Thursday, June 29, 2017

Breakout Sessions for In Christ Alone Conference

For more info about the conference overall: click here

We are trying something new this year with breakout sessions! First, let me give you a run down on lunch: Like last year, we will have an hour and a half break for lunch. Unlike last year, we will have food served on site. This will be BBQ sandwich plates for $10/plate. It will be most convenient to eat on site, but you're free to go anywhere to eat, just be back in the allotted time!

Breakouts will begin right after lunch. I think we have a great lineup! We aren't requiring people to 'sign up' for breakouts, but I will be emailing registrants a couple weeks ahead of the conference to gauge interest so we can make sure to have the biggest rooms available for the biggest breakouts. Each attendee will only be able to go to one breakout! They will all be held at the same time from 2:00pm - 2:45pm. So, with that being said, here are our options:

1. Expository Preaching – David Miler

This is for those who regularly preach God's word or for those who feel a calling toward ministry. But it's also for those who regularly teach God's word (Say Sunday School teachers, youth ministers, children's workers) or those who regularly hear God's word taught or preached! Really anyone can take this breakout and benefit. Bro. David is a masterful expositor and has a God given passion for expository preaching. You will be blessed by this breakout.

2. The Absurdity of Unbelief: A Worldview Apologetic of the Christian Faith – Jeffrey Johnson

Pastor Jeff Johnson, of Grace Bible Church in Conway, AR, is a gifted writer and preacher. This breakout will be an apologetics class on why only the Christian worldview is rational. Dr. Johnson is very familiar not only with the Christian perspective but also the other side, which manifests itself in a variety of futile worldviews such as naturalism, existentialism, post-modernism, Non-Trinitarian Religions, et al. So, this breakout will help sharpen you in the Christian faith as well as help you be able to understand the presuppositions of some of the people you interact with every day. The banker, the grocer, your professor, or even a family member.

3. Hebrew Scrolls Exhibit – Brian Rickett 

This breakout is still being worked out. But the goal is to have some Hebrew Scrolls at the conference. Professor Rickett will discuss their importance and significance. This is a fascinating piece of the history of God's people and Professor Rickett has a heart for the Word of God as you will be able to ascertain if you choose this breakout.

4. How does Jesus Speak Today?: The Authority and Sufficiency of Scripture – Gabriel Hughes 

You want to hear God's voice? Read the bible! Pastor Gabe will discuss why the Bible is authoritative and sufficient for the Christian life. Authoritative because it is the very word of God! This doesn't man we don't have other authorities in our life, but it does mean that the Bible is our highest authority. Also, the Bible is sufficient for knowing God and doing his will. You might be surprised at how often conservative churches move away from these foundational truths. You might even be surprised at how often you move away from these truths without realizing it! So, join Pastor Gabe as he deals with a much-needed subject for churches today.

5. Digesting the Word of Christ: Strategies for Healthy Bible Intake – Eddie Ragsdale 

Pastor Eddie Ragsdale of First Baptist Marshall, AR,  will be taking his attendees through a 'workshop' of biblical intensity! Learn how to saturate yourself in the word of God. Learn how to read, know, understand, and apply God's word better in your daily life. This is for those who teach the Bible as well as for those who just want to learn it better. If you're looking for a breakout where you can sit in the back and scroll through Twitter, this isn't for you! This will be a hands-on time of diving in God's word together.

6. Christ-Centered Worship: Zeb Balentine 

Zeb is the worship minister at First Baptist Church of Clarksville, AR and the founder of Vital Worship, a ministry for helping churches develop a healthy worship culture. This breakout is for musicians and worship leaders, but also for anyone who loves to worship Christ! Dr. Balentine will be discussing the history of Christ-centered worship as well as the elements of it, and some of the stumbling blocks to Christ-centered worship to watch out for in your church and personal life.

7. Taking Christ to the Nations: The Vison and Strategy of International Church Planters – Dylan Anderson

If you've never heard of Internation Church Planters, you have a wonderful opportunity at this conference! Not only will they have a booth for you to receive more information, but Dylan will also be leading a breakout session to tell you more about them, their vision, and how you can be involved. Having a conference on Jesus wouldn't be complete unless we talked about tangible ways to get Christ to the Nations. This breakout session serves that purpose. 

Be sure and preregister for the conference! Those who register will be getting an email a few weeks before the conference asking you your breakout preference. You are certainly free to change your mind on the day of! But, this will help us have an idea so we can put the breakouts in the best available rooms. Hope to see you 8/26!

Come to Christ

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Sin is breaking God's holy law. It is doing the things God says not to do and not doing the things God says to do. All sin deserves justice.

Jesus has endured that justice on our behalf. He has lived an obedient life to the Law, died on the cross for our sins, and rose again in victory. 

Our only hope is Christ. Come to Him.

