Few conferences seem as unfashionable as the Reformation and Revival Fellowship, and few are as relevant. We believe in prayer and preaching, and that is what we get at this event.
The messages at Swanwick in November 2014 can be summarised under a few grace-filled imperatives: look, seek, pray and contend.
Graham Hind, managing director of Evangelical Press, led us to Hebrews for the opening sermon, exhorting us warmly to look to Jesus as the full and final revelation of God, our present help and our future hope.
Kenneth Stewart of Glasgow Reformed Presbyterian Church wonderfully applied the life of Asa, focusing on ‘The Lord is with you while you are with him’ (2 Chronicles 15:2). We were reminded that, though he initiates the covenant relationship, God in his dealings with us is responsive.
If we seek him, he will be found by us, but if we forsake him he will forsake us (though not losing our salvation). This is not legalism, but the normal covenantal relationship, based on and sustained by grace, but calling forth wholehearted seeking. We were told that prayer is the heart of seeking. It is labour and we are to persist and wait in it.
Derek Cleave took us to Jude. We are to contend earnestly, by living the faith as well as watching for error. Most people slide into error not because they intend to, but through laziness and carelessness in handling what they read and hear. Like Asa, Noah, David and Gideon we can be most likely to fall when we are comfortable, perhaps with major battles fought and won behind us.
This was a delightful conference, rich in ministry and fellowship. These are all messages for the church today. This year, from 16-18 November, the main speakers will be Joel Beeke and Geoff Thomas. Booking from George McIntyre 01564 772966 or [email protected] (2014 CDs via
www.reformation and revival.org).