On Sunday mornings we are going through a series of what will likely be about a dozen sermons on 1st Timothy. The theme of 1st Timothy can be summed up with 3:15, which says “I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” 1st Timothy has been a rich resource of gospel truth and practical instruction as we study, discuss, pray, and work towards hopefully becoming an established church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Sunday evenings we are going through the Heidelberg Catechism, this coming Sunday I plan to preach on Lord’s Day 14. On Wednesday evenings we have prayer meeting, followed by a book study of What is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile. I am happy to report that there is a strong sense of unity and purpose amongst the existing membership.
We are also thankful that the Lord has added some new members to our group recently. The Bouman family joined us from our Dundas congregation in November. My wife and I were blessed with a daughter, Abigail Mae, on January 30th.
We have had a number of visitors from the community, of whom a few drop in fairly regularly. Some come from other local churches, but seem to have interest in our church. Another often wanders in part way through the service, and stays for coffee. I have been visiting with some of these visitors, and we are hopeful that we may be able to add them to our membership one day.
In terms of evangelism, the winter season has been fairly quiet. The bulk of my time and effort has been put into preparing sermons and visits. We have been able to reach out to some neighbors and begin to build relationships at some local businesses. We have also developed a new webpage and begun some internet advertising campaigns. Soon it will be time for the local Maple Syrup festival, where we plan to set up a booth as a book table. We are also planning to set up at a weekly local market and canvassing to ensure that the whole community is invited to our services.
We have several requests for prayer. Please pray for our church family, that we would grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord and that we would be enabled to walk worthy of Him. Also for the various visitors that seeds of gospel would take root and grow in their hearts. Pray that the Lord would give opportunities to make inroads into a fairly tight community. We also are praying for a more steady location. The arena works well most of the time, but we have been getting shuffled to different locations by hockey tournaments recently. Finally, please pray for me, that labors in preaching would be blessed, that the Lord would give strength, and would bless our growing family.
We would love to have you come and worship with us. Please check out our website at www.nipissingfrc.com for more information. This update is from a report presented to the Brantford FRC Congregational meeting on February 20, 2013. - Pastor Rob VanDoodewaard