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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.
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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.”

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

The Mystery of God’s Will

Text: Ephesians 1:8-10

Why do we preach so much about Jesus? And why, I suppose did Paul write, “1 Corinthians 1:23 …and Colossians 1:27-28? In this passage we see that God’s will has already been revealed to us, – it is to bring his people, and everything in Creation, together in a new heaven and earth, where Christ is glorified Colossians 1:18

1. God’s Will is a Revealed Mystery. Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,

In the biblical sense, what is the mystery of the will of God?

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Spiritual or Physical Flesh & Blood?

Catechism Class. Lord’s Day 28 Q76 – 

We’ve been looking at the catechism’s teaching on the sacraments, – we’ve come to Lord’s Day 28, Q76, where the catechist asks us,  What does it mean to eat the crucified body of Christ and to drink his shed blood? Our reply should be…

First, to accept with a believing heart all the suffering and the death of Christ, and so receive forgiveness of sins and life eternal. 

Second, to be united more and more to his sacred body through the Holy Spirit, who lives both in Christ and in us. Therefore, although Christ is in heaven and we are on earth, yet we are flesh of his flesh and bone of his bones, and we forever live and are governed by one Spirit, as the members of our body are by one soul. 

READ the words of our Lord Jesus, when he said, in John 6:54-56  Let’s ask the question, What does it mean to eat the crucified body of Christ and to drink his shed blood?

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The Riches of His Grace.

Riches of Grace.

Text Ephesians 1:7-8  

How can we even begin to measure the extent of God’s saving love and favour for His people? It would be impossible. Grace in this sense grace is the unmerited favour of God upon sinners, – the idea of our salvation being a completely free gift – that God loves us when we were unlovable, chose us to be his, without any merit on our part, and at great cost to himself,-  the death of his only begotten son. 

  1. We Are Delivered by Grace. In whom we have redemption through his blood.

Paul talks about how we are REDEEMED – DELIVERED FROM SLAVERY by grace – redemption. But why do WE need delivered? Because we are slaves. 

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Take, Eat…

Catechism Class. Lord’s Day 28 Q75: Take – Eat.

We are looking at Lord’s Day 28, Q5, where the catechist asks us,  How does the Lord’s supper signify and seal to you that you share in Christ’s one sacrifice on the cross and in all his gifts? The answer states,  In this way: Christ has commanded me and all believers to eat of this broken bread and drink of this cup in remembrance of him. With this command he gave these promises: 

First, as surely as I see with my eyes the bread of the Lord broken for me and the cup given to me, so surely was his body offered for me and his blood poured out for me on the cross.

Second, as surely as I receive from the hand of the minister and taste with my mouth the bread and the cup of the Lord as sure signs of Christ’s body and blood, so surely does he himself nourish and refresh my soul to everlasting life with his crucified body and shed blood.

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We’ve moved on from the subject of baptism, and we are looking at the second of the two ordinances, or sacraments, that Christ instituted in His church, THE LORD’S SUPPER, also often known as Holy Communion.  READ: 1 Corinthians 11:23-25  

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Technocracy

The History & Danger of Technocracy, and a Christian Response

Technocracy

Technocracy: Agenda 2030 and the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ looms. Who is behind this agenda and what is their ultimate aim? A basic examination of the history and economic philosophy of ‘The Technocracy,’ and its modern incarnations in globalist organisations and movements; their schemes and plans for the future of mankind, and the evil forces that drive them. Finally, a plea to Christians, to be alert and watchful, to engage in spiritual warfare, (not carnal) and to trust in God.   READ: Psalm 2:1-5 John 8:32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free..

The subject is Technocracy and Technocrats.

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1. The History of Technocracy.

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Glory!

Glorious Grace.

