The annual Liverpool Bible Convention was held from 5-8 May, and was hosted this year by Dovecot Evangelical Church.
These evening meetings provide an opportunity for local Christians to share fellowship centred on the ministry of the Word of God. The preachers choose their passages and topics, as the Lord leads, and it is encouraging when one or more themes emerge during the week. This year was no exception, with people commenting afterwards how much they had been blessed by the ministry during the week.
The evenings were well attended, with heartfelt singing. On Tuesday evening, Jim Waterworth (Chester) dealt with the presence of God among his people, from Isaiah 64. This is something we very much need today, as it’s the only hope of the Lord’s people for the future.
When God comes down in reviving power, it brings both surprises and transformation. We can expect similar results from God’s presence with us today, based on his consistent dealings with his people, past and present.
Victory through Christ
David Gayton (Dudley) reminded us, on the Wednesday, firstly, of the importance of the book of Deuteronomy; and, taking Deuteronomy 20:4 as his text, secondly, that the Lord our God is with us in the battle with our spiritual enemies, bringing certain victory. In fighting with the world, both outside and inside the church, the flesh and the devil, our hearts need to be inspired with a greater view of the Lord. We need to be wholehearted soldiers, enduring hardness, and yet instructors in the way of peace.
In taking us through Psalm 32 on Thursday, David Harding (Milnrow) showed us that the Christian has a new heart, as a result of the gospel bringing forgiveness and the imputed righteousness of Christ. So believers have a spirit that is sensitive to unconfessed sin, is given to prayer by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of supplication), and is teachable as the Lord brings us under the authority of the Word of God.
Stuart Olyott (Connah’s Quay) brought our week to a close on Friday with a helpful exposition of our Lord’s words, ‘I am the way’ (John 14:6). Having viewed the context of this verse and its profound effect on the lives of early Christians, we saw that it is not only for those still far from God, but more tellingly, for those who are ‘stuck’ in their Christian life. We often use the means of grace as a way in themselves to get closer to the Lord, without the desired effect. But we need to come to Jesus, the way, and he will lead us in the means of grace.
(The convention sermons can be listened to from www.listenliverpool.co.uk/2015.html.)