2018 SRPC Fast Day — Friday January 19 @ 6pm to Saturday January 20 @ 6pm*
Here are some recommended spiritual exercises to help structure your time of prayer and fasting:
- Preparation: Meditate upon your own spiritual condition and progress (or declension) over the past year. Locate a recent bulletin, church directory, and/or personal prayer list. Consider the condition, progress, and needs of the church, its members, and its mission field (lost souls). Ask the Lord for wisdom to discern a few key items to focus upon as you fast and pray. Wait patiently and believingly (with your Bible open) for the Lord’s answer. Write down the results.
- Reading: The Book of Job (chapters 36-42) and the Prophecy of Isaiah (chapters 52-53).
- Study: After completing the above readings from Job and Isaiah, jot down a few short answers to the following questions on a sheet of paper: (1) What motives are provided in these chapters for ADORING Christ? (2) What sins are these chapters calling me to CONFESS to Christ? (3) What motives are provided in these chapters for giving THANKS to Christ? (4) What sorts of SUPPLICATIONS (or requests) are these chapters urging me to offer up to God in Christ’s name?
- Prayer: After reading and studying the readings from Job and Isaiah, enter into a time of prayer, bringing your Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplications before the Lord. Make sure to include those key requests that the Lord initially led you to emphasize as you were preparing to fast.
- Covenanting: Read over your vows as listed below — along with any written notes from last year’s fast-day detailing your goals, commitments, and/or prayer requests for 2017 — meditating prayerfully on your progress and/or declension over the past year, confessing your sins, thanking God for His grace, and resolving (with God’s help) to focus on a few specific goals for spiritual growth in 2018, as you seek to renew your covenant vows before the Lord.
- Fellowship: We will be opening up the church from 9:00 AM till about Noon on Saturday January 20 for a time of prayer together in the nursery, led by Pastor Kuehner.
2017 SRPC Covenant Renewal — Lord’s Day January 8 @ 10:00 AM (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).