The Spring 2023 retiring moderator's address to the Great Lakes Gulf Presbytery of the RPCNA.
Intro: A season of troubles in the Great Lakes Gulf Presbytery
â€¨â€¨I. A Plea of Faith (1-3) â€¨A. A sweet confession: shepherd (1)â€¨B. God is present and experienced in troubles (1b-2)â€¨C. A Plea to stir up and save (3)
â€¨â€¨II. A Posture of Brokenness (4-13,16)â€¨A. Spiritual depression (4-5)â€¨B. A broken witness (6)â€¨C. Illustration of a garden (7-13, 16)â€¨â€¨
III. A Promise of Visitation (14-15; 17-19) â€¨A. Refrain: restoration and benediction â€¨B. Christ-centered promise (His church) (14)â€¨C. Then we will not turn from you (opposite of 2) (18)â€¨D. Revive and restore (18)â€¨E. Refrain (19)
Pointed and Timely I heard your Presbytery sermon this morning. Seldom has any preacher delivered so pointed and timely a sermon to a court of the church. Its greatest strength was the text/passage on which it was based. Thanks also for leaving nothing to the imagination. You were very concrete, not at all abstract.
It recalls Ebenezer Erskine preaching to the Presbytery (Synod?) of Sterling and Perth, but of course that was the sermon that got him cast out of the Kirk!
R. Paul (3/9/2023)
Read and Reread I have read and reread your sermon to the Presbytery!
In my opinion, it is the bravest approach to reality I have ever seen or heard of in shining real light on not only the circumstances and reality of the spiritual state of affairs, but also a guide to what is necessary if God is to heal us as a church!
Thank you for your courage, factual analysis and empathetic approach!
Nathan Eshelman holds a Master of Divinity degree from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI, as well as a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. He serves as clerk of the Pacific Coast Presbytery (RPCNA),...