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Reformation Today, by First Evangelical Reformed Church.
The Gospel That We Still Need
Day 1 (Wednesday, 31 July)
The powerful Gospel – is it still relevant?
“Gospel” is a well-known word. What is the Gospel – really? And how do we tell the false gospel from the true Gospel?
Galatians 1 is a reminder that – in every age – the powerful Gospel can be so perverted such that it is no more the Gospel of Christ.
This talk explains what the Gospel is, not in its narrow form, but in its presentation of all the truth-claims in Christ; demonstrates that – as never before – people today (particularly, the people in Asia) desperately need the Gospel for it is still the power of God for salvation; and considers where to draw the line separating the true Gospel from all other false gospels.
Day 2 (Thursday, 1 August)
The centrality of the Gospel – do we ever get too much Gospel?
Is the Gospel the basic ABCs? Do we ever graduate from the Gospel?
Every now and then, perhaps due to a shallow view of the Gospel, there are calls to ‘go beyond’ the Gospel (such as, into ‘deeper doctrinal meat’ or ‘practical Christianity’).
This talk provides a high view of the Gospel that is whole-of-life and challenges us to be transformed by the Gospel in every aspect of our lives.
Day 3 (Friday, 2 August)
The grace of the Gospel – is there too much grace?
Grace is often inseparably emphasised together with the Gospel. Will that cause us to lose our motivation to obey God?
Some Christians take the biblical teaching that Christians are not required to observe the Old Testament Law as a means of salvation to an unbiblical conclusion: that God does not expect Christians to obey any moral laws. This provides unwarranted license to sin.
Other Christians believe in and demand a strict literal adherence to various rules and practices. This is a failure to see the real purpose of the Old Testament Law.
This talk clarifies the biblical view of the relationship between law and grace so that Christians avoid falling into the traps of losing motivation to do good or trusting in law-keeping for salvation.
Upholding the Reality of God to His People
The Reality of God in the Life of a Leader
Church leaders are to be examples of the reality of God in their lives. How does that look like?
In all the Pastoral Epistles, there is as much emphasis on the life of a leader as there is on the teachings of a leader. Collectively, they address many different aspects by which leaders are to be examples in their lives. This underlines the important responsibility leaders have as models for believers to follow.
This talk aims to reinvigorate Christian leaders in their vital task of being living examples, with a particular focus upon the ways that Christian leaders can exemplify with dynamism the reality of God in their lives.
The Reality of God in Preaching
How can preaching be conducted such that hearers will be pressed with the reality of God?
Preaching can be done in such a way that hearers feel they are merely absorbing content… or it can be conducted such that hearers are pressed with the very reality of God which they must reckon with – either by embracing it with real blessedness or rejecting it with real condemnation.
This talk touches upon one of Dr. Beeke’s forte – experiential preaching – as he examines and illustrates the ways preaching can be powerfully conducted to bring the reality of God to bear upon its hearers.
The Reality of God for Families
How can church leaders fan the reality of God in an arena that matters – the Family?
What a joy when parents are fired up to take charge of family religion. But what a pity when such fervent desires fizzle out without the support of the church. In today’s increasingly individualistic societies, church leaders play a vital role in cultivating a strong culture of family religion and sustaining the emphasis upon authentic Christianity among families.
This talk dovetails with the Family Conference as Dr. Beeke provides guidance to church leaders in their ministry to families – a locus of service that he is very passionate about and which is central to a healthy church.
Reality of the Gospel in the Home
Day 1 (Thursday, 1 August)
Gospel in the Home
How does Gospel-centred parenting look like in an Asian home?
Legalistic parenting, with a focus upon external adherence to certain standards in the home, comes as second nature to many Asian parents. Often contrasted with this is ‘Gospel-centred’ parenting, guided by the core belief that the Gospel penetrates and pervades every area of the lives of believers, including parent-child relationships.
In this talk, Dr. Beeke explores Gospel transformation of the Christian home.
Family Worship and the Gospel in the Home
What is family worship, and how can it help my children come to Christ?
Family worship is a foundational practice in a Gospel-transformed home: it engages children consistently with the Word of God in general and the Gospel in particular. Yet, it is virtually unheard of today.
In this talk, Dr. Beeke re-instructs about the vital practice of family worship.
Day 2 (Friday, 2 August)
Bringing Our Children to Christ
How can we draw the interest of our second generation children to Christ?
Our most important task as parents is to disciple our children – to bring them to Christ. But the reality is that many of us struggle with this task; we fail to understand how a God who is so real and precious to us can be so distant and irrelevant to our children; and we lament when our children depart from the faith.
In this talk, Dr. Beeke examines parental decisions, practices, and lifestyles which help to establish our children in the Christian faith.
Marriage and Parenting
“When children come, the romance goes”. Must this be so?
It is often said that for Asian families, when children come, the romance goes: the married couple instead become project partners – Project Title: Raising Children. A loving and strong marriage becomes secondary to the task of providing for and educating our children.
In this talk, Dr. Beeke casts a vision of healthy biblical marriages for the purpose of raising children in the ways of God and shares how loving marital relationships can be sustained in the face of myriad child-rearing challenges.
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