“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Genesis 5:24

You have heard that Enoch walked with God, and you know it is an expression of great praise. Let me give you a clear notion of its meaning because people often get a habit of using words without exactly knowing what those words mean.

A man who walks with God is one of God’s friends. He feels perfectly reconciled and at peace with Him. He is not uncomfortable at the idea of being alone with God but seeks to be in constant communion with Him. He feels that he cannot be too much with Him, because he desires to be of the same mind, to think like Him, to act like Him, to be conformed to His image. Such a one was Enoch.

He who walks with God is one of God’s dear children. He looks upon Him as his Father; and as such he loves Him, reveres Him, rejoices in Him, and trusts Him in everything. He makes it his constant aim to please Him. He thinks that God knows better than himself what is good for him, and so in everything that happens — sickness or health, sorrow or joy, riches or poverty — he says to himself, “It is well. My Father sends this.” Such a one was Enoch.

He who walks with God is one of God’s witnesses. He never hesitates to stand forward on the Lord’s side. He is not content with giving his own heart to God, but he is also ready and willing to bear his testimony in public on behalf of the cause of righteousness and truth. He is not ashamed to let men know whose servant he is. He will not be turned aside from raising his voice against sin for fear of giving offence. Such a one was Enoch.

No doubt there were many great, many wise, and many noble men in the days before the flood. But all we know of them is that they lived, they begat sons and daughters, and they died. Of Enoch only is it written that he walked with God. Dear brethren, walking with God is the only talent which will never fail us, the only treasure which will prove eternal, the only character which will serve us beyond the grave. In the day when names, titles, and honours shall sink to nothing, when all mankind shall stand on the same level, the most humble in the land shall be more highly honoured than the mighty and the rich if he has walked with God and they have not. The first shall be last and the last first.

And what was the secret cause, the hidden spring and principle which influenced Enoch to walk with God? The author of Hebrews tells us that it was faith. Faith was the seed which bore such goodly fruit. Faith was the root of his holiness and decision to be on the Lord’s side. Enoch believed that God had graciously provided a way of salvation, that He had appointed a great Redeemer to bear our sins and carry our transgressions. He looked far forward, and in his mind’s eye he saw the Messiah who was yet to come to pay the ransom of the world, and he built all his hopes on Him. Enoch believed in the Lord Jesus Christ.

And Enoch believed that God would one day come to judge the world and give to all men according to their works. Though iniquity abounded and the love of many grew cold, and all things seemed to go on as if God took no notice of the earth, he still believed the Lord would come to take account in such an hour as no one expected Him. In faith he saw the judgment close at hand, and he walked with God as one waiting for it. By faith he saw that heaven was his only home, and in the Lord’s presence alone was fulness of joy.

Such was the ruling principle which possessed this holy man of old. Oh, that you would pray earnestly for a like precious faith! Without it you will never walk in Enoch’s way, and so will never come to Enoch’s end. – J.C. Ryle

Temporary Closure of Public Services

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

As the Ontario government has put Toronto into ‘Lockdown’ until December 20th, our church will be closed for public worship. Our services will continue to be available on Sermonaudio.com for everyone to join us in worship from your home. (Click here for the webcast link).

The Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer meeting will continue at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. Please email info@torontofpc.ca if you wish to sign-up for Zoom meeting details and weekly bulletins.

Giving of your offerings to the Lord’s work will continue to be received by e-transfer (offerings@torontofpc.ca), mail and drop-off to the church office.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Pastor Saunders or any of the elders at any time. Please keep the work and witness of TFPC in your prayers as we desire to be a light in a dark world, spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Lord's Day Services

Sunday, November 29, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Announcements

Wednesday, December 2nd

7:30 p.m. Bible Study & Prayer – Dr. Saunders, on Zoom.

Saturday, December 5th

7:00 p.m. FPC Connect Group – Dr. Saunders, on Zoom.

Advanced Announcements

Sunday, December 6th

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 9th

7:30 p.m. Bible Study & Prayer  – Dr. Saunders – on Zoom

Sunday, December 13th

5:00 p.m. Special Congregational Prayer – on Zoom

FPC Connect Group

The FPC Connect Group, a cross-Canada online fellowship for young adults. The idea is to give an opportunity for our young adults to meet other young Christians in our denomination, fellowship around the Word of God, and encourage each other in the Lord. The age range is roughly 16 and up, with both singles and married couples.

The first meeting is planned for Saturday, December 5, 2020, at 7:00 pm Toronto time, 5:00 pm Calgary, and 4:00 pm Vancouver. It will be a time for casual introductions, a challenge from the Word of God, followed by a time of questions and conversation.

Christmas Card Appeal

It has been our tradition, for many years now, of setting aside a thank offering to the Lord’s work instead of giving Christmas cards within the church. This year, our Session has decided that the Christmas Card Appeal will be given to the ministry in the Czech Republic, specifically towards a Building Fund. Rev. Milos Solc and his family have been pioneering in their native country for twelve years, establishing a faithful witness for the honour of Christ.

We encourage everyone to make a special offering toward this worthy cause. You can include it with your regular offering, noting the amount, or by a separate donation.

Thank you in advance for your generosity in supporting our missionaries in the Czech Republic.

Pastor Saunders

The Shorter Catechism

Q30. How doth the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ?

A. The Spirit applies to us the redemption purchased by Christ, by working faith in us1, and thereby uniting us to Christ in our effectual calling2.

1. By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (Ephesians 2:8).
2. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith. (Ephesians 3:17).
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. (1Corinthians 1:9).


The Children's Catechism - Doctrine

Q30. Which of the commandments teaches children their duty to their parents?

A. The fifth commandment.

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