- Proclaiming Christ from the Old Testament
Psalm 15: Who can meet with God?
This plenary session will expound Psalm 15, showing how this psalm points us to Christ and how He brings us to God.
- Proclaiming Christ from the Gospels
Luke 10:25-37: The Good Samaritan
The Gospels are about Jesus’s life, death and resurrection. Yet all too often we hear sermons that proclaim ourselves from these texts, leaving Christ outside the Church doors. In this message it will be argued that Jesus is the essential person we are to proclaim from the four books known to us as the Gospels.
- Panel Discussion on Reformed Evangelism
Model and methods of evangelism are an important topic for anyone involved in missions or church planting. However, many of the evangelistic methods popular today are built on an Arminian or Semi-Pelagian foundation, emphasizing getting decisions and counting heads. The members of this panel discussion will talk about what Reformed evangelism looks like and how to do it.
- Proclaiming Christ from the Epistles
Often in devotions, Bible studies, and sermons, we focus the majority of our time and effort on the moral commands and practical instructions given in the epistles; some reasons for this might be that such practical portions of Scripture are easy for us to understand and use for daily living, and we are also wired to want something useful to do that will bring about a desired result. And the epistles are generally used for this practical-application-approach to Scripture because they have some very relevant instructions for Christian living.
However, what often goes unmentioned is that such ethical instructions are grounded in gospel truths. When broadly looking at the epistles, it becomes clear that approximately eighty percent of each epistle is Christ- centered doctrine about his redemptive work, and the remaining twenty percent is practical application of how to live in light of such glorious gospel truths.
This message will argue for a Christ-centered instinct to pervade our understanding of the epistles in order that our motivation and passion for holy living would be grounded in our enjoyment of union to Christ and all that Scripture reveals him to be. Moreover, this message will demonstrate a specific example of this from Paul’s letters.
- Holistic Gospel & Integral Mission
The gospel is holistic and thus our mission as the church must be integral, through which we are to “seek the welfare of the city.” This workshop addresses the church’s responsibilities to the broader society by first giving brief biblical theological foundation from a Reformed perspective. Once established, we shall select three realms of “justices” to appropriate this gospel relationship between the Church and Society: economic, social & political.
- Biblical Spirituality
Spirituality and spiritual formation are popular terms today in both the secular and Christian world. Thousands of pages have been written about experiencing God, hearing his voice, and achieving union with God. There has been a revival of sorts of Christian mysticism, and in this session its theological and historical roots and fruits will be surveyed. In place of the popular methods of spiritual formation, which are often influenced by mysticism, an alternative of evangelical spirituality will be proposed.This session will examine what the Bible prescribes as sufficient spiritual disciplines for godliness. It will also argue for the primary role of Bible meditation and prayer in spiritual formation. Many helpful and practical suggestions will be given for how to meditate, memorize, read, and enjoy the presence of God in the Word.
- Distinguishing Between Law & Gospel
Being unable to distinguish between God’s Law and the Gospel message drove Martin Luther to anguish over his sins. He fervently studied the Scriptures and discovered the doctrines of God’s grace. Today, many of us are faced with this same confusion. In the workshop entitled “Distinguishing Between Law & Gospel,” an understanding of rightly dividing the Word of truth will be demonstrated.
- Evangelism & Discipleship in an Asian Context
As we consider our local mission field in which we are living, we should consider the mindset of those we are reaching out to in both Evangelism and Discipleship. In this workshop we will be looking at various cultural differences and be discussing how we can overcome these challenges when we do Evangelism and Discipleship in the local context with a reformed heart for Christ.
- Orality and Biblical Preaching
In recent years, orality and Bible storytelling have become popular as a key to reaching illiterates and people who don’t like to read. But some have criticized the orality movement as taking people away from the Bible and dumbing down the level of Bible teaching. This workshop will look at positives and negatives of orality and bible storytelling, and discuss how insights from orality might be useful to those committed to a high view of Scripture and traditional expository preaching.
- Women in Missions
As women obeying Jesus’ command to make disciples, we go to the nations. Living and ministering cross-culturally challenges our identity, our friendships and our security. This panel discussion and answering of questions aims to encourage, support and pray for women, faithful in mission. A panel of missionary women will share of how God is teaching us to be content in Christ and confidently bear witness to Jesus in our different relationships and roles. This workshop is not just for the ladies – men are most welcome too!