Mount Forest, Ontario was the appropriately named location for the first Higher Things Day Retreat in Canada. With the theme “The Law, the Gospel…and the Rest of Your Life!” the March 18th event at St. John’s Lutheran Church, presented by the Hanover Circuit, attracted more than 90 youth, adults and pastors from across the East District, including Nova Scotia.
The day started with Matins, led by Pastor David Saar of St. John’s, with the sermon by Pastor Jody Rinas of St. John’s, Clifford. The main highlight of the day was the plenary sessions led by Pastor George Borghardt of McHenry, Illinois and conference executive of Higher Things.
In the morning session, Pastor Borghardt focused on the difference between the law and Gospel, using the first three chapters of Romans as examples of the law and how it shows Christians their sinful nature and the consequences of sin.
In the afternoon session, Pastor Borghardt focused on God’s grace and the new life we receive in Him through baptism and Christ’s death and resurrection. “There’s no dodging the law, but the righteousness of God manifests itself apart from the law,” he said, adding that the righteousness of God comes to us by grace....
Read the entire article at: Canadian Lutheran: Youth Explore Higher Things.