Thank you again to all who have been praying for us. I wanted to update you on some developments in our church search.
We appreciated the reverence of the worship at the URC, and we appreciated the children's program and the preaching at the PCA we visited yesterday. However, the URC is too exclusive for us (they consider non-Reformed churches and even Reformed Baptist churches as "not true churches," although they consider them Christians; they are also close communion), and we weren't quite used to the worship style at the PCA we visited. Angela and I agreed that we need something kind of in between them.
It looks like, Lord willing, the OPC is where we will land. Last night I visited Harvest OPC in Vista ( http://www.hopc.org/ ), which is only 4 minutes away. That went very well. We will also be visiting the Escondido OPC this Sunday morning ( http://www.escondidoopc.org/ ), which is a little over 20 minutes away. In the evening, I will be visiting the Providence OPC in Temecula (http://www.temeculaopc.org/ ), which is 38 minutes away.
Oh how I wish these churches had the Table weekly! We are 100% convinced that weekly Lord's Table is a *must*. We see in Acts 2:42 and 20:7 that the early church was devoted to it. Indeed, it was a regular pattern of their worship. It grieves my soul to know that, in all of North San Diego County, there are only two churches that practice it weekly: GBC and the Oceanside URC.
So, at this point, it looks like we will be joining an OPC, but we will be enjoying the Table with GBC in the evening. I will explain to the elders of whatever church we join that for this reason we will need a dual membership. Furthermore, since on the last Sunday of the month, GBC has the Table in the morning, we will be at GBC in the morning for that Sunday. This is all we can do; we see the Table as a vital means of grace in which we truly feed spiritually on the Body and Blood of Christ. We see Calvin's view as robustly Scriptural. The OPC sees it that way too--for which reason I wonder why many of them only do it monthly. I need to feed on Christ *at least* weekly!
Please continue to pray for us. We will keep you updated.