Here are the Prayer Points for our IPC Church’s and Church Plants – IPC Presbytery Prayer Points – June 18
Yr 2 – Day 283 – Mon 25 June – Our poor childminder Debbie isn’t well so I was on childcare and just about managed to get the older two to school. I went to Little Stars and our church mums looked after Phoebe. I met with my summer intern Dave Hills who is with us for the summer from Westminster. After giving lunch to Phoebe reinforcements arrived and so I was able to visit one of my elders taking along beer! In the evening we had joint elders/ deacons budget meeting and then the deacons stayed on for their meeting. I had to do a visit with one of our deacons after the meeting so wasn’t back in till 11. A long, full but good day.
Over the past year, it’s been a great joy to have Gethin Jones work alongside us at IPC Ealing. The congregation have loved having him around and it’s our joy to be sending him to Paris (in the best sense of sending!). Gethin passed his Ordination exams at our last Presbytery and will God willing be Ordained on Sat July 14 at Gunnersbury Baptist 4pm, all are welcome. Simon Arscott from All Nations, Ilford will preach. I asked Gethin to write something of his plans for the future as he moves to Paris and if you’re not supporting him, let me encourage you to start partnering with him for the sake of the gospel in France...……
One of the things I’ve enjoyed about reading this blog is that it’s delightfully ordinary—and it’s been my privilege to spend the past year seeing and experiencing life at IPC Ealing up close. After three years of seminary, I’ve been serving here as an assistant and I’ve loved being part of a Church led in worship that is rich, robust, warm, and welcoming. It’s a church where hospitality is in the congregation’s blood, where Christians of all ages have been taught to love learning more about our Lord, and where outsiders are warmly welcomed and hear the gospel and eventually, one by one, become disciples. It’s a church where elders passionately labour to shepherd the flock, and deacons serve humbly, quietly, and tirelessly. It’s also a church that loves and serves sacrificially in the context of the presbytery. And all that is just a partial snapshot.
So why on earth would I leave IPC Ealing? Because I have a burden for Paris. I lived there for five years (having intended only to live there for two) and I felt compelled to stay and serve long term. I only left so that I could go to Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and I spent this year in Ealing to deepen my relationship with the IPC.
I would love to see the kind of robust church I’ve experienced here in Ealing planted in Paris. The Lord has been very kind to France over the past few decades, with thousands coming to faith in Christ, and hundreds of churches planted. That said, on the one hand, there’s a long way still to go, and on the other, the existing church needs support and encouragement. So, Lord willing, I’ll be ordained as an elder in the UK Presbytery of the IPC on July 14 and sent to Paris by IPC Ealing in August, with the help of United for Mission Worldwide (ufm.org.uk), a UK-based organisation that exists to help churches to send missionaries.
My long-term dream, for which I pray and would like to invite you to pray with me, is to see an IPC congregation planted in Paris within the next decade (factoring in the time identify men qualified for eldership and train them), and a France / Francophone Europe Presbytery (at least five established/particularised churches) within the next fifty years.
But that’s the long-term goal. Initially, I’ll be serving as an assistant at La Chapelle de Nesle — a delightful Reformed Evangelical church plant that I was privileged to be a part of when it began five and a half years ago. It meets in the heart of Paris, in the 6th Arrondissement. I’ll also be looking to develop further ways of helping Christians better understand what they believe and why.
While the work to be done is daunting, I’m optimistic. As I’ve seen La Chapelle de Nesle reach out to French people in central Paris with a robust, historically-rooted presentation of the Christian faith, people have realised that this thing called Protestantism isn’t a recent American import but an old, thought-through, crunchy faith that has taken root in France before, and that can really take root in their lives as well. So one by one, people have been reconciled to God. That’s the kind of work I’d love to see multiplying in France.
