Iron sharpeneth iron...
Hope is God's gracious provision that shows us how to rejoice in invisible glory. Hope lies next to us in the worst of times. When we face the visible, the feelings, and trying times when it seems like things cannot get any worse we are to look up as we remember His Word within, concerning our possessed and pending future joys. "The life that is to come" is filled with that which is exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or think, things that eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard, nor hath entered into the heart of man. Yet, they are things that God hath given to us for our glory to hear as we listen to the Word of God, see with the eyes of faith, and set our hearts affection on things above.
There are two main parts to the conference – 1) identifying, defining, and answering some questions regarding the church, and 2) providing more detail about the body of Christ and our gathering (structure, dynamics, appearance, and hope). Sessions have a subtle flow to them – from defining and identifying the church, to how to become a member of the body of Christ, to the body’s gathering or not and its consequences, and finally the functionality of the body in its gathering and in the world, and lastly the hope of the body.