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Ballymacashon Old Reformed Church (Congregational)

78 Saintfield Road, Killinchy, Co.Down. BT23 6RN.
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Martin Luther: “at home, in my own house, there is no warmth or vigour in me, but in the church when the multitude is gathered together, a fire is kindled in my heart and it breaks its way through.”

Find us at 78 Saintfield Road,

Killinchy,

NEWTOWNARDS Co.Down,

BT23 6RN

The Prism: Bodily Integrity

The Prism: The Issue of Bodily Integrity. 

A Occasional Bonus Podcast

Welcome to The Prism – a monthly look at contemporary ethics and events through a Biblical prism. This month we are looking at the issue of bodily integrity. Who actually owns your body? In this modern society, the government seems to want you to know that in fact THEY own your body.  You may think that you have bodily autonomy, that your body belongs to you so YOUR BODY – YOUR CHOICE… — but think again.

So let’s look at this issue through the biblical prism, and seek some clarity on the matter.  

Before you begin, you should read 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Listen to the PODCAST HERE

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August Podcast Hiatus!

Season 2 – Coming in September

Dear Friends,

Thank you for all your support for the Podcast over the last year.  It has been amazing to see how the Lord’s hand has guided over the past year or so.  I had no plans whatsoever to start a ‘radio programme’ and wouldn’t have known how to do so if I’d wanted to. But the first ‘Lockdown’ in 2020 forced me to find a way to keep in touch with the local congregation at Ballymacashon, most of whom had, like myself, no clue how to do a ‘zoom meeting!’  So a simple CD Service was born, and soon that was being distributed more widely among others who couldn’t attend church.  

When the lockdown ended and we were able to meet in person again, the CD ministry continued, but a ‘church service’ format was no longer needed and it became more like a radio show, with the aim of getting online.  

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The Same Only Different. Acts 22:1-12

The Same, Only Different.

Text: Acts 22:1-12

God has intervened  and prevented Paul from destroying his witness, by allowing a lynch-mob of Jews to grab him and drag him out of the temple and begin the process of literally beating him to death. He was arrested by the Romans and surprised that Paul was a well spoken educated man, speaking in Greek, the Roman commander gave permission, for Paul to speak.  So now Paul begins his defence of the faith, before the Jews of Jerusalem.   

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Catechism Class – LD10B Q28 – Jehovah Jireh

Jehovah Jireh – The Lord, Our Provider!

How God Cares for His Created World and Everything In It! 

Catechism Reference: Lord’s Day 10,Q28

We are still talking about the PROVIDENCE OF GOD. God’s gracious provision for us – his, ‘laying in store’ all of the aspects of our life, and the world on which we live is an act of his providence, his tender ongoing care for, and governance over, his created universe and everything in it, right down to the smallest atom.  

But how does this affect ME – personally?  That’s what we want to ask in this podcast, and we’ll find the answer in Q28 of the Heidelberg Catechism.

Q28. What does it benefit us to know that God has created all things and still upholds them by his providence?

A. We can be patient in adversity, 1 thankful in prosperity, 2 and with a view to the future we can have a firm confidence in our faithful God and Father that no creature shall separate us from his love; 3 for all creatures are so completely in his hand that without his will they cannot so much as move.

Podcast to follow on Tuesday 20th July 2021 DV

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TableTalk – The Head of the Church

The Head of the Church

Savoy: There is no other Head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ;

Who is the head of the church? As non-conformists, can we accept that the pope or anyone else on this earth is the head of the church? When we read the Bible we discover that the head of the church is CHRIST! Anyone else is an imposter. Let’s look at what the Bible says about this matter, and there are two particular points we want to consider…

1. The Divine Authority of THE KING. Colossians 1:18 

Only Jesus has the RIGHT to be the head of the church. Here’s why:-

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Catechism Class: LD10A, Q27 – Nothing Happens by Chance

Catechism Class – LD10A Q27

Nothing Happens by Chance!

How God Cares for His Created World and Everything In It! 

We are looking at the first part of Heidelberg Catechism, LD10, – Q27. which asks, LD10 Q.27  What do you understand by the providence of God?

A. God’s providence is his almighty and ever present power, 1 whereby, as with his hand, he still upholds heaven and earth and all creatures, 2 and so governs them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, food and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, 3 indeed, all things, come to us not by chance 4 but by his fatherly hand

So – Life’s a Lottery? Are you quite SURE about that?

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Acts 21:27-40 No Mean City?

No Mean City

Text. Acts 21:27-40

At Jerusalem Paul has been coaxed into a compromise that will bring him into disrepute and ruin his entire life’s work.  There’s not a lot of application in this section, but jet’s just do a little bit of historical work.  

1. Perjured Capture.

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Paul’s Puzzling Pragmatism – Acts 21:17-27

Paul’s Puzzling Pragmatism

Text: Acts 21:17-27, 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Pragmatism. “Whatever works…”. It’s the message of the liberal churches, with their compromise to the prevailing culture of the modern age. Acts 21:17-18 Luke is with him, Timothy too, and the representatives of the Gentile churches. They were welcomed, and the next day they met with the church leadership, James, and the elders.

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Catechism Class: LD9B – Trusting My Heavenly Father.

God is MY Father – Lord’s Day 9B Q26

In our last lesson we saw that God is the Creator of EVERYTHING.  He created this world and the universe out of nothing, and he did it in six literal days, and he crowned his creation when he created mankind, the pinnacle of creation, made in God’s own image, to reflect his glory. Not only did he create the word, but he rules over it and sustains it. Genesis 8:22 Our instructor teaches us this in the first part of Q26. …the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who out of nothing created heaven and earth and all that is in them, and who still upholds and governs them by his eternal counsel and providence,   

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Paul is Far from Perfect. Acts 21:1-16

Paul is Far from Perfect

Text: Acts 21:1-16

Paul was a sinner, like us. 1 Tim 1:15.  So we don’t put Paul on any pedestal – even a little one – and the Bible never glorifies any man, even the great Apostle Paul.  In this study, is Paul DISOBEYING THE WILL OF GOD?   See:-

1 Paul’s Desire for Christian Fellowship V3-4  

Before we get into the meat of this passage, let’s note something really obvious.   

  • The universal Christian church.  There’s Christians everywhere!  Ok, they may not be exactly the same as us.  They may not worship like us, and they may have different views on secondary matters, but there are Christians, meeting in little groups all over the world.   
  • The importance of finding local fellowship.  Now it’s really easy to go somewhere for a week or so, and ‘turn off your Christianity.’  Paul never did.  Wherever he landed, he looked for believers, looked for a church, and met with them, and got to know them and enjoyed Christian fellowship with them.

Now, let’s move on to the substantive issue…

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