“And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem.” –Ezra 3:1
The last four years have been challenging in this ministry to establish a particular reformed church. Without getting into the details of our journey, we are faced with the hard truth that unless it begins from the grassroots, it will not happen.
We are not saying this work depends upon man but the means by which God uses. We have reiterated our job is to plant and water. Too many times our focus becomes the increase but this is the work of God through the Holy Spirit to gather His elect in central Indiana to form Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity.
Our burden is to rebuild the house of the Lord and the walls of defense in central Indiana. We are not talking about a hidden church but a church constituted for the worship of God, the communion of saints and the advancement of the Christian faith.
The 1689 London Confession states:
“The catholic or universal church, which (with respect to the internal work of the Spirit and truth of grace) may be called invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ, the head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
“All persons throughout the world, professing the faith of the gospel, and obedience unto God by Christ according unto it, not destroying their own profession by any errors everting the foundation, or unholiness of conversation, are and may be called visible saints; and of such ought all particular congregations to be constituted.”
It is this constituting work we are engaged. Enough of the covenant-less, worship-less, communion-less, and commission-less excuses. We are calling for those who say they are truly Reformed to reveal themselves in true doctrine and practice.
“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” –Acts 2:41-42
For far too long we have neglected the house of God content with our destruction. Excuses have abounded and we have heard many of them as we have attempted to advance our vision.
What if Ezra or Nehemiah had been content with the excuses? What if the Reformers had surmised that reformation was impossible?
Jerusalem had been destroyed for 70 years and it took Ezra and Nehemiah about 100 years combined to finish the work. This is why we are content in this rebuilding project because we know it is not reliant upon one man or one generation.
The devastation we have experienced happened over several generations and it is foolish to think we can restore what has been lost in short order. Because of this utopian mindset, we take our tools and go home to pout as soon as adversaries rise up against us. Meanwhile, the people of God are scattered, the witness of the gospel is lost and our nation continues its decline.
Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity is committed to the work of restoring the worship of God, the communion of saints and fulfilling the commission of our Lord in central Indiana. Our call to the people of God has not changed from the time of Ezra.
“Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem. And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem. Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.” –Ezra 1:3-5
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