As I get ready to transition into this difficult work, I’m looking for people to partner with me in prayer; and living and serving in Paris is expensive so I’m also looking for people to partner with me through giving. Could this be you? If you’d like to learn more or pray with me, you can sign up to receive my e-mail updates at bit.ly/parisgethpray. If you’d like help financially, you can give through UFM Worldwide — they’re a registered charity in the UK and registered as a 501(c)(3) in the USA. UK-based partners can set up gifts (and add GiftAid) at ufm.org.uk/how-to-give, and US-based supporters can set up tax-effective giving at ufmworldwide.org/donate.
Thanks for reading!
Joel Beeke in in his wonderfully encouraging book “Portraits of Faith” speaks of the Canaanite woman’s (Mt 15:21-28) maturing faith and how God uses wayward children and trials to strengthen our faith………
“The beggar sticks his foot in the door. Do you have an unconverted child, a wandering prodigal, for whom you have been praying for two or three years? Keep your foot in the door! God is maturing your faith through that beggary. Do you know what would happen if all your children were beautiful, wonderful, strong Christians, stalwart sons and daughters of Jesus Christ in the faith? You would be a proud dad. God is maturing you through your children. Keep that beggar’s foot in the door. Show God his priorities. Show him his covenant faithfulness. ‘Truth, Lord’ – he was converted, but I was a bad father. ‘Truth, Lord’ – I made so many mistakes. Yet art thou not the God of the covenant? Bring back this child, Lord! Bring back this child!
I come from a paedo-baptist tradition, and I am not trying to push infant baptism here, but I want to tell you a short story. My father and mother had a difficult time with one of my sisters for a little while. When she was seventeen years old she left home and for three weeks they had no idea where she was. You can imagine how they prayed.
One day my dad was going by the church and he went in (he was an elder for many years and had a key). He went to the very spot where she had been baptized as a baby. (You may think this sounds mystical, but he did not do it mystically.) He fell on his face at that spot and said, ‘O God of the covenant, God who hast promised to take from our seed, and from our seed’s seed, and to draw them to thyself, O God, hear our cry. Truth, Lord, I am an unworthy father, but have mercy upon our child. Was she not named with thy name when she was baptized? Was she not baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost? O God, confirm thine own name.’
So he wrestled. When he got home, my mother met him at the door, weeping. She said, ‘Our daughter just called.’ He said, ‘When?’ It had been the very time that he was wrestling on that church floor. He called her up and she said, ‘I want to come home, Dad. Am I still welcome?’ It was the beginning of her conversion.
God can use the greatest obstacles, the greatest burdens. God used this demon-possessed daughter to cause the mother to grow in grace. And every problem you have, my dear Christian friends, whether it be with a child or because of an illness, whatever it may be in your life, that affliction is designed by God to mature you in the faith, so that you become a wrestler with God, and a beggar who sticks his foot in the door at the throne of grace. You keep your foot there! God is maturing you through every single trial.”
Beeke, Joel, Portraits of Faith, Bryntirion Press, Bryntirion, Bridgend, Wales, UK. pgs 76-78
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We greatly appreciate your work over many years but want to request of you publicly that you reprint “Redemption Accomplished and Applied” by John Murray in a Clothbound Edition. We do not feel the book needs neither endorsements nor a Foreword by Sinclair Ferguson. We and the Christian Church in general make this request with great urgency,
Rev. A. Paul Levy – Minister, International Presbyterian Church, Ealing
Rev. Dr. David Gibson – Administrator, Catalyst Conference & Minister, Trinity Church, Aberdeen (IPC)
Rev. Jonty Rhodes – Minister, Christ Church Central (Leeds) & Iwerne Camps & holder of the William Taylor Chair in Systematic Theology at the IPC Seminary.
Bishop J.C Ryle – Late Bishop of Liverpool
Mrs Mary Levy – Paul’s Mum
Prof Gerhardus Vos – Late Chair of Biblical Theology, Princeton
Pastor Jeremy Walker – 17th Century Puritan and Minister of Maidenbower Baptist Church
Rev Iain Clements – Minister, Latimer Church, Beverley
Mr Leon Britton – Swansea City Legend
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Mr John Graham – Minister in Training, PCI – Most eligible bachelor in N. Ireland
Mr James Bryner L Chu – Pastor of Pilgrim Community Church, Quezon City, PH
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