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Morning Worship, Every Lord’s Day at 11.30am, DV, at

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

TableTalk – The Church #2

The Church that We See. 

Text.  1 Corinthians 1:2  

Savoy: The whole body of men throughout the world, professing the faith of the gospel and obedience unto God by Christ according to it, not destroying their own profession by any errors everting the foundation, or unholiness of conversation, are, and may be called the visible catholic church of Christ; although as such it is not entrusted with the administration of any ordinances, or have any officers to rule or govern in, or over the whole body. ( 1 Corinthians 1:2; Acts 11:26; Romans 1:7; Ephesians 1:20-22 ) 

Notice again that the confession speaks of the world-wide church.  How can we describe the ‘visible church?’

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Pastoral Integrity. Acts 20:13-38

Paul’s Pastoral Integrity

Text: Acts 20:13-38 

We’re looking at this passage in two parts, Paul’s INTEGRITY in ministry, and his INSTRUCTIONS to the church leaders.  Let’s think about his ministry, and his integrity, his honesty and sincerity. 

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Catechism Class – LD7c Q22.

The Greatest Commission

Matthew 28:16-20, H/C Q/A  22-23 

Heidelberg Q/A 22. What, then, is necessary for a Christian to believe?  All that is promised us in the Gospel, which the articles of our catholic, undoubted Christian faith teach us in summary.

What is the Gospel, and how is it to be proclaimed? Our ‘mission statement’ has been given to us by Jesus!  It is found in the closing words of the Gospel of Matthew.  It’s often known as ‘The Great Commission.’  Let’s look at these verses together.

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Eutychus – Acts 20:7-12

Eutychus.

Text: Acts 20:7-12.  (1st Corinthians 11:18-34)

This little passage is about a young man who fell asleep, and whose sleepiness is recorded for us in the bible, so that we can learn from it, and so that we can be encouraged, as the people at Troas were!

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Special Meeting.

Special meeting this Lord’s Day at 3.30pm. A vital meeting for challenging times. Please join us.

TableTalk – The Church #1

The Church that God Alone Sees

Text. Revelation 7. 

Read the following two passages of Scripture.  In both of them the Church is mentioned, but in different ways.  What are the differences?

Acts 13:1

Colossians 1:18

Did you see the difference?  In Acts 13 the church is a local, visible group of people, meeting together in a particular location.  In Colossians 1, the church is much more than that, it is every  true believer, under Christ as the head of the church, from all over the world, – everyone who has been granted new life in Christ by grace, through faith alone.  The entire people of God.  In this lesson, we want to learn something about the invisible church, that body of people, who are truly saved, the elect of God, redeemed through the atoning work of Christ on the cross for sinners.

The Church

In this short introductory lesson we want to learn three simple facts about the true church of Christ. Reformed Christians state their belief in the Invisible Church like this:- The catholic or universal church, which is invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one under Christ, the Head thereof, and is the Spouse, the Body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.  (Savoy Declaration of Faith)

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What is True Faith?

What is True Faith?

Text:  Hebrews 11:1-3, 6, 13.

Catechism Reference: Lord’s Day 7,  Q/A  21.  

FAITH is a vital truth, for as our instructor remind us in Q20, “… only such as by true faith are ingrafted into Him and receive all his benefits… (are saved).  Thankfully we have the Scriptures to lay out the doctrine for us, and the Catechism to bring it all together in a concise way that we can understand it.  

We often hear faith defined simply like this, “Forsaking all, I trust Him.”  Now that is good, as far as it goes.  But it’s not good enough!  Where do we obtain the faith, with which we trust Him?  Do we have it within us all?  Do we have to work it up, by means of religious acts or sacraments, or stirring music?   And when we do ‘have faith’ – who or what do we have faith in?  It would not be hard to have a misplaced faith, a faith in something that is worthless and perishing.  Thankfully, we do have a definition of Faith in the NT, and it’s found in Hebrews 11:1-3

Faith cometh by hearing

and hearing by the word of God.

This is the beginning of the roll-call of the great heroes of faith from the OT, and there is a link connecting them all. That is the fact that each of them was characterised by their faith in God, no matter what their circumstances were – they completely trusted the Lord, so, naturally, the writer begins the chapter with a definition of faith.  Let’s think about it…. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence things not seen.  Mark carefully the words that Hebrews uses to help us to understand the nature of faith. There are two defining terms used, SUBSTANCE AND EVIDENCE:

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Catechism Class: LD7,Q20, The Effectual Call?

The Effectual Call?

LORD’S DAY 7 Q20. Read Romans 8:29-32

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Romans 8:29-32

In reformed circles we speak about God’s ‘irresistible grace’ or ‘the effectual call’ of God upon the life of the sinner.     Since salvation is all of the Lord, it is God’s prerogative to save whom he will, and since he has chosen his own people from before the foundation of the world, those whom he calls to him will surely come.  Jesus said, John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. And John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.  But what about those scripture verses that teach us that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world?  Even the mention of the doctrine of Irresistible Grace sends some evangelicals into apoplexy! So, in this lesson, we’re going to consider three common misunderstandings, which the catechism will help us to get some clarity on. UNIVERSALISM, the idea that Christ’s death is for all, so all humanity must already be saved.  DECISIONAL REGENERATION, where the call of God can be rendered ineffective by human indecision. SEMI-PELAGIANISM, where God has gone most of the way for us to be saved, but there is still something we must do. 

Image by waldryano from Pixabay

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A Case for Serious Christianity

A Case for Serious Christianity

Text: Acts 19:23-41

This is a case study – a example of the need for serious Christianity.  In this pagan age, mere nominal faith, or emotionally driven Christian experiences, simply won’t do.  Real, serious Christianity is all that will prevail. I’ve been predicting this.  There’s going to be a riot at Ephesus.  Here in Ephesus, the riot is not instigated by the Jews as elsewhere, but by prominent members of the local Chamber of Commerce! 

See:-

The Theatre at Ephesus. Image by David Mark from Pixabay

See:-

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Rome, Jerusalem and Congregational Churches! Acts 19:21-22

Rome, Jerusalem, and Congregational Churches!

Text: Acts 19:21-22, 2 Corinthians 9.  

Here’s a little passage of text that I almost missed!  It seem that while Paul was ministering to the local church in the city of Ephesus, his mind and heart were brimming with pastoral concern for the Body of Christ throughout the world.   

Rome. Image by Walkerssk from Pixabay
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