If you have been paying attention, you are probably aware of the many problems and concerns facing the church in America today most of which are the result of modern cultural thought and trends creeping into the church. One of these important issues is social justice and racial reconciliation. We were so encouraged by the recent "Building Bridges Instead of Barriers Conference" held at Covenant Presbyterian Church in St. Augutine, FL that we wanted to share it with you. The videos from the conference have been placed on You-Tube and are well worth your time to watch, here is the link:
"The purpose of this conference is to serve and to strengthen the Body of Christ by proposing and exploring biblically Reformed ways of thinking about the subject of race relationships within the church. In addition, we wish to proffer practical suggestions as to how we might more effectively build bridges across ethnic lines within the church in order to achieve greater unity for the sake of Christ and His Gospel."
One of the videos that really resonated with us was the 15th and final video "The Hermeneutics of Race and the Crisis of Contemporary Preaching" - Dr. Eric Watkins. Dr. Watkins reminded us of the importance of the ministry of the pulpit- That the pulpit leads the church, that Christians live their lives as a response to the preached word, that there is power in preaching, and that "the way the Bible is handled in the context of preaching is of utmost significance." Dr. Watkins especially encouraged us in our own "meat and potatoes" efforts when he said:
"Many kids who grew up in meat and potato churches are selling their birth right for a fun church where Jesus is cool, where the music is more familiar and just like what they like with sermons that are catchy, cliche, and entertaining, and where amusement has displaced worship.....church has turned into youth group....are we discipling up another generation in the church or are we just entertaining them.......are we chasing our own personal Jesus?"
"amusement has displaced worship" let that sink in in light of the definition:
Amuse- entertain, occupy, divert the attention of.
Amusement is something we typically seek to help us disengage so that we don't have to think. If worship is something that we do in response to who God is and what He has done, then shouldn't we be engaged in it and thinking about the Holy God we have entered into the presence of? Is the throne room, the sanctuary of God, really a place of entertainment that is the equivalent of an i-Pad, video game, movie theater, concert, or comedy club?
Do you believe in the power of preaching? We do! We believe in the ministry of the pulpit because the pulpit leads the church. Therefore, we believe that the person who is placed in the pulpit is very important, and we are so thankful to know that the Orthodox Presbyterian Church takes who they ordain and place in it's pulpits very seriously.
We would like to invite you to attend one of our evening worship services.
Pastor Mark Winder leads worship services on the last Sunday of every month at 5pm.
We also meet every Wednesday evening at 7pm and every Sunday evening at 5pm for Bible study.
We meet at 1st Presbyterian Church in Adamsville, TN 328 Old Stage Rd
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.