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!

 

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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.

(Belated) Spring Update

It’s my fault. I meant to post our emailed update here back in May but completely forgot so while I’m here prepping our August update, I wanted to be sure and upload the one from May. Apologies!  – Rem

Update mailed in May:

Spring has sprung and there are TONS of updates!

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

  • Anthony was installed as Assistant Pastor at Great Plains Gathering. Praise God!
  • Kids Club hosted their first paint night and nacho bar. One of the members of the church teaches painting and graciously offered to teach the kids. We all had a blast!
  • Tamasin had her developmental assessments and all is on target for her to start kindergarten in the fall. A few of the things we were concerned about cannot be properly screened until later.
  • The MSUB powwow went well and the booth for changing and feeding that GPG hosted was a success! We had many mothers thank us for the service and take the information cards about the church.
  • The Rocky Mountain Community Church missions conference was great. This year they featured Montana church planting and Josh and Katie got to talk about GPG and church planting. You can watch the video they made at GPG to welcome people to our open house. (Remley made the logo for the conference this year)
  • Anthony oversaw the first end-of-the-year pizza party hosted by GPG in partnership with the MSUB Office of American Indian Outreach. They had 19 students come and it was encouraging to see GPG members sharing the gospel with their peers.

Thank you all for praying!

Prayer Requests –

This month, Anthony took over the keyboard (😃) and wanted to ask that you please pray for:

  • Summer Program Planning – With the regular school year activities dying down, I’m wrapping up the planning for the summer activities. Please pray that the events and studies planned would be beneficial to the people involved and would make God’s word come alive in their hearts.
  • Relationship Building – Since my outreach at the local campus, I have encountered many people. There are three men in particular that I want to connect with better. Please pray that God would give me opportunities for these connections to grow so that I might be able to share the gospel with them on a deeper level.
  • Growth in Christ and in Skills – This summer will mark a year at GPG for us. It has been a tremendous blessing and catalyst of ministerial growth in my life. Working at this church plant has given me a great sense of the importance of community. Please pray for continued growth in this season so that I can be better equipped to plant a church in the future.
  • Trust in God – Thank you so much for praying for us! This calling that my wife and I have to plant churches is a great blessing and it does put us out of our comfort zone to trust God for provision, gathering people, and relationship building. Please pray for me that my faith would always continue to grow stronger in our loving faithful God! Pray that my family and I would trust him more and lean not on my own strengths.

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

Sermon: Do Not Love The World

 

This sermon was preached at Great Plains Gathering. This is the passage this is based on:

1 John 2:15-17

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.