RGF Prayer Newsletter, June 2021

Dear saints in Maine and abroad,

Greetings from Redeeming Grace Fellowship, Portland, Maine! We are a small reformed baptist church in the heart of Portland, where we are excited to see the Lord work in one of the least Christian cities in the USA. Our church has recently undergone a series of trials, but we are mightily encouraged to press on in the power and love of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

With this post, we want to start a simple newsletter to inform churches abroad of our needs. We write this newsletter in hopes that you, your friends, and your church might find time to pray for us, and even to write us a brief note letting us know that you have lifted us up in prayer. That would be a huge encouragement to the saints here! 

Here are three things we would ask you to pray for: 

1) A Plurality of Elders 

We believe that a New Testament church should be lead by a plurality and parity of elders (see Titus 1 and 1 Timothy 3). That means at least two men who share the duties and burdens of leading the church. Sam Caldwell is an elder-in-training at RGF, who hopes to be elder-qualified and ordained in the future. There are currently two other men who will help Sam bear the load of teaching and preaching. Please pray that the Lord would equip, mature, and guide men from within this local body to become elder-qualified. 

2) Evangelism 

The 66,000 citizens of the greater Portland area are largely un-churched and ignorant of basic gospel truths. It is our desire at RGF to reach as many of those people as possible through street preaching, gospel conversations, mercy ministries, and love for our neighbors. Please pray that our church remains fervent and zealous in evangelism. Please pray specifically for a team of city missionaries that goes out from our church every Monday evening from 4 to 6 PM. 

3) Gospel-encouragement

As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have every reason to be encouraged. Our Father sent His only begotten Son to die in our place! Jesus Christ rose victoriously from the grave, proclaiming victory over sin and death! Christ then ascended to the right hand of His Father, where He reigns forever, sending the Spirit and His gifts to His church throughout the world. Please pray that we as a church press on strengthened by God’s grace (Hebrews 13:9), both proclaiming and living out these truths. 

Finally, we would ask you to plead this promise from Psalm 84:11 for our church: “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  

The Lord promises to “give grace and glory.” Would you pray that God would show His grace to multitudes in Portland, Maine? Would you pray that God would “show us His glory,” and make His church a bright and shining light to a nation and a city that desperately need Him? 

Thank you so much for praying for us! May Christ be magnified in your church, in your family, and in your communion with the Lord.

In Him,

-Your Brothers and Sisters in Portland, Maine

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