Go West, Young Man!

Go West, Young Man!

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.

Will You Hold the Ropes?

Will You Hold the Ropes?

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…

via Brunson Placed on House Arrest — ARP News

Becalmed

Becalmed

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.”

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

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.

Update on Lessons and Carols

Update on Lessons and Carols

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.

 

Post Tenebras Lux

Post Tenebras Lux

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.   2 Cor. 4:6

Despite the appearance of brightness and joy cast by the lights of the season adorning every tree and structure, this time of the year can be very dark for many.  Grief, loneliness and spiritual emptiness are often magnified as the outward expectation of joy places artificial demands on us to put on a good face.  For many, the season of light is the darkest time of the year.  Perhaps your soul resonates with words of the Psalmist who cried ‘“Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night.”  But recall the rest of the verse, “even the darkness is not dark to you, [O Lord];  the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.’ Psalm 139:11-12

Sinclair Ferguson, commenting on the conception of Christ in the womb of the virgin Mary, noted, “God does His best work in the dark.”  He created the world out of nothing in the dark. He finished the work of redemption on the cross in the dark. And he prepared the body of the Lord Jesus Christ in the darkness of the womb of the virgin.  Though things seem dark, the Lord is at work.  He is not absent. Though our eyes cannot see all that he is preparing for us in the dark, he will reveal it in due time and we will see hope, shining out of darkness.   Post Tenebras Lux, “after darkness, light,”  — this great Reformation motto is also the power of the gospel operating in our lives.  For,

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.   John 1:1-4

River City Reformed Church in Little Rock is a confessionally Reformed Church committed to reaching Little Rock with the light of the Gospel through authentic community, faithful teaching and preaching, biblical worship and meaningful ministry.   Here is how you can pray for us as we continue this work.

  • For the Lord to bring additional families and individuals who share our vision of planting a Reformed Church committed to ordinary means evangelism, confessionally Reformed worship and family-integrated ministry, worship and discipleship.
  • For our ”Lessons and Carols” service planned for December 17, 2017 – that through this service the Lord would edify our current group and expand connections to our community.
  • For spiritual impact among the unbelievers, disbelievers, and disconnected believers in Little Rock as our families exercise their spiritual gifts in their various spheres of influence.
  • For wisdom and discernment regarding the timeline for transition from our Lord’s Day Gatherings to Lord’s Day Worship.
  • Thanksgiving for several new families and individuals who have connected with our group during November.
  • Thanksgiving for the Mississippi Valley Presbytery’s approval of River City Reformed Church as a mission congregation effective January 2018 and for its ongoing financial and prayer support.
  • Thanksgiving  for the ONA Board’s conditional approval of our church plant proposal.
  • Thanksgiving for the continued generosity of St. Andrews Anglican Church, Little Rock to let us use their facilities for our gatherings for the foreseeable future and for their prayer support for the work.