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H/C LD34B Q94 – 95. Idolatry 

Text.  Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other gods before me.

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Idolatry

Q 94 What does the LORD require in the first commandment?

That for the sake of my very salvation I avoid and flee all idolatry, witchcraft, superstition, and prayer to saints or to other creatures. Further, that I rightly come to know the only true God, trust in him alone, submit to him with all humility and patience, expect all good from him only, and love, fear, and honour him with all my heart.

In short, that I forsake all creatures rather than do the least thing against his will.

Note the importance of this 1st Commandment.  The catechist is adamant.  This is no trivial matter – this is life and death.  ‘For the sake of my very salvation.’    So what is the first commandment in the Decalogue?  Read more…

Barnabas – Son of Encouragement Acts 11.

On our first Lord’s day back at church after the Lockdown, we looked at Acts 11, to see how Barnabas encouraged the brethren at Antioch.

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Catechism Class, H/C LD34A, Q92-93, The Law

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Lord’s Day 34, Q92-93 – The Law of the Lord

Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 5:6-21.

The catechist has been teaching us about how to live in such a way to please God who saved us by his grace (unmerited favour) alone, and has given us a new life in Christ.  We are to respond to his unconditional love for us by being grateful, and demonstrating that gratitude in our lives. In the obedient life we are not following our own notions and ideas, and nor are we counting as good works such things as we are made to do, either by earthly authorities, or by peer pressure, or cultural acceptability etc. 

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The catechist asks his question:

Q.92 What is the law of the LORD? Read more…

The Peace of God and the God of Peace Phil 4:9

The Peace of God and the God of Peace Philippians 4:9

This is our FINAL Lockdown simulated service from Ballymacashon Congregational Church.  Throughout the Lockdown I’ve been recording weekly services on CD’s and posting them to those that are unable to leave their homes.  Mostly, these would be elderly people, with no access to the internet.  We hope that church services in Northern Ireland will recommence next week, on Lord’s Day 5th July, God Willing.

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 Praise,    Psalm  23 (Tune – ‘Crimond’)

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“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, he leadeth me beside the still waters.”

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Catechism Class – H/C LD 33, Q91 What Are Good Works

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Lord’s Day 33B Q91 – Good Works (Again)

1 Timothy 4:1-4 

The catechist has already dealt with good works in LD32/86, where he shows that good works are not a means to salvation, but are, rather a grateful response to what the Lord has done for us – establishing the principle that works are an evidence that we have been converted, and never a means of conversion. But in LD34, we are going to be steered through the Ten Commandments, as the ideal standard for what a Christian life should look like, and it’s really important to understand what those works will be, how we will distinguish godly living from basic human obligation, and that our motives for striving to keep the law must be examined.  So we begin with the question… 

What are Good Works?” 

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The catechist answers in two ways, first telling us what they are, and then telling us what they are not.  So, let’s see…  Read more…

Catechism Class – H/C LD 33, Q88-90 Conversion

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Lord’s Day 33, Q88-90 – Conversion

Read Psalm 51, and 2 Corinthians 5:17  

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It is important to remember that becoming a Christian is undergoing a complete change, not of lifestyle, but of life itself.  We call it CONVERSION.  It is a change that is initiated by God, and accomplished by God in our lives, – HE CHANGES US.    

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In Lord’s Day 33, the catechist asks: 

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Thinking Like a Christian – Philippians 4v8-9

Service delivered to the Congregation and friends of Ballymacashon Cngregational Church on CD during the Lockdown.

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Prayer and Peace – Philippians 4:6-7

Prayer and Peace

Text. Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

In our last look at this passage, we learned that the genuine Christian, the man or woman whose name is written in the Book of Life, will have changed attitudes toward God and his neighbour,  for there will be a deep down joy, a calm that comes from knowing that our relationship with God is secure, based on the finished work of Christ on the cross for us, resting only on him, by faith alone.  Towards our neighbours we will be different too, with a generosity of spirit, a moderation in manner that all can see. 

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But how can we experience this deep inner joy, rejoicing in everything, if inside us, our minds are in turmoil? Paul gives the Philippians some very practical advice indeed.  Philippians 4:6-7.   Read more…

Catechism Class H/C LD32, Q86. Works Cannot Save.

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Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 32, Question 86. 

What the problem with works?  

  • Paul tells us that we are saved by grace alone, in Ephesians 2:8  
  • James tells us that ‘Faith without works is dead.’  James 2:14-18.  

At first when we read these two verses and place them side by side, there seems to be a contradiction.  Paul telling us that our works are of no value in our salvation, James telling us that we cannot be saved without our works.  In fact If we read on down the text in James, we discover that what he wrote in verse 14 is highly qualified and explained in verse 18. Where Paul is writing about how we are saved, how redemption is applied to our lives, James is writing about the outworking of that redemption in our daily life, in a changed attitude to others who live with us.

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Our instructor in the Heidelberg Catechism deals with all these matters in question 86,

Since, then, we are redeemed from our misery by grace through Christ, without any merit of ours, why must we do good works?

He offers two main reasons why a Christian should do good to others…  Read more…

Catechism Class H/C31B ‘The Keys’ Part 2.

Keys of the Kingdom – Part 2

Lord’s Day 31, Q 85

At our last catechism class we looked at The Keys of The Kingdom.  Matthew 16:19  We saw that our catechism instructor teaches us that the ‘Keys of the Kingdom’ is THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL, which opens the door to the kingdom of heaven for those who will come and be saved, and which closes the door of the kingdom of heaven to those who refuse to repent.

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There is a second way in which the ‘Keys of the Kingdom’ are employed – 

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