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The Instruments God Uses

17. January 2018

Features, Testimonies,

  —Patrick Mangan

When I first attended Second Reformed Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, I did so without an understanding of the theological background of the RPCNA.

Words like Reformed, confessional, and Westminsterwere foreign to me. The draw to the church was the families: people who loved the gospel and each other. Additionally, the church had a stability that seemed to reflect eternal truths.

The saints at Second RPC have been instrumental to God’s work in my life. One of the members invited me to a conference where the Lord’s salvation pricked my heart clearly for the first time. After that, the congregation has loved me through opportunities to develop my faith, not only by learning a cappellapsalmody, but by learning to work heartily, enjoy the outdoors, and lead others to the Lord.

“I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6). As I look back, the Lord has been faithful to provide continuous lessons from people in my life. Here are a few vignettes.

You Are Next—Dr. Blackwood

It was an average Lord’s Day at Second RPC. I sat on the center left side, which is near Dr. Blackwood’s usual seat. He delivered a psalm explanation where he spoke of how the stars were the basis upon which he navigated an entire ship in the navy and how God’s wonderful design is evident through these celestial ...

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