Coram Deo, a phrase from Calvin meaning ‘in the presence of God’, is the name given to an organisation located in north Italy, near the city of Mantua. Its aim is to foster the reformed faith throughout Italy by encouraging church planting and the publication of good reformed literature.
Coram Deo held a two day conference on 26-27 September, at Sola Grazia Church, Porto Mantovano – their first church plant, established in 2007. The conference was entitled ‘The pre-eminence of Christ in all things’.
Three talks were given by Rev. Dr Harry Uprichard, minister of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Ahoghill, Northern Ireland. The first, entitled ‘Christ the Redeemer’, was based on Colossians 1:9-14. It examined the result, source and means of redemption through Christ. The second was about ‘Christ the Re-creator’ (Colossians 1:15-18), as he reveals God to men, rules the cosmos, and regenerates fallen sinners.
The third talk focused on ‘Christ the Reconciler’ (Colossians 1:19-23). From a Godward aspect, God’s reconciliation is a divine, complete and lasting work of grace. From a manward point of view, it has transforming, continuing and glorious effects. In all of this, Christ’s pre-eminence is clearly evident.
It was encouraging to see a small group of believers, not only from Mantua but elsewhere in Italy, attend the conference. It was good also to see young children and young couples, as well as mature adults, there.
The pastor of Sola Grazia Church is Andrea Artioli and he is assisted by Giacomo Lerici. Both are co-founders of Coram Deo. Gabriele Magliocchi is responsible for the translation of publications.
There is such a great need for sound theological training and it is hoped to have at least two teaching seminars each year. Please pray for the ongoing work of church planting, with the opportunity to plant a further church outside Parma, and pray about the pressing need for sound theological training and literature.