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Fall 2013 Outreach Newsletter

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FALL 2013 • www.ona-arp.org
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church
outreach
 
newsletter 
ona
OutreachNorthAmerica
 And
Jesus
cameand said to them
All authority
in heaven
and
on earth
has been given to me
Go
therefore and
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disciples
 of 
all nations
 
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teaching
them to observe allthat
I have commanded
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  y o u
I am
always
to theto the end of the ageMatthew
28:18-20
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Prayer onSeptember 11
Rev. Allen DerrickUnion ARP Church, SC
The Union Session, following Synod’ssuggestion of using September 11 as atime for prayer and focus on the op-pressed, extended an invitation to theentire community to join us. So, we didjust that. I sent a special invitation toevery church in our area. We had the in-formation in the local newspaper. I putup some posters in several places aroundthe community.Since the service was to included theentire community, I carefully chosesome others to participate. One speakerwas a well-loved retired school teacher.
Another was a re chief who was living
right outside New York City on Septem-
ber 11, 2001. He was one of the rst re
-sponders who rushed into the city thatday and lost three of his men.My message from Luke 4:16-21 focusedon Jesus reading from Isaiah 61 and an-nouncing his mission to preach the gos-pel to the poor, heal the broken-hearted,deliverance to the captives, sight to theblind, etc. The message and the prayerincluded the oppressed, especiallyChristians who are being persecuted inmany places.
Rev. David Grifn
Greenville ARP Church, SC
Our prayer time onSeptember 11 washeld in our sanctu-ary for half an hourand was attended bya small group of members; yet, it wasa good time of fervently petitioning ourheavenly Father on behalf of our Chris-tian brothers and sisters facing varyingdegrees of persecution for their faithin Christ. A simple printed guide wasprovided, one that noted a few detailsabout persecution internationally inEgypt, Syria, and China, as well as re-cent incidents of the persecution of Christian business owners in the UnitedStates. We prayed for these matters andalso for our ARP missionaries in Pakistanand Turkey.
 
Church Planting Leadsto Church Renewal
Rev. Clint DavisCatawba Church Extension Chairman
The more I talk aboutchurch planting andthe ARP Church’s needto be more commit-ted to planting morechurches, the more Iencounter the ques-tion, “Why should weplant more churcheswhen we already havemany churches who could use extramembers and are in desperate need of renewal?” That is a great question. And,my answer is simple. Church plantingleads to church renewal.Tim Keller has written, “The vigorous,continual planting of new congregationsis the single most crucial strategy for1) the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and 2) the continualcorporate renewal and revival of the ex-isting churches in a city. Nothing else…will have the consistent impact of dy-namic, extensive church planting.”As you can see, Keller argues that theworks (church planting and church re-newal) exist in a both/and relationship.It seems to me that a lot of church-men think of the relationship betweenthe two works in a completely oppositeway— an either/or relationship. That is
simply not the case. Let me give you ve
reasons why I, along with other evan-gelicals, hold to the conviction that acommitment to church planting leads tochurch renewal.1. New churches bring new ideas to thewhole body of Christ. The best way toteach established and older congrega-tions to reach new generations and newsocial groups is to expose them to theskills and methods developed in newchurch plants. Church plants possess thefreedom and necessity to be innovative.As the saying goes, “Necessity is themother of invention.”2. New churches develop strong, cre-ative, and adventurous leaders for thewhole body of Christ. New congregationsare full of adventurous people whose listof core values includes creativity, risk,and innovation. These people are usual-ly heavily vision-oriented and attractedto congregations in which they can as-sist in shaping the vision of the church.Established churches and denominations
will benet greatly from an infusion of 
vision and energy.3. New churches challenge establishedchurches to go through the process of self-examination. The numerical andspiritual “success” challenges oldercongregations to evaluate themselves
and their ministries in signicant ways.
This self-examination often results in a
redenition of vision, values, and iden
-tity within the older congregations.4. New churches function as an “evan-gelistic feeder school” for the body of Christ. Most people in new churches
are within the rst ve years of their
Christian walk. These “new” Christians
benet the body of Christ in a variety of 
ways. They are passionate about sharingtheir faith with non-believers. There-fore, they want to be trained to do so.And then, many new church attendeesend up in older churches as their lifesituations change. Therefore, they bringtheir passion and training into estab-lished churches.5. New churches give the establishedchurches, which support them, a reasonto get excited about the advancementof Christ’s kingdom. Established church-es get renewed in spiritual excitementwhen they hear of the work of the Lordin new churches.So, a passionate commitment to plant-ing new churches is the best way togrow the body of Christ, and it results ina renewal of established churches.
1
Tim Keller, “Why Plant Churches?” http://download.redeemer.com/pdf/learn/re-sources/Why_Plant_Churches-Keller.pdf Keller’s paper on church planting has becomea standard resource on the reason for plant-ing churches. My points above are largelystructured after his discussion.
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Teamwork forSummer Missions
 
