Speakers: Prof. David J. Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning
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Speakers: Prof. David J. Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning
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Introductory speech: Rev. M. McGeown
AM: The God of the Living (Matt. 22:23-33) - Rev. A. Lanning
PM: Eunuchs Keeping the Sabbath - Rev. A. Stewart
Special lecture: Spousal Abuse in the Christian Community (Prof. D. Engelsma)
Where: Hebron Hall, Cardiff, Wales
When: 21-28 July, 2018
6 Main Conference Addresses:
1. The Divine Origin of the Family (Rev. A. Lanning)
2. The Authoritative Content of the Gospel (Prof. D. Engelsma)
3. The God-Fearing Man and His Virtuous Wife (Rev. A. Lanning)
4. The Reformed Family: Parents and Children (Prof. D. Engelsma)
5. It Is Good to Be Single (Rev. A. Lanning)
6. Unbiblical Divorce and Adulterous Remarriage: A Scandal (Prof. D. Engelsma)Read More
This article was first published in Salt Shakers, a bi-monthly magazine published by the youth of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church, Singapore. It is reproduced here with permission. The author of this article, Lisa Ong, is a member of that church.
This year from 26th July to 2nd August, I was given the privilege to attend the British Reformed Fellowship Conference. The theme was “Be Ye Holy (1 Peter 1:16): The Reformed Doctrine of Sanctification” and the main speakers were Prof. Herman Hanko and Prof. David Engelsma.
Held every two years, the BRF Conference is a spiritual treat for people in the British Isles (England, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scotland, Wales), America (USA and Canada), and more recently, continental Europe (Hungary) and Asia (Singapore!). All in all, there were eight countries were represented by 126 attendees at Gartmore House, Scotland. No hostile negotiations took place, only sweet fellowship and the partaking of God’s Word.
It was my first time going halfway around the world alone. I waved goodbye to friends and family who saw me off, and catching the last glimpse, I felt ambivalently adventurous and apprehensive. Thankfully, I reached the Conference site without any hiccups. Yet, being in a new setting, there were some things I had to adjust to over the eight days at the conference.
1. The chilly (about 10-15°C) and occasionally damp weather, even though it was summer! Although it rains quite frequently in Singapore, the environmental temperature seldom goes below 23°C. Nevertheless, the fellowship was very warm in contrast to the weather. I fondly recall the moments when I had hour-long conversations with other ladies on the bus to/from day trips; there were just so many things to talk about – the different cultures, raising children, struggles in the Christian life and so on.
2. The time difference between Singapore and Scotland, together with the 17-hour daylight (4:30AM to 9:30PM). It was all the better; there were longer waking hours to enjoy the communion of the saints. At 10:00PM every night, except on Saturday, the night was young for the young at heart as they sang Psalters in parts and participated in social games – Murderer and Psychiatrist (you have to attend to find out what this is!).
3. Being away from family and church in Singapore. But there was no other better place than to be with Christ’s family gathered from different nations. I had a blessed time with Prof. Hanko and Aunty Wilma, and Prof. Engelsma and Aunty Ruth, the spiritual grandparents to many young people. Also, I bunked with two sisters in Christ—Stephanie Adams (USA) and Christina Perkins (England)—we were a multi-continental sisterhood.
4. Getting to know the hundred odd persons I was meeting for the first time. (Thanks to the organisers for nametags, they were really helpful for the first few days!) It was remarked that the BRF Conference is a foretaste of the fellowship in Heaven, where people of different lands gather to worship and praise God. Although I was meeting almost everyone for the first time, yet due to our common love for God, we were no strangers. It was a special experience.
5. Drinking in the beautiful sights and sounds of Scotland, which are so different from the city concrete-jungle of Singapore. Big thanks again to the organisers for the five day-trips to Loch Katrine, Edinburgh, Stirling, St Andrews and Loch Lohmond. I was constantly mesmerised by God’s creation and got to appreciate the sites of Reformation History. This appreciation was reinforced by the speeches Pastor Stewart gave on John Knox and James Fraser.