Listen to the end of a recent sermon at Perryville Second Baptist Church (full sermon here):

Monday, June 12, 2017

In Christ Alone Conference - August 26, 2017 FBC Perryville

We are excited to announce this year's FREE one day Bible conference! The conference is produced and funded by the Conway/Perry Baptist Association, a fellowship of cooperating Southern Baptist Churches in Central Arkansas affiliated with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

If your questions about the conference are not answered below, please feel free to contact us by clicking here. Also, be sure and 'Like' our Facebook page! (Also a good way to keep up to date).

Here are the details about the conference:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! (We do not require registration, but registering by August 21st increases your chances at some conference giveaways!). We'll also do a book giveaway for those registered by July 1st and again for those regesitered by August 1st.

Date: August 26, 2017

Time: 10am - 4:00pm (Doors will open at 9am for coffee/donuts, bookstore, and exhibits)

Location: (NEW PLACE THIS YEAR!) First Baptist Perryville, AR. Perryville is about 45 minutes NW of Little Rock, 35 minutes west of Conway, and 15 minutes south of exit 108 on I-40 at Morrilton. CLICK HERE for MapQuest. 

Who is this for?: This conference is for all who love Christ! It's not merely a pastor or leadership conference but one that will benefit the whole body of Christ. Furthermore, since it will be so focused on Jesus, it'd be a good conference to bring your lost friends to! If you are within reasonable driving distance of central Arkansas, you should make plans to join us. What better way to spend a hot August day than to be inside an air-conditioned building, with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, learning more about Jesus?


We live in an age of religious pluralism. An age in which the only wrong idea is to say your way is the only way. Christianity, therefore, is being increasingly marginalized in our society. Either that or some are compromising the truth of Christianity in such a way that it is no longer biblical Christianity. The true message of Christianity has always been this: Salvation is found in Christ alone. The eternal Son is not one of many ways to God, rather Jesus is the only way. In Christ alone is our hope. Christ alone is our only suitable and all-sufficient Savior. This was a doctrine preached by Jesus and the Apostles. It was also a truth recovered 500 years ago during the Protestant Reformation in one of the 5 Solas, 'Solus Christus'. We do not find forgiveness of sins in our works or the efforts of men, but only in the atoning work of Christ our Lord. The conference this year will feature messages and breakout sessions focused on Christ, His work, and sharing this message with others. Plenary sessions will cover the atonement, Christ in the Old Testament, and other core truths about the person and work of our God and Savior. Breakout sessions are something new this year but will cover several topics. You can view breakout sessions here.


David Miller is an Arkansas Native and prefers the title 'Country Preacher at large.' He has been involved in Southern Baptist life around the state of Arkansas and nationally for decades and speaks regularly at conferences big and small. Bro. David, an active member of Tumbling Shoals Baptist Church, is also the president and founder of Line upon Line Ministries in Heber Springs AR. Bro. David suffers from a degenerative muscular disease called peroneal muscular atrophy, however, he remains one of the most powerful preachers today – from his wheelchair. It has been said about David Miller that although he is forced to sit down in his wheelchair to preach these days, he still stands head and shoulders above most preachers in our present day. He is a great brother in Christ and we are blessed to have him join us!

R. Brian Rickett is the founding Pastor-Teacher of the Bible Church of Beebe, AR. His ministry objectives are to faithfully fulfill the goals given to the New Testament minister in Scripture and to be utilized by Christ in the expansion of His Kingdom. In addition to serving as the Pastor-Teacher of the Bible Church Beebe, Brian is Campus Administrator and Professor of Biblical Studies for the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary’s Arkansas campus. Brian has served in various church planting and pastoral roles in Arkansas and California since 1993 and has taught in a variety of church and academic environments.

Gabriel Hughes was saved at a very young age and has always had a passion for the word of God, helping others understand the Scriptures in their proper context. He started preaching in the pulpit at age 17, and is the current pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church of Junction City, KS. He's the voice and creator of When We Understand the Text, an online video ministry viewed by thousands each day worldwide. He also hosts a daily podcast providing 20 minutes of Bible teaching each day. He is also the author of the book 40 of the Most Popular Bible Verses (and What They Really Mean) which is available on the WWUTT store page in both paperback and Kindle formats. 

We are blessed to have these three brothers to share the Word with us during our main plenary sessions. In addition to these three speakers, the conference will feature other faithful men from around the state of Arkansas teaching during our breakout sessions.


It is our vision to keep this conference completely free to those attending. We have a great set of speakers lined up this year and we also plan on doing some giveaways. The only thing you will be responsible for is your lunch. We are also privileged once again this year to have Grace & Truth Books with us. You'll definitely want to bring some money with you for the bookstore! But everything else is free. Remember, the conference runs from 10am - 4pm (with a break for lunch) and doors will open at 9am. You don't have to register, but it helps us if you do! You can register by clicking here.

If you'd like to help promote the conference you can request a flyer for your church via the contact form by clicking here.