Encouragements at Portavogie
There have been a number of milestones reached regarding the work in Portavogie.
First we had a wedding. The day was a joy and delight as John and Jessica took their vows, after which the Word was preached.
The service followed the Directory for the Public Worship of God.
Next we had a baptism. It was a joy to celebrate the ordinance of baptism on Sabbath 19th March 2017 for Seth aged 6 months.
Some twenty people gathered to witness the Directory for the Public Worship of God being followed. This is probably the first for over a generation, because Presbyterians have abandoned the Directory for 100 years.
Finally, we are also delighted that a family has been added to the roll of the church and look forward to receiving more in due course.
Church planting is a long term project.
Three things must be kept in mind.
Who is there at the beginning may not be there a year later. It is vital to endure.
It is not those who are absent but those who turn up we should focus on. Too often we get discouraged because of absentees.
The great attraction and danger is lowering standards and cutting corners just to get people in. This is a false approach that simply brings problems later. Better to have less with our principles than more without them.