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All Souls Anglican, Cherry Hill, NJ

April 2018 Prayer Letter

We greet you in Jesus’ name. Every month or so we will send this prayer email to you, letting you know the most effective way you might pray for us. We do hope you will consider All Souls Anglican for your personal prayers that this new mission for the gospel may continue faithful to the gospel.

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This coming Sunday: The Third Sunday after Easter

Join us this Sunday for Evensong at 4:00 PM for the forty-sixth in a sermon series on Luke’s Gospel at Luke 10.25-37, the parable of the Good Samaritan.

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Join us this month as we raise our voices in THANKS and in PRAYER to our heavenly Father:

   •    Give thanks for the continued intercession of the many saints and congregations who pray for us and our ministry. Although we call ourselves a “church plant” for simplicity, we had no real strategy beyond fleeing from the heresy of the Episcopal Church. Please pray for spiritual protection and financial provision of gospel refugees like us and other micro-congregations who left everything behind for sake of the Lord Jesus.

   •    Give THANKS for our Lent sermon series on the Psalms, psalms 113-118. Several in our congregation have expressed their thanks in the reassurances in God’s Word that have come to them in the preaching, particularly in what have been times of trial for them. Pray for the same unction in the preaching as we return to our serial exposition of Luke’s Gospel begun in January 2017.

   •    Give thanks in how our joint worship on Good Friday with our hosts Covenant Presbyterian Church was filled with gratitude for our Savior’s passion on March 30th. Give thanks for the preaching of Covenant Pastor of Youth and Families Drew Grigg who faithfully preached Christ crucified at the service.

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The Eclectic Society, Part 3

Henry Jansma

This year we’re reading selections from the discussions and the spiritual insights of the evangelical ministers who regularly met in London as “The Eclectic Society.” I hope you will find the time to read further around the section, so I have found the original volume for you in Google Books/Google Play. You can find the text by clicking this link.

John Bacon, one of the layman members, poses the following question to the meeting of January 21, 1799: What circumstances have determined the popularity and unpopularity of different preachers, and what instruction may be derived from the consideration of the subject? With the death of George Whitefield only 29 years previously, Bacon was convinced that popularity was useful in a preacher.

Thomas Scott disagreed. He insisted that the faithful declaration of the whole council of God in the preaching will inevitably render a man unpopular. If a faithful man is popular, it will be only due to unique circumstances within the providence of God and are therefore not transferable to another.

John Newton suggested that the issue was not one of popularity, but of simplicity in teaching. A preacher may become popular or loved by his congregation for a deep experiential acquaintance with religion and an earnest love for souls. A worldly popularity is more of the ignorance and foolishness of their hearers. “There can be no popularity without simplicity,” Newton said. He continued by saying that rather than seek popularity among men, ask instead how well-pleased is our heavenly Father and Christ our Head? A mind dedicated to the school of the Cross joined with a deep feeling and sympathy with the souls of his congregation so as to preach to them, is pleasing to God. He concluded by saying that popularity is nothing if a minister is not faithful.

What then is the path of reformation for Christ’s Church? It was the Dutch nadere reformatie (Further Reformation) that coined the phrase, Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda Secundum Verbum Dei, “The church is reformed and always [in need of] being reformed according to the Word of God.” The phrase was first used in 1674 by Jodocus van Lodenstein. According to the theologians of the nadere reformatie, the Reformation reformed the doctrine of the church, but the lives and practices of God’s people always need further reformation. Lodenstein and other nadere reformatie theologians were committed to the teaching of the Reformed confessions and catechisms. They did not believe that they were in error, they simply wanted to see that teaching become more thoroughly applied as well as understood. It is also true that that the nadere reformatie theologians saw that further reformation was needed that was not touched or barely touched in the first Reformation.

Notice how the verb is passive: the church is not “always reforming,” but is “always being reformed” by the Spirit of God through the Word. It is done corporately through God’s established means of grace, the preaching of his word and the administration of his sacraments. It is not done individually. We are to reform everything to the Word of God. Not by novelty, creativity or by any human whim.

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Henry Jansma

The Rev. Canon Dr. Henry Jansma

Latest Sermon Podcast

Our sermon this month is the sermon for the Second Sunday after Easter. It is the forty-fifth in our sermon series on Luke’s Gospel, Luke 10.21-24 entitled: “The Joy of Discovery”. It is the only recorded account of a spontaneous outburst of joy by the Lord Jesus. His joyous outburst and his prayer of thanksgiving that follows brings particular strengthening to the believer in their evangelism. Find out why by tuning in to this sermon podcast. Share it by forwarding this email to your friends.

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Worshiping Sundays at 4:00 PM at: 520 Kings Hwy South | Cherry Hill NJ 08034

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