Ephesians 6:18-20 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
I. KINGDOM CONCERNS
1. CUBAO REFORMED BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Mon Macapagal| Pas Ismael Montejo| Pas Joseph Mangahas
News and thanksgiving
- We praise God for having us go through another year of much blessings from his hands.
- We have had close to 40 addition last year and we can’t thank God enough for such a blessing. Yet the demand of shepherding is increasing. Please pray for the elders that they may find ways to attend to the spiritual needs of the members.
- We are specifically thankful for the influx of young adults who are very zealous in our ministries in the church. Various ministries have been revived like the Media Team being led by deacon Aldwin, the singles’ fellowship, evangelism ministry, and Sunday school ministry.
- Yet is sad that we had to ex-communicate 3 members and suspended another two. Please pray that they may truly find repentance in their hearts,
- The last Saturday of January will be our annual members’ meeting. Please pray for unity of mind and wisdom in all our plans for this year.
- We also thank God for the opportunity of Pastor Mon to minister God’s word in Canada. Ptr. Mon and Bekha went to Canada to attend to the funeral of his father but was also an opportunity to minister God’s word and give report on the work of CRBC.
- One of our big concerns is the upcoming Annual Pastors’ Conference. This will be held on 7-9 Feb. This will be the first face-to- face meeting after two years due to the pandemic. The fee is a bit high due to a book we purchased to give out and the limiting of participants to only 250 persons. Please pray for the timely arrival of books from Banner of Truth to be given away at the conference. Please pray also for the speakers and their messages that Christ will truly be exalted in pastoral ministry.
- Pray also for our singles as they seek to organize the Singles’ Camp this year. May the Lord use this for the edification and sanctification for the participants.
- We are also planning to have our own church retreat during the Holy week. This is a big clamor among members who missed out time together renewing spiritual ties.
- Please for comfort to members whose loved ones passed away very recently.
- Please pray for several of our members who are going through trials caused by illnesses.
- Please pray for our outreach in Surallah, Sputh Cotobato. They already began holding services. Pray brother Edgar, the coordinator for the work that he be given wisdom in looking after the work.
- Please pray also for our church planting work in Montalban. We have sent our missionary Raymond Medoza to this work. This work is in cooperation of a Reformed Baptist in Jedah, Saudi Arabia. Please pray that the Lord would prosper this work and become a covenanted church.
- Please pray for our Prison ministry being handled by brother Jesse Torres. With the help of some men in the church, they visit jails to preach the gospel. This work is also in cooperation of the church in Jedah.
2. PURITAN REFORMED BAPTIST CHURCH (Lumban, Laguna)
Pastor Fidel Domingo
PRAISES AND THANKSGIVING
- Salamat sa preserving/ sustaining grace po ng Dios for 2022 dahil triumph of God’s grace po ito at uninterrupted worship every Lord’s day at corporate prayer meetings po.
- Sa lahat ng mga idinagdag ng Dios na kapatiran at pagpapanumalik sa Iglesia ng mga umalis at may evidence of true grace.
- Sa lahat ng mga gawaing pangebanghelyo sa loob at labas ng iglesia.
- Dahil po lahat ito sa di nagmamaliw na pagibig at katapatan ng Dios.
- Patuloy po ay compassionate heart sa amin para sa ikaliligtas ng mga wala pa kay Cristo.
- Magligtas ang Dios sa aming kalagitnaan at idagdag sila sa aming iglesia ayon sa Gawa 2:47.
- Patuloy na magbukas ang ating Dios ng mga opportunity for the gospel propagation po.
- Patuloy po na one mind and heart for the peace and unity in fellowship,faithfulness in doctrine at maturing godliness/ growth in Christlikeness sa amin pong lahat sa taong 2023.
3. IMMANUEL REFORMED BAPTIST CHURCH (Cebu)
- Thanksgiving for allowing the Church to be able to gather to observe the Christian Sabbath. The Lord has given the Church a sense of God’s presence in the weekly services.
- Thanksgiving for three additional members to IRBC. Janu, Jun, and Agnes.
- Pray that God would bless the preaching of God’s word. That the members would be more and more conformed to the image of Christ
- Pray for those who preach and share God’s word, that they would receive the help that they need in their preparations and delivery of sermons
- Pray that God would guide and bless our Studies on the confession and constitution of the Church. We are going through our Church constitution to ensure that our Church life is always conformed to the principles of the scripture.
- Pray that God would save the visitors who attend our services. Especially the children of some of the members of the Church. Pray for the salvation of Andrei, Sam, Dorcas, and Eliza.
- Pray for the visitors who are Christians, that they would apply as members to a local Church.
Plans for 2023
- Pray that we can have a more expository and consecutive topic for preaching in our services
- Pray for the finalization of our plans for 2023 and the preparations needed to present the plans during the Church business meeting.
- Pray for the process of nominating officers of the church, presentation of Church ministries such bible studies and evangelistic opportunities, and the presentation of the financial reports during the Church business meeting.
Health of our elderly members
- Pray that God would uphold the elderly of the Church. There are several elderly brothers and sisters who experience sickness and weakness. Pray that the Lord would uphold them build them up in the inner man.
4. UPDATE on Pastor Manny Avena
- Thanksgiving for successful open-heart surgery.
- Pray for the 4-8 weeks post-surgery recuperation
- Ongoing evaluation of Bro Reggie Detabili for eldership
- February preachers while he recuperates
II. CHURCH CONCERNS
1. Last Sunday
- Sunday School – Eternal Punishment
- Morning Service – Facing Discomforting Providences
- Evening Service – Steady & Ready in the Gospel (Eph 6:15)
2. This Sunday
- Sunday school – Pas Clyde
- Morning Service – Pas Mike
- Evening Service – Pas Steve
- Last Week – Seniors, BS, Bacolod Missions visit (Report from Pas Rolly next week)
- Kids SS – Sis Carmela, Sis Brigette, Sis May
- Bible Studies
- Church Retreat preparations
4. RBIPT – Theological Modular Course (Feb 13-17)
III. PERSONAL CONCERNS
1. Thanksgiving – Yel, Dinna
2. Health – Kemi, Alyssa, Gels, Mimai,
3. Travel – Pas Rolly & Tita Gels, Pas Steve
4. Nation – Peace and order, Economy, Health Concerns, Salvation