(Left to Right: Jon Payne, Tom Sharp, Jerry Bridges, John V. Fesko, Chad Van Dixhoorn)
Our conference began in April of 2011. Jon Payne (who currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina) was our inaugural speaker. He did a great job of giving us a general introduction into the topic of God’s majesty and of setting the direction of our annual conference series for the following years. His three messages were on:
The Majesty of God in a Culture of Irreverence
To God Alone be the Glory
Knowing the God of Majesty
I have found myself listening to and thinking about his messages several times since 2011.
2012 CONFERENCE- THE MAJESTY OF GOD AND THE GOSPEL
At our 2012 conference, our beloved friend Tom Sharp gave three messages from Isaiah 40. His messages were a great blessing to us as we considered the greatness and majesty of God and how this leads to our infinite need for the gospel. And indeed, this is what God teaches us in Isaiah 40. Tom’s three messages were:
All Flesh is Grass
Behold Your God
Those who Wait on the Lord
To see God as high and exalted without the message of the gospel of grace would crush us. Likewise, to merely talk of grace without speaking of the holiness and majesty of God leads to a trivialization of the gospel. Hence, both the majesty of God and the gospel must be proclaimed.
2013 CONFERENCE- GOD HAS SPOKEN: THE NATURE, MESSAGE, AND SUPREMACY OF THE WORD OF GOD
What a glorious conference we had in 2013! Jerry Bridges was our main speaker. Jerry and his wife Jane were a huge gift to us all and have become dear friends to us. Jerry gave three messages from Romans 3:
God Has Spoken: The Law of God
God Has Spoken: The Gospel of God
God Has Spoken: Living Daily by God’s Promise of Grace
Has God spoken? Indeed He has! This fact fully grasped changes the entirety of our lives.
2014- NO CONFERENCE
After prayer, Lisa and I decided not have a conference in 2014. We sensed the need to rest and spend more time praying for our area and to grow in our own reverence for God. We prayed that a greater harvest would take place in 2015 as a result of being replenished and renewed in focus.
2015 CONFERENCE- JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE
We were honored to have John V. Fesko and Chad Van Dixhoorn as our speakers for the 2015 conference. The conference was on April 24 and 25 and the theme was “Justification by Faith Alone.”
This is a very important theme for all of the Christian life- one that magnifies God’s holiness and justice, as well as His love and grace. This truth gives immeasurable comfort to the Christian and frees one up to live for the glory of God.
Dr. Fesko gave three messages on Justification by Faith Alone and Dr. Van Dixhoorn gave four shorter messages on The Holiness of God. God greatly blessed us with the teaching of these two men!
We are very thankful and humbled to have had Dr. Fesko and Dr. Van Dixhoorn be with us… and we pray that God would use their messages to cause the wonderful news of justification to ring out across our mountains. May this glorious truth bring great health, godliness, and stability to Christ’s Church here in West Virginia (and beyond!).