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Conference – Great Whyte seminar

May 2017 | by Colin Silvester

Great Whyte Baptist Church in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, invited Christians from the area to a seminar, on 25 February 2017. The speaker was Rev. John Martin from the Medway Fellowship in Huntingdon.

Peter Steward, elder at Great Whyte, introduced John Martin and explained how Mr Martin came to know the Lord in Iraq while serving with the RAF.

The seminar was divided into three sessions, in which Mr Martin examined the life of Elijah and its relevance to us today. In the first, he outlined how God fulfilled his word, both to Israel and to Elijah. He outlined parallels between Elijah’s time and ours.

The middle session looked at Elijah’s confrontations with King Ahab and with the prophets of Baal on Mt Carmel. Elijah had absolute faith that God would fulfil his promises. The prophets of Baal demonstrated the complete failure of man-made religion.

The final session looked at how Elijah suffered from ‘burn-out’ and depression. Elijah’s fleeing towards Sinai was the first time that he is recorded as doing something without the express instruction of God. Despite this, the Lord cared for Elijah’s physical and mental needs. He went to Sinai, because that was where Moses met the Lord. But God showed Elijah that he would not repeat the wind of the Red Sea, the earthquake of Sinai or fire of Carmel. God was going to do a new work.

Those that attended were thankful both for Great Whyte hosting the meeting and for Mr Martin’s ministry.

Colin Silvester