3.13.2010

FRASER VALLEY REFORMED CONFERENCE on EVANGELISM


I will be speaking at the Fraser Valley conference on April 8-9, 2010.  If you are in the area, you are invited to attend.

The evangelism committees of the Canadian Reformed Churches in the Fraser Valley are hosting an Evangelism Conference, featuring Pastor Christopher Gordon of the Lynden United Reformed Church.  


Pastor Gordon will be speaking on the evening of Thursday, April 8th on the topic: "Why Proclaim His Name?" and on the evening of Friday April 9th on the topic: "How to Proclaim His Name!".

The Thursday evening speech will be at the Langley Canadian Reformed Church.
21804 52nd Avenue, Langley, B.C--7:30 PM

The Friday evening speech will be at the Abbotsford Canadian Reformed Church.
33947 King Road, Abbotsford, B.C.--7:30 PM

1 comment:

  1. Much of our Evangelism is a quest toward Revivalism and much of Revivalism stems from a desire to help people draw closer to God. Nothing is wrong with this goal.

    There are some methods of Evangelism that have produced great many converts at the expense overriding God’s ordinary method - by pointing us forward to the preaching of the Word and faithful administration of the Sacraments.

    This is not to say that God has not used extraordinary means to convert sinners here and there throughout history outside of ordinary means.

    Dr. R. Scott Clark addresses this issue in his book “Recovering the Reformed Confessions”
    See book here http://www.wtsbooks.com

    Much of what many churches like NCCTK espouse in their worship, works, and practice are outlined in this book. It provides a historical basis of their method of worship apart from God’s command by adopting a method of worship which is known as pietism and divinization. (Pietism is not to be confused with piety, which describes the Christian life and worship; pietism describes a retreat into the subjective experience of God” pg.74) It provides a history of how American churches have given up on God’s ordinary means of salvation and have implemented a system of religion foreign to the word of God.

    “For example, Joachim of Fiore (c.1135-1202) …. Meister Eckert (c.1260-c.1328) … or Roman Lull (c.1233-c.1315), taught theology of union with the Godhead. These mystics were working within ontological categories. They analyzed the basic human problem in terms of being and non-being, rather than sin and redemption. These theologians sought union with God, not by way of the incarnation and the cross, but without mediation.

    The desire for an unmediated encounter with God (like imaginary dialogues in worship practiced at NCCTK) is a quest for illegitimate religious experience seeking to meet with God through illegitimate divine affections. Such an attempt to meet God where he has not revealed himself should be avoided (Deut 29:29).

    This quest to experience God apart from the mediation of Word and Sacrament has always been with us. Ordinary Evangelism must direct us forward to the objective truth revealed in and through Christ our mediator by sitting under the God’s word each Lord’s Day where we are commanded to keep the Lord’s Day holy.

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