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Scottish Reformed Conference 2016

July 2016 | by Iain Shaw

This year’s Scottish Reformed Conference (SRC) was held on Saturday 14 May at Hamilton College, near Glasgow.

The SRC is an event where believers of all ages and denominations gather to praise God and hear his Word taught by internationally renowned Bible teachers. It is a conference growing in attendance and reputation. This year around 600 people gathered.

The addresses highlighted that it is never too late for people to be restored to God, through repentance from sin and faith in Christ, and that this only happens through the transformative power of the gospel.

Delegates were thrilled by the biblical exposition of Paul Washer and Dr Sandy Roger.

Paul Washer became a believer while studying at the University of Texas. Following his undergraduate studies, he completed his Master of Divinity degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth.

He served as a missionary in Peru for ten years. While there, he founded the HeartCry Missionary Society to support Peruvian church planters. HeartCry’s extensive work now supports indigenous missionaries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Eurasia, and Latin America. Today, Paul serves as a labourer within HeartCry. He and his wife Charo have three children: Ian, Evan and Rowan.

Sandy Roger is from Scotland. He formerly served as the national chaplain of the Scottish Prison Service and as principal of Faith Mission Bible College in Edinburgh. Dr Roger has been minister of four churches in Britain, including his present church at Brucefield in Whitburn, West Lothian.

Understanding God’s character

Dr Roger continues to lecture in theology and homiletics as a noted and able Bible teacher. He also has a particular gift in evangelistic and expository preaching.

Mr Washer spoke from Romans 3, reminding us that we must understand who God is, his nature and character. Our response to the Lord will flow from this understanding.

Furthermore, when we know God, we will begin to understand the seriousness of sin; and that will lead us to be all the more thrilled with the gospel.

The main question he asked was, how can God maintain his justice and pardon men? The answer is that Christ paid for our sin on the cross. Jesus bore our sin and sorrow, and, moreover, the righteous wrath of God, so that those who call upon his name will be made right with God. The gospel then becomes our motivation in life.

An increase in our understanding of the infinite value of Christ and his humiliation results in an increase in personal piety. Continuing this theme, Dr Roger dealt with the importance of knowing the seriousness of sin, and the confession of sin to God. Turning to 1 John 1, he reminded us that only when we own our sins before God will they be forgiven.

We can be certain of this forgiveness as we trust in Christ’s work of redemption, because of God’s character — he is faithful and just. As the hymn says, ‘The vilest offender who truly believes, that moment, from Jesus a pardon receives’.

Dr Roger finished by saying, ‘If you don’t see yourself as a sinner, then you will never confess and that will keep you from the presence of God’.

Iain Shaw

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