Latest Sermons

If you’re interested in listening to Anthony’s latest sermons, these are the ones recorded over this summer at the morning service at Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He preaches regularly in the evening but those sermons are not recorded.

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Summer Family Update

Thank you for your prayers this summer!


Thank you for your continued prayers for our family and the work towards church planting this summer! We’re ramping up for Tamasin to start school next week and realized that it had been a while since we sent an update. We wanted to take a few minutes to catch you up on what’s going on.

Updates Galore!


A few major things have happened since our last update:

  • Since Anthony’s car accident, we were able to get him checked out at the doctor and he’s gotten the “all clear.” He hasn’t experienced any back pain as a result of the accident. Praise God!
  • Through the work of several generous believers we were able to purchase a new car to replace the one that was totaled. God is so good! Such a great answer to our prayers!!
  • Tam’s education assessments were completed through the school. We now have an IEP (individualized education program) for her this year that includes accommodations to address the concerns found in the assessment. We’re praising God for this process and how well the school has handled everything. Also, praising God that we have a plan in place for this fall that values Tam and addresses her needs.
  • Ro turned 4 and has been potty trained 100%! (Remley is especially excited about this one.)
  • Our Senior Pastor at Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Newark, Jay Harvey, accepted the position as Executive Director of RTS in New York City. We rejoice with him in his new position! This means that Anthony continues to serve at EP Church as Assistant Pastor and seek a coach for church planting while the church is undergoing a search for an Interim Pastor and future Senior Pastor.
  • Anthony served as the pastor for SportsCamp and VBS this summer at EP Church. It was a great time of bonding with the church and service. He also lead the youth during the annual Good Neighbors Home Repair camp.
  • Anthony has been connecting with a community of believers through The Oasis Project in the Millville/Bethany Beach area. They’ve confirmed the need for an evangelical church in the area and have a desire to help us connect with the community.

Ways to Pray This Month:

  • Pray for the pastoral transition at Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Pray for the search committee and the process for finding a senior minister. Please pray for my future coach and the transition for myself and my family.
  • Please pray for Tamasin’s school year. She begins school on Monday and she’s very excited. This will be her first year with the IEP and in some Special Ed sessions. Also pray for her upcoming pediatric assessment.
  • Please pray for continued connections in the Millville area and strengthening of connections already made. Please continue to pray for meetings Anthony is having with believers in the area.
  • Please pray for the start of fall activities at EP Church in Newark. We are beginning a 5th Quarter program for the youth.
  • Please pray as Anthony seeks 3-4 guys to begin a Bible Study with in the Millville area. He’s in the middle of surveying people to determine the best day to start one.

Great is His Faithfulness

By Anthony Gorsuch, written originally for the newsletter of Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Newark

“Happy the man whose hopes rely / on Israel’s God; He made the sky / and earth, and seas, with all their train; / His truth forever stand secure; / He saves the oppressed, He feeds the poor, / and none shall find His promise vain.”

— Isaac Watts

God never changes in His character. The fact that God doesn’t change (immutability) enables us to trust Him in His faithfulness. If God promised to be faithful to His people then He cannot break His promises. This is a comfort to us because we know that God is more than just faithful; He is infinite in power and wisdom. We serve a God who desires to help us, who wishes to save us and who also has the ability to help us and keep us. God has faithfulness and power which means no one can stop what He promises. No one can thwart God’s faithful promises.

God pledged to our spiritual father Abraham: I will establish my covenant between Me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.” When God uttered these words to Abraham, our security was fixed in God’s promise. God will be faithful to Abraham, therefore He will be committed to Abraham’s offspring, the church. This gives us great hope for the future of Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Newark—He will not leave us nor forsake us because our heavenly Father doesn’t change!

While God never changes, we do change. God is faithful; human beings can be unfaithful. However, in spite of humanity’s unfaithfulness, God still faithfully causes rain to fall on the righteous and the unrighteous. In spite of the church being unfaithful over generations in their promises to God, God has not changed His pledge to the church.