This was the second summer that WhiteOak ARP in Georgia sent a team on asummer mission trip to help Hill City Church in Rock Hill, SC. Rev. Mackay Smith kept a blog for the week if you’d like to read more:
 whiteoakarp.org/Blog.html
Rev. Mackay Smith, White Oak ARP 
Partnering with Hill City was a uniquemission trip experience. Rather thancrossing oceans or vast economic di-vides, we were a church going to an areavery similar to our own, to provide themwith labor to carry out a mission in theircommunity that they otherwise wouldnot have had the man power to accom-plish. From the outset, I think there wasless of a motivation of “Wow, this willbe a cool experience that I can post onFacebook.” amongst our team, and moreof a “We’re going to help these people”idea. We were able to closely focus onevangelism and personal ministry.
This year, we spent our rst night with
Hill City families, which gave our folksa great chance to get to know them. Itallowed them not only to be stretchedsocially, but gave them more reason toown the mission. We helped Hill City puton a VBS for the week at a local park. Ithink some of the best moments camewhen a few families who had been in theouter orbit of Hill City were able to en-gage and connect with some of the corefolks, as everyone picked up/droppedoff kids. I heard at least one dinner planbeing made.After VBS, all the kids, their parents,and Andy Stager (the Hill City pastor)enjoyed hot dogs in the park. As wewere winding down, a lady asked me aninteresting question. She asked, “Howdo you measure success?”I thought for a brief moment before I re-sponded. How do we measure success inour ministry at VBS and at White Oak? Isit some number, whether a number of attendees or a number of children whoanswer a question regarding their salva-tion in a particular way? Is it how muchwe learned? Is it how good we felt doingwhat we were doing? Is it whether HillCity was encouraged?My response was simple:
our trip wassuccessful if the gospel was clearlyproclaimed.
It doesn’t matter if we sawany immediate fruit (even though it isalways nice to see it!). It doesn’t matterhow many children came. If one personwas confronted with the saving realityof Jesus Christ, we did our job. If wewere faithful to the Great Commission,conducted ourselves worthily, and didn’tshrink from the opportunities before us;we have accomplished what I would con-sider a successful “mission trip.”Think about that next time you’re con-sidering a church event, or the “suc-cess” of Sunday morning worship. Areyou looking for a number? Are you aftera certain “feeling?” May all of our minis-tries be guided by the simple presenta-tion of the gospel, which, as Paul tellsus, “is the power of God for salvation.”May each day of our lives be “missiontrips” where we seek to do exactly thissame thing.
 
If your church is interested in doing amission trip like this, contact ONA:Tessa Taylor, ttaylor@arpsynod.org
Tessa Taylor, ONA Staff 
I had the privilege of recently attend-ing
Engage the South
, a church plantingconference put on by the Acts 29 ChurchPlanting Network, in Birmingham, Ala-bama. While it was marketed for churchplanting, I thought it would be relevantfor not only church planters and theircore groups, but also pastors and ses-sions, or anyone interested in makingdisciples for Christ this day and age. I
would denitely encourage more people
to attend next year!Ray Ortlund, Bryan Loritts, Matt Chan-dler, Kevin Smith, and David Plattspoke about the need in this countryfor churches that embrace theologicalclarity, churches that plant churches,churches marked by humility and holi-ness, churches committed to ethnicdiversity, and churches serious aboutevangelism and conversion.Below are some application points fromDavid Platt on how to be
intentional
,not
accidental
, about making disciplesfor Christ.1. “
Profession of faith without transfor-mation of life is not biblical conversion.”
We live in a place lled with people who
think they are Christians but aren’t. Intrue conversion, God will “remove the
heart of stone from your esh and giveyou a heart of esh” (Ez. 36:26). As a
result, we have radically new wants andentirely new wills.2. “
Pastors, we need to expose the idolsof the heart as we expound the Word of God” (Ez. 14
). We can’t just manage ourbehavior because the root of disobedi-ent action (sin) is disbelief in the heart.3. “
We need to equip people to spread the gospel of God to sinners as they trust the power of God to save.”
Thesovereign grace of God is our sole con-
dence in evangelism. We need to com
-municate the gospel and God will savehis people.4.
“Let’s be conscious of the inextricableconnection between personal conver-sion and global mission.”
We are not thecenter of God’s universe. His purpose insaving us is “the nations will know that I
am the Lord” (Ez. 36:23).
For more information visit: www.gotothehub.com/acts-29-engage-the-south/

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