Sermon: What is Greatness?


This is the sermon Anthony preached in December at Great Plains Gathering in Billings, MT. The Bible passage for the sermon is Luke 9:46-48.

Luke 9:46-48:

46 An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. 47 But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side 48 and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”

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Fellowship with God

This is the recording of the sermon I preached on January 1 at Great Plains Gathering. The sermon begins at the 2:00 mark, the first bit is the Bible reading.

The text for the sermon: 1 John 1:1-7

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Quizlet Cards for PCA Ordination

I’ve compiled all of the Quizlet decks I’ve been using over the last ~4 years (through seminary and internship) to prepare for Ordination in the Presbyterian Church in America. This information has come from a combination of sources including TE Brian Chapell’s guide for Ordination, TE Shane Waldron’s guide for Ordination in the Rocky Mountain Presbytery, On Being Presbyterian by TE Sean Lucas, various guides used by TE Alfred Poirier, and feedback from TE’s in my Licensure examination. Feel free to share with anyone you think might need them.

Some of these are rushed so you’ll very likely find spelling and syntax errors. In order to edit them, select the “Copy” option in the upper left-hand corner on the Quizlet page and Quizlet will copy everything over to a new deck that is editable. You will need a Quizlet account to edit these or save them to your decks. I used these on my tablet but you can also use the flash cards on your phone or desktop.

Happy studying and may God bless you!

December/January Family Update

Even though it’s January (of 2017! Wahoo!), I still wanted to be sure and cross-post our December update here since the prayer requests are all still in play. Want to get these delivered to your inbox? Subscribe here.


Happy New Year!

Since we last wrote, a lot has been going on. Anthony preached his first 3 sermons at Great Plains Gathering, he turned in his final written PCA Ordination examinations (only one more step until Ordination!), he also continues to teach on Monday nights and that kicks back up again in January, GPG held another successful Family Night and a special Christmas party, Tamasin turned 5, Remley opened an Etsy shop, and God brought us many opportunities for discipleship, fellowship, and evangelism.

Oh! We also had The Great Polar Vortex of 2016 come through. It left us with almost two feet of snow and a weekend of frigid temperatures but we had no accidents and had a warm home.

We thank God for all of his good gifts.

We wanted to share a few pictures from the last months below. Under that are our December/January prayer requests.


This month, please pray for:

  • Anthony’s last month of Ordination preparation. Only one month until Anthony goes before the Rocky Mountain Presbytery for his final oral examination in order to be Ordained int ministry in the Presbyterian Church in America! (YAY!) All of us are excited to see this step in the process completed but thankful for all that God has taught us in the journey. Please pray that God would sustain Anthony and the rest of our family over the next month with patience, joy, and diligence. Also, please pray that this final examination would go well and God would be glorified.
  • Anthony’s preaching. Anthony preaches again at GPG in February. Please pray that God will help him prepare well for preaching, that he will teach the people at GPG to the best of his ability, and that God’s message would be heard.
  • Prayer and financial support of planting. We’re excited to announce that we are 54% funded for the next two years. That is more than the last time we wrote! We are thankful for all who have donated to support this ministry and have been moved by how God brings a little bit more each month. We now just need 16 people to give $100 a month to meet our fundraising goal. Please pray for people to partner with us in prayer and funding.

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
  Romans 12:11-12


We need your help.

We are over half of the way to reaching our funding goal!

If you’re interested in donating to help fund Anthony’s apprenticeship with Great Plains Gathering, you can donate online by clicking either the button below or through here. Any amount is appreciated. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of your contribution goes directly to this project.

Know someone who might be interested in supporting this ministry work?
Please share this update.

Lessons in James

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Hey all ~ I’m teaching through the book of James with the ladies at First Presbyterian on Tuesday evenings. I’ve been primarily relying on James for You by Sam Allberry. I’m linking to some of them here in case anyone wants to catch up on some/study along with us.

James 1: 1-9 | Lesson Audio | (No handout this week. So sorry!)

James 1:9-18 | Lesson Audio | Lesson Handout

James 1:19-27 | Lesson Audio | Lesson Handout

James 2:1-13 | Lesson Audio | Lesson Handout

James 2:14-26 | Lesson Audio | Lesson Handout

James 3:1-18 | Lesson Audio | Lesson Handout

Buy a book, support a planter.

