This year’s Lewis Christian Conference was held from Friday 24 June to Monday 27 June, in Kenneth Street Free Church, Stornoway. The speaker was Alistair Begg from Cleveland, Ohio, and the theme ‘Looking to Jesus’. Attendances throughout the weekend were encouraging.
On Friday evening, Pastor Begg spoke from Mark 1:14-39 on the theme, ‘The king has come’. Despite the absence of fanfare, there was authority in the Word of Jesus, and there still is to this day. The fact that not many of us are mighty, but yet the King of the universe has chosen to take up residence in our lives, is an overwhelming thought. It was good news for the Galilean fishermen who left everything and followed Jesus; it is still good news to those who obey his voice.
On Saturday evening, Pastor Begg spoke from Luke 4:16-30. Here his theme was ‘This Scripture is fulfilled’. He reminded us that Luke was not dealing with feelings, but facts.
The preaching of Jesus was lively, well organised, interesting. He engaged his listeners, telling them he had come to set people free, and yet their reaction was to drive him out of town. This shows the true heart of humanity is enmity against God. Yet everyone needs to know Christ personally, as there is no salvation in any other.
On Monday evening, Pastor Begg spoke from John 4:1-45. He took the story of the woman of Samaria to speak on the theme, ‘I who speak to you am he’. The woman Jesus had met at the well encouraged the townsfolk to ‘come, see a man who told me all things that ever I did’, and they did just that.
The townsfolk urged him to stay and he did as they asked. How different from the Pharisees in Luke 4. Pastor Begg took us from the talk of the town to the talk at the well. Jesus was a man that ‘spoke like no other’.
She was an example of the contemporary woman, looking for love in all the wrong places. Yet, in the providence of God, she met the only one who could satisfy all her longings. Her mission, from that moment, was to tell everyone about ‘the Christ’. She exemplifies telling this lost world that Jesus is its only hope.
God willing, the 2017 conference will be on 23-26 June, when Dr Joel Beeke will address the conference. Dr Beeke is president of the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan.