This month River City Reformed Church in Little Rock, Arkansas celebrates its first anniversary as a mission congregation of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Come celebrate with us and find your place in something new growing in Midtown Little Rock. For directions or more information about us go to https://rivercityarp.org/where-when/ #LoveLittleRock #ReformedChurch #FamilyIntegratedChurch
Long before Horace Greely penned those now famous words, “Go West Young Man,” the Apostle Paul heeded the call of the Man of Macedonia to go west to plant churches on a whole new continent. He had formulated another plan, he thought he knew where he was headed, but the Holy Spirit changed his itinerary.
And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Acts 16:9
Paul answered the call to ‘go west’ and the gospel was planted began to take root in Europe. The cultures there were very different. Support was uncertain. And Paul had to adapt his usual modus operandi to engage cities without synagogues or significant Jewish enclaves. But he went.
What about you? You have your plans to serve, but what if God is calling you to “go west?” What if God is calling you to Arkansas? Come over and help us plant and grow Reformed Churches in the west. The culture is different. The support is uncertain. But the need is great. Find out more by checking out why we need another church in Little Rock. Or contact us.
You may have heard of William Carey, the “father of modern missions”; but perhaps you have never heard of his good friend Andrew Fuller. Before leaving for India, Carey famously told Fuller, “I will go down into the pit, if you will hold the ropes.”
Fuller held the ropes by traveling all over the British Isles, raising funds and preaching missions-related sermons. The missionaries in India and other early fields could concentrate on their ministry in the field because they knew Fuller was holding the ropes for them.
William Carey was courageous and faithful to his call, but he would not have been able to go to India and establish his mission work if not for all those “holding the ropes.” Church planting pastors and the seedling churches they plant, like those early missionaries, depend on you to “hold the ropes.”
Are you willing to hold the ropes for your ARP Church plants?
- Will you give of your substance?
- Will you pray for your church planting pastors and their congregations?
- Will you write, visit, and call them to encourage them?
- Will you move to their city and be a part of what they are doing?
Will you hold the ropes? We would ask you to partner with us at River City Reformed Church in Little Rock and join us as a “rope holder.” You can find out more at https://rivercityarp.org/partner-with-us-financially/. We would also encourage you to consider holding the ropes for our other ARP church plants. You can find more info and links to give at https://outreachnorthamerica.org/directory/.
Thankful for this development. What an answer to prayer!
News from World Witness Today the ACLJ announced that Turkish authorities have agreed to allow Pastor Andrew Brunson to leave prison and return to his home in Turkey. For this we give God thanks and praise. ACLJ Chief Counsel, Jay Sekulow, believes this to be a critical first step in securing Andrew’s ultimate release and…
For a boat, powered by the wind, to be becalmed is unnerving. Without wind your timeline, your power, and your direction is at a standstill. All is uncertainty and vulnerability. Not matter how great a sailor’s skill at catching and directing the power of the wind, if there is no wind to catch, his skill will get him nowhere.
For pastors and church planters, summertime often feels like the becalming doldrums – especially in a small congregation. Families are coming and going and continuity of everything is in short supply. Yet it is not the wind of circumstance or continuity that fills the sails of our churches and moves them along. Jesus talked about the power of the wind in John 3 to describe the power of the Holy Spirit. Peter would later write, in speaking of God’s Word, that “no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” ( 2 Peter 1:21) The word “carried along” is a nautical term that pictures full sails moving a boat swiftly through the sea.
The becalming we should fear is not the doldrums of the crazy summer, but the doldrums of spiritless ministry. For if we earnestly pray for and desire the sail filling wind of the Holy Spirit then the advancement of Christ’s Church will not be becalmed by mere chaos of summer schedules or any other worldly circumstance. Pray boldly. Pray not for wind, but for The Wind. And then hang on.
Please join us at River City Reformed Church in Little Rock as we pray for the following:
- Thanksgiving for the continued support of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Little Rock for their gracious hospitality in allowing us to use space for our weekly worship gatherings.
- Thanksgiving that we will begin the process this coming Lord’s Day, July 1, of receiving communicant and non-communicant members.
- Thanksgiving for the faithful, ongoing support of ONA and the Mississippi Valley Presbytery.
- For the Lord’s blessing and direction for two of our families that will be moving to different parts of the country this fall to pursue new vocational opportunities.
- For the Lord to bring new families into our fellowship this summer.
- For the provision of A/V equipment, including portable speakers and microphones
- For the Lord to deepen our connections to Little Rock to allow us to reach unbelievers, disbelievers and the disconnected with the hope of the gospel and the community of Christ’s Church.
- For the growth of hospitality within our core group as we practice the “art of neighboring.”
River City Reformed will not meet this Lord’s Day, December 24, so our families can spend time with their extended families. But if you are up for a Christmas Eve adventure, our sister church in Pottsville invites you to attend its annual Lessons and Carols service, this Lord’s Day at 7:00 pm. Click here for directions to the Pottsville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church near Russellville.
Regrettably, we have had to cancel River City Reformed’s Lessons and Carols service, planned for December 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm, due to illness. We will miss sharing with you this special service which traces the story of redemption through the reading of scripture and the singing of the theologically rich songs of the season, but hope to see you soon at one of our Lord’s Day gatherings. Please continue to follow us here for upcoming events.