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2013 Stand for the Gospel Conference – Summary and Report

21 Aug

This past weekend (16-18 August) Howick Baptist Church had the privilege of hosting our 4th annual Stand for the Gospel Conference.

In 2010, we held the first Stand for the Gospel Conference. This conference was started with a vision to serve the church in New Zealand, across denominations around the unity of the Gospel; its life transforming power and the call to proclaim it to all people, calling all people to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

The conference is purposely simple. We host one keynote speaker from overseas who expounds the Scriptures challenging us with the Word of God. There are also a small number of seminars given by men and women serving the church in New Zealand on topics which unfold implications of the Gospel applying them to our lives as believers and the ministry of the church.

In previous years we have hosted Conrad Mbewe, 2010 & 2012 (pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia), Geoff Thomas, 2011 (pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church in Aberystwyth, Wales).

We are scheduled to host Don Carson (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) in 2014, and Carl Trueman (A Brit, Pastoring Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Ambler, Pennsylvania & Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary) in 2015.

This year our keynote speaker was Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Grand Cayman Islands. He was previously an assistant pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC) and served as an elder at Church on the Rock (Raleigh, NC). Thabiti has a strong professional and academic background in community psychology, with special interests in the history and development of the African American church and reaching out to Muslim peoples. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. Thabiti’s five keynote messages will be from 1 John on “Finding Assurance.”

Once again we offered several practical seminars on the Saturday.

Our “welcome” to this year’s conference:

Thank you for joining us for our 4th annual Stand for the Gospel Conference.

We pray, that as we gather together under the preaching of God’s Word each and everyone will be changed by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Finding Assurance: How Can I Know I’m a Christian?” Is there a more critical question? Is there is a more needed message to proclaim?

May we all grow in our assurance as we behold Christ in His Word through the faithful and practical teaching during the seminar sessions along with fellowship with one another.

This year we are privileged to host folks from nearly 50 churches across New Zealand and beyond. Let us rejoice God’s faithfulness as He builds His church and let us humbly learn from one another this weekend.

Phil. 1:27-30 “27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.”

The Lord richly blessed indeed over the weekend. We were challenged and refreshed under the preaching of God’s Word. We were encouraged and blessed by the fellowship of the saints. We continue to rejoice in what the Lord is doing in New Zealand and pray for a harvest of Gospel fruit for His glory!

The audio for all of the main sessions and nearly all of the seminars is now online. The video will be uploaded as soon as it has been edited.

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