“As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a den and I laid me down in that place to sleep; and as I slept, I dreamed a dream.” With these words, the renowned 17th century Baptist preacher, John Bunyan, gave the Christian world what is regarded by many as its greatest literary treasure. Pilgrim’s Progress was an instant sensation at the time, and over the years has been surpassed in printings and sales only by the Bible itself. The narrative is an allegory of the Christian life. Bunyan is exceedingly honest about the reality of indwelling sin and external temptation in the life of a believer. He engages both heart and mind with colorful characters and vivid locations along with parody, humor, conversation, and metaphor. The story explores the Christian’s journey from this world to the next—from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City. In this literary masterpiece, Bunyan views the Christian’s pilgrimage in all its joys, sorrows, victories, defeats, glory and shame. He stresses the necessity of Christian friendships, the means of grace, spiritual conversation, and the Body of Christ as important inducements on life’s treacherous journey. The work was born of Bunyan’s own spiritual experience and reveals something of his own suffering as it was written during his 13 year stint in the Bedford County jail for the offense of preaching the gospel without a license.

Yet, Bunyan was more than a dreamer and story teller. He was a pastor who lived and breathed God’s Word. Charles Spurgeon once said regarding Bunyan’s writing qualities, “When you prick him, he bleeds Bible!” That is our touchstone for the 2018 Reformed Bible Conference entitled, Aliens and Strangers: The Pilgrim’s Progress to the Celestial City. Our conference this year is not a lecture series on Bunyan or his famous work. As always it is a preaching series setting forth important biblical themes from the holy Scriptures. This year we are considering various aspects of the Christian life, using Bungan’s masterpiece to suggest topics and titles. Occasional illustrative references will also serve to shed light on the believer’s own journey from this world to the next. Do join us for what will most certainly be a blessed event!

The Reformed Bible Conference is an annual event of the First Presbyterian Church (PCA) of Hinckley, MN, now entering its fourteenth season. The purpose of this conference is to promote the glory of God through biblical and expository preaching, Reformed reflection, and concerted attention to the person and work of Christ.

It is our desire to uphold the true unity of the church by inviting a variety of guests committed to the historic and confessional Protestant faith to present sermons on the conference theme. It is our conviction that the gospel “is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16), that “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17), and that the Bible, as a God-breathed book, is sufficient to thoroughly equip us “for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). It is our intent to adorn (Titus 2:10) the gospel of Jesus Christ to the end that warm hearted devotion to the Savior be fostered through Godcentered worship and Christ-centered preaching.

“For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:5- 6).


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February 18, 2018  
 Hebrews 11:8-16 "The Celestial City: Living Life as a Pilgrim",
  Pastor Kevin C. Carr
February 25, 2018

 Hebrews 6:1-12 "The Interpreter’s House: Man inthe Iron Cage",
  Pastor Ivan Fiske

March 4, 2018  
 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 "A Hill Called Difficulty: Temptation and the Believer",
  Pastor Jon Hartman
March 11, 2018  2 Corinthians 10:1-6 "Valley of Humiliation: The Reality of Spiritual Warfare",     Mr. Randy Smith
March 18, 2018

 John 15:18-16:4 "Vanity Fair: This World is Not Our Home",  
  Chaplain Ross Haverhals

March 25, 2018

 Isaiah 2:1-5; 25:6-9 "Delectable Mountains: Role of the Shepherds",
  Pastor Nathan Lee




Rev. Kevin C. Carr, D. Min., Th. M. — Pastor,
First Presbyterian Church (PCA), Hinckley, MN;
former Missionary to the Navajos, Western Indian Ministries, Inc., Window Rock, AZ.;
Graduate, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Th. M. in Reformation and
Post-Reformation Theology (2013).
Rev. Dr. Ivan Fiske, D.Min.—Pastor, Quamba
Baptist Church (BGC), Quamba, MN; graduate,
Bethel Seminary, M.Div. and Covenant Theological
Seminary, D.Min. (2009)
Rev. Jon Hartman, M.Div.—Pastor,
Barnes Community Church, Barnes, WI;
graduate, St. Cloud State University;
graduate Bethel Theological Seminary
Mr. Randy Smith — Occasional Pulpit Supply, First Presbyterian (PCA), Hinckley;
Providence Reformed Baptist, Minneapolis;
Student of the Puritans and Reformed Spirituality;
Studied at Northwestern College, St. Paul and Bethlehem Institute
Rev. Ross Haverhals—Lead Chaplain, Sandstone
Federal Correctional Institution; member, Siouxlands
Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America;
graduate, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, M. Div.
Rev. Nathan Lee—Pastor, Grace PCA, Duluth,MN;
graduate, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, M.Div. (2014)

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