Let us reflect on God’s faithfulness; let us increase our faith and drive us to worship. Worship God this day because He has been faithful to you in spite of your unfaithfulness. Worship God today because He is loyal and secures your salvation. Worship God today because He has faithfully provided for you. We serve and worship a mighty, faithful God who does not change.

Amen!

 

Paradoxical Benefits From Heaven

By Anthony Gorsuch

The emotions that were expressed within the Godhead during the time of Christ on the cross can be paradoxical to human observance. Was God the Father angry with his Son? Does God the Father love the son for glorifying Him? Is the Son filled with joy as he extols the Father? Did the Son feel forsaken by the Father? The answer to these questions is yes. Paradoxical, yes, but still valid! A Dutch theologian, Herman Bavinck, once said,

Jesus’s death was not an accident; it had to happen. At the same time, seeing the death of Christ as satisfaction for sin, as divine punishment, does not mean that there is a rift in the Godhead between an angry father and the loving son he punishes. Through Christ’s death, expiation of sins, righteousness, and eternal life are secured for believers. God’s grace does not nullify the sanctification and merit of Christ but is the ultimate ground for that merit. It is the love of God that sent the son into the world (John 3:16), and on the cross Jesus remained the beloved son.

When Christ said, “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” This was not a fake emotion. Jesus didn’t just feel lonely, but he felt a true God-forsakenness. This was not an allusion, but a reality. The Scriptures say that Jesus was forsaken, but in the same moment, Jesus looked to the cross with joy (Heb 12:2).  This is the same with God the Father, “But the Lord was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering (Isa 53:10 NASB).” Christ felt and bore the weight of divine displeasure and severity while he was stricken and afflicted. By God’s hand, Christ experienced all the signs of a wrathful, avenging God. While this is true, yet in the same moment this is God who said at the Transfiguration, “this is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased.”

There is a conflict of emotions at Calvary. Is there a rift in the divine Godhead at the Cross? Herein lies the gospel. God, the Father, did express a full measure of wrath and vengeance on Christ for our sins. Yet, God is smiling at the Son with joy because the Son glorified the Father as he offered his most excellent, most complete obedience to the will of the Father (Phil. 2:28; Heb. 5:8; 10:5-10;12:2). While all his disciples would abandon the Son, he was not alone for the Father was with him (Jn 16:32). Christ did feel a truly forsaken by God at the cross, but he still looked to it with joy, because the Father will glorify him for his work (Jn 17:5). The Father gives the Son an inheritance, which is Christ’s bride (Jn 17:6-10; Eph1:18;5:25-33). The Son glorifies the Father as the Father is being glorified in destroying sin. The Father magnifies the Son by granting him an inheritance. Here we marvel at this divine interaction on the cross at Calvary!

November Update

Thank You


Thank you all for your support this last year! Remley and I have felt your prayers every step of the way. It is so humbling to know that all of you support us and believe in the importance to plant churches and to see God’s kingdom expand.

Big News  (If you want to the update video, click here.)

A lot has transpired in the last three months.

While we wanted to continue to serve in Billings and plant in Montana, it became clear that there was not much of an opening for us to plant for the foreseeable future. We prayed that God would lead and show us His will. God was gracious and opened the door for continued church planting endeavors. God has graciously gifted us with a church, Evangelical Presbyterian Church Newark (PCA), who has taken us under their wing for 18-24 months. During this period, we will be strategically preparing to plant in Delaware while I am serving as Assistant Pastor over youth, outreach, and assimilation. This position has allowed me the opportunity to work on a few skill gaps that the MNA Church Plant Assessment Center recommended that I work on.

This is not the path that we had planned but it has been comforting to see God’s hand in all this! He has been faithful to us in safe travels, provided us the financial means to move, and has sustained us physically, mentally, and spiritually through this transition.