6. Playing badminton almost everyday and participating in the European league futsal (Northern Ireland vs. the Rest). I gladly adapted to this as I enjoy sports and not to mention, my futsal team won! Plus, sports were a great way for me to break the ice as I was a newcomer.
7. Scottish food is obviously different from the Singaporean diet. Although I missed my Singaporean food very much, I was content with fresher milk that Scotland offered. This is not surprising, given that cows are next-door neighbours to many Scots. By any means, the sincere milk of the Word was even more desirable. Through the speeches, I learnt what it means to be sanctified—to be consecrated to God by the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1). One must not confuse sanctification with justification, whereby God declares that we have no sin, for instance when God said “(I have) not beheld iniquity in Jacob” in Numbers 23:21. Sanctification comes after justification as we are able to do good and live lives consecrated to God only if we have been declared righteous by God.
There is a danger in confusing the order of sanctification and justification. One example is the Roman Catholic belief that sanctification is prior to justification; thus man is able to do good and earn his justification. To understand the relationship between sanctification and justification rightly, we must acknowledge that the sin of Adam, Man’s federal head, was passed down to all men and killed them all spiritually. But when Christ, the federal head of His people, died to redeem them from their sins, He made them legally righteous before God and sends the Holy Spirit to sanctify them (Romans 5: 12-19).
Yet, sanctification is a work-in-progress in this life due to our fleshly nature (Galatians 5:17) and our battle against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). This causes our sanctification to be a painful process. However, this will make us grow more sincere in prayer for thee forgiveness of sins and all the more yearn for Heaven. Furthermore, Romans 8 encourages us to endure in fighting against sin as the enemy will be overcome. This victory is certain because it is not dependent on us, but Christ has won the battle over death and sin for us. We can experience blessed communion with God forever. What a comfort!
Looking forward, the next conference will be held at Castlewellan Castle, Northern Ireland, from 16th to 23rd July 2016. The theme is “Behold, I Come Quickly”: The Reformed, Biblical Truth of the End, and the main speakers are Prof. Engelsma and our very own beloved Pastor Lanning.
I have told some of the BRF Conference attendees (all non-Asians), to come to the churches in Singapore and the Philippines in one trip to South-East Asia, and if possible to attend CERC’s church camp. Likewise, I hope that we Singaporeans can do the same: attend the Conference and travel the Irish Isles, and worship and fellowship with the saints in Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland, and the Limerick Reformed Fellowship in Ireland. This way, we can have more opportunities to enjoy the wonderful catholicity of the church of God.
So come 2016, I strongly urge members of CERC to consider seriously their attendance at the BRF Conference—keep the dates free, start saving money, and express interest promptly when registrations open. Let us desire to learn about the end times and fellowship with the saints from this part of the world.
Conference programme now available here!
