We gather in always cloudy, often wet and sometimes foggy Derbyshire and enjoy excellent
ministry. This year Paul Mallard warmed our hearts with three sermons on Elisha,
under the title 'Serving God in dark days'. The first sermon looked at his taking
over from Elijah: the task he was given; the call he received and the obedience he
showed. We then looked at the departure of Elijah and the beginning of Elisha's ministry:
a careful preparation, a glorious departure and an unchanging presence. Finally we
looked at his first two miracles: the healing of the water which presaged his ministry
of grace and the mauling of the 42 boys, typical of the ministry of judgement. The
exposition was satisfying and the gospel was clearly and warmly preached each time.
a fitting complement to Paul, Stephen Clark gave us three rather different sermons.
The first was a challenging look at gospel opportunity and opposition (1 Cor 16:7-9);
the second looked at marks of a healthy church: be watchful, stand firm, be men of
courage, be strong, do all things in love (1 Cor 16:13,14). The third sermon was
a challenge to holiness from Rom 8:9-27, especially v 26. The doctrine of mortification
of sin was clearly spelled out. The Spirit helps us (in correcting us, in prayer,
in assurance and all the way to heaven), in our weakness (which includes indwelling
sin, Satan, sickness and suffering). It was a good conclusion to the conference.
In addition, George Mitchell warmly reminded us in the conference sermon of the God
who dwells in a high and holy place and also with those who are of a contrite and
lowly spirit (Isa 57:15). Before the prayer meeting, George also introduced us to
a great but unknown Baptist pastor of early nineteenth century Scotland - Peter Grant.
It was good to be there. There were over eighty of us and there would have been more
but some had to pull out at the last minute. Next year (18th -20th Nov 2013) the
preachers are Brian Edwards, Matthew Brennan and Jonathan Wood.
CDs are available
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