In Acts 15 we read of a gathering of apostles and elders to discuss the question of whether or not believers in Christ must be circumcised.
Acts 15:1-2, “But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.’ And after Paul and Barnabus had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabus and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question.”
As Presbyterians we are blessed not only to have a local church body in which to worship and serve but we also have a Presbytery (the regional church), and a General Assembly which takes place once a year. Every June teaching elders and ruling elders gather together to hear reports about the work of our denomination and to make decisions regarding our church.
It has been a blessing for me to attend the General Assembly each year since 2014. This year we are meeting in Texas, June 5-11. I would like to ask you to pray for the upcoming meeting of our church. A lot of work has already been done in preparing for this meeting, but right now a lot of men are reading hundreds of pages of reports from the various committees in our church. As I have written in years past, they are long grueling days of work for God’s Church but it is also a great blessing to take part in what is being done in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
Please pray for me as I read through my material prior to June 5 and as I finalize and print out minutes for our Presbytery as well as all of the other little details that need to take place between now and then. I look forward to reporting some brief highlights when I return so that we may all rejoice at how God blesses and sustains His Church.