Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church

83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 12 February, 2017

“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 (30)
Dying Jacob Visited Twice by Joseph  [download]  [youtube]

Scripture Reading: Genesis 47:27-48:22
Text: Genesis 47:27-48:22

I. Visit 1: The Vow Regarding Jacob’s Burial
II. Visit 2: The Blessing of Jacob’s Grandsons
Psalms: 81:1-8; 28:1-4; 78:67-72; 80:1-2, 8-11

Evening Service - 6:00 PM

The Life of Jacob (31)
Jacob’s Blessing of Joseph’s Two Sons  [download] [youtube]

Scripture Reading: Genesis 48:8-22
Text: Genesis 48:15-16

I. The God of the Blessing
II. The Blessing of God
III. The Ones Blessed of God
Psalms: 84:4-11; 28:5-9; 35:1-7; 34:1-10

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

George Lawson: “Children should obey and honour their parents as long as they live. But parents are not to expect the same degree of obedience from them in every part of life; because, in the progress of reason, and of human affairs, children are entitled to new privileges, and laid under obligations to new duties. They have a right, when they come to the years of maturity, to judge for themselves concerning matters in which they were formerly bound to acquiesce in the judgment of their parents. They enter into new connexions, the duties of which are not less sacred than those which they owed to their parents. Joseph was in high office under Pharaoh, and he was a husband and a father. Jacob had no right to demand anything from him that he could not perform consistently with the duties of these relations. Even when parents have a right to command, it will be no diminution of their dignity in many cases to entreat. Paul was the spiritual father of Philemon, and when he might have commanded him to comply with his desires in favour of Onesimus, yet, for love’s sake, he rather besought him” (The History of Joseph, p. 390).

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, Alex & Nathan (Heidelberg Catechism, book 2)

The Council meets tomorrow (Monday, 13 February) at 8 PM.

The Tuesday Bible Study meets at 11 AM to consider the holy wars in the days of Israel’s kings.

The Belgic Confession Class meets on Wednesday at 7:45 PM to begin article 31 on the election of church office-bearers.

Ladies’ Bible Study meets this Friday at 10:30 AM at church to discuss “Receiving Wise Counsel” and “The Future” from Proverbs.

The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846 MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. R. Kleyn is “No Other Gods” (Ex. 20:3).

Enjoy doing jigsaws? Join us next week Friday evening, 24 February, from 7 PM onwards at church for a puzzle party and fellowship. Bring a jigsaw you want to build or help others with theirs. All welcome. Contact Mary with any questions.

Offerings: General Fund: £610.00. Building Fund: £356.50.

PRC News: Rev. Lanning (CERC, Singapore) is considering the call to First Holland PRC. Rev. R. Kleyn (Spokane, WA) has the call to Southwest PRC. Rev. J. Mahtani (Cornerstone, IN) is considering the call to be third missionary in the Philippines.

Encouraging Quotes

“Having been so richly blessed with my old worn out copy, it is time to update with the new! Please send a copy of Whosoever Will.” - London, England

“I am interested in 10 hard copies of each of the two article on ‘Widows and Virgins’ [in] I Corinthians 7 and 12 [copies of the] pamphlet ‘Bringing Forth Children in an Age of Selfishness.’ Those articles have been very helpful to me and I have shared them with friends by sharing the links. I am very grateful to you and Pastor Brummel for writing them.” - Georgia, USA

“I learn many good things from your articles and sermons, and am being edified.” - India

“Please find enclosed a cheque in respect to the CDs you sent me. I found them very interesting and am in agreement with your exposition of Ezekiel 37-39.” - Co. Antrim

“Having just watched this sermon [on ‘The Day of the Lord’s Singing,’ my husband and I] want to say, ‘Thank you very much for bringing God’s Word to life and explaining this short passage.’ We have been so blessed this morning as we are both too poorly to attend church. We have been truly fed.” - N. Yorkshire, England

“If you’ve noticed an ‘uptick’ in hits on your site from the USA over the past month or so, I am responsible for a great deal of it ... Your and Prof. Engelsma’s sermons and writings on the three marks of a true church, and the responsibility of joining with a true church are completely convincing to me ... [The] content-rich, yet always pithy and absorbing orations and writings have been used by the Lord in fortifying my soul with correct doctrine. I thank the Lord for you! There are many gifted preachers and teachers in the PRCA, but you have played a unique and special role in my development. You and your flock are in my prayers.” - Connecticut, USA

“I am currently fighting over the whole issue of baptism. I decided to listen to your John the Baptist sermons online.” - Germany

“Many thanks for again sending copies of the Three Forms of Unity to my father in S. Wales. He has appreciated reading the booklet himself and continues to look for opportunities to pass the additional copies on to others.” - Worcester, England

“The exposition of the Belgic Confession is a treasure to listen to.” - Alabama, USA

“Thank you so much for sending me the BRF Conference CDs. I’d just read ... Rev. Hamilton’s The Revival of 1859 and so actually listened to your lecture on J. N. Darby first ... I started the other CDs and listened to them over a week. I admit that I didn’t expect anything from ‘The Two Witnesses of Revelation 11’ address, as I felt I was very familiar with it. How wrong I was! They were all very edifying and very challenging to continue contending for the faith. Last week, I sent Prof. Engelsma’s leaflet on ‘The Great Tribulation’ to the pastor here. The last things aren’t mentioned at the church ... Last Saturday, I started again listening to the CDs and they have been even more edifying the second time ... Back in June, I ordered Rev. Smit’s The Fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ to be sent to [a friend]. She has told me twice what a blessing the book has been.” - Yorkshire, England

“Thank you so much for the faithful preaching and the preparation you do. I’ve really enjoyed your series on ‘The Life of Jacob.’ Keep them coming.” - USA

“Providentially I have just moved churches and this series of [Belgic Confession Class] CDs ‘Bound to Join a Faithful Church’ will make good listening as I travel each Lord’s Day afternoon.” - London, England

“I am a South African Reformed Christian and non-residential missionary to Madagascar. I was very pleased to come across your website. As things go and following debates and discussions on the social media, somebody pointed to an article on your website. What a nice surprise even to see a lot of material in my own language. I have to commend you highly.” - South Africa

“Just wanted you to know I am thankful for your preaching, classes and personal encouragement. Praising God.” - Washington, USA

“Thank you for sending the DVDs. They are a great blessing! Praying for your ministry that you would bear great fruit, an hundred fold!” - Lincolnshire, England

“Could you please send me a copy of The Coming of Zion’s Redeemer by Rev. Ron Hanko. Once again, I thank you for your kindness and your ministry which has been a wonderful help to me.” - Co. Antrim

“I will be listening to a couple of the new videos today. Glory to God that so many are coming to the website. When first learning of God’s sovereignty from A. W. Pink, it was the first time in my life as a Christian that I knew I could rest in Christ. It is our greatest comfort.” - Minnesota, USA