CRCA Catalyst available for download!

Hi everyone,

Just letting you know that CRCA Catalyst is now available for download from the Catalyst Blog.

Download Catalyst here

Hopefully, this will make it easier to access the file.

With the next issue, the email advice will only include the link to the new file, you’ll be able to click on that link, and it will take you to the new issue.

Thanks,

Dave

About davidgroenenboom
Follower of Jesus, husband of one, father of three, grandfather of one, Pastor at Gateway Community Church

4 Responses to CRCA Catalyst available for download!

  1. Wid says:

    Mat 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
    Mat 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

    If we would ask a church congregation why they worship at their particular church, we would get answers like:
    They have awesome music, their Sunday school has nice teachers, the preacher is awesome (read charismatic), they have good aircon/heater, they have a service not too early/too late, they have (our) ethnic service, the church location is good, we can go shopping after, their coffee morning is inclusive, they have a full band, they have carwashes/barbeque after the service, in on the way of my inlaws that we visit after, they have “cafe style” service, they speak in tongues/do healing/throw people on the floor, I want to belong to their gorup, my son’s girlfriend worship there, etc, etc.

    Only a very few will admit they are there because the message is good and half of these people will say that the message is good because it is short!

    We should stop using the normal Sunday service as outreach. Sunday worship is to feed the sheep.

    Joh 21:15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
    Joh 21:16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
    Joh 21:17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep

    When we feed the flock, His people WILL hear His voice, regardless the music or worship format. The Holy Spirit WILL intercede and WILL make us eager to know him more, eager to hear longer preaching and follow the greatest command:

    Mar_12:30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

    And when we are given this by our Lord, we are commanded to feed the flock, because we love Him.

    Outreach should be done outside the normal Sunday services, not replacing regular Sunday worship and depraving His flock from His Word.

  2. davidgroenenboom says:

    Dear Wid,

    I am having trouble seeing how you comment relates to an article in Catalyst. Perhaps you are just making a general comment? Even so, I though I would respond to a few points:

    On the one hand, I would question whether corporate worship and outreach have nothing to do with each other. In 1 Cor 14 Paul seems to understand that unbelievers and inquirers were somewhat regular in the public worship at Corinth. Even if we are uncertain about the frequency of such visitors, it’s clear that Paul wants the Corinthian Christians to be sensitive to such people and their spiritual condition. That sounds a lot like having some outreach sensitivity in worship to me. On the other hand, I agree that outreach activity should never replace public worship.

    At a more basic level, however, I think your comment exposes the typically consumerist mentality of many western Christians. Some people go to worship because of the band, others for the air-con, others for the kids ministry, or the worship time. Then there are others who go for the preacher, or the ministry of the word, or to be ‘fed’. Even so, all these people have the common thought that worship is doing something for them. At a very basic level, such worship is actually about what I am seeking. My desires. My needs. My preferences. My faith. My need for spiritual food. People switch churches regularly for all or any of these reasons, and many more, as you know.

    The problem here is that worship is not primarily about one’s needs: whatever they may be. If it is, we’re worshipping our own desires and preferences, and God cannot be happy about that. Worship that honours God is not primarily about consuming. Worship is about God, and our desire to honour him, to lift up his name, to magnify his worth, and to fall before him in thanks and gratitude. W do this because of who God is and what he had done in Jesus.

    As we worship our God in this way, we find that he responds to us through his word, and we’re encouraged and strengthened in the Gospel. When we honour him, our doing so may well challenge those who are far from God, or the merely religious, or the straying. As we praise him, acknowledging him as the Lord and giver of life, we may well be blessed through singing. As we celebrate and share his goodness together, we might enjoy a good cup of coffee. But in all this God is the primary focus and motive. His grace. His blessing. His glorious work through his Son. He is at the centre. Everything else is by product.

    My prayer is that we put all our demands and expectations behind us, and in worship – whether all of life, or publicly and corporately – we place our gracious Lord at the core of all we do, and that our first goal is to glorify him and celebrate his worth through Christ our Lord.

    “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33, NIV)

    Grace and peace, DG

  3. Wid says:

    Hi Dave,
    I forgot why I wrote that, it must be in reply to I think your posting on FB.
    But anyway, I think you got it right about worshipping our Lord and not primarily seeking to satisfy our own needs.
    I feel really blessed with your comments above. May the Lord keep you and sustain you in your ministry.
    I think the verse you quoted, Matt 6:33 is spot on.
    Thanks again.

  4. Wid says:

    Ah, after rereading, I was actually replying to the first post, about the history of this ministry, especially the leadership part.

    In my mind was playing the fact that not too long ago, I realise that in our local churches, some elders did not intimately know the Heidelberg Catechism. And there is, I suspect even one who underwrites the Arminian theology. This is for me a concern.
    I have discussed it in our own small group and the general feeling I have is that there is a feeling of rejection of general knowledge of doctrine.
    My point is, while we are focussing on making the regular Sunday services “pallatable” to the new Christians, we missed feeding the flock. How is it possible that Christians, with decades of church exposure, still misses the doctrinal basis of the reformed theology?
    Ignorance of the congregation towards statement of faith can not be otherwise explained than neglect to feed the sheep.
    I do earnestly hope, that revival starts in the hearts of the current congregation, to love our God, with all our heart, mind, soul and strenght, even ebfore we expand.

    Again, I agree with your post above and I do hope that the Holy Spirit will give us a Spirit of understanding, eyes that see and ears that hear.

    To God belongs all glory and praise.
    Wid.

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