Covenant Protestant Reformed
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 18 November, 2012
"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
The Kingdom is the Lord’s!
Scripture Reading: Psalm 22
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s
I. The Citizens of the
II. The Calling of the Kingdom
III. The Message of the Kingdom
Psalms: 96:1-7; 17:1-7; 22:22-26;
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
John the Baptist's Birth and Preparation (3)
Unborn John Leaps for Joy!
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:26-56
Text: Luke 1:39-45
I. The Occasion
II. The Significance
Psalms: 96:8-13; 17:8-15; 105:4-9;
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CPRC website: www.cprc.co.uk
Quote to Consider
"God, God only, is the
creator, the origin, of the kingdom. The kingdom comes from
Him, not from man. The kingdom, therefore, depends upon
God—upon God only ... In the kingdom our will, pleasures,
friendships, families, and very lives are so subject to the
king, that we are called to sacrifice them to God’s glory
when this may be necessary. The kingdom is the kingdom of
God. The king does not exist for the citizens, but we
citizens exist for the king. When professing Christians,
facing some personal suffering or loss, whine, ‘Christ would
never require such hardship and pain of me,’ they show that
they do not know the kingdom as the kingdom of God."
Matthew Henry on Luke 1:41: "Now began to be fulfilled what the angel
said to his father (v. 15), that he should be filled with the Holy Ghost,
even from his mother's womb; and perhaps he himself had some reference to this,
when he said (John 3:29), 'The friend of the Bridegroom rejoiceth greatly,
because of the Bridegroom's voice,' heard, though not by him, yet by his mother."
Prof. Hanko: "Several things are clear from
[Luke 1:39-45]. First, the text mentions twice that the
voice of Mary was the immediate cause of John's leap of joy
within the womb of his mother. Therefore, it was the voice
of Mary which communicated to John, within his mother, that
Christ himself was present. Second, although John's response
to Mary's voice was certainly miraculous, it was also the
beginning of his work of announcing the coming of Christ, a
work which he would complete with Christ's baptism in the
wilderness of Judea. This work John could and did perform
only as a regenerated and qualified forerunner of Christ the
Messiah. Third, Elisabeth, filled with the Holy Ghost, was
able to interpret this leap of joy within her as an
announcement of Christ's coming and presence. There was no
other way she could possibly have known that Mary was to be
the mother of the Lord. Finally, John's leap of joy was
evidence of his regeneration. Not only did John take up his
work, but he took up his work with joy, a joy which could
only be borne out of a regenerated heart" (We
and Our Children, pp. 143-144).
Announcements (subject to God’s
We welcome Jackie’s sister,
Michelle, and Kevin from Trinidad to our worship
The November CR News is
on the back table today along with Rev. Stewart’s
bi-monthly letter to the PRC.
6 PM -
O.T. Beginners (Bradley, Alex & Kirstin)
6:45 PM - N.T.
Juniors (Nathan, Jacob & Joseph)
7:30 PM - Heidelberg
(Timothy & Jackie)
The Tuesday morning Bible
study will be held this week at 11 AM. We will look at
Satan’s little season in the book of Revelation.
The Belgic Confession Class
will meet this Wednesday, at 7:45 PM, to continue article 18
on our Lord’s human nature.
Rev. Stewart will give a
lecture on "The Spirit of the Age and the Church" in
Lurgan Town Hall this Friday, 23 November, at 7:30 PM. If
anyone would like a ride to the lecture, please talk to Rev.
Men’s Bible Study will meet
this Saturday, 24, November, at 8 PM at the Kennedys.
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) will be
"Proper Behaviour in the Church" (Eph. 4:31-32) by Rev.
Reserve Friday, 11 January,
2013 , for our congregational dinner.
The church visitors,
Rev. Haak and Elder Pete VanderSchaaf, will be coming in
March of next year.
Offerings: General Fund -
Website Additions: 2
Portuguese, 2 Hungarian and 3 Italian translations.
PRC News: Randolph PRC called Rev. W. Langerak
(Southeast, MI). Rev. Eriks declined the call to Faith PRC
so their new trio is Revs. Griess, Haak and Spronk.