Great Basin Reformed Presbyterian Church
9725 S Virginia St
Reno, NV 89511
Rev. Colin Samul Elder Greg Kothman
We welcome you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We hope you will be encouraged and edified, having heard Biblical
truth in love.
Great Basin RP is a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of
North America, one of the oldest denominations in the United States.
We are committed to the doctrines of Scripture and the formation of
loving community as a necessary fruit of the Gospel.
In light of the above, we believe that the most comprehensive and accurate summary of biblical teaching is found in the Westminster Confession of Faith, together with the Westminster Larger and
Shorter Catechisms. These documents were completed in 1647 as a summary of Christian belief and practice, with the desired intention of helping Christ’s church become unified in doctrine, government, and worship (John 17:11). In addition to the Westminster Standards, we also maintain the Testimony of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of
North America, which is our denomination’s own continuing and contemporary application of the Word of God to our current culture and context.
Set Up Schedule:
01/02 – Paul Adamson, Eric Churchill
01/09 - Owen Goggiano, Steve Pilcher
01/16 – Eric Maupin, Greg Kothman
01/23 – Eric Churchill & Miles Brazil
01/30 – Tyler Macaluso & Paul Adamson
01/02 - Jordyn Brazil & Mele Samul
01/09 – Shanna Samul & Evangeline Samul
01/16 - Kobi Kothman & Nate Kothman
01/23– Kelsey Pilcher & Sierra Kothman
01/30 – Shelby Macaluso & Mele Samul
Giving for the Month of December - $7628 (Goal - $4250)
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
Great Basin Reformed Presbyterian Church
Today’s Schedule – January 9th, 2021
Catechism ...............................................................................2:30 PM
Evening Worship..................................................................4:30 PM
Psalm of the Month – Psalm 106A
ORDER OF WORSHIP
*Call to Worship/Greeting Psalm 18:46-50
*Praise Psalm 18G
*Prayer of Invocation
Reading of the Law Matthew 5:27-37
Prayer of Confession
*Praise Psalm 51A
Scripture Reading Acts 7:1-36
Elder Greg Kothman
*Praise Psalm 105D
Prayer of Intercession
Scripture Reading Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm of Preparation Psalm 119D (3,4)
Prayer of Illumination
Sermon - “The Comforting Grace of God”
*Psalm of Praise Psalm 23A
*Tithes/Offerings to GBRPC can be placed in the donation box on the
back welcome table
The Comforting Grace of God (Isaiah 40:1-2)
Theme: God has not given up on His covenant people; therefore they can find comfort and reassurance in the gracious promises of His Word.
The Structure of Isaiah
Motyer’s Thematic Outline Outline according to Style/Form
Introduction (Chs. 1-5) 1st Isaiah (Chs. 1-39)
The Book of the King (Chs. 6-37)
The Book of the Servant (Chs. 38-55) 2nd Isaiah (Chs. 40-55)
The Book of the Conqueror (Chs. 56-66) 3rd Isaiah (Chs. 56-66)
The Meaning of Comfort (Vs 1)
The Message of Comfort (Vs 1-2a)
The Ground of Comfort (Vs 2b)
“1. What is your only comfort in life and in death? That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death,1 am not my own,2 but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ,3 who with His precious blood4 has fully satisfied for all my sins,5 and redeemed me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me7 that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head;8 indeed, that all things must work together for my salvation.9 Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life,10 and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live unto Him.11” – Heidelberg Catechism Q/A 1
· Pray for Sandi’s coworker Shawn. His wife Pam has passed on and is with the Lord.
· Pray for Sandi’s Aunt Jackie who has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
· Pray for Eric’s mother Marlene, who fell and broke her leg and shoulder.
· Pray for the Garrisons and Declan, who was born, but has needed surgeries. Give praise and thanks that he is doing well.
· Pray for Andrew that he gets a better shift with his job so that he can worship with us each Lord’s Day.
· Pray for Allison’s grandparents, that their medical and living needs would be met.
· Pray for Allison’s friends Michelle and Mike whose 4 month old son Jack needs intensive reconstructive surgery on His head. His surgery was rescheduled and was successful.
· Pray for wisdom for the Kothmans in dealing with parental health needs. Pray for Kobi’s parents with COVID
· Pray for Kobi’s friend Kim who had surgery for breast cancer.
· Pray for RP Church Planters and for Rev. Hemphill as he is beginning to church plant in Boise, ID.
· Pray for Ashley’s former roommate Jess, who has chronic COVID issues.
· Pray for Eric Maupin who is having ongoing COVID issues
· Pray for Pastor’s Family friend, Mark, who has Kidney Cancer
· Pray for Randy who is a missionary in the Middle East
· Pray for Deacon Eric Mulder at the Edmonton, CA Congregation who is beginning treatment for a brain tumor.
· Pray for Vanessa a daughter of the San Diego Church who struggles with mental illness. Give thanks for a good interaction with her and her mother.
· Pray for Pastor’s brother-in-law Jim who recently lost his Father and experienced medical ailments of his own.
· Please pray for Rev. Lee Johnson from the RCUS. He is in the ICU with COVID.
· Please pray for Rev. Jon Maginn with pain and sleep issues.
