Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 31 July, 2016
“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
Christ’s Words Shall Never Pass Away [download]
Scripture Reading: Matthew 24:1-35
Text: Matthew 24:35
I. The Meaning
II. The Manner
III. The Marvel
Psalms: 102:23-28; 2:6-12; 49:10-15; 119:89-96
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Complete in Christ (10)
“Touch Not; Taste Not; Handle Not”
Scripture Reading: Colossians 2
Text: Colossians 2:20-23
I. The Nature of the Error
II. The Refutation of the Error
III. The Exposure of the Error
Psalms: 122:1-9; 3:1-8; 24:1-6; 119:129-136
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If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
or the elders
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Quote to Consider
Westminster Confession 1:8: “The Old Testament in Hebrew,
(which was the native language of the people of God of old,)
and the New Testament in Greek, (which at the time of the
writing of it was most generally known to the nations,)
being immediately inspired by God, and by his singular care
and providence kept pure in all ages, are therefore
authentical; so as in all controversies of religion, the
Church is finally to appeal unto them. But because these
original tongues are not known to all the people of God, who
have right unto and interest in the scriptures, and are
commanded, in the fear of God, to read and search them,
therefore they are to be translated into the vulgar language
of every nation unto which they come, that the word of God
dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship him in an
acceptable manner, and through patience and comfort of the
scriptures, may have hope.”
Philo of Alexandria, a Jew and a contemporary of the
apostles: “The Jews would die ten thousand times rather than
to permit one single word to be altered of their
Athanasius: “The Christian Church of the New Testament
receives from the Hebrew Church of the Old Testament the
sacred books of that Testament, because it is to the Jews,
as Paul says (Rom. 3:2) that are committed ‘the oracles of
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
We welcome the visitors to our worship services today. May
the Lord bless us together as we hear Him speak to us
through the preaching of the Word.
A letter by Rev. McGeown regarding the Limerick Reformed
Fellowship (LRF) is on the back table.
Jennifer Hanko’s grandfather (Nancy Hanko’s father), Mr. Ed
Cammenga, was taken to glory this past week. Jennifer flew
to the US to be with her family at the funeral. May the Lord
comfort and strengthen her and her family in the loss of
their loved one.
The Council meets tomorrow evening at 7 PM at the church.
The Tuesday Bible study meets this week at 11 AM to resume
our discussion of leprosy in the Bible.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Haak is “The True Christian Life”
(II Tim. 4:7-8).
Rev. McGeown travels to the US tomorrow to attend the
Protestant Reformed Young People’s convention and to take a
holiday. Rev. Michael DeVries will be preaching for the LRF
in Rev. McGeown’s absence. Rev. DeVries plans to preach for
the CPRC on the 14 August while Rev. Stewart preaches in
Offerings: General Fund: £1,680.88. Donation: £10.
PRC news: Rev. Griess (Calvary, IA) was called to be a third
missionary in the Philippines.
Brian D. Dykstra
“And establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the
work of our hands establish thou it” (Psalm 90:17b).
At Hope Protestant Reformed Christian School’s annual
society meetings a lot of time is spent singing while the
ballots for the school board elections are being counted. I
sometimes have wondered what would happen if there weren’t
any piano players among us. The meetings would not be
shorter because the ballots must still be counted, but to me
it seems that the singing is a highlight for many of the
men. Over the years I have shared Psalters with many
different people and many different kinds of hands.
One hand I remember had scars and several new stitches
because the hands laid carpet. Others still had dark grease
beneath fingernails because they belonged to mechanics, not
at all similar to those hands belonging to drywallers. There
have been the clean hands of those who work in offices and
the tanned hands of builders. All these hands are needed for
doing the work of our school.
Our hands carry out our work. We speak of our hands being
skilled and enforcing our will. Sometimes our labour becomes
a burden, so our hands hang down under the weight of
responsibility or fatigue. Then our hands are renewed with
strength when we raise them (figuratively speaking) in
worship and prayer with fellow saints on the Lord’s Day.
Many hands have performed work at school this year. Small
hands have practised the skill of enforcing their will on
pencils and crayons to print letters in the proper shape.
Larger hands were used for the skill of gathering
information in the library or performing assignments in the
science lab. Parents’ hands have gone over homework with
students. Perhaps adult white-knuckled hands have gripped
paddles to remedy the improper attitudes smaller hands have
held toward the work handed to them (Prov. 23:13-14).
Hands have distributed papers, typed school notes, tied shoe
laces, freed stuck coat zippers, directed music, maintained
the school, prepared hot lunch, worked on the playground and
written cheques. For me, this year has provided memorable
uses of the hand. One small hand was inserted in an orange
playground cone from the bottom through the hole on the top.
That hand could not be withdrawn without a helping hand. My
hands became numb as they excavated a new winter boot from
the muddy and frigid waters of the creek (don’t ask!).
All of this reminded me of the verse at the top of the page.
Psalm 90 was written by Moses. In it he speaks of the
brevity of human life and days being spent under the wrath
of God. Imagine what it must have been like for that entire
generation to waste away in the wilderness. Each morning
when they opened their tent flaps and observed the landscape
of the wilderness, they were reminded they were not living
in the promised land because of their rebellion against God.
They desired that God would establish the work of their
hands. They were not going to be passing nicely finished
houses to their children because their children would move.
There would be no well maintained orchard, vineyard or field
passed to the next generation. They must have been thinking
about the work they performed in the instruction of their
children because that is about all their children would
That is also our prayer. God must make the work of this year
enduring and firm. We depend upon the work of His Spirit in
the hearts of His covenant children. John Calvin writes
concerning verse seventeen that “establish” could have been
translated “direct.” That would certainly fit. We are
sinners. Even our best works are improperly done. Our work
must be directed by the all wise God or the work of our
hands is vain. Be thankful that the God of the cross is
faithful and powerful enough to establish and direct the
efforts of our hands for the instruction of His children.