2016 SRPC Fast Day — Friday January 8 @ 6pm to Saturday January 9 @ 6pm*
- Recommended Preparation: Look over the most recent church bulletin (and any other prayer lists that you may have) and ask the Lord to help you discern several key prayer requests to focus on during the fast. Given the context of the fast, preference might best be given to requests that relate to the life and ministry of the church and to the spiritual health and vitality of yourself and your family.
- Recommended Reading: The Gospel of Luke (chapters 22-24) and the Acts of the Apostles (chapters 1-2), with a heightened sensitivity to the the person, work, message, and ongoing spiritual presence of Christ in your life by faith. Also recommended is a sermon entitled The Unkept Vineyard by Charles Spurgeon.
- Recommended Study Exercise: After reading each chapter of John’s Gospel, jot down a few short answers to the following questions on a sheet of paper: (1) What reasons is Jesus here giving me to ADORE Him? (2) What sins is Jesus here calling me to CONFESS to Him? (3) What reasons is Jesus here giving you to THANK Him? (4) What SUPPLICATIONS (or requests) is Jesus here calling you to offer up in His name?
- Recommended Prayer Exercise: After reading each chapter of John’s Gospel and tallying a few brief answers to the above questions, enter into a time of prayer, bringing your Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplications before the Lord, including those key requests that the Lord has led you to emphasize during your fast.
- Recommended Covenanting Exercise: Read over your vows as listed below, confessing your sins, resolving (with God’s help) to focus on a few specific goals for improvement in 2015, and renewing your commitments before the Lord.
- Recommended Fellowship: If possible and/or desirable, get together with others in your home or in the congregation to pray together, listen to a sermon, enjoy family worship, talk about the readings, or engage in any other spiritually edifying activity that will help reinforce the purpose of the fast. Please Note: We will be opening up the church from 9:00 AM till 12 Noon on Saturday January 9 for a time of prayer together in the nursery, led by Pastor Kuehner.
- Recommended Sermons: (1) “Open Windows” by Dr. Joel Beeke (2) “Repentance” by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (3) “Can I Be Sure That I’m Truly Converted?” by Rev. Andrew Quigley (4) “Running Focused” by Rev. Kenneth Stewart (5) “Simon, Do You Love Me?” by Rev. Gary Hendrix. [These are the same sermons from last year, but perhaps there are one or two that you haven’t heard yet.]
2016 SRPC Covenant Renewal — Lord’s Day January 10 @ 2pm (List of Vows)**
- Do you believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and life?
- Do you believe in the one living and true God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as revealed in the Scriptures?
- Do you repent of your sin; confess your guilt and helplessness as a sinner against God; profess Jesus Christ, Son of God, as your Saviour and Lord; and dedicate yourself to His service: Do you promise that you will endeavor to forsake all sin, and to conform your life to His teaching and example?
- Do you promise to submit in the Lord to the teaching and government of this church as being based upon the Scriptures and described in substance in the Constitution of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America? Do you recognize your responsibility to work with others in the church and do you promise to support and encourage them in their service to the Lord? In case you should need correction in doctrine or life, do you promise to respect the authority and discipline of the church?
- To the end that you may grow in the Christian life, do you promise that you will diligently read the Bible, engage in private prayer, keep the Lord’s Day, regularly attend the worship services, observe the appointed sacraments, and give to the Lord’s work as He shall prosper you?
- Do you purpose to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness in all the relationships of life, faithfully to perform your whole duty as a true servant of Jesus Christ, and seek to win others to Him?
- Do you make this profession of faith and purpose in the presence of God, in humble reliance upon His grace, as you desire to give your account with joy at the Last Great Day?
- Do you believe your children to be the possession of God entrusted to your care?
- In this light, do you promise to provide for their temporal well-being, to teach them to love God and His Word, the Bible, and to provide them with a God-centered education?
- Do you promise to teach them of their sinful nature, of the plan of salvation which centers in Jesus Christ, and their own personal need of a relationship with Christ?
- To the end that they may grow in the Christian life, do you promise to pray for them, and to train them to read the Bible, to pray, to keep the Lord’s Day and to understand the nature of the Church, the value of its worship and fellowship, and their need to seek communicant membership in the church?
- Do you promise to lead them, by your example and parental discipline exercised in love, to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness in all the relationships of life?
- Do you make these promises in the presence of God, in humble reliance upon His grace, as you desire to give your account with joy at the Last Great Day?
- Do you, the communicant members of Southfield Reformed Presbyterian Church, acknowledge all our baptized children as members of this fellowship and promise to pray for them, and to help and encourage their parents as they seek to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?
* Participants with special diets and/or health complications of any kind are strongly encouraged to consult a physician and to use their best judgment in appropriately modifying the fast so as not to take any unnecessary health risks.
** Vows 1-7 (all communicant members); Vows 8-13 (communicant members with covenant children residing at home); Vow 14 (all communicant members).