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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

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The Alliance wishes to resource the Church in as many ways possible. We do this daily through our broadcasts, podcasts, web sites, events, and many physical resources. But sometimes we are able to directly resource our members and today is a win-win-win - well a won-won-win! As a result of being in Minnesota, we have given away an iPad loaded with many audio and print resources. See that announcement below. Don't miss our Reformation Society of Indiana event coming at the end of this month, with Philip Ryken and David Apple. See their special offer to deacons. We have also given away copies of Not Just a Soup Kitchen. See that announcement below as well.

Rick Phillips and Gospel of John commentary
Thanks to P&R Publishing, the Alliance Event's publishing partner, we have copies of Rick Phillips Gospel of John Commentary. Rick, as both author here and series editor of the Reformed Expository Series, provides this go-to resource on the Gospel of John that combines expert biblical exegesis, Reformed doctrine, and practical applications. Plumbing the depths of the Fourth Gospel, Rick offers a redemptive-historical analysis exploring John's presentation of Jesus' ministry, His evangelistic mission to the world, and the certainty of our salvation due to the sufficiency of Christ's sacrifice. Just three free copies! Sign up for free copies!


Reformation Society of Indiana
2014 RSI Annual Conference
Growing a Heart for Ministry
October 31 - November 1, 2014
Speakers: Philip Ryken, David Apple
Second Reformed Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN

Online registration is available or you may call the church office at 255-7557.  Dr. David Apple's new book, Not Just a Soup Kitchen, is off the press!  Every ordained deacon who pre-registers for this free conference will receive a free copy of the book that weekend - just add the title "Deacon" to your first name in the online registration form.

Winners
Winners of free copies of Not Just a Soup Kitchen by David Apple are:
Bryan W, Whitehall MI
Rachel C, Bloomington IN
Ford M, Ridgeland MS
Kathy H, Concord CA
Core, D, Walker MI
Charles S, Philadelphia PA
Matt T, Salem VA
Rudy D, Colorado Springs CO
Jeff O, Margate FL
John B, Watha NC

The iPad winner from Alliance exhibit in Minnesota is Herly V. of Rochester, MN


Text links -
Free copies of Gospel of John commentary - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OYkG0MFaAZIyuF5jESilh8qQV9lonU4xNAWSgE_wnzA/viewform
Purchase Gospel of John commentary - http://reformedresources.org/richard-phillips-books/john-reformed-expository-commentary/
Purchase Not Just a Soup Kitchen - http://reformedresources.org/books/not-just-a-soup-kitchen-how-mercy-ministry-in-the-local-church-transforms-us-all/
Reformation Society event brochure - http://allianceradio.org/RSI2014Brochure1.pdf
Reformation Society event registration - http://www.sermonaudio.com/event_details.asp?eventid=se4114153059

The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals support Reformation Societies. These regional fraternal gatherings of pastors and church leaders join together for the purpose of encouraging reformation. Reformation means standing against the spirit of the age, so pastors and church leaders join together to encourage, equip, and embolden one another in the work. Most importantly, a society brings the Word of God and prayer to bear on the leaders themselves, strengthening them for the work of a faithful shepherd.

Here is the story of one such pastor and the changes the local church has endured. This report should encourage those of us in still faithful, confessional bodies; should embolden us to pray for those that are not; and might lead a few to equip themselves to start a Reformation Society in their region!


Why We Left the Episcopal Church

Holy Trinity was officially established on Pentecost Sunday, May 27, 2007 when the rector and the entire congregation formally aligned with the Convocation of Anglican in North America (CANA). Remaining associated with the Episcopal Church USA became increasingly untenable and decision to disassociate from the Episcopal Church was made. However it was the strong desire of this 253-year-old parish family to continue in the Anglican tradition, but under the leadership of orthodox (meaning not revisionist), godly, leadership.

A word from Don Helmandollar, the rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church:

Please allow me to introduce you to the Christian character of the congregation of Holy Trinity Anglican Church and help you understand the exemplary caliber of the congregation, witnessed by their love for God, for each other, and for their church. I sincerely believe that this is a body of believers that you--in particular those of the Anglican communion, will be pleased and blessed to be associated with.

Holy Trinity was officially established on Pentecost Sunday, May 27, 2007 when the rector and the entire congregation formally aligned with the Convocation of Anglican in North America (CANA).  The congregation, historically known as Trinity Church Society of Bristol, Connecticut, was a pre-revolutionary war parish, established in 1747 and had a long and proud history of Anglican worship, ministry and mission in the Bristol area.  Remaining associated with the Episcopal Church USA became increasingly untenable and decision to disassociate from the Episcopal Church was made.  However it was the strong desire of this 253-year-old parish family to continue in the Anglican tradition, but under the leadership of orthodox (meaning not revisionist), godly, leadership.  Hence alignment with CANA.

