We are gearing up for another great bible conference this year in Perry County, AR! Click this link to get more details about the conference, but here's the quick scoop: 8/26/17, 10am - 4pm at First Baptist Church of Perryville, AR.
Why should you give up a whole Saturday to join us? Glad you asked! Here are 7 reasons:
1. The Topic -
In Christ Alone! Jesus Christ, the 2nd person of the Trinity. The One who took on flesh having two natures in one person being 100% God and 100% Man. He lived a perfect life of obedience and died a propitiatory, substitutionary death for us. Salvation is found in Him alone. We often talk about being saved by faith which is certainly true! But it is more precise to say we are saved by Christ through faith.
In much preaching today the message is "Christ and..." instead of "Christ alone." You need Christ and a good job or a great family or a wonderful life-purpose to be whole. You need Christ and good works to be saved. No friends, the message of Christianity is that salvation is found in Christ alone. He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Him.
We need this topic to be reminded of our standing with God in Christ. We need this topic to remind us of the message we are to share with a lost and dying world. We need this topic to remind us of the type of sermons we should aspire to preach and to listen to. This conference is for everybody. So bring a friend. Bring a pastor. Bring a church member. Bring a lost person. Let them come hear the glorious truth of Christ alone as our only suitable and all sufficient Savior! (Although unrelated to the conference, here is a recent message I preached at Perryville Second Baptist on this subject).
2. The Speakers -
As always, I am humbled at the men who are willing to come and participate in this event. Not only do we have great plenary speakers, but also great breakout speakers. These men are pastors, professors, itinerate preachers, authors, scholars, missionaries, and the list of titles goes on and on! What a wonderful group of men coming to central Arkansas to share the truth of Scripture. Furthermore, this conference is FREE! Many people pay money to go hear the type of quality speakers we have coming, but it is our vision to keep this conference free to you. We have a wonderful opportunity to hang out an entire Saturday with a solid group of men who have a heart for Christ and for teaching His truth.
3. The Breakouts -
Last year, we had a Q&A session which I thought went really well (listen here). But this year we are trying something new: Breakout sessions. I think this opportunity will give you some practical takeaway from a conference like this. You could bring a group of people and then divide up for the breakouts and come back and compare notes. Read more about the breakout sessions here. This is a great way to benefit from this conference!
4. The Fellowship and Worship -
One of the things I've come to love about this conference (my fourth year in a row to be in charge) is the networking that takes place. I love meeting brothers and sisters from all around the state of Arkansas and beyond. I love to eat together and share in Christ together through gospel rich conversations and seeing how the Lord is at work all around the State. This year Fellowship will be more conducive as lunch will be on site (this will cost you $10/plate). You are free to drive off campus to eat, but having a meal available at the church will give us more opportunity to visit and get to know one another.
Each year we've had this conference I've been overwhelmed by the worship. It's not the 'leader' that makes the difference as much as the singers. When you gather with a group of Believers that you normally don't get to worship with and hear them lift their voices to our Triune God, it is amazing!
5. Free stuff! -
We always love giving away free stuff at these conferences. And we plan to do so again this year.
6. Torah Scrolls -
Ok, this is not confirmed yet but something we are working toward! It is our hope to have some scrolls available at the conference to look at. I've seen some of these personally and I can tell you it is awesome to see God's preservation of His Word at work! It is my hope that we can make this work.
7. The Exhibitors -
We will have a great book store from Grace & Truth books. We will also have 3 exhibitors that you might not know anything about but in actuality are wonderful opportunities that you could be involved in. These include International Church Planters, Capitol Commission, and the Grace Bible Institute. Come meet these brothers and see more of how God is working right here in Arkansas!
Just typing all of that out makes me excited about 8/26. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Registration is not required but it sure helps us if you will take the time to pre-register. You can do so here. Anyone pre-registered on or before August 1 will automatically be entered in a drawing for a book giveaway. We will draw 5 winners! So, if you plan on joining us you might as well sign up!
Looking forward to August 26! #InChristAlone