Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 29 November, 2015
“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 Interlude and the Seventh Trumpet (5)
The Ministry of the Two Witnesses
Scripture Reading: Revelation 11
Text: Revelation 11:3-4
I. Their Time
II. Their Identity
III. Their Prophesying
Psalms: 97:6-11; 119:49-56; 78:44-50; 95:6-11
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Interlude and the Seventh Trumpet (6)
The Opposition to the Two Witnesses
Scripture Reading: Revelation 11
Text: Revelation 11:5-8
I. Their Terrible Judgment on Their Enemies
II. Their Wicked Murder by the Beast
III. Their Dead Bodies on the Street
Psalms: 122:1-9; 119:57-64; 125:1-5; 79:1-6
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If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
or the elders
CPRC Website: www.cprc.co.uk • Live Webcast:
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Quotes to Consider
Dennis E. Johnson: “The one text (Rev. 12:14) in which the
wording from Daniel 7 appears (‘a time, times, half a time’)
is a commentary on the protection of the woman (Rev. 12:6).
Thus the texts in which these time markers appear
characterize the era that they symbolize in two ways:
1. Enemies assault the church 42 months: The ‘holy city’ is
trampled by Gentiles (11:1-2).
2. The church is protected by God 1,260 days: The two
witnesses prophesy, and their opponents cannot harm them
1~ Enemies assault the church 42 months: The beast wields
his authority in blasphemy against God and warfare against
his saints (13:5-7).
2~ The church is protected by God 1,260 days: The mother of
the Messiah is nourished in the wilderness, and the dragon
cannot destroy her (12:6, cf. the expansion in 12:14-17).
The common threads that run through these descriptions are
opposition and preservation: opposition from the ‘Gentiles,’
from the beast, from the ‘great city’ and its international
alliance of coconspirators, and from the dragon; but also
preservation by God, who will not allow his holy place to be
defiled, his witnesses to be silenced, his new Israel to be
swept away by the dragon’s flood of lies (12:15-16). This
mixed situation—this unstable amalgam of deadly danger and
divine defense—sounds strangely familiar. It sounds like
John’s day, and like ours” (Triumph of the Lamb, p. 172).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
Monday evening’s Catechism classes: TESTS NEXT WEEK - 7 DECEMBER
5:45 PM - Taylor, Josh, Corey, Bradley & Samuel (Beginners OT, book 2)
6:30 PM - Alex & Nathan (Seniors OT)
7:15 PM - Jacob, Joseph & Chris (Heidelberg Catechism, book 1)
The Tuesday Bible study meets at 11 AM to look more at Jehu
Belgic Confession Class will meet this week Wednesday at
7:45 PM to study the catholicity of the church in connection
with Article 27.
Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Bruinsma is entitled “The Naming
of John” (Luke 1:57-66).
Rev. Nathan Decker’s lecture is planned for Wednesday, 13
January, on “God’s Beautiful Covenant of Grace” at the CPRC
at 7:30 PM.
The congregational dinner is scheduled for Friday, 15
January, at the Ramble Inn.
S. Wales Lecture: Rev. Stewart will give a lecture on “Our
Identity in Christ” in Port Talbot, S. Wales, at 7:15 PM on
Thursday, 28 January.
Offerings: General Fund: £778.
Website Additions: 1 Indonesian and 2 Spanish translations.
PRC News: Rev. J. Laning (Hull, IA) received the call to the Philippines.
Brian D. Dykstra
Psalm 1:1-2: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the
counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is
in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day
Our covenant God has graciously provided us the means
necessary to open the doors of our own Reformed school
again. We are grateful to have a place where God’s children
may be instructed in His ways.
We mark another beginning as well. We are starting another
cycle of the “Song of the Week.” Nearly every school week,
Mr. Koole, our headmaster, will select a Psalter number for
classroom singing. Near the end of the last school year we
sang a Psalter number based on Psalm 150, and soon we will
be singing a song based on Psalm 1 and advance through the
Psalms again. The first two verses of Psalm 1 serve as a
good reminder for the purpose of our school.
What do we as parents and grandparents desire for our
children and grandchildren? Do we want them to be better or
more stylishly dressed than the rest? Do we want this school
to be a competitive place where our offspring’s social
status will be determined? Are we the most pleased when our
children are cuter, stronger, more athletic, more popular or
smarter than the others? There are times when such concerns
can overtake us.
Yet, when we gather our thoughts during times of spiritual
meditation, what we really want for our children is
expressed by the first word of the first Psalm. We want our
children to be blessed of God. To experience such blessing,
verse one tells us there are three things to avoid.
First, we are not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly.
Parents, would you like your covenant children taught by the
ungodly? There are many who do because the price is right.
It might not appear to be such a serious matter if science
were taught from an evolutionary point of view. Yet, look at
the monstrous ways of sin in which the world feels free to
walk because, after all, man is not created a rational,
moral creature but is only a highly evolved life form.
Next, we are told not to stand in the way of sinners. Having
grown comfortable with the counsel of the ungodly, we would
make the world’s sinful manner of life our habit. Would our
children abhor sinful living as they ought, if they were to
spend much of their formative years in a place where there
is no blushing for the ways of sin? Our society raises high
the banner of “toleration” and there are many who proudly
march after it. By God’s grace, we instruct our children to
join the ranks behind a decidedly different banner.
Finally, we are not to sit in the seat of the scornful.
Those scornful of God live in a way which shows that they
never expect Christ, the Judge, to return. Such scorners
increase in number and volume as the world speeds along its
wicked way to its own destruction. Joining with others of
faith in our school society, we can teach our children that
Christ will “translate me with all His chosen ones to
himself, into heavenly joys and glory” (Heidelberg
Catechism, Lord’s Day 19).
Positively, verse two says they are blessed who have their
delight in the law of the Lord. This delighting is not done
grudgingly after the fashion that our children all too often
do their chores. Delighting in God’s law means we follow it
out of love for Him in light of all that He has so
graciously done for us in Jesus Christ.
We do not find our delight in the ways of the world. This
could bring us greater earthly prosperity and make us
socially acceptable. However, delighting in such ways would
not lead us to a delightful end. Delighting in God’s law is
an effective way to witness Christ’s lordship over us. We do
not do as we please. Because of God’s work of conversion in
us, we can do our Lord’s bidding.
How will our children show they avoid the evil and delight
in the good here in school? We need to recognize that Satan
will be hard at work here. We will face temptations here
every day. These temptations are not always the obvious
ones. No athletic scout will stop to watch playground
competition and offer a youngster a major contract with many
zeros and commas on it. The temptations we face can appear
minor and harmless, but they can, nevertheless, entangle
with deadly effectiveness. There will be the temptation to
shun those deemed less socially acceptable. We will be
tempted to give less than our best effort on the work given
to us. We will be tempted to be disrespectful and display to
others how superior we are.
May God work in us and our children so we do not walk, stand
or sit with the wicked. May we, by grace, love God’s law,
which to our natures is so restrictive, and live the life of
the redeemed of the Lord.