Contending for the faith in Lagos
The eighth annual Lagos Bible Conference was held on 6-7 November 2009. The conference theme was: ‘Earnestly contend for the faith’ (Jude 3).
Ten lectures were delivered by eight lecturers to 200 pastors and others – the highest average attendance since this conference started. Chris Buss of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London, presented Nehemiah as an example of how to stand for the glory of God in a Christ-denying environment.
Joe Jacowitz of Christ Bible Church,
Paul Crossley of Tinshill Free Church, Leeds, spoke on witnessing, reminding all that personal witnessing remains a command to the whole church. Ani Ekpo of Christ’s Reformed Baptist Church, Port Harcourt, spoke on Soli Deo Gloria, tracing the historical foundation of the Reformation.
Abiodun Longe, from Ketu-Lagos, who encountered sovereign grace doctrines through reading and the television ministry of Dr Peter Masters, challenged attendees to rethink their stand on Sola Fide. The grace of faith is a gift from God.
Femi Sonuga-Oye, fresh from London Theological Seminary, and an elder of Sovereign Grace Bible Church, Lagos, spoke on the perseverance of the saints. The ever-present power of God will keep those he saves till the end.
The tenth message was brought by Tony Okoroh, pastor of the same church. He reminded participants of the sovereign grace of God, expressed in the doctrines of the total depravity of man and unconditional election of sinners to salvation through Christ.