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Harvest Thanksgiving!

Let us gather to thank God for his kind providence to everyone.

Book of the Month – September 2022

Read the recommended BOOK OF THE MONTH

for September 2022

It’s September – and our catechism classes, based on the Heidelberg Catechism have recommenced. If you haven’t got a copy of the catechism, then I would urge you to purchase a copy, keep it and read it, – for it will be a worthwhile addition to any library, and a personal paper copy is essential for any meaningful study of the plain and practical Christian teachings that the catechism contains. So for September, I’ve made the Heidelberg Catechism my BOOK OF THE MONTH.

ORDER HERE: BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Heidelberg Catechism
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Morning Worship

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

The Old Reformed Church

at Ballymacashon

Affiliated to the Congregational Union of Ireland and The Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches

78 Saintfield Road, Killinchy, Co.Down. BT23 6RN.
Psalms – Bible Reading – Exegetical Preaching


For information contact 07802466302 or click https://saltyscrivener.uk/ballymacashon-congregational…/

We always welcome visitors!

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.”

The Old Reformed Church at Ballymacashon
(Congregational)
78 Saintfield Road,
Killinchy,
NEWTOWNARDS
Co.Down
BT23 6RN

Recommendation and Rebuke

Recommendation and Rebuke.

Text: Daniel 5:10-22

The writing is on the wall. Belshazzar’s wicked, evil orgy of drunkenness, blasphemy and idolatry has suddenly come to a grinding halt. Now two more people appear in the drama.  Let’s see what we can learn from their wise words…

1. A Personal Recommendation. V10-12 

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Catechism Class: Other Consequences of the Resurrection of the Dead

Catechism Class. Lord’s Day 22C Q57 The Resurrection of the Dead  

Other Consequences of that Day

In Lord’s Day 22, Q57 the catechist deals with the glorious day of resurrection, and he’s asking is a very personal and subjective question. Here it is again, in Q57, “What comfort does the resurrection of the body offer you?” The answer we are expected to give is, “Not only shall my soul after this life immediately be taken up to Christ, my Head, but also this my flesh, raised by the power of Christ, shall be reunited with my soul and made like Christ’s glorious body.” 

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That same power of Christ which raised Him from the grave, and which will raise us too, will have other astounding and momentous repercussions on that day. In this supplementary lesson we shall find out what they are!

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Catechism Class: A PHYSICAL Body!

Catechism Class. 

Lord’s Day 22 Q57 The Resurrection of the Dead – B

This lesson is about my FLESH, my human body, being reunited with my soul, and made to be like the resurrected, glorified body of Jesus, my Saviour. Before we begin, it would be good to read from 1st Corinthians 15:35-54, to prepare for this lesson. There are four elements to our catechism answer:-

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The Party’s Over.

The Party’s Over

Text: Daniel 5:5-9

Let’s continue the narrative from Daniel 5:-

an1. The Epitaph is Written. V5-6 

Have you ever noticed how quickly, how suddenly and without warning, a person’s circumstances, – their entire life, can change? Previously, doctors would often withhold from you the fact that your illness was terminal.They don’t do that nowadays. Medical professionals will tell you, sometimes quite bluntly, that you have limited time left, that you should set your house in order and make the necessary arrangements for your funeral. The sudden shock, the ultimate reality hits you like a hammer blow.

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Catechism Class: The Resurrection of the Dead, Part 1.

Catechism Class. 

Lord’s Day 22A Q57 The Resurrection of the Dead – A

What comfort does the resurrection of the body offer you?” The answer we are expected to give is, “Not only shall my soul after this life immediately be taken up to Christ, my Head, but also this my flesh, raised by the power of Christ, shall be reunited with my soul and made like Christ’s glorious body.” 

Now there are two important propositions in Q22, and they are inextricably linked. There is the first part, dealing with human soul, and what happens to the soul when the body dies, – and there is the resurrection of the body, which will happen when the Lord returns. The catechist answers his own question with a ‘not only but also’ kind of answer. Not only will we have the comfort of being with the Lord when we die, but also, we shall one day be reunited with our physical body. But both are two sides of the one coin!  

Let’s break down how the catechist deals with this. 

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LISTEN NOW! PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY

What is Progressive Christianity?

It sounds very positive doesn’t it?, Progressive, moving forward, exciting even…

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE

I invited Cecil Andrews of Take Heed Ministries into the studio to talk about Progressive Christianity, and in a wide ranging, and detailed conversation, he told me why believers who want to remain faithful to God should mark and avoid this apostate movement.

Don’t miss this podcast, “Progressive Christianity” – with Cecil Andrews, going live at 1pm on Thursday, 8th September on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your Podcast feed.

Trying God’s Patience

Trying God’s patience

Text: Daniel 5:1-4

Nebuchadnezzar is dead and he has left some mess behind him. After a number of unsuccessful attempts to reign by members of his family, his son, Nabonidus is now king, – and in a weird set-up, he is joined on the throne by Belshazzar, – a kind of Vice Regent.  Perhaps Belshazzar was a man who had not just the privileges of the royal household, but the privileges of one who knew that there was a gracious God, with whom he could have a saving relationship. But like so many – he hardened his heart against God. Let’s see just how hard and rebellious this sinful heart was…

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Catechism Class, The Forgiveness of Sins

Catechism Class. Lord’s Day 21C Q56 – The Forgiveness of Sins.

In this lesson, we move on to a doctrine that is core to the Christian Faith – the forgiveness of sins. Our works, even our most righteous works, are as polluted as filthy rags in the sight of God, and deserve only eternal condemnation. Everything we do is sinful, because we are sinners, and those sins cannot be overlooked by God. But they can be forgiven, through God’s grace alone. So, our catechist asks us, “What do you believe concerning the forgiveness of sins?” The answer we must give is: I believe that God, because of Christ’s satisfaction, will no more remember my sins, nor my sinful nature, against which I have to struggle all my life, but will graciously grant me the righteousness of Christ, that I may never come into condemnation. So the first point we want to note is that:-

1 God is Satisfied with Christ’s Sacrifice! I believe that God, because of Christ’s satisfaction, will no more remember my sins,

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