Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 1 September, 2013
"But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious,
longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth" (Psalm 86:15)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
The Man of Sin (3)
The Falling Away and the Man of Sin
Scripture Reading: Revelation 13
Text: II Thessalonians 2:3
I. The Falling Away
II. The Man of Sin
III. Their Relationship
Psalms: 100:1-5; 42:6-11; 78:5-11; 10:13-18
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Christ’s Cry of Dereliction
Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:27-49
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 16
I. The Misinterpretations
II. The Meaning
III. The Comfort
Psalms: 22:1-7; 43:1-5; 88:1-9; 30:3-8
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Announcements (subject to God’s
The August Covenant Reformed
News is available on the back table.
The second offering this
morning is for our building fund.
Philip Hall’s term as deacon
expires this month. The Council has decided to nominate
Philip for an additional 3-year term. A vote by male
confessing members to approve/disapprove will be held after
today’s evening service.
Monday Catechism: Bradley, Samuel (Beginners NT) - 5:30PM
Alec, Nathan (Juniors OT) - 6:15PM
Jacob, Joseph (Seniors OT) - 7:00PM
Timothy (Essentials of Reformed Doctrine) - 7:45PM
Tuesday Bible study begins
this week at 11 AM. This year we will be studying "Christ’s
Belgic Confession Class
starts this Wednesday at 7:45 PM with article 21b on
Ladies Bible Study resumes
this Friday at 10 AM at church, with a discussion of
Women of the Old Testament, lesson 1, using the book by
Abraham Kuyper. Study guides are available on the back
table. Any questions, see Beth.
Men’s Bible Study will meet
this Saturday at 8 PM at the Kennedys. We will be looking at
the first chapter of the study guide on Ezra.
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) is
entitled "Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy" (Heb. 10:24-25).
Next Lord’s Day, there will be
tea after the evening service and then Rev. Paulraj will be
giving a presentation on his work in India. Rev.
Paulraj was trained by Rev. Kortering in Singapore and has
had contact with the PRC, especially Rev. Haak and
Georgetown PRC, for a number of years.
S. Wales Lecture: Rev.
McGeown will give the next lecture in The Rest, Porthcawl on
Thursday, 12 September, on "God’s Sovereignty in Our
Offerings: General Fund -
Website Additions: 3
Hungarian translations were added.
PRC News: Reverend Titus was recently diagnosed with
diabetes after having difficulty with his eyes and numbness
and stiffness in his limbs, which affected his work to a
large degree. The current prescription of oral drugs seems
to have brought this condition under control. Continue to
remember Reverend Titus and the saints in Myanmar in your
prayers. Candidate Guichelaar accepted the call from
Randolph PRC to be their pastor. Faith PRC called Rev.
Reformed Catechism Classes: A
Rev. Angus Stewart
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1. The Key Thing in Life
The key thing in life is to
understand that our chief end and that of our children is to
"glorify God and enjoy Him forever" (Westminster Shorter
Catechism, Q. & A. 1). "But seek ye first the kingdom of
God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be
added unto you" (Matt. 6:33) ... "This people have I formed
for myself; they shall shew forth my praise" (Isa 43:21).
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which
are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the
earth" (Col. 3:1-2). (Cf. Matt. 10:37; 13:44-46; 16:24-26;
Prov. 4:7; 8:34-36.)
2. The Calling of Covenant Children
The calling of covenant
children, baptized into the name of the Triune God, is to
follow Jesus Christ, to whom they belong in both body and
soul (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. & A. 1), by believing
and obeying His Word according to their capacity. Some of
the most pertinent Scriptures are the following:
Buy the truth, and sell it
not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding
(Prov. 23:23; cf. 2:1-5).
Remember now thy Creator in
the days of thy youth (Ecc. 12:1).
Children, obey your parents
in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and
mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long
on the earth (Eph. 6:1-3; cf. Col. 3:20).
This biblical calling of
covenant children is expressed in our "Form for the
Administration of Baptism:"
Whereas in all covenants,
there are contained two parts: therefore are we by God
through baptism, admonished of, and obliged unto new
obedience, namely, that we cleave to this one God,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; that we trust in him, and
love him with all our hearts, with all our souls, with
all our mind, and with all our strength; that we forsake
the world, crucify our old nature, and walk in a new and
holy life …
3. The Calling of Christian Parents
As well as supporting the
church in its calling with regard to their children, the
calling of Christian parents concerning their children is,
in brief, to teach them their calling from God’s Word (as
above) and to train them in it in love, as the following
texts from Holy Scripture indicate:
Only take heed to thyself,
and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the
things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart
from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them
thy sons, and thy sons’ sons (Deut. 4:9).
And ye shall teach them
your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in
thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou
liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt
write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon
thy gates (Deut. 11:19-20; cf. 6:4-7; 32:46-47).
We will not hide them from
their children, shewing to the generation to come the
praises of the Lord ... That the generation to come
might know them, even the children which should be born;
who should arise and declare them to their children:
That they might set their hope in God, and not forget
the works of God, but keep his commandments ... (Ps.
Train up a child in the way
he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart
from it (Prov. 22:6).
And, ye fathers, provoke
not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the
nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4; cf. II
Tim. 1:5; 3:15).
This is summarised in the third
question addressed to parents in the "Form for the
Administration of Baptism:"
Whether you promise and
intend to see these children, when come to the years of
discretion (whereof you are either parent or witness),
instructed and brought up in the aforesaid doctrine, or
help or cause them to be instructed therein, to the
utmost of your power?
This is the delight of all
believing parents: "I have no greater joy than to hear that
my children walk in truth" (III John 4).
4. The Calling of Christ’s Church
Besides teaching Christian
parents and their children their respective callings before
God (and praying for and supporting them in this), the
church also has a special calling from Jesus Christ toward
the seed of the covenant: "Feed my lambs" (John 21:15) ...
The church office-bearers are called to be watchmen and are
held accountable by God (Eze. 3:17-18; James 3:1)—for their
care of the covenant children too.
5. The Benefits of Catechism for Covenant Children
Catechism gives the covenant
children a strategic grasp of Old Testament and New
Testament history and a solid doctrinal foundation (the
latter comes especially through the classes on the
Heidelberg Catechism and the Essentials of Reformed
Doctrine) to help them learn "all the counsel of God" (Acts
20:27). It does all this at their level, using tried and
tested materials and methods of instruction, including
personal instruction, discussion and questions and answers.
This enables them to understand the church sermons better.
This strengthens them to testify that Jesus Christ is Lord
(Mark 8:38; Rom. 10:9-10; II Tim. 1:12). All this trains
them to become confessing members of the church who can
partake of the Lord’s Supper as mature Christians. By God’s
grace, the children grow to become complete Christians and
soldiers in the kingdom of heaven, and not be devoured by
the world or the departing churches. In this way and with
God’s blessing, covenant children will become pillars and
leaders of the church in the next generation.
6. Other Benefits of Catechism
Catechism through the week
demonstrates that Christianity is far from only a Sunday
religion. Catechism fits with and serves a godly family: "as
for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Josh. 24:15).
Catechism is a noble tradition in the history of Christian
and Reformed churches for many centuries and manifests our
unity with the historic Christian church.