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February 2018
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Conference – FIEC leaders’ conference

More than 800 people gathered for the annual leaders’ conference, organised by the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) in November 2017. For the first time, the conference was held at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay and included teaching ministry in the main plenary sessions from Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor at Anacostia River Church in Washington DC. Adrian Reynolds, FIEC training director, and Paul Rees, pastor of Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh, preached in the evening meetings. An historical lecture from Michael Reeves, president at Union School of Theology, and a series of seminars for church leaders completed the programme. The main theme was ‘Transforming...

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February 2018
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Conference – Reformation and revival

I always seem to leave conferences sensing my own need for revival and a renewed desire for God to come in power upon the whole church. No conference has produced such a sense of this as the 2017 Reformation and Revival Conference, in Swanwick, Derbyshire. The speakers were Andrew Davies and Jeremy Walker, whose ministries were as excellent as they were relevant, leading us to earnest prayer for revival. With 2017 being the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the main theme of the conference decided itself! However, our attention was soon turned to the need for Reformation today. Mr Davies called us to sober assessment...

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Conference – Westminster Conference 2017
February 2018
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Conference – Westminster Conference 2017

Around 100 people from various churches and backgrounds attended the Westminster Conference in 2017. The theme was ‘God with us and for us’, and we were treated to six excellent papers, with historical richness and theological depth. The first paper of the two-day conference (5-6 December) began with Stephen Clark speaking on ‘The Holy Spirit and the human heart’. He stressed that we should not separate the Holy Spirit from the Word of God; the Spirit works with the Word. These themes were considered for the regeneration of the sinner, sanctification of the saint, assurance and praise, prayer and guidance. The session on ‘The felt...

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January 2018
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Conferences – Stockton-on-Tees conference

Over 70 attended Presbyterian Reformed Church, Stockton-on-Tees, on Saturday 28 October 2017, for an annual conference, this year recalling Reformation themes. At least six evangelical Protestant denominations were represented, demonstrating our unity in Christ. Three excellent papers were given. The first, ‘The Reformation cornerstone: justification by faith’, was by Pastor Roger Fay of Zion Evangelical Baptist Church, Ripon. His paper was based on Romans 3:9–4:9, with the following propositions: (1) Our great need is for righteousness before God; (2) God will freely account as righteous those who believe on Jesus Christ; (3) This righteousness is not infused in us, but imputed to us by faith;...

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January 2018
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Conferences – Free Church School remembers Luther

The 65th Free Church School in Theology, which receives support from the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) (FCC), met in Carronvale House, Larbert, from 4-7 September 2017. It was encouraging to see numbers up on the previous year and, as usual, there was plenty of warm and joyful fellowship with brethren from various churches throughout the UK, Ireland and Netherlands. We met for dinner at 6.00pm on the Monday, followed by the first paper. As 2017 is the year of commemoration of Martin Luther, it was fitting that this was on ‘Luther the Reformer’, by Rev. John W. Keddie. Mr Keddie reminded us Luther was...

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January 2018
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Conferences – Templepatrick Reformed Church

Templepatrick Reformed Church, holding to the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, first gathered in 1989, using rented premises in the Templepatrick area of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The congregation fluctuated in numbers between 12 and 36 over the years, but an amicable separation in 2013 left the congregation without a pastor and just nine members. By this stage the congregation had a building site, planning permission and most of the funds needed to erect a new building. It was decided that the congregation ought to make use of the resources God had given it and to step out in faith to erect the building. Work...

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January 2018
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Conference – Reformation in Rhondda

During October 2017, we were increasingly aware of the darkness and superstition pervading our land. While the state church has been apologising for ‘perpetuating division’, Rhondda Evangelical Church, in Wales, has unashamedly celebrated the 500th anniversary of the commencement of the Protestant Reformation. Greatest legacy This Reformation promoted the English church’s greatest legacy — the Word of God in our own language. In the greatest spiritual movement since the apostolic age, centuries of misguided theological obfuscation were challenged by the Word of God itself and liberated from the obscurities of Latin. As part of our commemorations, headteachers of local primary, secondary and bilingual schools were...

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December 2017
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Conference – UK Creation Mega Conference 2017

Half-term week (26-28 October) saw 1,600 people from 16 nations, including 500 under-18-year olds, attending the UK Creation Mega Conference at West Bromwich, sponsored by Answers in Genesis. The programme, entitled ‘Inspiring a Genesis Reformation’, echoed the Reformation of 500 years ago, with its emphasis on the authority of Scripture — in this case, with relation to the early chapters of Genesis. Each generation, Ken Ham reminded us, needs to measure itself against the standard of Scripture that the Reformers set before the church in the sixteenth century. The widening chasm between secular and biblical worldviews reflects the ancient challenge, ‘Has God said?’, which is...

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