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May 2018
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Conference – Our Daily Bread Conference

The spiritual journey of King David was the focus of the 2018 Our Daily Bread Conference in Westminster Chapel, London. About 1,000 people, from across London and the South East, gathered in March to worship Christ and hear the Scriptures explained by former pastor and author Bill Crowder. In the first of four addresses, Mr Crowder, vice-president of Our Daily Bread Ministries’ teaching, introduced us to David, who, as 1 Samuel 16:7-12 shows us, was a ‘man after God’s own heart’. Although Samuel focused on the ‘tall, dark, handsome’ oldest sons of Jesse, it was the youngest son, the ‘least’ of them, that God chose...

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May 2018
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Conference – John Wycliffe

On Monday 26 February, Dr Lesley Rowe gave a church history lecture at Little Hill Church in Wigston, Leicester. Dr Rowe is an Associate Fellow in History at the University of Warwick. She has lived in Leicestershire for about 30 years and has given many lectures on church history and published two books. This was the first in a series of three talks on events preceding, during and following the Reformation in England. All the lectures discuss events that took place in and around Leicestershire, as part of the wider Reformation picture. The first lecture was informative and well attended. Dr Rowe spoke on the...

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May 2018
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Conference – Connected in Dewsbury

More than 100 Christian leaders from across the North of England attended the Connected Conference, a single-day event hosted by Dewsbury Evangelical Church in March. It was difficult to pick out the high points of this busy conference, as there were so many. In his first address John Benton, director of pastoral support for the Pastors’ Academy at London Seminary, reminded us of our absolute dependence upon the Holy Spirit for spiritual life and how this dependence finds expression in urgent prayer, as illustrated in the Book of Acts. In his second address, responding to the sceptic’s taunt ‘No-one has ever seen God’, he pointed...

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May 2018
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Grace Conference for West Africa

Once again, we held the Grace Conference in a nice and functional hotel just outside the market town of Glazoué in central Benin. This year, we topped the 100 participants mark, coming from 4 countries in West Africa. Numbers may not be the whole story, but it is encouraging to see so many come to hear about the Gospel of Free Grace. This year again, I had been given 3 sessions (“The Gospel in 3 words”), plus the sermon on Sunday morning with the Grace church in Glazoué, Paul NGoran (Ivory Coast) and Julien Naka (Benin) each gave one message, and Vincent Dua (Ivory Coast)...

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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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