Text: Ephesians 1:6  

In this study we are going to look at a word frequently spoken by Christians. GLORY! No wonder too, – when I searched ‘glory’ in an online Bible programme, the word occurs 619 times – right throughout the scriptures. In this passage, this long sentence of Paul’s extending from verse three to verse fourteen in chapter one of Ephesians, it occurs three times, in V6, 12and 14. In every case the Apostle speaks of glory and praise in the same breath, but there are three different contexts, we are to praise his glory for redeeming us, we are to praise his glory in the outworking of that salvation in our lives and that when we claim our inheritance in heaven, it will be to the praise of his glory. This phrase ‘to the praise of his glory’ then covers our whole lifespan and well beyond. From our election in eternity past to our future in the new heaven and earth, – everything about us is ‘To the praise of His glory.’ That must be important enough to warrant a study on its own.  

1. What on Earth is GLORY?

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Babies – and BAPTISTS!

Catechism Class. Lord’s Day 27 Q74 – Baptism

Here’s the question – Q74: “Should infants, too, be baptised?”  The answer is, “Yes. Infants as well as adults belong to God’s covenant and congregation. Through Christ’s blood the redemption from sin and the Holy Spirit, who works faith, are promised to them no less than to adults. Therefore, by baptism, as sign of the covenant, they must be incorporated into the Christian church and distinguished from the children of unbelievers. This was done in the old covenant by circumcision, in place of which baptism was instituted in the new covenant.” 

So the catechist, like most of the reformers believes that baptism is for believers, and the children of believers. He links this to wheat he has taught us about ‘the promise of the gospel’ in Q66. That covenant promise was given at first to Abraham, in Genesis 17:7 . It was reiterated by Isaiah in Isaiah 44:1-3  and in Psalm 22:10 That promise is not abrogated or reversed by anything in the New Testament. When Peter spoke to Jews in Acts chapter two, he simply assumed that they would know that God’s salvation has been promised to believers, and to the children of believers. READ: Acts 2:38-38  

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How does that promise of the Gospel apply to and affect our Christian families? No Christian would deny that children born into Christian homes have a wonderfully privileged position. That could be what Paul meant when he wrote in 1 Corinthians 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy

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Purpose of Predestination: Adoption

Text: Ephesians 1:5-6

In Christ, we are given a new destiny, a new status before God, a new relationship with the world and those who dwell in it and a new family. It is to that new family that we must refer now – to our ADOPTION as the children of God.

1. Definition of ‘God’s CHILDREN.’ Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children
There it is, – from before the foundation of the world, God chose us for a purpose, to be a part of his family – to be his children. Let’s define what we mean by ‘The Children of God.’

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Catechism Class: LD27 Q72-73

Lord’s Day 27 Q72-73 – Does Baptism Save? 

This is a different kind of catechism class, – we’re going to digress for an episode, to look at a rather difficult passage of scripture.  

Q72 asks. Does this outward washing with water itself wash away sins? A. No, only the blood of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit cleanse us from all sins. He has been teaching us about how we are made right with God, through Christ, through faith alone. The sacraments don’t save us. But look at 1 Peter 3:21-22. 1 Peter 3:21-22 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you… Let’s be absolutely clear about what Peter is saying here.‘Baptism… saves us!’  Now, we may not like that, and we may wish Peter hadn’t written it, but we certainly haven’t got the right to disregard it or deny it.  Peter is an apostle, who wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  His words here are part of Holy Scripture, every bit as inspired as the gospels…  So we accept that what Peter is saying is true. “Baptism saves us.” Now, let’s ask another question.  HOW does baptism save us?  Let’s look closely at the verse and see, first of all:-

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Election: Fact, Fulness and Function.

Text: Ephesians 1:3-5 

We are looking at Ephesians chapter 1. Paul is going to teach the Ephesians some fundamental truths in this letter to make them aware of how their salvation was purchased for them, and then he is going to teach them how to practically apply those truths, doctrine leading to practice. So we start at the beginning of his letter, in 1:1-5 where Paul reminds these Gentile believers that God has chosen them to be His.


1 The Fact of Election. V4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world

Let’s firstly establish the fact that God has a chosen people, those who are his. We call them, His ELECT people.  So, the facts of election… 

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