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

Who Was John the Baptist?

John the Baptist

Text: Matthew 3:1-12

With the visible church’s celebration of the birth of Christ approaching, we are introduced to another great Biblical character, John the Baptist. In John’s gospel, chapter 1, we are told that John was sent from God to bear witness to the Lord Jesus, the One who was the True Light of the World.   This passage describes John’s ministry, as he prepares the way for the coming of Christ, and at this time of the year, we would do well to examine John’s faithful ministry, and attempt to be just as faithful in our own lives and in the witness of our church as he was. John’s ministry was:-

1. Clear About Repentance. Matthew 3:2  

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Catechism Class: LD 25,Q68, How Many Sacraments?

Lord’s Day 25 Q68  How Many Sacraments

We must talk about the number of sacraments that are in the church. Question 68, How many sacraments has Christ instituted in the new covenant? The answer in the catechism is “Two: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.” READ Matthew 28:19-20, and 1st Corinthians 11:23-26. Our catechism tells us that Christ has instituted two sacraments in the church, so we’re going to discover why Protestants only have two sacraments, why some evangelicals don’t have any sacraments at all, and why Roman Catholics think that there are seven sacraments.  


1. Two Sacraments. “Two: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.” 

We have just two sacraments. Why just two?

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The Great Commission

Text. Matthew 28:18-20

A question –  “What is the Great Commission” really about?

1. Christians are to Go in Power. 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.

This happened after the resurrection, when Jesus was making his post-resurrection appearances around Jerusalem, and was speaking to his disciples. He came, and spoke to them – these are the very words of the resurrected Christ. Notice firstly,

  • His mighty power.
    • Its source. It is given unto him, – different from any spiritual power we have, which we don’t have by right and which we cannot generate within ourselves. Christ’s power is given to him from the Father, not as a gift but as of right, for he is seated at the right hand of the father, from whence all power is derived.
    • Its extent. It is all power in heaven and earth – universal power over all of creation. It is the power to forgive sins, to save souls, to heal bodies, to intercede for his people, to reign over heaven and earth, to set up and to remove kingdoms, Matt. 9:6, Luke 19:12, Ps. 110:1, Acts 10:36
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The Promise…

Catechism Class

Lord’s Day 25 Q66 and 67 – The Promise of the Gospel

Sacraments, must be instituted, for their use within the church, by the Lord Jesus himself. There are two of them, Baptism and The Lord’s Supper, sometimes called Holy Communion. They are visible reinforcements of the gospel. In Q66, the Catechist asks us  What are the sacraments? A. The sacraments are holy, visible signs and seals. They were instituted by God so that by their use he might the more fully declare and seal to us the promise of the gospel.  And this is the promise: that God graciously grants us forgiveness of sins and everlasting life because of the one sacrifice of Christ accomplished on the cross.

The key, I think lies in the Catechist’s use of the word VISIBLE in his answer. They are visible signs, things that we can SEE, that point us to something away from themselves, to Christ, and to the promise of the Gospel.  So what is “The promise of the gospel?”

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The Natural Man 1st Corinthians 2:11-16

The Mind of Man

1st Corinthians 2:11-16.

Why are unregenerate people so callous toward the things of God? Paul’s conclusion is that the unregenerate man is dead in his sins, and is totally incapable of any saving understanding whatsoever of spiritual matters. Let’s see:

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Catechism Class: LD25, Q65 – The Source of Saving Faith

Catechism Class: LD25, Q65

Saving Faith – Where Does it Come From?

We have learned that we receive this gift of forgiveness and salvation by faith, and faith ALONE. But how does that happen? How do we get this faith? Where does it come from? We know already that it is the gift of God, and that we passively receive it – but now the catechist gives us some more help in understanding how this faith is given to us by God.    It is found in Lord’s Day 25, Q65, Since then faith alone makes us share in Christ and all his benefits, where does this faith come from? The answer is, From the Holy Spirit,  who works it in our hearts by the preaching of the gospel, and strengthens it by the use of the sacraments. So in this lesson we shall look at that question, and its answer. 


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Catechism Class, LD24, Q63-64

Rewards and Fruits

Lord’s Day 24, Q63-64

These two questions are really follow-up lessons, from Q62, where we are taught that our good works cannot save us. Obviously knowing this will raise important questions in our minds, like, “If our good works are all tainted with sin, why does the Bible tell us that God will reward us for our good works?” And, perhaps even more critical, “If good works cannot save us, then can a Christian believer live a life of carelessness and debauchery, and still go to heaven?” Here’s our two catechism questions, and the answers we must give:  

Q63. But do our good works earn nothing, even though God promises to reward them in this life and the next? A. This reward is not earned; it is a gift of grace.  

Q64.Does this teaching not make people careless and wicked? A.  No. It is impossible that those grafted into Christ by true faith should not bring forth fruits of thankfulness.  And those are our subjects for this lesson. Let’s begin then by stating that…


1. Our Good Works are Rewarded by God! Q63

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Worldview Briefing – Priest’s Listowel LGBT Lecture!

Worldview Briefing – Priest’s Listowel LGBT Lecture!

Good morning! It’s 8am on Monday morning the 7th November 2022 and I want to begin with an apology and a personal update. At the end of July I closed season two of the podcast, promising that I’d be back with more Monday Morning Worldview episodes in September. Sadly that didn’t happen, due to a change of personal circumstances, and a period of sickness. (No! NOT Covid!) I don’t think I’ll be able to comment on worldview issues every week, as I was doing in the Springtime, because of other commitments, but I’d still like to do the occasional update as and when I’m able, and when events in the world require some analysis from a Christian standpoint. In a recent sermon at Templepatrick, I drew attention to that verse in 1st Peter, that tells us that we are to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” That’s 1st Peter 5:8

So be alert and cautious at all times.  Don’t be careless, be vigilant, knowing that there is a devil and that he is at his work.  Simple watchfulness can help us to fend off evil devilish attacks.  Christians are not to bury their heads in the sand, and pretend that everything in the world is as it should be. It is not.

So, events this week need some comment, and one event in particular gave me the push I needed to get behind the microphone and speak out, – an event that happened in the morally depraved Republic of Ireland. 


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Coming Soon:

Coming soon –


A podcast episode with A.S.R. Paul Somerville, of SASRA. In this special podcast, Paul Somerville talks with Bob about his life as a Christian in the army, and his call to serve the Lord as an Army Scripture Reader, going into Army and RAF barracks to bring the good news and comfort of the Gospel to soldiers and airforce personnel.

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The Lord’s Supper

Luke 22:19  

In the passage we read together, Jesus begins His time of intense suffering by holding this very intimate communion with His disciples.  Let’s look at…

1. The Ordinance Itselfhe took bread, … Likewise also the cup 

The Lord’s Supper consists of two elements, bread and wine. Let us think of each separately for a moment.

  • The Bread. In Eastern society, bread sustains life! Now, Jesus is to the soul, what bread is to the body. He gives life to the soul. John 6:35  cf Isaiah 53:4-7 All of that is summed up and explained to us on the Lord’s Table.  
  • The Wine. When Jesus died on the cross, His shed blood atoned for our sins. He took the punishment that we deserved. He took our separation, and bore our hell. The Bible is full of references to this. Here’s a couple of examples: 1 John 1:7 1 Peter 1:18-19  

Such is the nature of the Lord’s Supper to the Christian believer.  

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