In our previous post, "New Family", we shared about how the Lord often provides us with visible/tangible things that remind us of important events in our lives. When our family looks at the picture of the stone in this blog post, we are reminded of certain places we have been and of loved ones, but if you look at this stone a little closer, you will see that there is a reminder of eternal things there. Do you see it? There's a cross in that stone which reminds us of everything that God has done, is doing, and will do. It reminds us of what Pastor Mark has been teaching us about the continuity of the Bible, the continuity between the Old and New Covenants, the unfolding drama of God's covenant of grace. During Pastor Mark's last visit with us, he reminded us of what those stones in the Old Testament mean as he preached from Joshua 4:1-9. He reminded us that those stones are connected to the New Testament and that when we see these stone memorials in the Bible, we should be thinking about worship and the sacraments: baptism and the Lord's supper. We should be thinking about covenant renewal because memorials are a reminder of God's power. Memorials are signs that point to the work of Christ and while they are a reminder, they are more than just a memory of the past, they are an expression of God's covenant faithfulness, and they are a prompting to prepare for the future. Memorials are not only a reminder of what has happened, they are a call to fidelity and faithfulness, they are a sign that calls God's people to be faithful to their covenant God as he has been faithful to them. It's a call to commitment. It's a call to individuals and to their children because the covenant is between God and His people and their children. The unfolding drama of God's covenant of grace is a story that is to be told and passed down to our offspring. We must respond to these memorials with obedience, and we must dedicate ourselves to our last breath to serve our covenant God until we enter his rest. Sunday church services are a foretaste, an appetizer, of our heavenly rest to come in glory where the people of God will enjoy the object of their faith and of all their desires: Jesus Christ. The Lord's supper is more than a remembrance, it's something we prepare for, it's a work of grace, it's our spiritual nourishment, it's our call to faithfulness. Our baptisms are something more than a remembrance. Baptism is what we give to our children because they are members of Christ's visible church, they are heirs of the covenant and God has commanded that they be given the covenant sign. Israel's memorial is a sign that is fulfilled in the church, the dwelling place of God, the place where the gates of hell will not prevail, the place that is not conquered by the sword but by the Word of God, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, the gospel of peace. We conquer the Nations as the gospel is preached and they cower in fear knowing that the power of God is greater than all of their fantasies. The gospel will triumph!
Will you join us in prayer? Will you ask the Lord for an Ebenezer Sunday at 1st Presbyterian Church in Adamsville, that families who are looking for a good church home would come, that a pastor for Adamsville will be provided and that the sacraments will be brought back to her?
"Lord of the Harvest, Hear" by Charles Wesley 1. Lord of the harvest, hear Thy needy servants' cry; Answer our faith's effectual prayer And all our wants supply. 2. On Thee we humbly wait, Our wants are in Thy view. The harvest, truly, Lord, is great, The laborers are few. 3. Anoint and send forth more Into Thy Church abroad And let them speak Thy Word of Power As workers with their God. 4. Oh, let them spread Thy name, Their mission fully prove, Thy universal grace proclaim, Thine all-redeeming love!
Joshua 4:4 (Berean Study Bible) So Joshua summoned the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 and said to them, “Cross over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of Israel, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’
Many of the thoughts for this post were borrowed from Pastor Mark's sermon, "What Do These Stones Mean?" which was preached on Sunday evening at 1st Presbyterian Church in Adamsville on 11/26/2018. You can and are encouraged to watch the full sermon on our YouTube channel. Here is the link:
You can also watch the video explaining why Reformed Presbyterians practice infant baptism here:
Are you looking for a good church home? We would like to be a good church home and we are asking God to provide the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6).
We would love to have you join us, come as you are-
"But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (Berean Study Bible).
We meet every Wednesday evening at 7pm and every Sunday evening at 5pm for Bible study.
Pastor Mark Winder holds informal worship services on the last Sunday of every month at 5pm.
We meet at 1st Presbyterian Church in Adamsville, TN 328 Old Stage Rd
Under the covenant of grace, Christ accomplished what Adam failed to do in the covenant of works, so we receive grace:
Man’s work faileth, Christ’s availeth;
He is all our righteousness;
He, our Savior, has forever
Set us free from dire distress.
Through His merit we inherit
Light and peace and happiness.
(Praise the Savior)
West Tennessee Reformed is a conservative Presbyterian church planting effort where Christ is preached consistently and where God speaks powerfully through his written word, The Holy Bible.