A question often asked is why was the realignment deemed so important to this congregation?  The Senior Warden, in response to a similar question, offered the short and most succinct answer.  He wrote: "We undertake this move in response to the Diocese of Connecticut and The Episcopal Church abandoning core teachings of the Bible and of the historic Anglican Faith regarding the gospel of Jesus Christ and the authority of Holy Scripture in the ordering of our lives together in the Worldwide Anglican Communion."

A more detailed response is that we, as many throughout the country and, indeed, the world, have observed the continual slide of the Episcopal Church into ungodly belief and practice.  Pleas for repentance and return to the historic faith handed down in the Anglican Communion for centuries were, and continue to be, ignored and even scoffed at.

One example of the depth and destructive nature of revisionist belief and teaching is this:  Many in the Episcopal Church, including the Presiding Bishop, openly and publicly deny the assertion of Jesus, recorded in John 14:6, where he says "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me."  In the Episcopal Church, at the very top of it's clergy leadership and in direct contradiction to Scripture, Jesus is now being presented as one of several ways to reach God. This assertion flies in the face of long-held Christian beliefs and could not be overlooked by this body of Anglican believers.

Yet that is but one of several examples of a church that has abandoned the historic, orthodox faith and was increasingly pressuring everyone to adhere to these ungodly teachings.  Another example--and a particularly insidious one--is the Bible being presented and augured as a man-written book, which can be modified as the church see fit.    Again, from some in that church leadership, we read comments such as "Man wrote the Bible, man can change it."  This is a gross misunderstanding of Holy Scripture and is unacceptable teaching in the Christian belief system.  This congregation, now Holy Trinity Anglican Church, continues to receive the Holy Scriptures as "God-breathed and inspired by God Himself.  Not only do we, this congregation,  make that assertion but our own Articles of Religion state that "Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation; so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation.

Again, from leadership of our congregation, "These two key shifts show that the Diocese of Connecticut and The Episcopal Church have chosen to walk apart from foundational teachings of orthodox Christianity and Anglican tradition.  We at (now Holy Trinity) Trinity Church believe that denying these long-held teachings strikes at the very heart of what we believe as disciples of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  To embrace such false teaching would undermine both our witness to the world as Christians and our integrity as believers of the truth of His gospel message to that world."

Yet this chosen realignment, in order to place ourselves under godly leadership, came about only after several years of struggle and numerous attempts to identify ways we could in good Christian conscience, remain associated with The Episcopal Church USA and more specifically, in the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.  It is now a matter of history that  the realignment resulted in much sacrifice by the congregation, perhaps most notably being forced to leave behind a beautiful sanctuary and historic worship space where so many of them, or their parents or grandparents,  had been baptized, worshiped, married, even buried.  The building, as of this writing, stands empty and will soon be put up for sale to used for what purpose only God knows. Remains of family members and loved ones interned in the Rose Garden will be removed.  The place is no longer a sanctuary because there is no congregation to worship there or to call it home.

So yes, there has been struggle and sacrifice by this congregation.  But, nearly to a person they have willingly paid the price to be free from such--what we see as apostasy and religious tyranny. But don't expect despair and gloom when you come into the presence of the people of Holy Trinity Anglican Church.  In our conversations we used to hear comments like "A church is not the stones," or "the church is the people, not the steeple,"  or to quote one Nigerian bishop, "let the bishop have the stones."

Now you will encounter people who have as their personal vision to become Galatians 2:20 Christians who can boldly proclaim " I have been crucified with Christ and I no loner live, but Christ lives in me."  You will encounter people whose mission in life is "To Know God and Make Him Known" to a community and society--even churches--who often don't know God or who He is.  Now you hear proclamations such as  "We were delivered, not evicted," and, "The best (for this body) is yet to come."  With this attitude and devotion to having Christ be the head of our church, this is a body of believers that cannot be defeated. They are building a church, with Jesus Christ at the center--the very core,  that the "gates of hell will not prevail against."

Perhaps this will give you somewhat of a flavor for what to expect in and of Holy Trinity Church. Perhaps these are people that you would like to learn more about and a church you would like to be associated with. We will answer any question to the best of our ability and we will assist you in any way we can. God Bless!

Not Just a Soup Kitchen by David Apple

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Today, so many churches are comfortable following the practice of previous generations that didn't involve themselves in ministries of mercy. Many today are fearful of thinking "outside of the box" and lack vision and biblical direction. In 1983, one small group at Tenth Presbyterian Church in downtown Philadelphia challenged that same attitude and subsequently many others caught the vision. Wanting to feed the hungry, they asked the question, "How can our ministry be different from a soup kitchen?" Because of their actions, lives have been transformed and captives have been set free--both those outside the church and those in the pews. What would your church look like if you did the same? 

