Whew! Can you believe another month has gone by and that the February evening worship service was held this past Sunday in Adamsville? Yep, Pastor Mark came to Adamsville preaching Christ and reminding us of what it was like to worship God in the Old Covenant in contrast to what worship is in the New Covenant. We are so thankful to be worshiping saints in the New Covenant:
Hebrews 12:18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”
22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
As I considered these things, I thought about what pagans we were (see photos). Only one of us was born and raised in a Christian home and in the church, the rest of us were not, and one of us has gone home to be with our Lord and Savior. Praise the Lord for fruitful multiplication, for living stones being built into a spiritual house, the temple of God! At this time we are all separated from each other, we live in 3 different states, but what a joy it is to be united in worship, what a comfort to know we worship along with the ones who have gone home before us, what a privilege it is to worship God!
In the introduction to his book "Mere Christianity" C.S.Lewis uses some imagery of houses, a word picture, to make some points. First, and foremost, is the preaching of the gospel in bringing people into the hallway of the house of God. Second, that "Mere Christianity" itself is not an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions. Third, that "it is in the rooms, not in the hall, that there are fires and chairs and meals." The denominational rooms are where fires and chairs and meals are. Don't stay in the hall!
"The hall is a place to wait in, a place from which to try the various doors, not a place to live in. For that purpose the worst of the rooms (whichever that may be) is, I think, preferable." ~C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
"He is so clear about the inadequacy of mere Christianity that he says that living the best you can in the worst Christian denomination is better than trying to live in the hall." John Piper, Does "Mere Christianity" Mean Eliminate Denominations?
"It is true that some people may have to wait in the hall for a considerable time. . . . You must keep on praying for light: and, of course, even in the hall you must begin trying to obey the rules which are common to the whole house. And above all you must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best by its paint and paneling. In plain language, the question should never be: “Do I like that kind of service?” but “Are these doctrines true: Is holiness here? Does my conscience move me towards this?” ~C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
What a relief and joy it is to finally have found our room in the house of God! We have explored many different rooms in the house and are most confident when we say that we have found the most biblical room in the house. To learn more about The Orthodox Presbyterian Church, click here: https://opc.org/about.html
Choose a denominational room according to biblical truth as best you can. Then love those who choose differently, even if they turn out to be enemies. What the world needs from the great house of Christianity is not that all the walls be knocked out between the rooms, but that we love each other in all the ways the Bible says, including defending and confirming the truth of Scripture as we see it (Ephesians 4:15). ~John Piper
If you are not even in the hall or you are still in the hall or you have retreated back into the hall or if you are in another room and would like to explore the most biblical room, we would like to invite you to explore our room and grow with us in our knowledge of and love for The Lord, please pray that He would bless our church planting efforts. If you are looking for a good church home, we would like to be a good church home, we are asking God to provide the increase (1 Corinthians 1:3-6). 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
We meet every Wednesday evening at 7pm and every Sunday evening at 5pm for Bible study.
Pastor Mark Winder leads worship services on the last Sunday of every month at 5pm.
We meet at 1st Presbyterian Church in Adamsville, TN 328 Old Stage Rd
The sermon "Covenant Reality" in which we were asked the question:
"When we enter into God's presence, what is it that we are coming to?"is available for you to enjoy and to find the answers to this question on our YouTube channel, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ0FBUoZ37Q&t=1972s
Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder, John Newton
Let us love and sing and wonder,
let us praise the Savior's name!
He has hushed the law's loud thunder,
he has quenched Mount Sinai's flame;
he has washed us with his blood,
he has brought us nigh to God.
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.