There were echoes of the Wisdom literature at the RRF conference at Swanwick , 18-20
Brian Edwards took us to the Psalms, expounding, clearly, powerfully and with reference
to revival, three psalms. We were shown, from Psalm 63 the psalmist’s passion (a
‘burning yearning after God with a wonderful delight and certainty’); from Psalm
64 his protest; and from Psalm 65 his praise. Brian reminded us, with examples and
illustrations from the past, of great truths about revival, for instance, for preachers,
‘You just bend the bow, let God shoot the arrow’. This was biblical wisdom as it
should be – straight from the shoulder.
Matthew Brennan (Clonmel) on the other hand brought us a bit of Ecclesiastes or Job
(though he referred to neither!) – wisdom when life doesn’t work out. Winsomely,
with pungency and wit, he took three ‘Texts that Stick’ and illustrated the ups and
downs of pastoral life from his own experience but without ever promoting himself.
‘Who has believed our report?’ (Isa 53:1) led us to the familiar experience of an
apparently fruitless ministry – but we were reminded forcefully that visible success
varies, present success is not always visible, success is not limited to the work
of conversion and success is not entirely ‘here’.
Matthew took us then to 1 Thess 1 (when the Word comes in power, the Holy Spirit
and in full conviction); and finally 1 Thess 2 – Paul’s mental status, manner of
ministry and evangelistic methods.
With all this wisdom it was as well that Jonathan Wood began with a conference sermon
on Revelation 2:1-7, which took us more or less to the beginning of wisdom – falling
in love with Jesus again – which as Jonathan pointed out, is not a bad definition
It was again a time of blessing and we were thankful to be there. To listen to these
and other Conference sermons click on Past Conference Addresses