Last week I left the beauty and glory of Southern California. I left behind a peaceful ocean. I left behind the mountain ranges that speak of his glory. I left behind palm trees and cool breezy evenings. I left behind the city and the people that I love. Where did I go you might ask? I went to Central Indiana, of course! Marion to be precise.
Every four years Reformed Presbyterians from around the globe gather for an international conference.
As Reformed Presbyterians gathered from 10 nations we enjoyed the singing of psalms with 2000 like-minded believers. We enjoyed the preaching of Gentle Reformation’s faithful leader, Professor Barry York. We enjoyed sessions on missions, biblical counseling, and various other sessions to encourage, admonish, challenge, and convict.
Why leave Southern California for Central Indiana? Why leave mountains and ocean and glorious natural revelation for the sleepy flatness of Central Indiana? The answer is quite simple. God’s glory is revealed most beautifully in his people. The church is the fullest expression of his glory on earth. I left my home so that I could be with my people; his people.
Abraham Kuyper said,
It is evident that while every flower and star enhance his glory, the lives of angels and men are of much greater significance to his kingdom… We conclude, then, that God’s glory is reflected most in his children; and since no man can be his child unless he is begotten of him, we confess that his glory is most apparent in his elect; his church. (Abraham Kuyper, Work of the Holy Spirit, 46.)
Truly his glory was evident this past week. We have seen a small sliver of the glory of the church. Enjoy this worshipful glimpse into the glory that was revealed: