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Catechism Class, LD39B. What does it Mean to Honour Your Parents?

Catechism Class

LD39B. What does it Mean to Honour Your Parents?

Read Ephesians 5:22 – 6:4 especially Ephesians 6:1-9  

Q104. What does God require in the fifth commandment? 

A. That I show all honour, love, and faithfulness to myfather and mother and to all those in authority over me, submit myself with due obedience to their good instruction and discipline, and also have patience with their weaknesses and shortcomings,  since it is God’s will to govern us by their hand.

In our last lesson, we began our examination of Lord’s Day 39 by establishing the fundamental biblical teaching on human sexuality, – that God created us as men and women, male and female, and that children born as the result of a relationship between a man and a woman require a mummy and a daddy, – so now we can go on to look at the relationships and interactions that should pertain within the family.   

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Courage Brother, Do Not Stumble. Acts 14:1-7

Courage Brother, Do Not Stumble!

Acts 14:1-7

Christian ministry, in fact any aspect of the Christian life and Christian work will require COURAGE.  That’s exactly what we are taught in this chapter.


Paul and Barnabas…

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The Gospel Age and the Great Apostasy

Signs of the Times #1

The Gospel Age and the Great Apostasy

You will often hear people talking about the signs of the times and they will perhaps go on to declare some spectacular event, or some unusual occurrence. Such reckless speculation simply brings Christianity into disrepute. Matthew 24:3   If there are signs, what are they?

Well, first of all, let’s remember that we should never actually be seeking signs in the first place! Matthew 16:4.  Yet, there are two ‘signs’ given to us in Matthew 24, and they are: that the gospel age will be over, and a period of intense tribulation.

Great Tribulation
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3 Puzzles in Acts 13

Three Puzzles in Acts 13.

Acts 13:49-50

In Acts 13 there are at least three puzzles that need to be solved, and all the clues to solving them are contained in the Bible, so in this study we’ll have a go at solving them, learning something about biblical background and the history of the early church, as we go along…

1 Why Did Saul Change His Name to Paul9 Then Saul, who also is called Paul,

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Paul’s Sermon at Pisidia Acts 13:17-44

Paul’s Sermon at Pisidia

Acts 13:17-44

In our last study in Acts 13 we saw that Paul and Barnabas had travelled from Cyprus, where the local pro-consul had come to faith in Christ, to Pisidia.  It was another town called Antioch, but this one was in Asia Minor, modern-day Turkey.  There, Paul had visited the local synagogue, and as was the custom, had been invited to give a word of encouragement or exhortation to the congregation, comprised of Jews and God-fearers. Acts 13:15  Let’s find out what he said, and what reaction it provoked!  

1 The Message.  

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It Was the Right Time

It Was the Right Time

Acts 12:25-13:12

Paul’s mission to the Gentile world has begun.  He has already been blessed, for hearing the word of God, the proconsul of Cyprus, Sergius Paulus believed in the Lord Jesus and was converted!  What a great start to a life of missionary service!  You might say that Paul was in exactly the right place at the right time!   Here’s some scripture texts about how God ordains everything in his time… Psalm 31:14-15A  Ecclesiastes 3:1  Ecclesiastes 3:11   James 4:13 – 16 Galatians 4:4-7

See how God has smoothed the path for these missionaries…

Sorry – no podcast for this sermon!

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Catechism Class H/C LD39A Father & Mother

LD39A. Honour Your Parents

Read Ephesians 5:22 – 6:4

Q104. What does God require in the fifth commandment? 

A. That I show all honour, love, and faithfulness to my father and mother and to all those in authority over me, submit myself with due obedience to their good instruction and discipline, and also have patience with their weaknesses and shortcomings, since it is God’s will to govern us by their hand.

Psalm 78::1-8 Tune Ottawa

Psalm 78::1-8 Tune Ottawa

1-2 O my people, hear my teaching;
parables I will unfold.
Give attention as I utter
dark and hidden things of old
3 things that we have heard and known;
by our fathers they were shown.

4 We will tell them to our children,
generations yet to come;
We will show the LORD’s great power
and the wonders he has done.
5 Laws for Israèl he made,
statutes firm to be obeyed.

These he ordered our forefathers
to their families to tell,
6 So the coming generation
not yet born, would know them well,
and their children, in their turn,
God’s commands and laws would learn.

7 Then to God they would be faithful,
mindful of what he had done—
8 Not like their disloyal fathers,
stubborn rebels every one;
for God’s word they had denied
and his precepts they defied.

Sing Psalms

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Paul and Barnabas at Cyprus Acts 13:1-12

Paul’s First Missionary Journey Begins

Bible Reading.   Acts 12:25-13:12

Praise,    Psalm  98:1-3. (Tune:  Nativity)

1 O sing a new song to the LORD, 
for wonders he has done; 
His right hand and his holy arm 
the victory have won.

2 The LORD declared his saving work 
and made it to be known; 
To all the nations of the world 
his righteousness is shown.

3 His steadfast love and faithfulness 
he has remembered well— 
The covenant he made with them, 
the house of Israèl.

And all the nations of the earth 
have seen what God has done— 
Our God who brings deliverance 
by his right hand alone.


In this study we are going to a missionary meeting – to hear a missionary report! A report from Paul and Barnabas!

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Catechism Class H/C LD38 The Sabbath

Text .  1 Corinthians 16:1-4, Exodus 20


Q103. What does God require in the fourth commandment?

A. First, that the ministry of the gospel and the schools be maintained and that, especially on the day of rest, I diligently attend the church of God to hear God’s Word, to use the sacraments, to call publicly upon the LORD, and to give Christian offerings for the poor. 

Second, that all the days of my life I rest from my evil works, let the LORD work in me through his Holy Spirit, and so begin in this life the eternal Sabbath

Let’s see three simple statements, with help from the teachings of the Heidelberg Catechism.

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The Death of Herod in Acts 12

Herod’s Death

Morning Worship at Ballymacashon Old Reformed Church.

Opening Prayer.

Praise,    Psalm  126. (Tune:  Denfield)

1 When Zion’s bondage God turned back, as men that dreamed were we.
2 Then filled with laughter was our mouth, our tongue with melody:

They ‘mong the heathen said, The Lord – great things for them hath wrought
3 The Lord hath done great things for us, whence joy to us is brought.

4 As streams of water in the south, our bondage, Lord, recall
5 Who sow in tears, a reaping time of joy enjoy they shall.

6 That man who, bearing precious seed, in going forth doth mourn,
He doubtless, bringing back his sheaves rejoicing shall return.

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