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When we started making announcements about how our family is moving out to do church planting this summer one of my dear friends, Ashley, reached out and offered a super creative and kind way to help out! She graciously offered to host an Usborne sale to help us raise funds for the transition and the needs on the field. I’m so thankful for her thoughtfulness and desire to help us raise funding — She’s setting all of this up and ALL the profits that usually go to her will be going to us!

Here is the information that she passed along for anyone interested in buying books and supporting church planting in Montana:

If you are not familiar with Usborne books, you are in for a treat!  This children’s literature publishing company produces books with an educational mindset.  Focused on the development of young learners and readers, each book seeks to take a topic and present it in a wonderfully accessible, appealing, and illustrated way in book form.

You can help the Gorsuch family raise the funds they need for their move and transition onto the mission field, simply through purchasing books for your kids or grandkids…or neighbors, nieces, and any one in between!  These books make great gifts – think birthdays and Christmas too!
25% of your total purchase will go directly to the Gorsuch’s MNA fund.  On top of that, they will also earn free books for their kids based on the total sales!  So as you shop, know that you are helping them get to Montana to spread the Gospel AND supplying Remley with books to teach her little ones.

Shopping is now open: https://f5713.myubam.com/326961

If you would like to purchase any books specifically for the Tamasin or Rowan, then please send your order to: ashleyhbelknap@gmail.com  I will send you a special invoice and shipping will be free!

Browse through the links below to see some sample books!  Happy Shopping!

https://f5713.myubam.com/


Note: I (Remley) have catalogs and order forms if you’d prefer to look at the books and purchase offline. Just let me know.And again: a huge, HUGE thank you to Ashley for managing all of this!

What’s next?

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Anthony graduated in May and, since right around then, the question started popping up in various different forms: What are we doing now that Anthony has “The Degree”? That’s a good question!  I haven’t been trying to dodge it, we’ve just been praying and working a lot behind the scenes and I’ve forgotten to post anything here. Sorry!

That’s okay. So what’s up?

Last summer Anthony and I went to England to explore the possibility of helping with church planting there. While we aren’t going to England, we did learn a lot about church planting there and got a chance to observe how a passion for reaching the lost through the gospel, a conviction that the body of Christ grows best through the work of the local church, and a vision and love for the local people make a powerful combination. It was that conviction that led Anthony and I to begin to pray for God to open doors for us to be a part of church planting in Montana.

In September of last year, we began the lengthy prayer, research, and application process to be assessed by the Presbyterian Church in America’s (PCA) Mission to North America (MNA) Church Planter Assessment Center. We were accepted to the center and, in February, we attended and received a provisional recommendation for church planting in Montana. The “provisional” part is because they recommend that Anthony gets some training in some particular areas before breaking out as a planter alone. In the PCA, this training is usually provided in an 18-24 mos. apprenticeship.

A what? 

An apprenticeship. It’s a fancy word that means Anthony will pursue ordination, shadow and serve an existing church planter, and prepare to launch a new plant. It’s done in these phases and is sometimes called a residency. Sort of like how people in the olden days would train under someone who was really good at something to learn from what they’re doing. But instead of blacksmithing or cobbling, it’s church planting.

Josh Charette at Great Plains Gathering, a plant of Rocky Mountain Community Church, has kindly volunteered to be the planter who Anthony will serve under. We have a flyer outlining more information about the whole thing. You can look at it here.

The short version?

We’re moving to Billings, Montana in August. While there,  Anthony will apprentice under Josh at Great Plains Gathering so that, Lord willing, he’ll be equipped to plant a church in Montana in 2 years.

I didn’t actually ask for a short version. Is there a long version?

Hopefully, Anthony and I will be updating this place more often with longer bits about the why we’re going to Montana, why planting, why Billings and more but this was a quick-ish update so you could get an overview on what God is doing.

Cool. How do I pray for you guys?

For now we’re not going to use this space for updates on how to pray for us. Rather, I’ve set up an email list that’s easier to keep up with where Anthony will regularly post ways to be praying for our family and the ministry in Montana. If you’re interested in receiving email updates on how to pray for us, you can sign up for that here.

In the meantime, please pray as we seek God’s will with this new and exciting step, look for committed prayer warriors, and find people and churches who want to financially partner with us as we spread the gospel in Montana.
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