We are pilgrims living between the ages of the fall and the end times. As sojourners and exiles, anticipating God’s glorious return, God has given us His church to center our pilgrimage around that we might have our souls nourished and our spirits refreshed for eternal life. God does this through His heavenly manna of Word and Sacrament. I have framed this study around Peter’s exhortation in 1Peter 2:11–17:
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone (i.e. culture). Love the brotherhood (i.e. church). Fear God. Honor the emperor.
The meeting will be held at Sean Kelly’s, The Stone of Accord, located at 4951 N. Reserve St., a block south from I-90 Reserve Street Exit. The Stone offers great dinner and has the perfect size conference room (down the hall on the right). So, come hungry for God’s Word, great food, and fellowship. I hope to see you there and invite friends, all are welcome, whether Reformed, on the journey, or interested in hearing about a simple Gospel centered church.