Many of you are probably familiar with this free resource because it has been a Reformed staple for many years. Words of Hope is an important ministry that brings the message of the gospel to countries all over the world through radio broadcasts. A big part of their ministry is the devotional books that they provide. Published quarterly the Words of Hope devotional is a small passage of scripture along with a devotional explanation of the text. You can pick up a copy of Words of Hope in the narthex at church or you can read the devotional each day at the Words of Hope devotionals page.
Sermon delivered on September 25, 2016 at First Reformed Church in Edgerton, MN.
Recently, I discovered that church historian Carl Trueman had lectures on the Reformation available to be downloaded. I promptly acquired these lectures and put them on my phone. Over the course of a few weeks, I was able to listen to all of them while walking, driving in the car, and even while playing some old video games from my childhood. Trueman's lectures are some of the best that I've ever listened to on the Reformation. His blending of facts and his distinctly British sense of humor make them a fun and easy listening experience.
You can download this great course from iTunes U. The course is also available on the Westminster Theological Seminary website to listen to or download.
One of the things that has amazed me about being a parent is the similar experience many people have with their children. While there are no membership cards or fees being a parent puts you into a club. One of the things that I am sure most of us have experienced in some capacity is the difficulty of keeping kids occupied in church. It is often hard enough to get everyone ready and out the door in time without even beginning to think about how to engage children during worship. We have tried to help with the older elementary age students with the Connect@Worship sheets but what about the preschool to middle elementary age. Below we have put together some ideas on how to engage this age of children.
Sermon delivered on September 18, 2016 at First Reformed Church in Edgerton, MN.
There are a lot of great resources out there about the Reformed Faith and it is my goal to help you find the best ones. While there are a lot of bad things on the internet, one of the biggest benefits of the media behemoth is that it is a means by which information can be disseminated. Whether it is through ebooks or mp3 audio there is some great Christian teaching out there to be had that is free of charge.
One of the best free resources that is available on the Internet are the Kindle versions of R.C. Sproul's "Crucial Question Series". These consist of more than 20 free booklets that answer important questions of the Christian faith. Written by Reformed pastor and theologian R.C. Sproul, the books have his signature clarity and brevity. Nearly all of these booklets can be read in one sitting but they also pack a big theological punch.
Titles include "Can I Lose My Salvation?", "What is Baptism?", "What is the Lord's Supper?", "What is the Trinity?". You can see a list of these books here. The books are available for free on Kindle devices or on the Kindle app for your tablet or phone. We also have a selection of the books available for free in the narthex at church if you do not have access to any of those devices.
As we start off this Sunday School year we are trying to be better as a church at supporting the Faith Development of children at home. As a parent myself, I know how difficult that can be with everything that demands our attention in the modern world. The frenetic pace with which life occurs with sports, family activities, and school is astounding and that is without even mentioning that in most modern families both parents work at least one job. This rhythm of life can be very difficult to get in sync with what you want to do as a family because of the pressures that these schedules can put upon you.
As we begin this journey together it is my hope that family worship can become a short time during the course of your week where the pace of life slows down and the message of the gospel can strengthen you as a family. In order to help you get started off on a good foot I would like to offer a few tips.
Family worship is a blessing because it does some very important things. Most importantly, it trains us in the Christian faith but that is not it's only value. It also lets us stop and get out of the rhythm of the world and lets us center our lives on what God has done for us in Christ. Taking a few minutes and hearing a different story can shape us and help us to be conformed to the likeness of Christ. Lastly, it makes family a priority. It is so easy to be constantly going in different directions but in family worship we all stop and move in the same direction, toward Christ. It is my prayer that you will be blessed and grow in your faith as we embark on this journey together.
On September 28 we will have a drawing for a great children's book written by Reformed Pastor and theologian R.C. Sproul. The book teaches the doctrine of imputation through a great story about a priest whose clothes become dirty. Not only does the book tell an engaging story but it also includes questions for discussing the truths of the gospel, that are spelled out in the book, with your children.
To get your name in the drawing for the book all you need to do is make your way to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts and follow the @edgertonfrc accounts. If you do not have those social media accounts or do not want to follow them, you can also put your name into a box in the narthex of the church.
You can increase your chances to win by following multiple social media accounts. If you follow one social media account you will get one entry. If you follow two you will get three total entries. If you follow all three accounts you will receive six total entries into the drawing. All names will be put in a list on random.org and the list will be randomized three times. The name at the top of the list on the third randomization will be the winner and can pick up the book at the church that evening at L.I.F.T. or pick it up at the church anytime the doors are open.
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