Ebenezer Chapel in Old Hill was again the kind host of the Birmingham Conference, organised by the committee of the Christian Worship Trust.
Attendance has steadily increased since its inauguration, and this year the chapel was well filled with pastors and their wives, together with other church leaders and believers from across the country.
Helpful and stimulating ministry was given over the two days by Jack Seaton of Inverness, Richard Clarke of Plymouth and Paul Bassett from Leicester. There was ample opportunity for rich fellowship, which is a means of great encouragement to the Lord’s people.
Mr Seaton spoke from the prophecy of Habakkuk, showing how a believer is to conduct himself in times when revival is absent from the church. The prophet was brought to a renewed determination to rejoice, with confidence in God’s sovereign and gracious purposes.
Mr Seaton’s second message, from Nehemiah 8, showed that where there is spiritual reformation, there will be an appetite for God’s Word, a reverent attitude to its divine origin, a close attention to the preaching of its truth, and an active response to its message.
In his two addresses, Mr Clarke’s theme was the love of Christ and our response to the riches of his grace. From Solomon’s Song, chapter 5, we were shown how the devotion of a believer to the Saviour should deepen, as we appreciate his love.
In his second message, he took us to Christ’s dealings with Peter in John 21 and what it means to be ‘constrained’ by the love of Christ.
Mr Bassett preached a stirring message from 1 John 1, emphasising that the gospel’s blessing is in fellowship with the Father and with Jesus Christ. This is the essence of Christian experience and it is our joyful privilege to call others to the same fellowship, by the preaching of the gospel.
In a discussion session, the men considered the weighty issue of divine judgement on the nation, something that many believe is presently being experienced; and how the life and condition of the church contributes to the plight we are in. In a separate meeting for the ladies, Mrs Catriona Seaton spoke on the sensitive issue of the Christian’s response to personal tragedy.
Heartfelt thanks are due to those who organised this event and its fine hospitality, as well as the speakers for their faithful ministry. Next year’s conference is on 27-28 March.