God identifies with his people and displays his redemptive power towards them: this was among the messages brought to Christians at Bible by the Beach in Eastbourne earlier this year.
Under the umbrella title of Amazed: Sin, Grace and an Amazing God, record numbers of delegates heard from a variety of speakers, including Don Carson, Lee Gatiss, Mark Pickles and Linda Allcock.
Mr Carson spoke from Isaiah on God’s redemptive plan for a sinful people, applying the Israelites’ experience to our own times.
Seminars addressed different topics. What does Romans 8:28 mean for practical Christian living? How does the ‘messy world’ of the book of Esther still reveal the unseen handiwork of God? How does God’s Word and our prayers draw us nearer to him?
The session, ‘God of our Children’ emphasised home and church-based evangelism among younger children – a group severely under-represented across Anglican churches. Ed Drew, director of Kids in Faith, reminded us that over 56 percent of believers come to faith before age 11.
After the Sunday evening celebration, the All Soul’s Orchestra and Stuart Townend led worship, showcasing new songs as well as praising God through old favourites.
A highlight of Bible by the Beach is that it connects with local Protestant churches in Eastbourne; congregations across the town are swelled with conference goers.
This is an amazing opportunity to support local churches and evangelise people who might not normally attend either church or Christian conferences.