Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 23 October, 2011
"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 Pre-Eminence of the Word [download]
Scripture Reading: John 1:14-37; 3:25-38; 5:32-39
The Fulness From Whom We Receive
The Bringer of Grace and Truth
Psalms: 122:1-9; 109:15-19; 63:1-8; 36:5-10
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Word Who Reveals God [download]
Scripture Reading: I John 4
Need for the Word to Reveal God
The Nature of the Word’s Revelation of God
Psalms: 103:8-15; 109:20-25; 34:1-10; 25:8-14
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desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
Quote to Consider:
John Calvin on John 1:16: "First,
[John] shows that we are all utterly destitute and empty of spiritual
blessings; for the abundance which exists in Christ is intended to
supply our deficiency, to relieve our poverty, to satisfy our hunger and
thirst. Secondly, he warns us that, as soon as we have departed from
Christ, it is in vain for us to seek a single drop of happiness, because
God hath determined that whatever is good shall reside in him alone.
Accordingly, we shall find angels and men to be dry, heaven to be empty,
the earth to be unproductive, and, in short, all things to be of no
value, if we wish to be partakers of the gifts of God in any other way
than through Christ. Thirdly, he assures us that we shall have no reason
to fear the want of any thing, provided that we draw from the fulness
of Christ, which is in every respect so complete, that we shall
experience it to be a truly inexhaustible fountain ..."
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
We welcome Anna and Kezia Carins
from the EPC in Australia to our worship services today.
Everyone is welcome to stay for tea
after the evening service.
On the back table is Rev. McGeown’s
bimonthly letter and October’s C. R. News.
Sunday Catechism: 10 AM - O.T.
Monday Catechism: 6 PM - O.T.
Beginners (Alex & Nathan) 6:45 PM - O.T. Juniors (Jacob & Joseph) 7:30
PM - Heidelberg (Timothy, Zoe, Amy & Lea)
Our Tuesday morning Bible study
meets at 11 AM. We will continue our study of the Antichrist in
Revelation 13:8-10. All are welcome.
Belgic Confession Class meets Wednesday
at 7:45 PM. Continuing Article 12, we will look at election and
reprobation of angels and the work of (good) angels.
This Friday at 7:30 PM is our
Reformation Day Lecture on "Christ Alone!" Plan to attend and bring
a friend! We are looking for volunteers to distribute flyers advertising
the lecture around the houses in Ballymena and volunteers to bring
biscuits for tea after the lecture. Talk with Rev. Stewart if you can
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast
next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) will be "Recovery of the
Biblical Gospel (2)" (Romans 1:16) by Rev. Haak.
The Council will hold their next
meeting on Thursday, 3 November.
The 2012 BRF Conference is to be
held from Saturday, July 28, to Saturday, August 4, at Lorne House in
Co. Down. Profs. Engelsma and Hanko will give lectures under the theme
"Ye Shall Be My Witnesses," along with a special lecture by Rev. McGeown
on mission work. See the BRF website for more information
Offerings: General Fund: £483.00.
PRC News: Edgerton PRC called Rev. A. Lanning (Faith, MI).
Letter in the Belfast News Letter, 17 October
Church Must Not Tolerate Same-Sex Clergyman
In view of Church of Ireland clergyman Rev. Tom Gordon's civil
partnership with another man, Archbishop Alan Harper speaks of "a
severe strain on the unity of the church" (News Letter, 12 October).
It is clearly time for the Church of Ireland to take a stand with
First, since God's Word
forbids all sexual relationships outside lifelong marriage between one
man and one woman (Matt. 19:3-12) and prohibits homosexuality (Rom.
1:27), professing Christians and especially church office-bearers should
not enter civil partnerships with other men.
Second, since Scripture
declares that homosexuals are not members of the kingdom of heaven and
that only those are sanctified who have repented of, and broken with,
this and other sins are believers (I Cor. 6:9-11), it is disgraceful
that the Church of Ireland can even consider maintaining homosexual
clergymen in good standing.
Third, since a church
office-bearer must be devoted to one woman if he is married (I Tim.
3:2), homosexual civil partnerships for the clergy are ruled out.
Fourth, the Church of
Ireland should not take its sexual ethics from the ungodly world (i.e.,
contemporary political correctness, contrary to many centuries of
Western thinking) and reject the command of Romans 12:2, "Be not
conformed to this world," by holding that homosexuality is good and
acceptable to God (Heb. 13:4).
Fifth, since Jesus Christ,
who is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8), does not judge
churches according to the fads of political correctness but according to
the standard of the Holy Scriptures (John 12:48), the Church of Ireland
should fear His calling them "synagogues of Satan" (Rev. 2:9; 3:9) and
vomiting them out of His mouth (Rev. 3:16).
Sixth, unless the Church
of Ireland is willing, like other Anglican communions (e.g., the Church
of England), to endure disunity, alienate those in her ranks and outside
who believe the Bible, risk losing members and move further and further
from Christian doctrine and ethics, in order to avoid painful church
discipline and gain the temporary favour of some in the world, then it
must not tolerate a homosexual minister in a civil partnership or allow
him to remain in the ministry.
Angus Stewart, Covenant Protestant Reformed Church, Ballymena