Our theme: “Following Jesus Far From Home: Living Counter-culturally as Christian Women”

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. 1 Peter 2:11-12

We live in a world today that has shifted from one that in the not too distant past embraced Christianity as a societal good to a world in which our faith is often viewed at best as an anachronism or worse as dangerous and bigoted. Because we are citizens of a Kingdom not of this world, we are by definition strangers and aliens living as exiles as we follow Jesus, our true Redeemer King, who will one day bring us home into the fullness of His Kingdom. But until that day we are sojourners far from home following King Jesus with a destiny, a purpose, affections, allegiances and hopes that are shaped by the Cross, not by the world.

With this context as our backdrop, we want to spend the next year considering what it means to be Christian women living counter culturally for God’s glory and the sake of the world. In Gatherings large and small we’ll take up the challenge to embrace our calling as women who are Christ-centered, Connected, and Called – women whose very identity, relationships and purpose are shaped by the Cross. Join us on this journey as we seek to encourage each other using our road map, the Scriptures, to be “sober-minded, setting our hope fully on the grace that will be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13) as we follow Jesus far from home.