiritual ability. It is
far more important than the ability to tell a good deal from
a bad deal or a good labour contract from a bad one. A godly
walk of gratitude depends on the ability to recognize good
and evil. When God’s people walk with discretion, the wicked
will not have an occasion to speak evilly of God or His
Christ or His church.
It is this kind of wisdom and discretion which Solomon tells
his son, “let not them depart from thine eyes.” Our souls
are connected to physical reality through our senses. Our
eyes are an important bridge to the world. We have heard of
the lust of the eyes. Satan knows what an influence our eyes
can have on our souls. The Devil pointed out to Eve that the
fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil had a
pleasant appearance and looked desirable. Satan knew he was
well on his way to achieving his goal when he realized that
Eve saw that the forbidden fruit was pleasing to the eye.
Jealousy can arise when we see that others have more or
better than we have. Our eyes can lead our hearts to covet
the possessions of the neighbour.
Solomon tells his son that he must always have sound wisdom
and discretion before his eyes. What would happen if the son
were to look at the world without the optical filters of
wisdom and discretion? The sinful things of the world would
have a great appeal for him. Satan has learned what tempts
God’s children. It is when we put aside wisdom and
discretion that we begin to fall into the ways of sin. If we
keep before our eyes God’s standard of right and wrong, and
the beauty of His kingdom, the temptations of the world lose
their allure. What is the value of the passing passion of
the pleasure of sin compared to the lasting value of the
beauty of God and a place in His eternal kingdom, through
the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ?
We know of the lives of some who live without sound wisdom
and discretion. I did some work last summer in downtown
Grand Rapids near the Mel Trotter mission. There one can see
displayed on the sidewalks lives ruined and lost to drugs
and alcohol. Ragged, rumpled, baggy-eyed individuals have a
hand out while the other hand holds a brown paper bag filled
with empty promises and the inability to forget one’s woes.
Is there much of a difference between the wrinkled, worn
brown paper bag and the skin of the man who will try to fill
the void in his soul with the contents of the bottle?
Families are decayed and family fellowship made bitter
because of adultery, abuse and the downward spiral of lives
which continue in sin.
Such misery is not limited to the downtrodden or poor. There
are prosperous fools who lack sound wisdom and discretion.
They live in luxury and ease and have more than heart could
wish. Yet, their lives contain nothing of lasting value. How
many of the much beloved celebrities whose lives glitter
with fame and fortune have checked into substance abuse
rehabilitation centres? It’s become fashionable. Is one’s
life regarded as being fast enough and hard enough without
the required stint or two in rehab? An arrest now and then
is also beneficial to maintain a place for one’s name on the
supermarket tabloid’s cover. Beauty, social standing, public
adulation and limited talent do not fill the soul. The
celebrated life in the fast lane is devoid of sound wisdom
What about us? Solomon tells us to keep sound wisdom and
discretion before our eyes. We do not need to be told to do
something which we would do if left to ourselves. Take away
the enlivening power of God’s Spirit from our hearts and
what would we do? Oh, we might not physically be on the
bum’s sidewalk or in the celebrity’s penthouse, but,
spiritually, where would we be? Would we be begging for the
fruit of the tree of life or would we eagerly be making our
selection from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil? Do we sometimes wish we could participate in
the pleasures of sin if only we could get away with it?
Doesn’t our flesh view God’s law as a list of prohibitions
preventing us from having a good time? We all have our own
desire of the flesh which we would satisfy.
Pray that our faithful Father will place His wisdom and
discretion in our hearts. May we point His children to Him
as the only source of wisdom which will guide us and them
along their path.