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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

Looking For That Blessed Hope

Looking for That Blessed Hope

Text.  Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.

In our last study, on the New Heavens and a New Earth, we concluded with some practical applications, and we noted that when Christ returns we must be found IN HIM, clothed in his righteousness, for while we have no intrinsic goodness of our own, we are required, on that day, to be at peace with God, without spot and blameless.   We are far from that holy standard – the only Man who was at peace, was the Prince of Peace, who was sinless, without spot (1 Peter 1:18-20) and was blameless (1 Peter 2:21-23)   Yet we must remember that we are all undergoing a process of SANCTIFICATION. The Holy Spirit, working within us is preparing us for heaven, for the day when we will meet our Saviour, face to face, whether that should be when he comes, or when He calls.  Paul teaches Titus that the prospect of meeting the Lord, will be a real motivation for our  willing and grateful cooperation with the Spirit, as he does his sanctifying work, making us more like Jesus.  In this lesson, we want to look at Titus 2, and see what Paul says about our eagerness to meet Jesus on the day he returns.  When Jesus returns…

Looking for that Blessed Hope

1. We Will Be Found Living The Christian Life . V12  

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New Heavens and a New Earth

TableTalk – A New Universe.

READ. 2 Peter 3:1-14.

Do you remember that lovely song that Louis Armstrong sang, extolling the virtues of this created orb on which we live? 

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Armstrong sang, “I see trees so green, red roses too, I see them bloom for me and you. And I think to myself what a wonderful world. I see skies so blue and clouds so white. The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night. And I think to myself what a wonderful world. The colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky. Are also on the faces of people going by… And I think to myself, what a wonderful world! Oh, yea!  The world is truly beautiful, and it is God’s wonderful creation.  Everything in it should fill our hearts with joy.  And think of our own existence, our truly blessed lives, in this world.  Everything is so much better than it was, even just 100 years ago.  Medical advances mean that we are living longer, and healthier.  Yet the Bible tells us that one day, perhaps soon, everything in this world will be destroyed.  Peter wrote, 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  What! God is going to destroy this wonderful world!  And Peter wants us to be happy about that, in fact to look forward to it with great anticipation.  To hasten his coming.  12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?.  But why?  Why would we want to see this world destroyed?  

The fact is that all the ‘wonderfulness’ of this world is superficial. Scientific advances have made life much easier, and new technology brings the world so much closer, keeps us entertained and informed.  We have better food, better health, better dwellings, better protection, yet somehow we have more unhappiness, more mental illness and more suicide than ever before.  The underlying problem is that despite its beauty, this world is falling apart, labouring under the burden of the Fall and the sinfulness of everything, deeply cracked and broken and groaning as it awaits a future day when it will purged of its futility and restored to its original purpose.  Paul expressed it like this, in Romans 8:9 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

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Everything in this world is broken, and it cannot be fixed.  One day God will destroy it and will make it all over agin, there will be a new heaven and a new earth, in which righteousness will prevail and the saints of God God will dwell in peace and serenity for all of eternity.  I’d like to know how and when that will happen.

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Catechism Class – The Mystery of Godliness!

The Mystery of Godliness! Lord’s Day 5, Q15

 Jesus is God.  Jesus is a Man. Jesus is ONE PERSON. 

Jesus was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again.

George Whitfield

READ:  1st Timothy 3:16

Catechism Reference: Lord’s Day 5Q/A 15 What kind of mediator and redeemer, then, must we seek? One who is a true and righteous man, and yet more powerful than all creatures, that is, one who is also true God.

We must be able, ready and willing to confess the true humanity and true divinity of Christ, that He is two distinct natures in one person forever.  This is vital, because his divine offices of prophet, priest and king are all dependent upon the fact of his person.  Furthermore, his saving work demands that we confess this doctrine.  For:-

  1. If Jesus is not fully human, then how could He have perfectly fulfilled the law on our behalf?  Done what we so miserably failed to do, and the represented us on the Cross?  
  2. If He is not fully divine, how could he have borne the weight and awfulness of the sins of mankind?
  3. If He is not fully human and fully divine, how then could he have taken upon himself the role of the mediator, the Daysman, so longed for by Job?

So, there you are – I have stated it.  Now, can you help me to understand it?  If your answer is ‘NO, I simply cannot work that one out!’ then you are not only honest, but you are in very good company indeed!  Listen to the words of the Apostle Paul.  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh

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Darkness V’s Darkness

Darkness Vs Darkness.

