A Brother in Heaven

“I have exalted one chosen out of the people.” Psalm 89:19

Why was Christ chosen out of the people? Speak, my heart, for heart-thoughts are best. Was it not that he might be able to be our brother, in the blest tie of kindred blood? Oh, what relationship there is between Christ and the believer! The believer can say, “I have a Brother in heaven; I may be poor, but I have a Brother who is rich, and is a King, and will he suffer me to want while he is on his throne? Oh, no! He loves me; he is my Brother.” Believer, wear this blessed thought, like a necklace of diamonds, around the neck of thy memory; put it, as a golden ring, on the finger of recollection, and use it as the King’s own seal, stamping the petitions of thy faith with confidence of success. He is a brother born for adversity; treat him as such.

Christ was also chosen out of the people that he might know our wants and sympathize with us. “He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin.” In all our sorrows, we have his sympathy. Temptation, pain, disappointment, weakness, weariness, poverty–he knows them all, for he has felt all. Remember this, Christian, and let it comfort thee. However difficult and painful thy road, it is marked by the footsteps of thy Saviour; and even when thou reachest the dark valley of the shadow of death and the deep waters of the swelling Jordan, thou wilt find his footprints there. In all places whithersoever we go, he has been our forerunner; each burden we have to carry has once been laid on the shoulders of Immanuel.

“His way was much rougher and darker than mine. 

Did Christ, my Lord, suffer, and shall I repine?” 

Take courage! Royal feet have left a blood-red track upon the road and consecrated the thorny path forever. – C. H. Spurgeon

The Lord's Day Services

Sunday, January 24, 2021

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship – Dr. Larry Saunders

Church closed, service available on SermonAudio only. (SermonAudio link)

5:50 p.m. Pre-service Prayer – on Zoom

6:30 p.m. Evening Worship – Dr. Larry Saunders

Church closed, service available on SermonAudio only. (SermonAudio link)

Weekly Announcements

January 25th – 27th

7:30 p.m. Evenings of Bible Study and Prayer on Zoom

A new Zoom link will be emailed out each morning.

Thursday, January 28th

7:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study Mrs. Jill Saunders  on Zoom

Ladies who currently receive weekly emails will automatically receive the Zoom link and study notes for this meeting. If you wish to invite a friend, please inform the church office by email at office@torontofpc.ca so that they can be admitted to the meeting.

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Advanced Announcements

Sunday, January 31st

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship – Dr. Saunders – available on SermonAudio only.

4:50 p.m. Session and Board Prayer – on Zoom

5:50 p.m. Pre-service Prayer – on Zoom

6:30 p.m. Evening Worship – Dr. Saunders available on SermonAudio only.

Wednesday, February 3rd

7:30 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer  on Zoom

Thursday, February 4th

6:00 p.m. Session Meeting – on zoom

7:30 p.m. Session and Board Meeting – on zoom

Saturday, February 6th

7:00 p.m. FPC Connect Group – Rev. Andrew Simpson – on zoom

TFPC 2021 Directory

The 2021 edition of the TFPC directory is now available. To receive a soft or hard copy, send an email request to office@torontofpc.ca.

The Shorter Catechism

Q38. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection?

A. At the resurrection, believers being raised up in glory1, shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted in the day of judgment2, and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoying of God3 to all eternity4.

1. It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: (1Corinthians 15:43).
2. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32).
3. When he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (1John 3:2).
4. And so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1Thessalonians 4:17b).


The Children's Catechism - Doctrine

Q38. Of what is the bread a sign?

A. Of Christ’s body which was broken for us.

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