Held over the first weekend in April, this year’s Banner of Truth conference took place at Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre in Staffordshire.
It was heartening to see 300 people, aged 16 to 30, in attendance; the number has been increasing year on year. The conference is intended to encourage young Christians and equip them to become the next generation of faithful church members and leaders.
The conference comprised seven addresses and a question-and-answer (Q&A) session. I have always benefited from the faithful ministry of God’s Word by the speakers selected for the conference.
Robert McCollum, minister of Newtonwards Reformed Presbyterian Church, gave a series of addresses from Ruth 2, dealing with the sovereignty of God over our lives and his gracious provision of a redeemer in Jesus Christ.
Due to ill health, Stuart Olyott was unable to give his talks. However, we were grateful to Jeff Kingswood, minister of Grace Presbyterian Church in Ontario, for standing in and leading us in studies from Paul’s letters to the Corinthians. His topic was having the mind of Christ and standing firm in the faith.
Alasdair Macleod, minister of Smithton Free Church of Scotland in Inverness, led us in two studies on our greatest needs as human beings: freedom from the judgment of God and security in the finished work of Christ.
On the Saturday afternoon, Jonathan Watson, general editor of the Banner of Truth, delivered a paper on why we should read the work of C.H. Spurgeon.
A Q&A session was held on the Sunday afternoon. The panel involved the conference speakers and topics covered included living a godly life, witnessing to unbelievers and relationships.
As well as sound biblical teaching, there are many opportunities to have fellowship with like-minded young people who have come from across the UK and even as far as the Netherlands.
Whether it is over the meals provided or a game of football, there is always someone to talk to. I have made new friends through the Banner conference who have been an encouragement to me down the years.
The book room was also open during the conference, stocked with a wealth of literature published by the Banner of Truth.
I recommend the conference to any young Christians seeking to be built up in their faith. It is a great weekend and, God willing, I will make every effort to attend next year.