The Reformation and Revival conference at Swanwick from 16-18 November included fervent
prayer and powerful ministry. Gwynn Williams, pastor of the Welsh Evangelical Church
in Cardiff, gave three encouraging messages on 2 Timothy 1 and 2:2.
Mr Williams used the illustration of rugby football. Timothy had 'caught the ball'
of the gospel. We need to rejoice in the gospel's precious truths and 'hold on' to
them. Paul exhorts Timothy in 1:13: 'hold fast to the pattern of sound words which
you have heard from me'.
There is a danger of 'loosening our grip' on the whole counsel of God. A desire to
get unbelievers onside can cause us to accommodate contemporary unbiblical ideas.
We need to hold the truth fast 'in faith and love' and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
A third task of the rugby player is to 'pass the ball on'. We need to give basic
teaching in which we make no presuppositions, and persevere with preaching even if
there is only one who will listen, believe and pass the message on to others.
Kenneth Stewart, minister of Dowanvale Free Church in Partick, Glasgow, gave three
messages from 1 Kings 17-19 about Elijah's involvement in reformation and revival.
Although the prophet was ordinary, he was also extraordinary in his praying and obedience
to God's will. God gave him courage to stand before Ahab and tell him of his and
the nation's sin. Mr Stewart brought out important and fresh lessons from Elijah's
encounter with the prophets of Baal.
He also dealt thoroughly with Elijah's discouragement as he ran away from Jezebel
and subsequently met with God at Horeb. Elijah needed to be reminded that God had
more work for him to do.