In reply to:
[color:"blue"]No sacraments, no hearing sermons (I read them), no elders

I am grieved to hear that you are not in communion with the living body of Christ, which is His church. Neither this, nor any other Christian discussion board, nor [color:red]some time with christian friends, is sufficiently the body of Christ. If you are truly seeking answers to the many questions you have posed, then humble yourself to submit to the teaching and discipline of a church of living saints, in which context alone you will be able to watch your life and doctrine closely. Will all your questions be answered? They will certainly be put in proper perspective.

In Christ,
Paul S