Is the teaching and example of Jesus seen in our lives and heard in our words? That was one of the main issues raised at this year’s Scottish Reformed Conference (SRC), held on 9 May at Hamilton College.
About 500 people of all ages gathered to praise God and hear his Word being expounded by Kevin DeYoung and Steven Curry. One of the main features of the SRC is a commitment to relevant and robust biblical teaching. This was once again in evidence at this year’s conference.
Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, near Michigan State University. He serves as a council member of the Gospel Coalition (TGC) and blogs on TGC’s ‘DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed’. He has also authored many books. At the conference, he dealt with the themes Christ, Christian and the Word of God, and turned to the Sermon on the Mount to emphasise that Jesus ‘fills up and fills out Scripture’. A timely reminder of the absolute authority and sufficiency of the Bible was given as we were reminded of the astonishing authority of Jesus. Followers of Jesus obey him, gather with other Christians and make disciples. Our lives are to be about Jesus. As Mr DeYoung declared: ‘You do not have to be with it, you have to be with him’.
Making a welcome return to the conference this year was Steven Curry from Northern Ireland. He has been pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Bangor, his home church since 2008, after serving the Lord for 23 years in Ballymoney. Mr Curry is known for his strong and heartfelt commitment to faithful, biblical exposition. Following on from Mr DeYoung’s message, Steven also directed our thoughts to the Sermon on the Mount, and reminded us that what we are in public should mirror what we are in private. A challenge to resist self-promotion was given, as well as a reminder that Christians should not be driven by the approval of others, but by the glory of God. ‘God sees beyond the veneer of our lives’ was a particularly powerful statement.
It was a joy to meet with believers, who, though they came from different church traditions, joined together as one people to praise God for who he is and listen to God’s Word.