Pastor Rick serving on Overtures Committee at GA.
Posts by Rick Franks:
Just a couple of things I want to share with you today. First, please pray for the General Assembly today as it will be a long day (we are scheduled to meet until midnight tonight) and we are addressing a number of weighty (and potentially controvesial) matters. Secondly yesterday the Overtures Committee that I am serving on was called to reconvene to reconsider Overture 23. This overture deals with men who identify as “gay Christians”, “same sex attracted Christians”, etc. We had already spent 3-5 hours the day before discussing this overture and came out of the meeting very divided. The result being that we had a majority report and a minority report to submit to the General Assembly. However, after this initial meeting on this matter, a group of brothers who held opposing views on the matter began to talk and inquire into what it was exactly that they disagreed on. As a result of this conversation they came up with a response to the overture that they felt that all might agree upon. So the Overtures Committee met yesterday to reconsider our decision on overture 23 using what our brothers crafted. Long story short, after 3 more hours of deliberation yesterday (and the wheels of the bus almost falling off a number of times) we passed a new response to overture 23 that is even better than our earlier one! And the good news is that it brought us closer together as brothers in Christ, simply because a few brothers inquired, listened and spoke honestly in love. What a great reminder for us all!!! (Needless to say, we closed the Overtures Committee with a song of praise.)
Robbie & I are currently only a couple of hours from St Louis and spending the day feeding our souls by listening to an audio book on prayer. But we are also praying for our upcoming General Assembly of which much has been written about on Social Media the past couple of weeks. But for those of you not in the loop in what is going on in our beloved denomination, I have put a link to a letter that a PCA pastor wrote to his congregation about this matter. I offer it up for your consideration. And know that while we will be separated from you this week, you are always in our thoughts and prayers!
You may have heard me refer to the Gospel Reformation Network. It is a movement in our denomination who’s purpose it is to cultivate healthy Reformed churches in the Presbyterian Church in America. They recently had a conference in Birmingham which I participated in via Zoom. But now the videos are available online for anyone to watch. I highly recommend them to you! They are not only edifying but can be helpful in showing you how to pray for our denomination.
Well worth taking 10 minutes to listen to in order to understand what the PCA and other denominations are facing.