Paul saw a vision on the road to Damascus. Now what? God sends a man named Ananias to comfort and befriend the former murderer. Ananias visits Paul in Damascus and is baptized. There are so many things in our lives that are mysterious and beyond comprehension. God moves in the lives of saints and sinners alike, orchestrating all things according to the eternal counsel of his perfect will. Please join us to learn about the immediate aftereffects of Paul’s stunning reversal, a conversion by grace alone, through faith alone, planned before the foundation of the world (Gal. 1:15). And please join us as we pray “that Satan’s kingdom may be destroyed; and that the kingdom of grace may be advanced, ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it; and that the kingdom of glory may be hastened” (Westminster Shorter Catechism 102).
“Still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord…” This is how Luke describes Saul, a man who was soon to become the Apostle to the Gentiles and the author of the majority of the New Testament. On the road to Damascus, Jesus appeared to him from heaven and in a moment converted him from a wild animal to a justified sinner. Do you know someone who is an enemy of Christ and his cross? Do you have friends or family members for whom God is a word of cursing only? The Scriptures teach us to have hope, and not despair. The persecutor became an apostle, glory to God. Please join us at 4:00pm at Raybrook Manor for study, song, prayer, and fellowship. If you can’t join us, please pray for us or consider giving a gift that this Orthodox Presbyterian Church may be soon planted to strengthen the forgiven and call the lost.
Nota bene! The meeting time has changed. Starting this week the study now begins at 4:00pm and ends at 5:00pm.
In this portion of his history, Luke tells us of a providentially orchestrated meeting between Philip and a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man was reading from the prophet Isaiah in his chariot when Philip approached. The Holy Spirit through Philip gave him understanding of the text, and he believed and was baptized. Join us as we discuss from this passage the nature of baptism, and examine the teaching of the Shorter Catechism (Q&A 94) on this topic as well. Please consider praying for us. No one lights a candle and hides it under a bushel.
Lastly, all are welcome to our monthly fellowship meal, meeting this week at the home of Tyler and Marylynn Gaastra. Please join us!
The power to believe comes from God, the Scriptures teach. But where does the power to persist in belief come from? Simon the magician made a good start in the gospel, but soon attempted to purchase the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Peter speaks to him sternly and calls him to repentance. Please join us as together we learn from God’s Word, and pray that God would save us too from “the gall of bitterness” and “the bond of iniquity” (v. 23). How often we try to make deals with God and purchase his favor or blessing with our works or money. May God save us from this mercenary attitude, and pour out his grace on his people. Our study begins at 4:30 at Raybrook Manor, and all are welcomed to celebrate with us on this and every Lord’s Day the resurrection of Christ from the dead.
What makes somebody great? In Acts 8:9-13 Simon the sorcerer practiced magic among Samaritans, and amazed them, gaining a reputation for himself. The true power of God came through the evangelist Philip, who preached the good news of the kingdom of God. Simon also believed. Please join us this Lord’s Day at 4:30pm to learn together from God’s Word about His all surpassing power. We will also raise our hearts and voices in song and prayer, and enjoy fellowship afterward. If you cannot join us, please pray that God would soon plant us as an Orthodox Presbyterian Church next to Calvin College, to minister to the campus and surrounding neighborhood.
Please join us this Lord’s Day afternoon at 4:30, as we study Acts 8:1-8. In this chapter, Luke records for us the accounts of Saul ravaging the church, and Philip preaching in Samaria. As the church is scattered due to persecution, it moves into Samaria, in fulfillment of Christ’s command in Acts. 1:9: “And you will be my witnesses in…Samaria.” The life of the church today, just as at the beginning, is one where suffering and hardship (v. 3) are mingled with great joy (v. 8). Invite your friends as we seek to plant a simple, confessional presbyterian witness near Calvin College.
The stoning of Stephen: chapter 7:54-60 of Acts concludes with Luke’s account of the first Christian martyr and his violent death. Full of the Holy Spirit, Stephen begs forgiveness for his murderers, and a young man named Saul is there watching. How may we have courage in our trials, and how may we learn to rely upon the grace of God in trouble whether great or small? Please join us as we study the word of God and seek comfort and consolation from him. We meet at 4:30 PM at Raybrook Manor, and all are welcome.
“I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt.” With these words, Stephen makes his defense against a hostile audience in Acts 7. Please join us this Sunday at 4:30 PM at Raybrook Manor, as together we study vv. 30-53. We will also pray and sing psalms and hymns together. Afterward, we will enjoy our monthly fellowship meal hosted by Tyler and Marylynn Gaastra. Please join us and invite your friends and relatives as we seek to plant an Orthodox Presbyterian Church right next to Calvin College.
This week we continue our study of Acts with chapter 7:9-29. Stephen continues his Old Testament history lesson, explaining to the hostile Sanhedrin that the whole history of the people of Israel was moving toward Christ Jesus our Messiah. If you are interested in helping us plant a confessional, theologically conservative church directly next to Calvin College please join us for study, prayer, and the singing of psalms and hymns. And join us the following week for our fellowship meal following the study.
Please join us this Lord’s Day at 4:30 PM as together we study Acts 7.1-8. Stephen before the high priest begins to make a defense of the Christian faith as drawn from the Old Testament promises. We will learn how Abraham is our spiritual father, and we ourselves are sojourners in a land belonging to others. For here we have no continuing city. Please invite your friends as well to join us for song, prayer, and refreshments afterward. We meet at Raybrook Manor in the chapel.