When: Saturday 16 - Saturday 23 July 2016
Where: Castlewellan Castle, County Down, Northern IrelandRead More
"Zealous of Good Works" (Rev. Martyn McGeown)
“The Divine Work of Sanctification” (Prof. Engelsma)
“Sanctification and Justification: Relation and Differences” (Prof. Hanko)
“The Role of the Law in Sanctification” (Prof. Engelsma)
“The Imperfection of Sanctification in This Life” (Rom. 7) (Prof. Hanko)
“The Threat of Antinomianism” (Prof. Engelsma)
“The Victorious Christian Life” (Prof. Hanko)
Lord's Day Sermons
MP3 Audio Files:
1 Declaring God's Glory Among the Gentiles - Rev. Angus Stewart
2 By the Spirit of the Lord - Prof. Herman Hanko
3 The Martyr Church's Witness to the Ascended Lord - Prof. David Engelsma
4 The Divine Calling to Witness - Prof. Herman Hanko
5 The Content of the Witness - Prof. David Engelsma
6 The Official Witness of the Church - Prof. Herman Hanko
7 The Personal Witness by the Word - Prof. David Engelsma
8 The Personal Witness of a Godly Life - Prof. Herman Hanko
9 The Manner of a Christian Witness - Prof. David Engelsma
Mission Work: Message and Methods - Rev. Martyn McGeown
6 Towards a One-World Government - Prof. Herman Hanko
5 The Sexual Revolution - Prof. David Engelsma
4 The Reformed Believer and Money - Prof. Herman Hanko
3 The Abolition of Truth - Prof. David Engelsma
2 The Organic Development of Sin - Prof. Herman Hanko
1 The Reformed World and Life View - Prof. David Engelsma
The Unbreakable Scripture - Prof. David Engelsma
Cleanse Yourselves as God's Covenant Children - Prof. Herman Hanko
Special Lecture: The Preservation of the Text of Scripture [notes] - Dr. David Allen
7 Special Lecture on Charismaticism - Rev. Angus Stewart
6 The Holy Spirit and the Church - Prof. Herman Hanko
5 The Holy Spirit and Assurance - Prof. David Engelsma
4 The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Truth - Prof. Herman Hanko
3 The Holy Spirit and the Covenant of Grace - Prof. David Engelsma
2 The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit - Prof. Herman Hanko
1 The Person of the Holy Spirit - Prof. David Engelsma
6 Keeping God's Covenant and the Antithetical Life - Prof. Herman Hanko
5 Keeping God's Covenant and the Exercise of Discipline - Prof. David Engelsma
4 Keeping God's Covenant in the Home - Prof. Herman Hanko
3 Keeping God's Covenant in Marriage - Prof. David Engelsma
2 Keeping God's Covenant in the Church - Prof. Herman Hanko
1 The Covenant We Must Keep - Prof. David Engelsma
6 Assurance and its Benefits - Prof. Barry Gritters
5 Assurance and the Believers Struggle with Doubt - Prof. David Engelsma
4 Assurance and the Holy Life - Prof. Barry Gritters
3 Assurance and the Holy Spirit - Prof. David Engelsma
2 Assurance and Election - Prof. Barry Gritters
1 Assurance, Gods Will for All His People - Prof. David Engelsma
6 The Life of the Kingdom - Prof. Herman Hanko
5 The Kingdom and Civil Government - Prof. David Engelsma
4 The Kingdom, Gospel and Law - Prof. Herman Hanko
3 The Kingdom and the Church - Prof. David Engelsma
2 The Coming of the Kingdom in History - Prof. Herman Hanko
1 The Nature of the Kingdom - Prof. David Engelsma
6 The Church: Its Sacraments - Prof. David Engelsma
5 The Church: Its Marks - Prof. Herman Hanko
4 The Church: Its Institutional Form - Prof. Herman Hanko
3 The Church: Its Nature - Prof. David Engelsma
2 The Church: Gathered by the Gospel - Prof. Herman Hanko
1 The Church: Elected in Christ - Prof. David Engelsma
6 Sovereign Grace and Circumstances of Life - Prof. Herman Hanko
5 Sovereign Grace and Application of Salvation - Prof. David Engelsma
4 Sovereign Grace and The Development of Sin - Prof. Herman Hanko
3 Sovereign Grace and The Preaching of the Gospel - Prof. David Engelsma
2 Sovereign Grace and The Cross of Christ - Prof. Herman Hanko
1 Sovereign Grace and Predestination - Prof. David Engelsma
7 The Training and Rearing of Covenant Children - Prof. Herman Hanko
6 The Covenant as a Pattern for Marriage - Prof. David Engelsma
5 The Covenant Calling of the Antithetical Life - Prof. David Engelsma
4 The Covenant Children of Abraham - Prof. Herman Hanko
3 The Cosmic Character of the Covenant - Prof. David Engelsma
2 The Covenant with Adam, a Covenant of Works - Prof. Herman Hanko
1 The Source of the Covenant in the God Triune - Prof. David Engelsma