I came to salvation in Christ as a college freshman. This was through the mercy ministry of a Paterson, New Jersey inner-city church plant. Their leaders and members were passionate in their outreach to sinners like me. 

Today, I don't see the same zeal in church, whether urban or suburban. Whenever I consult with church leaders on diaconal and mercy ministry I hear reports of deacons and churches not being equipped for the word and deed ministry to which they are assigned. The questions I receive from them are always the same: "What do I do in this situation? How much do I give and when do I stop? How do I deal with difficult people? How do I avoid burn out? How do I partner evangelism and mercy?" And more.  Not Just a Soup Kitchen: How Mercy Ministry Transforms us All (publication date, September 9) is written to answer these and other questions. This work is the product of fifteen years' personal diaconal experience, over twenty-five years directing Tenth Presbyterian Church's Mercy Ministry, and my life's story.

Throughout the pages of Not Just a Soup Kitchen you will learn about how people serve and what initially stirs up a person's heart for ministry. I hope you will be encouraged by their confidence for serving in areas that most Christians refuse to go. I hope, also, that you will be encouraged by a user-friendly framework for diaconal ministry and answers to several of the frequently asked questions on mercy and diaconal ministry I've received. Finally, I've included other resources that will benefit your ministry and your walk with the Lord.

Not Just a Soup Kitchen is for churches that are desperately seeking answers on how to do diaconal ministry effectively. It is also for anyone who works with people ordinarily stigmatized and not welcomed in churches. The book deals with the fears many have of coming alongside those in need, and chronicles stories about homeless and addicted men and women, nursing home residents, prison inmates, and others, while providing a user-friendly guide to establishing relationships.

Church leaders, officers, and seminarians I've spoken to are hungry for this information.  Not Just a Soup Kitchen is in response to their needs. 

The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals has several copies of this book as a free gift. If you are interested, please sign up here.

Also, the Reformation Society of Indiana is hosting Dr. Apple for a free conference on October 31 and November 1, 2014. You can download the brochure here.

David Apple, in his many years of experience, has had two philosophies of ministry: 1) There is no mercy without the Gospel--we must provide an alternative to what the world offers; 2) Don't work harder than the people coming for help--encourage independence, not dependence. These philosophies are seen plainly in his work with poor and homeless persons, drug addicts, incarcerated adults and youth, nursing home residents, separated and divorced men and women, and others.





Winners of Anthony Selvaggio book, "From Bondage to Liberty" - thanks to P&R Publishing!
Jason Y, Boise ID
Shawn M, Newberg OR
Jonathan T, Glen Rose TX
Terry G, Portage IN
Glenn D, Helena AL
Buddy H, Tuscaloosa AL
Morris B, Byron Center MI
Carey H, E Hampton CT
Alliance friends and Reformation Society partner in Pittsburgh, the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary has created an audio library of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Not only individual, but the entire collection is easily download and now on my iPod. See www.rpts.edu/WSC.php for your free copy.

Dr. Joel Beeke and Dr. David Murray are speaking at this year's Mid-Michigan Conference on Reformed Theology. The theme of the conference will be Reformation Family Living in the 21st Century and will be held on October 30 beginning at 10:00am.


For more information, check: http://reformingmichigan.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/mid-michigan-conference-on-reformed-theology/

 

Reformation Societies are a ministry of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Our purpose is to create societies of Christian pastors and leaders who will meet and labor together for the sake of the Gospel of Grace in the churches of local and regional areas. The mission of a society is to encourage, embolden, and equip pastors and other church leaders for the preaching, teaching, and fully relying upon the Gospel as the particular means given by the Triune God for the building of Christ's Church.

 

To learn how to start a local Society, check: http://www.alliancenet.org/CC_Content_Page/0,,PTID307086_CHID615424_CIID,00.html

Where is God when you are hurting? Can God be trusted when your world collapses around you and all that remains is the rubble of shattered dreams and shattered lives?

Jerry Bridges will address these questions and others during the first annual Fort Wayne Bible Conference. The theme is Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts. The conference will be Friday and Saturday, October 8-9.  Jerry is the best-selling author of such books as the Pursuit of Holiness, Respectable Sins, and Trusting God. He is a member of the Alliance Council and on staff with The Navigators' collegiate ministry.

 

This event is in partnership with Northeast Indiana Reformation Society and hosted by North Park Community Church (7160 Flutter Road, Fort Wayne, IN.)  If you can partner in a similar event with an Alliance speaker in your region, let us know. If you have a heart for pastors and church leaders, consider forming a Reformation Society in your area. And if you are near Ft. Wayne, come out!

 

For more conference information, see http://www.alliancenet.org/CC_Content_Page/0,,PTID307086_CHID809934,00.html


To register now, visit http://www.reformedresources.org/event/2010-10-08-fort-wayne-bible-conference-2010/