The annual Liverpool Bible Convention was hosted this year by Bethany Baptist Chapel in Fazakerley, from 8-11 May.
It brought together five churches, and other visitors, in the Liverpool area. There were four nights of preaching, as different preachers took what the Lord had laid on their hearts.
Each night we heard the Word of God with much profit, though styles and content varied. Mick Lockwood (Haworth) helped warn us of the danger of riches (and most of us in the developed world fall into this category) and necessity of repentance (Mark 10:17-31).
Our spiritual eyes were directed by David Campbell (Preston) to gaze at what surpasses knowledge: the dimensions of the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:18-19). In a very practical way Stuart Harding (Southport) exhorted us not to begrudge the Lord’s generosity, for it can be surprising (the children and blind man were welcomed by Jesus) — the Lord has sovereign authority (Matthew 20:1-16).
Finally, Rupert Bentley-Taylor (Bath) showed us how Christ fulfils the Davidic covenant and how David’s response in prayer is a model for our praying (2 Samuel 7).
There were about 60 people present each evening. Does this smaller number mean we are losing the privilege and centrality of the preaching of the Word in our lives?