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RRF Conference 2010

 

The Reformation and Revival Fellowship 2010 conference was held at Swanwick 15-17th November. The Hayes Conference Centre seems to be ever improving, but nothing about our surroundings could equal the 'feast of good things' the Lord had prepared for us.

 

Faith Cook, whose biography of John Bunyan is surely a very fine example of good research combined with excellent presentation, delivered a paper on spiritual warfare as Bunyan deals with the matter. We were encouraged and helped by that.

 

Geoff Thomas reminded us that this is the bicentenary of the birth of the great evangelist Brownlow North and gave an excellent presentation of the work of God in North's life, taking him from thoughtless sinner to delighted servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was a thrilling story well told and it is one that we will be able to enjoy again in more detail as Geoff has a book in preparation.

 

The main course of the feast was delivered by Rev Dr Iain D Campbell of Point Free Church, Isle of Lewis. Imagine for a moment that a preacher were scheduled to bring four sermons to your church, for which the overall title and text was to be 'For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah' (Hebrews 7:14). You might be forgiven for at least pondering what was to come, but for those at the RRF Conference the answer came as the Lord greatly blessed four messages which intrigued, thrilled and moved us to tears as the grace of God was seen in the drama of the unfolding of the divine plan of salvation.

 

The series began in Genesis 38 - a chapter not commonly preached on - where Dr Campbell showed us the sinfulness of the people of God, the singularity of God's covenant purpose and the sovereignty of God's grace. In the second sermon the background was drawn from Genesis 42 to 45 as we were shown how the transforming grace of God took Judah from the low point of chapter 38 to his Christ-like role in the reconciliation with Joseph. The issue of providence was dwelt on and we were memorably told that 'providence is always in the service of grace.'

 

Dr Campbell's great ability to show the Scripture as a unified whole covering the great story of God's covenant salvation was especially evident in the third session. There he dwelt on Jacob's blessing of Judah in Genesis 49:10 and then to Revelation in the final session to see the Lamb who died in silence resurrected as the mighty Lion of the tribe of Judah, who roars in his resurrection, roars in the proclamation of the gospel through preaching and roars in intercession for his people.

 

Next year’s 2011 RRF Conference will be at Swanwick 21st to 23rd November, the Lord willing.

 

The sermons from the conference are available to listen or download from here.

Alternatively, CDs are available for each session at £2.50 each from:

Jim Lawson, 12 Rutherglen Walk, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, TS16 9HE    Tel: 01642 648512 Email: jim.lawson@ntlworld.com

 

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