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This month we ask that you please pray for:


Evangelism:

  • Please pray that would be able to witness others around me. Erica, Pooch, and Benny are some people that I have witnessed to. Pray that I would be able to meet up with them a second time and continue the conversation.
  • Please pray for J. I had an hour-long gospel conversation with him. He wants to meet up again and talk. We have been texting back and forth this week. Please pray that God would continue to work in J’s life and open his eyes to the gospel.

Wisdom:

  • Pray for wisdom on where to plant. We have a few places we are praying about including Georgetown, DE. Please pray that we will be able to make strategic connections in the community in the coming months. Praise God that we have already made 2 connections in Georgetown!

Our Children:

  • While they’re enjoying their new community, both of our kids miss their old home. They miss their cat that we had to leave in Montana. They miss their family and friends in Montana. Pray that they would settle well in this new transition.

Finances:

  • Please pray that we will continue to raise more support. By the next 4 months, we need 10 people who would pledge $50 a month so we can stay in the black. Please pray God will raise up more connections and financial partners in our ministry.

Thank you all so much for continuing with us as we minister to the lost and prepare for future church planting.

 “I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; Incline your ear to me;
hear my words.”
– Psalm 17:6

Summer Update

Here are just a few things that have happened since we wrote last:

  • The first of our opportunities for service with the youth, building a fire pit for some of our elder members, went well. We also began taking meals to our home-bound elders after fellowship meals. We look forward to more opportunities to serve our elders in our community this fall!
  • We had a fun and successful end-of-the-school-year party for the kids with Kids Club at Great Plains Gathering. We saw lot of new faces. We also enjoyed the opportunity for enjoying ourselves and celebrating a good school year.
  • We have had several BBQs and dinners at our home this summer (yay for the summer break!) and enjoyed the chance to get to know the people of GPG better and hear how the Lord has been working in their lives.
  • The first GPG summer picnic was a blast! The next is Sunday, July 30th.
  • Anthony has continued to work with the MSUB Office of American Indian Outreach and has been helping them transition to a new location on campus for the fall. The new location will include room for childcare and mothers. The ribbon cutting ceremony is in September and GPG is a sponsor of the room.
  • This year’s Vacation Bible School with Rocky Mountain Community Church was a huge blessing! They had 140 kids registered including many from GPG. It was a blessing to see our churches work together for the Lord.
  • Anthony was blessed to preach at GPG this summer. It is always a joy to bring the Word and minister to the people here. His sermons are available here and here.
  • Rowan turned 3!

 

 

This month we ask that you please pray for: 

  1. Fall Kids Club – We are putting the final touches on the program planning for Kids Club that kicks off again in September. Please pray for the gathering of volunteers, the reviewing of curriculum, and the students who will join us. Please pray that God brings kids to GPG and that they will learn about Him and love Him. Please pray for the upcoming Women’s Bible Study that runs parallel to Kids Club.
  2. Discipleship Opportunities – Anthony has had the chance to deepen some discipleship relationships over the summer. He’s teaching one man how to read the Bible. He’s also reaching out to others to meet for prayer. Please pray that God will continue to grow these relationships and the love of the Lord in all involved.
  3. Continued Fellowship Opportunities – We have enjoyed the chance to have many families in our home over this summer break. It’s been a joy to know the people God has called us to and to understand how to better serve them and pray for them. Please pray for continued chances to meet with people over meals and play dates. Please pray for our family to stay well during this season so we may be hospitable.
  4. Upcoming School Year – As Tamasin heads into Kindergarten this fall, we’re looking at the various accommodations we’ll need to make to help her do well in school. Please pray for us as we work together with her and her teachers. Please pray for the students at GPG who will be starting the school year, too. Pray that they will be witnesses to God’s peace and hope in their schools.
  5. Apprenticeship/Residency Update – As we move into the last half of the year and the conclusion of our residency at Great Plains Gathering, we have begun to look at opportunities for planting a church. Pray for wisdom and discernment for where God wants us to go. Please pray for the transition for our family and the church. Please pray for the support of our ministry partners as we look into our next steps and seek to help advance God’s kingdom through church planting.