Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 17 August, 2014
“But our God is in the heavens: he hath done
whatsoever he hath pleased” (Psalm 115:3)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
The Seven Churches in Asia (11)
Observations on the Letters to the Seven Churches
Scripture Reading: Revelation 2
Text: Revelation 2-3
I. Especially One Person Is Addressed
II. Especially One Enemy Is Identified
III. Especially One Calling Is Issued
Psalms: 96:8-13; 77:14-20; 119:33-40; 1:1-6
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Seven Churches in Asia (12)
The Dangers Facing the Churches
Scripture Reading: Revelation 3
Text: Revelation 2-3
Psalms: 84:1-6; 78:1-6; 83:1-8; 83:9-18
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If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
or the elders
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Quote to Consider
Herman Hoeksema: “Christ, Who walks in the midst of the
seven golden candlesticks, the Head of His ideal church,
given Him by the Father, also is in the midst of His church
in the world ... He comes to her ... as her righteous Judge,
commending whatever good there is found in her, rebuking and
admonishing her for her sins and weaknesses, calling her to
repentance and threatening her with his wrath and judgments.
It is because Christ is in the midst of His church in the
world as her Judge that the church must ever reform, even
though separation from a certain manifestation of her is the
result ... Behold Him, and be assured that the church can
never perish; she is safe though all hell come raving
against her!” (Behold He Cometh, pp. 43-44).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
We welcome Fred & Ruth Hanko (Faith PRC) to our worship
The PRC Acts of Synod for 2014 are available free on the
Elder Ivan Reid’s and Deacon William Graham’s terms in
office are up this month. The Council presents the following
for the vote of male confessing members: 1) approval for
Ivan Reid for another 3-year term as elder, 2) vote for
either Julian Kennedy or David Crossett for a 3-year term as
deacon. A brief meeting to vote on this will be held after
the evening worship service on 31 August. Any lawful
objections to these nominees should be put in writing and
given to one of the elders.
The Tuesday Bible study meets at 11 AM to begin Christ’s
controversies on the kingdom of God.
Daniel, Eunice and Lisa Ong from the CERC in Singapore
arrive this Saturday. They plan to worship with us next
Lord’s Day and stay in N. Ireland until Thursday, 28 August.
Lisa is to study at the University of Limerick this term.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) is entitled “Conviction for Christian
Education” (Ephesians 6:4).
Children’s Bible Club meets for the last time this summer on
Tuesday, 26 August at 11 AM.
Everyone is invited to the manse for a barbecue on
Wednesday, 27 August, while the Ongs are here. Please come
at 6:30 PM or as soon as you can thereafter. If you are able
to come, let Pastor or Mary know so that they know how much
food will be needed.
Offerings: General Fund - £1,088.35 (20 July), £292.28 (27
July), £644.41 (3 August), £739.54 (10 August). Building
Fund - £169.40.
Website Additions: 4 Italian translations were added as were
4 Chinese pages consisting of 13 Covenant Reformed News
PRC News: Rev. Key declined the call to be missionary to the
Philippines. Doon PRC, Faith PRC and First PRC have all
extended calls to Candidate Engelsma
Brian D. Dykstra
Proverbs 3:11-12: “My son, despise not the chastening of the
Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord
loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he
One of the responsibilities of fathers, and teachers who
stand in the place of parents, is the chastening of
children. Chastening is not something we eagerly anticipate
doing. It is not pleasant. Whenever chastisement is given,
we cannot help but wonder whether or not the chastening is
given in the best way possible, or whether or not the child
sees our love and godly concern for him. We are always
walking a fine line of either chastening too much or too
little. However, this being a covenant school, and standing
in the place of covenant parents, chastening students is
something we must do.
It is important to notice that the father here refers to
this chastening as having its origin in the Lord. This
covenant father is pointing out to his son that the
chastening the son experiences does not originate in him,
but in the Lord. Here we are not to view God as a Master who
rules over servants. Neither are we to have in our minds the
fact that God is also the Judge from whom nothing can be
hidden. We must note that this chastening is of the Lord,
Jehovah, the name of our covenant Father who is merciful and
loving, and who delights in the fellowship of His people.
Anybody who has any experience in teaching or parenting
knows there are times when children are annoying. The origin
of chastening must be God’s law, not what annoys us. This is
a temptation, especially when we are tired, run down or
overburdened. Sometimes, we chasten for our convenience.
Chastening must have its origin in God. This happens only
when we have as our standard God’s law.
There are two attitudes towards God’s chastisement which we
are instructed to avoid. First, we are not to despise the
Lord’s chastening. To despise means to loath something
because it is viewed as being worthless. Such despising
could be expressed, “Let God do His worst to me for what He
perceives to be my shortcomings. I am man enough to endure
it and continue on my chosen way. Evidently, God disapproves
of what I am doing, and therefore has brought something
unpleasant into my life. So be it! My chosen way gives me
pleasure. I don’t care about His correction. My way is
right! As long as I may do as I please and get what I want,
I don’t care about what the consequences of my sins may be.”
We witness this attitude in various ways in our society. It
is obvious that this response to the Lord’s chastening is
not the response of faith.
The second attitude toward chastening is that we grow weary
of His correction. This response does not appear to be as
bad as the first, yet it is still not the response of faith.
Sometimes, we are weary of experiencing a guilty conscience
for our sins. After all, the wicked actually perform sin,
and many times it seems they suffer no consequences for
their sins. Not only do their consciences not seem to be
afflicted, some even boast of their evil-doings. We, on the
other hand, must implore God’s mercy and humble ourselves
simply because we have sinful desires in our hearts! It
doesn’t seem right. Why must we be chastened when there
certainly are those who are much worse than we are. Such an
attitude fails to recognize that God chastens us because He
deals with us in His love. We should not be jealous of the
wicked because their consciences have been seared or they
seem to get away with sin. God allows them to go their own
way because He has no pleasure in them. The Lord does not
desire fellowship with those who are not redeemed. God will
not correct them so He can walk with them and delight in
their fellowship. He doesn’t love them.
God does not chasten because He sadistically enjoys seeing
us squirm. God chastens those whom He loves and regards as
His children. We have evidence that we are legitimate
children of God when He chastens us. Our Father says He
delights in us! God chastens in order to bring His children
to repentance and obedient living. He will not allow us to
walk in sin and assume the character or appearance of Satan,
whose we were by nature. God will have us walk in His ways
and will use His chastening rod to mould us into His image
because He has purchased us with His Son’s blood. He will
see to it that we resemble our new Master. Our Lord has not
redeemed us so we can continue in the old paths of sin.
We must be quietly confident under our Father’s
chastisement. We do not know His purpose with us or what our
final place in His kingdom will be. God chastens so that we
shun the way of evil and walk in fellowship with Him.
Jehovah delights in us and would have us keep company with
Him on the path He has marked out for us by His law. The
Lord’s chastening maintains us in the way of fellowship with
Him and the rest of His children.