Covenant Protestant Reformed
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 10 February, 2013
"Those that be planted in the
house of the Lord
shall flourish in the courts of
our God" (Ps. 92:13)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
John the Baptist’s Public
John’s Witness to Andrew
Scripture Reading: John 1:29-51
Text: John 1:35-42
I. What It Was
II. To Whom It Led Him
III. To What It Led Him
Psalms: 118:1-9; 25:1-7;
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Wickedness of Man
Scripture Reading: Genesis 6
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s
I. The Extent of Sin
II. The Development of Sin
Psalms: 86:9-14; 25:8-14; 14:1-7;
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Quote to Consider
John Calvin on John 1:36:
"... when John
perceived that he was approaching the end of his course, he
laboured incessantly to resign his office to Christ. His
firmness too gives greater credit to his testimony. But by
insisting so earnestly, during many successive days, in
repeating the commendation of Christ, he shows that his own
course was nearly finished. Here we see also how small and
low the beginning of the church was. John, indeed, prepared
disciples for Christ, but it is only now that Christ begins
to collect a church. He has no more than two men who are
mean and unknown, but this even contributes to illustrate
His glory, that within a short period, without human aid,
and without a strong hand, He spreads His kingdom in a
wonderful and incredible manner. We ought also to observe
what is the chief object to which John directs the attention
of men; it is, to find in Christ the forgiveness of sins."
Announcements (subject to God’s
The Lord, in His good
providence and grace, took Mr. Callender to his
heavenly home this past Thursday. The funeral was held
yesterday. May the "God of all comfort" sustain Mrs.
Callender and Linda. "Nevertheless I am continually with
thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide
me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory" (Ps.
The Council, on behalf of the
congregation, has agreed a price of £150,000 for buying
the CPRC manse from the PRC. By God’s grace, the bequest
received recently will cover this.
If your offerings qualify for
Gift Aid, could you please use the brown envelopes.
If you need more envelopes, please ask Ivan Reid.
6 PM -
O.T. Beginners (Bradley & Alex)
6:45 PM - N.T. Juniors
(Nathan, Jacob & Joseph)
7:30 PM - Heidelberg (Timothy)
The Tuesday morning Bible
study will be held this week at 11 AM. We will look at
five things which will happen before Christ’s return.
The Belgic Confession Class
will meet this Wednesday, at 7:45 PM, to continue article 19
on kenoticism and the two natures of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The ladies’ Bible study
will meet this Friday, 10:30 AM at the church.
The men’s Bible study
meets this Saturday at 8 PM at the Kennedy’s on "The
Discipline of Perseverence."
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) with
Rev. R. Kleyn continuing his series on Joseph.
Offerings: General Fund -
£1,118.30. Building Fund - £265.70. Donation: £120
(translator fund), £30 (literature).
Website Addition: 1 Spanish translation was added.
Christ’s First Disciples
Carl J. Haak (Standard
Bearer, Volume 71, Issue 6)
The central truth of these
verses is very plainly that of Jesus gathering His first
disciples and the way in which He brought them to Himself.
We read here of the very first contact which five of the
disciples had with Jesus. Other accounts (Mark 1:15-20; Luke
5:1-11; Matt. 4:18-22) inform us that at a later date Jesus
called these same men to His service. This account in John
is of a more personal nature. Here we see how they were
personally and powerfully brought to the saving knowledge
that Jesus was the Messiah. What rich instruction is given
on the truth of how one is brought to union with Christ (cf.
Canons III/IV:11). Also the passage sets before us
both the example and the duty of witnessing of Christ to
others (cf. Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 32, Q. &
It is very instructive to note
how these first disciples were brought to Jesus. The first
two heard a preacher proclaiming Christ as the "Lamb of
God," and they followed Jesus. Simon Peter, the next one,
was brought by his brother to Christ. Philip was found
directly by Jesus. And Nathanael was summoned by Philip to
"come and see," which resulted in Christ’s making Himself
known to him. In all of them we see the wonderful and
irresistible grace of Christ drawing His sheep to Himself
(John 6:44). Christ must make disciples by revealing Himself
to them as God’s Messiah. God is sovereign through it all,
yet He is pleased to use means. Those means are first the
preaching of the Word, as we see John the Baptist
proclaiming Christ. Then, having heard the Word, we are
moved to witness to others to "come and see" Him themselves
(John 4:42). Always it is Christ who draws and causes His
sheep to hear His voice (John 10:27).
Finally we should see that
Christ gathers men of widely different temperaments and
callings. As the perfect Shepherd, He knows His sheep and
deals with each one according to his own situation. It is
blessed to see here how the truth of Christ’s gathering His
church out of every type and personality among men is so
strikingly illustrated. Consider these first five disciples:
John: Unnamed in verse 35,
as is John’s custom in this gospel narrative. He is the
disciple of intense devotion and affection who leaned on the
Master’s bosom. He was "the disciple whom Jesus loved" (John
13:23), and the only one of the twelve who stood by the
Andrew: A man who seems to
be of a practical frame of mind. Whenever we see him in this
gospel narrative he is bringing someone to Christ (John 6:8;
Simon Peter: Strong-headed,
impulsive, full of zeal.
Philip: Philip would show
himself to be sceptical at times (John 6:5, 7; 14:8).
Nathanael: Evidently of a
meditative and retiring disposition. A man of an open and
frank nature, one "in whom there was no guile," trustworthy.
"Yet each of these men found in
Christ that which met his need and satisfied his heart!"
Outline of John 1:35-51
1. John, Andrew, and Peter are
brought to Christ (vv. 35-42).
A. John the Baptist heralds the
Lamb of God to two of his disciples (vv. 35-36).
B. John and Andrew are
questioned by Jesus and abide with Him (vv. 37-39).
C. Andrew witnesses to Simon,
his brother (vv. 40-42).
2. Philip and Nathanael are
brought to Christ (vv. 43-51).
A. Jesus calls Philip (vv. 43-45).
B. Philip finds Nathanael (vv.
C. Jesus and Nathanael (vv.
Questions for Further Study and
1. Discuss the truth of how men
are brought to Christ.
a. Does the preaching of
Christ as the only sacrifice for sin (Lamb of God)
always play a crucial part?
b. How does the wonderful
providence of God and the truth of irresistible calling
fit together so beautifully? Can you give examples?
c. Show how Christ Himself
must speak and reveal Himself personally to a person
before that person can know Him as the Messiah.
d. Does not the reality of
being made a follower of Christ always result in a
witness to others of Him?
2. Show from John the Baptist’s
ministry that the content and the vital truth to which the
church must always witness in her preaching is the
sacrificial work of Christ.
3. Why did Jesus ask the two
disciples of John, "What seek ye?" (v. 38).
4. What is signified in their
reply, "Where dwellest thou?"
5. What important truth is seen
in Andrew’s witness to Peter? What can we learn from this
about our calling to witness? What is the relationship
between witnessing of Christ and the preaching of the Word?
6. What is the significance of
Jesus’ renaming of Simon? Discuss the truth that in reality
every saint in Christ Jesus is like Simon Peter.
7. What important idea is found in
Christ’s words to Philip, "Follow me"?
8. What attribute of Christ was
demonstrated to Nathanael? How is this related to the
confession he makes about Christ?
9. What did Nathanael mean by his
remark about Nazareth? (See Matthew 2:23.)
10. What is meant by "in whom
there was no guile"?
11. What greater things was
Nathanael to see (v. 51)?