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Setting Course — Excerpt from Chapter 3

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way:  bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God….  Colossians 1:10

As you may have heard, the airshow is coming back to Hamilton later this spring.  Those of you who’ve been, know that there are two parts to an airshow.  There is the flying part where all the aircraft perform for the audience – this is the part where you might get to see the Snowbirds.  This is the dynamic part of an airshow; there’s lots of movement and action.  But there is another part of most airshows:  the static display.  The static display is where all the aircraft are standing still and you can check them out.  Some of them you can even climb aboard and look around.  You can do that because the aircraft are static – in other words, they’re not moving or going anywhere.

Static or dynamic.  If our church were an aircraft, which would we be?  Would we be the CF-104 mounted facing skyward at the Warplane Heritage Museum?  It looks nice, but it’s old and is never going anywhere again.  Or would we be the Westjet flight lifting off of runway 30 and headed for some far off destination?  Are we static or dynamic?  Standing-still-status-quo, or actively moving forward?

This is a question of vision.  How do we see ourselves as a church?  As we develop the expression of that vision, we need to be guided by the Word of God.  What does Scripture say about how we should see our church and especially the question of static versus dynamic?

That’s what we’ve attempted to answer in the Providence Vision…

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The above is an excerpt from chapter 3 of Setting Course:  Sermons and Essays Shaping the Vision of a Local ChurchYou can order the book here.  Until June 30, you can get 20% off by using the code SUNSHINECA305.  All proceeds go in support of the building fund of the Providence CanRC.


Setting Course — Now Available!

Earlier this year, the Providence CanRC adopted a vision statement.  This new book is about the Providence Vision.  Setting Course is about the biblical basis for the main statements, as well as outlining what our priorities should be as a church.  It’s primarily intended for Providence church members, but I hope that others will also find it thought-provoking.  You can order it here.  It’s $8.59 US for the paperback (plus shipping) and $3.49 for the e-book.  Until June 30, you can get 20% off by using the coupon code SUNSHINECA305.  All proceeds go towards the building fund of the Providence CanRC.

Here’s the Table of Contents:

Introduction

The Providence Vision

Part One — Sermons

Chapter 1  Make Disciples of All Nations

Chapter 2  Got the Plot?

Chapter 3  Moving to Maturity and Ministry

Chapter 4  A Courtroom Confrontation

Chapter 5  How to Be Useful for the Master

Part Two — Essays

Chapter 6  Christians Amidst Christless Christianity

Chapter 7  Gospel-Centered Church Growth

Chapter 8  Different People, Different Places


Coming Soon: Setting Course

Setting Course is all about becoming a church passionate about and for the gospel.  It’s about being eager to share that good news wherever we’ve been placed.  Recently the Providence Canadian Reformed Church adopted a statement outlining our vision for where we believe our church should be heading.  These sermons and essays all relate to that vision.  God willing, this book should be available by the end of the month.  All proceeds will go to support the building fund of the Providence CanRC.  More details in the next few weeks…


The Providence Vision

The church I serve, the Providence Canadian Reformed Church, recently adopted the following document.  In the weeks ahead, I hope to have a series of sermons on biblical texts that tie into each of the key elements of this vision.

The Providence Vision

We aim to preach and witness to the good news of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, first among ourselves, and then through the communities in which we have been placed by our Father’s providential hand.

Putting the Vision into Action

We rely entirely on the almighty God’s grace and power.  With his help, we endeavour to make this vision reality through the following means:

  • Magnifying Jesus Christ in public worship, particularly in our administration of the Word and sacraments
  • Moving congregation members to maturity and ministry within our church community
  • Moulding congregation members into active witnesses to our neighbours and the nations
  • Motivating our youth to an active interest and involvement in mission inside and outside our own community

Our Core Values

We are biblically grounded.  We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God.  We joyfully submit to its authority in all areas of life.

We are worshippers of the Triune God.  We believe with the historic church of all times and places that there is one God, eternally consisting of three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We are gospel centered.   We believe the gospel is that good news which announces Jesus Christ as the Saviour of undeserving sinners. This gracious message transforms believers into people who love God and want to joyfully live for him out of gratitude.

We are prayerfully dependent.  We believe prayer is a means God uses to create in us a greater sense of dependence on him.  We believe it is also a means God uses to accomplish his will in this world.  We therefore call upon God in prayers of faith, trusting his love for us and his sovereign power.

We are outwardly focussed.  We believe our community is a mission field.  We do not exist for ourselves, but for the glory of God and our neighbours’ salvation.

We are family oriented.  We believe the family is foundational to building a strong church community.  Therefore, we seek to grow families in grace through the encouragement of regular family worship, church catechism classes, and marriage enrichment resources.

We are confessionally connected.  We earnestly hold to the Ecumenical Creeds (The Apostles’ Creed, The Nicene Creed, and The Athanasian Creed) and the Three Forms of Unity (The Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort).  We are a confessional church and so we cherish these documents as faithful summaries of the Word of God.  We hold them forth to the world with gratitude for the doctrines we find in them.


Grand Opening — Providence Canadian Reformed Church

Saturday was a big day for our congregation:  the grand opening of our new building.  The weather was fantastic, the fellowship warm, and the gratitude tangible.  Below are some pictures.

Here’s a good exterior shot of the building, along with our new sign.  See the steeple?  It has a bell; yes, a working bell!  Thanks to our younger brothers and sisters, the bell was ringing the whole afternoon.  I think we may be the only Canadian Reformed Church with a working bell.

Big crowd of young and old, visitors and members!  Look at the blue sky.  It was a bit cool, but we couldn’t have asked for better weather in November.

Looks like a church picnic — in November.  We enjoyed barbequed chicken and other delicious treats.

Newly re-elected Ward 8 councillor Terry Whitehead represented the city of Hamilton.

As the senior member present, Rev. G. Wieske had the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open the building.

“On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”  Genesis 22:14