Ben Reaoch | Category: Mission
What comes to mind when you hear the word “evangelism”? A Gospel tract? A rehearsed Gospel outline? These are helpful tools for us when we are seeking to share the Gospel with others. But have you even thought about the role of attentive listening in the context of evangelistic conversations?
When we have opportunities to speak with people at work, in the neighborhood, at the family gathering, on the bus, in the airplane, I don’t think our main objective should be to empty a dump truck load of biblical truth onto the person. We first need to earn the right to be heard. Listening is a good place to begin.
Laura Miller | Category: Children's Sunday School
If you’re like me, a compass is one of those pieces of equipment that you never have with you when you need it, even though your kids have received dozens over the years from VBS. And if you’re like me, you know that a compass points its user to the North Pole, but perhaps you aren’t aware that the Pole is so called because from it emanates one of the two magnetic fields that protect our planet from dangerous, charged particles from the Sun, known as solar wind. Regardless which way a compass is turned, the needle always points North, which can be determined by turning the compass so that the needle points at the “N” on the dial. There is only one North, and all properly aligned compasses will have a needle point in that direction.
So what does this have to do with the Catechism question, “Are there more gods than one?” The answer, “No, there is only one God”, speaks of uniqueness, but it also speaks of exclusivity.
This past Sunday, Pastor Ben encouraged us all to pursue further delight and anticipation of heaven. One way you could do that would be to listen to this sermon by Sam Storms from the 2003 Desiring God National Conference, where the topic was Jonathan Edwards.
You can listen to this sermon entitled, "Joy's Eternal Increase: Edwards on the Beauty of Heaven," HERE.
Also, during the month of July, Reformation Trust is giving away the eBook edition of Richard Phillips’ What’s So Great about the Doctrines of Grace.
Andrew Hughes | Category: The Christian Life
We were encouraged Sunday to think longingly for heaven and eternity with God. In the Epistle to the Philippians, Paul gives us several reasons we often don’t live with an eternal mindset.
We don’t see this life as a mere preface to an eternity with God.
Throughout Philippians, Paul is always pointing the readers to something in the future- Something beyond the immediate.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phil 1:6)
In the Last Battle, CS Lewis beautifully states it this way: “All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
Tom Dyba | Category: The Christian Life
Listen again to Jesus’ words in John 15: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. … Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. … Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
Ben Reaoch | Category: The Christian Life
This picture of John F. Kennedy with his son, John F. Kennedy Jr., gives us a faint glimpse of the awesome reality that believers have been adopted by God the Father. The president of the United States is arguably the most powerful person on the planet. And here we have a photograph which captures the unique access his children have to him. Many very important people never have the opportunity to enter the oval office. But John Jr. hangs out under the desk while his dad works on important business.
Access to the Father
How much greater it is to be children of the Almighty God! As powerful as the president of the United States may be, God is infinitely more powerful. Our heavenly Father rules the universe. He is orchestrating millions of significant events at every moment. And yet He welcomes us to sit at His feet and enjoy His presence. We can speak to Him, and He hears us. What an amazing privilege – may we not take it for granted.
Immanence and Transcendence
Romans 8:15 says that we “have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” There is an intimacy implied in these words. We can speak to Him as our dear Father who loves us and cares about the details of our lives. He is imminent, near to us.
Laura Miller | Category: Children's Sunday School
What is a catechism? Why are we using it? And what role do parents play in a catechism program?
The use of catechisms for teaching the truths of Scripture goes back several centuries. The process of using inquiry and response in order to stimulate thought, illustrate the building blocks of a topic and reinforce through repetition is as old as the art of teaching itself. So, it’s no surprise the Reformers and church leaders put the method into practice when it came time to instruct themselves and their children in the doctrines of the biblical faith.
Andrew Hughes | Category: Announcements
Today is the official re-launch of the 3RG blog. It’s been a couple years since we last blogged and we are excited to kick it off afresh!
The blog provides us another medium to flesh out the mission of Three Rivers Grace Church. That mission is three-fold:
What will we blog about?
To accomplish the above may look like some of the following from week to week: a series on a specific topic, a discussion of a specific Scripture text, sermon follow-up, Sunday School follow-up, recommended resources, worldview matters, cultural issues in Pittsburgh and the world, the mission of the church.
Some matters will be intended to serve our church family specifically (inward focus) while others will be written to more broadly serve those outside our church body locally and globally (outward focus), Christian and non-Christian alike. In all, we want God and the Gospel to be the subject and center of our blogging.
We will begin our regular routine of postings this Monday, the 22nd. Mondays will have a post about the Children’s Sunday School catechism for parents to use as follow-up. Pastor Ben will have a regular blog post on Tuesdays. Andrew will be posting regularly on Thursdays; and on Fridays we will do a Recommended Resources series. Along with the routine weekly posting, we will also have various monthly guest posts from elders and others in the congregation.
How can you get involved?
Our desire is for this to be more than a one-way street of communication. We desire and trust fruitful conversations will result online as well as at home. Here are 3 ways you can get involved and stay connected:
In sum, our aim will be to exhort the church and evangelize the world by exulting in God.
Soli Deo Gloria!
The purpose of our church blog is to serve the overall mission of our church: to delight in the beauty of God's greatness,