Here is where we highlight a few of the sermons that were preached across the FRC this past Sunday, in a way to help us feel more connected to one another.
Rev. W Klaver on “I Believe the Forgiveness of Sins”
Rev. Klaver from our Hamilton FRC has come to Lord’s Day 21, Q&A 56 in the Heidelberg Catechism. And using Isaiah 43:18-25 & 1 John 1:5-10 he brought out that being forgiven is, “the most important gift of salvation from Christ.” Why? “Because each and every other gift from Jesus follows this one. All the treasures of salvation which are found in salvation, which are found in the Lord Jesus Christ, are given through the channel of the forgiveness of sin.” Listen here!
Rev. Carl Schouls on why Jesus allowed Lazarus to die
Rev. Schouls was preaching in our Vineland FRC (where he was pastor for 12 years, I believe from 1984-1996) and from John 11:1-17. He points out that Lazarus died just days before Jesus’ own death, and his theme and three points were: “Jesus Delays in Going to Lazarus”: 1. A heavy trial, 2. A bitter disappointment, and 3. A gracious surprise. Ultimately, Lazarus’ sickness (and resurrection), “was all used … to bring about the salvation miracle of the atonement.” You can listen to it here.
Rev. Jack Schoeman on the David hiding in the wilderness
Our Abbotsford FRC had a “preparatory service” this week, in anticipation of celebrating the Lord’s Supper next week (the Lord willing), and Rev. Schoeman compared our lives to David’s life during the time when he had to run and hide from his son Absalom’s treachery. In the middle of this difficult time for David he needed physical rest (1 Samuel 16:14, “now the king and all the people who were with him became weary”). For us, we need spiritual rest. Listen to how we may find the rest we need, here.
Dr. Joseph Pipa on justification by faith alone
Once a year, in November, Dr. Pipa, president of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, has been coming up to Ontario and preaching the morning service in our St. Thomas FRC, the afternoon service in our Chatham FRC, and the evening service in the local ARP church in Chatham. Yesterday he preached from Galatians 2:11-21, and addressed the most important question in the world: How can I be right with God? You can listen to the answer here!