The Reformation was without doubt the greatest event in history since the birth of the Christian church. By it Almighty God brought about extraordinary revival the spread through Europe, unparalleled doctrinal rediscovery, and a fresh calling-out of His people from both false religion and this world’s fallen culture.
The Reformation set vast numbers on the road to Heaven and holiness, forged the character of believing churches for centuries to come, and provided a faith-inspiring example of God’s powerful method of working through the proclamation of the Word and prayer alone.
This year we presented the immense glories and achievements of the Reformation in order to inspire and galvanise true Gospel work in line with God’s own directions. This year’s School also showed the loss of the ethos of the Reformation that occurs when evangelicals adopt the ‘clothing’ of the world in their life, worship and methods.
We were delighted to host as overseas guest speaker Dr Vishal Mangalwadi, author of the brilliant The Book That Made Your World, together with two historians and pastors – Dr Nick Needham and Pastor Roland Burrows.
The Bible is a book of ‘reformations’ from beginning to end. One of the great cables or themes running through its narratives is the calling out of the world of the people of God, their (repeated) re-absorption over time by the wiles of the devil, and their victorious reclamations as a distinctive people. The first of three addresses.
Known best among Christians in this land for his remarkable bestselling volume – The Book That Made Your World – Dr Mangalwadi speaks compellingly throughout the world on the means by which the Bible brought about Western values, morality, rationality, human dignity, education, pursuit of science, democracy, and other benefits, now taken for granted. The first of three addresses on how the Reformation shaped our world and thinking.
God’s preparatory events and messengers that paved the way for the momentous struggle of the Reformation, clearly showing the hand of the divine architect in breaking the vice-like grip of Catholic thought in the lives of the masses.
The emerging Reformation concept of the separateness of the church from the state is blurred today not only in church government (such as the Church of England), but also at another level by the fusion of the lifestyle of the world with the practices of Bible-believing churches. This address will trace developing Reformation convictions about the biblical distinctiveness of Christ’s church.
It is not widely known that Martin Luther as early as the 1520s propounded local church autonomy, a regenerate church membership and congregational government by consent. Here are some of the crucial ‘seeds’ not then implemented but articulated for future, ongoing reformation.
The rediscovery of justification by faith brought vast numbers to Christ, but it is still denied (by mis-definition) in Catholicism, and diluted to extinction in much modern evangelicalism by inadequate views of sin and repentance. This address will focus on ‘Reformation’ faith and its exercise.
Rome is ruled by pope and tradition; the Church of England changes and corrupts moral values by Synod, while a true Reformation tradition must uphold and apply the authority of the Word alone in everything. This address will show how.
This was the Reformation doctrine most shattering to the priests of Rome, for it took away their status and their living (just as it had taken the priesthood from the Jews at the dawn of the church). The priesthood of all believers conveys to Christians sublime privileges and also solemn obligations. It is the basis of both public and personal access to God, and also of participation in Christian service by all His people. The first of two addresses.
The Reformation was not accomplished by human power or might but by the Spirit working through penniless, low-ranking, unknown clerics. In the Reformation we see God demonstrating His chosen manner of saving souls, stamping it upon history to be relearned in every age.
Dr David Elangovan has founded churches in the Kolli Hills and the city of Salem, Tamil Nadu, alongside medical clinics, and has now also taken up oversight of a Tamil translation project for South India and Sri Lanka. He will outline his work and goals.
Pastor Miki Chiciudean has pioneered churches in Romania and now in Budapest, Hungary, where his fellowship has premises in the heart of the city. He has accomplished the translation of many books and booklets and maintains an extensive reformed website. In this session he will review reformed witness in Eastern Europe.
The Fully-Functioning Church of Christ
The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism
The War Against the Authentic Biblical Text
The True Dynamism of the Local Church
The Depth and Scope of God’s Truth
Our Glorious Reformation Legacy
Calvary and Covenant
Pathway to Power
Rightly Dividing the Word
Four Rare Lectures
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