March’s Final Friday

In keeping with what is the role of the Reformed Church today, specifically the role of worship, we will be celebrating the crucifixion of our Lord March 30th, Good Friday, with worship at 7pm in April.

The Reformed Church has kept Good Friday as a traditional Feast Day since the celebration.  Gathering together to remind ourselves of that event of Christ on the cross, dying in our place, for our sins, is not to be forgotten.  It should cause us to worship.

This service in in conjunction with Faith OPC, and will be held at St. John’s RCUS.

Dort 400th Anniversary Celebration

This year we are going to be celebrating and remembering the Synod of Dort and asking ourselves what is the role of the Reformed Church today?

To that end we are going to be covering the Reformed Church’s Theology, Worship, Worldview, and Discipleship in the led up to our big Dort Anniversary Conference in November.

In May Rev. Randy Klynsma is going to give a talk about the Reformed Church’s Theology from Dort to today.

Other speakers will come and discuss other aspects of worship, worldview, and discipleship.  We are looking forward to a great year, and we hope you can join us.

Good Friday Service

“So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.  So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha.” – John 19:16

We do invite everyone to come and worship the Lord Jesus Christ in thanksgiving of his sacrifice for us upon the cross at our annual Good Friday Service.  This service will be on March 30, 7pm, at St. John’s RCUS in Lincoln, NE.

Happy Valentine’s Day – This Day in Reformed Church History

Genesis 2:24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Today on February 14, 1613, when we often today celebrate Valentine’s Day, Frederick V of the Palatinate married Princess Elizabeth of England.  They were married in England with King James in attendance.  It was the uniting of two major Protestant houses.  The Protestant church of England was now wed to the German Reformed church of the Palatinate.  Yet, this was not simply some arranged marriage that made political sense, this was a marriage of genuine love.  The two would go through major trials in the upcoming 30 Years War, but not once would Elizabeth waiver in her love for her embittered husband.  She would not turn her back on him, and stayed with him after they lost everything including his title Elector of the Palatinate.  Marriage has always been around since even before the Fall, and it is one of the great gifts God has given us.  In it is a picture of not only earthly love, but of Christ’s steadfast and never-ending love to His people.

400 Years of Dort Conference

November 2nd and 3rd, St. John’s RCUS is hosting a conference celebrating 400 Years of the Synod of Dort.  Rev. Dr. R. Scott Clark, Professor of Church History at Westminster Seminary California, will be speaking on the Synod of Dort!  Stay tuned for more information about how to sign up and reserve a spot.


This day in Reformation History

On February 8, 1529, the Swiss Canton of Basel officially declared for the Reformation and forbid the Mass within its boarders.  The city had been trending that way for some time thanks to the popular preaching of men like John Oecolampadius (pictured), and the printing work of men like Hieronymous Froben.  The truth of the gospel triumphed and the city that hosted the Council of Basel just 100 years before became officially Reformed.
The mission of Reformation never ends.  We hope to continue to proclaim the one sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross and justification by faith alone in Nebraska.  Please join us in prayer for Reformation to come again not only to Nebraska, or America, but the whole world.

The Synod of Dort 400th Anniversary Year

The Synod of Dort was a Synod held to decide the question of election and related theological issues.  The followers of Jacob Arminius had raised these objections during the previous decade and the Dutch church needed to have the question settled.

One of the fascinating things about Dort is that it was not just a synod for the church in the Netherlands.  Rather it was a Synod that included people from every major Reformed Church in Europe, except France who had been invited, but forbidden to come by King Louis XIII.  Brandenburg did not send delegates, but their church was just a few years old at that point, and some small locals did not go either, but this was truly an ecumenical Reformed synod.

As we go through this year and the next, we are going to remember and celebrate the Synod of Dort and its pronouncements, the Canons of Dort commonly called the Five Points of Calvinism.  We hope you can join us for some events or just take time to be in God’s word as we see how the Lord used this event in the life of his church.

Food for thought . . .

It is always time to get some good reading done.  And Stephen Nichols gives us something for our minds to chew on in his post Youth Driven Culture.  If we are going to be reforming the church and the culture, we need to think on its struggles and ills.  And of course how the Bible speaks to them.  Enjoy!

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