RSI stands for Reformation Society of Indiana. RSI is a fellowship of churches who hold to the Five Solas of the Protestant Reformation. Leaders from Presbyterian, Congregational, Baptist and Independent churches from around central Indiana come together for luncheon meetings once in two months to study and discuss the word of God, and encourage one another in prayer. I went for one such luncheon a week before and I was thoroughly blessed.
Pastor Rich and I drove to Gray Road Baptist Church at noon and were warmly greeted by the church staff who were busy preparing lunch for us. After twenty minutes of our arrival, people started trickling in and I was able to fellowship with a few brothers before the meeting. One among them was Bob Amon, a Princeton graduate, who has shared about his faith in Jesus Christ on national radio unapologetically. His testimony encouraged me tremendously.
A while later, the room was full of delegates and we quickly finished our lunch and turned our attention to Scripture. The bible study was on Galatians 3:19-23, a passage which contrasts works of the law and faith. Mark Radke, pastor of a UCC church in Indiana led us in the study which was the most technical study that I have ever been part of . He went into the Greek text and the various tenses in the text and the implications that it had for us. He then applied the study to our times. Some of the main gleanings were: a) faith is the sole instrument of our justification b) the law is a schoolmaster towards Christ c) faith cannot be mixed with works of the law as an instrument for justification; such a justification is no justification at all. Mark Judy was the next speaker and he reinforced many of the same concepts. A lively theological discussion followed the study.
After the meeting, I was introduced to the Assistant Pastor of Graywood Baptist Church, Steven Smith, and he told me about his church’s connection with an institution called Reformed Bible Institute in Delhi. I was thrilled to know about a Reformed witness in North India. I told him that it was ironical that I should learn about this ministry from him in America and that we needed fellowships like RSI even in India to help connect with like minded people. Another brother, Dr. Mark Eckel, a Dean in Crossroads Bible College, who had done his dissertation on the topic of education in SBTS, also met me and we had a good discussion on the future of Christian education in America.
Meeting like minded brethren in RSI was a great blessing. My prayer is that the Lord would raise up similar pastors’ fellowship groups in India to unite churches on the Five Solas of the Protestant Reformation – in other words, the Gospel – and advance his kingdom there for his glory.