· Pray that Piper Macaluso would sleep through the night and give her mom some much needed rest!
· Pray for Tyler Macaluso’s father, Tony, who is carrying the weight of issues within his family.
This Week’s Congregational Prayers
Prayer for our Nation
· Pray that our leaders would come to know Christ and submit to him
· Pray for our Military
Prayer for our Church
· Pray for spiritual and numerical growth
· Pray that the Lord would provide us with Deacons
Prayer for our Presbytery
· Pray for our congregation in Phoenix, AZ and Rev. Chris Myer
Prayer for our Denomination
· Pray for deacons at Sycamore (Kokomo, Ind.) RPC as they work to maintain an aging building and seek to minister to those in need.
· Please pray with Kasumigaoka (Kobe, Japan) RPC for the preparation of Mrs. Hamada’s baptism. Her husband faithfully served as a deacon in the congregation and went to be with the Lord earlier this year.
Prayer for Local Churches
· Pray for Living Stones Church in the Reno Area
Prayer for Missions/Fraternal Denoms
· Pray for the RP of Scotland
· Pray for persecuted brethren
This Week’s Confessional Meditation
10. The Old Testament is the word of Christ and is of equal authority with the New Testament. Nor are the earthly words of Christ quoted in the Scriptures in any way of greater authority or of greater significance to the Church than the rest of God’s Word. It is the triune God who speaks with equal and absolute authority in and through every. All which are given by inspiration of God, to be the rule of faith and life. Luke 16:29, 31; Eph. 2:20; Rev. 22: 18-19; 2 Tim. 3:16.
11. The truthfulness of God, and not the reasonableness of any doctrine, is high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scripture. And the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole (which is, to give all glory to God), the full discovery it makes of the only way of man’s salvation, the many other incomparable excellencies, and the entire perfection thereof, are arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence itself to be the Word of God: yet notwithstanding, our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth and divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts.
1 Tim. 3:15; 1 John 2:20, 27; John 16: 13-14; 1 Cor. 2:10-12; Isa. 59:21.
12. We reject the view that the Bible sets forth truth in the form of myth.
13. We reject the view that the Bible is only partially inspired, that inspiration pertains only to “revelational” matters, or “saving” truth, or that the Bible as originally given contains any inaccuracy in fact or history.
14. We reject the view that the Holy Spirit gives personal revelations or that He leads men apart from the general principles of the Word or contrary to its teachings.
15. We reject the concept that there is continuing revelation of God in the actions, decisions or decrees of the Church.
From the Pastor’s Study
God’s special revelation is his intentional communication to mankind. As we discussed under the question of who does theology, man was created in God’s image (Gen. 1:26-27). Therefore, God’s special revelation must come to us in the form of a created image of his own infinite and eternal knowledge. Theologians have expressed this distinction as the difference between theology in itself and our theology (John Duns Scotus), archetypal theology in God and ectypal theology for us (Junius), and two levels of knowledge, the one perfect and self-sufficient, and the other limited and dependent (Cornelius Van Til). Millard Erickson writes of the “anthropic form” of special revelation, meaning that it came “in human language and human categories of thought and action.” The distinction does not destroy the possibility of reliable communication, for God’s creation of man in his image implies that there can be a true analogy between his thoughts and ours. The Bible speaks much about God’s transcendence, but pervasively asserts that God communicates meaningfully with us.
Although God does reveal himself and his will to human beings, he does so not at his level, but at our level, somewhat like Albert Einstein might talk to a little child about science—except the difference is infinitely greater. To show us the difference between the true God and idols, the Lord teaches us that his mind operates in a manner far beyond the limits of our created minds. This is not just a matter of knowing more information, but of thinking on an entirely different plane. No one can ever give God counsel or teach him anything, for his understanding is infinite (Ps. 147:5; Isa. 40:13-14, 28; Rom. 11:33-34). He is “wonderful in counsel” (Isa. 28:29), which means that his wisdom is supernatural (cf. Ps 139:6). His mind is like a deep abyss where we can never reach to the bottom (92:5). Therefore, God’s revelation cannot be “equal to the mode of his essence, which is infinite,” as Junius said, but “according to the mode of His will, accommodating His revelations to what our condition can handle.” – Joel Beeke, Reformed Systematic Theology
This Month at GBRPC
Today (01/09) – We welcome you as you join with our us in worship of the Triune God! If you are a regular visitor please reach out to Rev. Samul about the Faithlife App for giving and Church communication. MEMBERS Please remember to sign up for visitation.
Sun. (01/09) – We will be partaking in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. All members and adherents are encouraged to prepare and partake. Visitors are asked to speak with Rev. Samul or Elder Kothman ahead of time.
Sun. (01/09) – We will hold our annual congregational meeting during the Sunday School hour for the purpose of approving of the 2022 Budget. We will also be taking nominations for the Office of Deacon.
Weds. (01/13) – We will be having our prayer meeting at the Brazil’s Residents at 6PM.
Significant Dates in the Congregation
Akaylah – 01/25/97
Greg Kothman – 01/26/1904
Kuyper and Kinsley Brazil – 01/27/2017
Andrew and Allison Cunningham 12/21
Owen and Ynez Goggiano 12/31/2012