Elijah and Elisha were two important prophets of God to the northern Kingdom of Israel during the dynasties of Ahab and Jehu. It was through Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, in a marriage born of a political alliance between Israel and the Baal worshipping country of Tyre, that Baal worship became a serious problem for the people of Israel. In this new culture saturated with Baal worship, many people turned from fearing God to fearing Baal, and those few who remained true to God suffered greatly for their convictions. Elijah and Elisha, two ordinary men, became the spokespersons and hands of God in this depraved culture, and also were two representative figures for Jesus Christ and his coming ministry on earth.
As in the days of Elijah and Elisha, the people of God are called to have a prophetic voice in our culture today, pointing the way to Christ. We live in a time where individual liberties and human rights have become the basis for morality, and thus created a new form of idolatry that threatens our society. These forces in our culture try to relegate the church to the sidelines and take away its influence, but the church should not be frightened or put off by this. God has given His authority to the church, and has given us His voice and hands to speak out against the immorality of this age and to speak up for the weak and marginalized.
For the months of January and February, we will be taking a closer look at the lives and ministry of Elijah and Elisha and see how their lives and ministries distinctly and uniquely pointed the way to Christ and to the truths of His Gospel for us today.
What is Trinity Christian Reformed Church? A better question to ask would be, “Who is Trinity Christian Reformed Church?” because a church should not just be seen an inanimate object; but rather, if it is fulfilling its God-given purpose, it is both alive and life-giving. At Trinity CRC, our mission is to be a community of servants called by God to become fully devoted followers of Christ, committed to knowing God, growing relationships, showing God’s love, and sowing God’s Word. In terms of where we fall theologically, we are of the Reformed/Presbyterian tradition and part of the Christian Reformed denomination.
For those who have grown up in Western Michigan we only really know the Detroit area by the numbers, interstate numbers that is. But now we are committed to getting to know and love the brothers and sisters at Rosedale Park Baptist Church, just a few blocks from exit 182 on I-96. There in this community we have found a home away from home and find that we have mutually grown in so many ways, the most important being that the Kingdom of God is so much bigger than race, politics, economics, culture and prejudices. Click here to be linked to Rosedale's website. Find out more about this partnership here:
Take a glimpse at our site and discover who we are. We are Trinity Christian Reformed Church, a community of Christ followers located in Jenison, Michigan. See what we are doing to grow together in Christ.