Text:  Acts 19:13-20 

Paul is at Ephesus, and his ministry has been greatly blessed. V11   But in Ephesus, FALSE RELIGION was big business!  To illustrate that, Luke now tells us about the strange incident of the Seven Sons of Sceva.

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Muscular Christianity! Acts 18:8-12

Muscular Christianity.

Text:  Acts 19:8-12

When Luke records Paul’s ministry in Ephesus, he does so in four vignettes of conflict.  Those 12 disciples comprised the first of those cameos, – Paul’s conflict with error, and now we have the second of those, his conflict with the synagogue.  The third is a conflict with pagan necromancers, and the fourth with those who made a living from false religion. Let’s return now to conflict two, that eventual and inevitable move from the synagogue to the lecture hall.

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Catechism Class – LD4, Excuses!

Catechism Class.

Excuses You Can’t Make at Last Judgement

Text .  Hebrews 9:27-28  Lord’s Day 4. Q. 9-11 

Consider the ultimate end of man, who will one day stand before God, and give account of his works done in this life, and as we know, all our works, even our righteous works, fall short of God’s standards, and condemn us to the Lake of Fire. It’s that judgement that we want to learn a little bit about today, or rather, some of the ideas that people have to stop themselves from having to prepare for it…   Think of some common misconceptions…

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Gospel Living

Applying the Gospel in the Modern World

Text . Romans 12:14-21
A self explanatory portion of scripture! May God give us grace, that with the help of the Holy Spirit we might be enabled to practice it in our own lives! An elder was asked by a lady member, ‘I need help with a passage of Scrioture, that passage that says that women are to be silent in the church, for I don’t understand it!’ The elder was wise. He replied, ‘you don’t need to understand it. Just put it into practice!’ This is a passage just like that!
There are many modern ethical issues that face Christians. In the 70’s I was studying a Christian ethics course at bible college, and I found John Stott’s book, ‘Issues Facing Christians Today’ extremely helpful. It covered a wide range of topics which were being debated in the church, like abortion, euthanasia, divorce etc. It’s now in its fourth edition. And covers topics that I would never have dreamed of in the seventies. Cancellation of debts, same sex marriage, terrorism…. The issues facing Christians today have grown, and even in our local context, we are faced with our own particular difficulties, victims of the troubles, dealing with the past, conflicting views of history, competing rights and responsibilities. But the challenge is the same. How will the Christian apply the Gospel in modern society, live out that Gospel and bring the good news to his pagan neighbours and friends?

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Pondering Pentecostal Proof-texts in Acts 19:1-7

Pondering Pentecostal Proof-Texts.

Text:  Acts 19:1-7, Ephesians 1:12-14. 

Paul is now in Ephesus.  It was a huge city, a sea-port, and the capital of the Roman province of Asia, and with a large population, around a million people, and deeply steeped in idolatry.  It probably would have been on the agenda for Paul’s second missionary journey, for it seems that he was set to travel down to the province of ‘Asia’ when he experienced his ‘Macedonian Call’.  Acts 16:6-9  And when he had left Corinth at the end of his second journey, heading for Jerusalem and Antioch, Paul had made a point of staying for a short time in Ephesus, probably just to assess the situation, to test the ground and see whether there would be any opportunity to preach the gospel, and what reception it would have.  It was a good reception, and some of the Ephesians had wanted Paul to stay, and when he needed to leave he had promised that he would return, and when he did return he would remain for three years, and it would be his most fruitful period of ministry.  No wonder he was anxious to return, and travelled by the quickest route…

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The Final Judgment.

TableTalk – The Final Judgment Day. Part 1 – The Great White Throne 

Text. Revelation 20:11-15

I want to suggest that there is just ONE JUDGMENT DAY!  When the Bible talks about this day, it always refers to it in the singular – the DAY of the Lord, the DAY of judgement – it never speaks of the future DAYS of judgment. See 1 Thessalonians 5:2.  To help us explore the Final Judgment Day, we are going to work through Revelation 20:11-15.

The Final Judgement
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Catechism Class: LD3, Q7-8. Imputed Sin

Catechism Class: Imputed Sin

Text . H/C Lord’s Day 3, Q7-8. Genesis 3 

Q7 “From where, then, did man’s depraved nature come?” “From the fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in Paradise, for there our nature became so corrupt that we are all conceived and born in sin.” So in this class we are going to look at the Fall of Man, and the consequences that have resulted from it. Genesis 2:16-17 There was only one rule in paradise – Don’t eat the fruit from that tree! But Adam and Eve couldn’t even keep that one simple rule. They failed the obedience test, they ate the fruit of the tree and they fell from God’s favour:- Genesis 3:6-7

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