Dear Pastors, Deacons, and Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Five hundred years ago on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the doors of Wittenberg, fanning a Reformation into full flame. The history of the Reformation and its aftermath is something that every pastor and Christian should know and review from time to time. To that end, our joy this year for the Conference on the Church for God’s Glory is to celebrate the Reformation’s 500th birthday.
The day will begin and end with sermons that fit the day’s theme and are meant especially to encourage pastors. Between these sermons, we have asked a handful of seasoned pastors and professors to not just teach but preach the five solas that came out of the Reformation. Here is our schedule for the day:
· 10:00 – Hebrews 12:1–2, David Huffstutler (Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rockford, IL)
· 11:20 – Sola Scriptura, Michael Harding (Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Troy, MI)
· 12:15 – Sola Fide, Steve Thomas (Senior Pastor, Huron Baptist Church, Flat Rock, MI)
· 1:00 – Lunch at local restaurants
· 2:45 – Solus Christus, Ralph Warren (Senior Pastor, Lake County Baptist Church, Waukegan, IL)
· 3:50 – Sola Gratia, Michael Barrett (Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Old Testament at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary)
· 4:55 – Soli Deo Gloria, Professor David Saxon (Department of Bible and Church Ministries, Maranatha Baptist University, Watertown, WI)
· 6:00 – Closing Sermon, Michael Barrett
· 7:15 – Dismiss
It will be a day to review key doctrines we hold dear, to be sure, but it will also be a day to see how we should live them out as well. We hope the day will be an exercise of the command Paul gave to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:16 long ago: “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
Please join us for this special day. I hope you will. May God bless you as you faithfully do His work.
Pastor David Huffstutler,
First Baptist Church, Rockford, IL
Pastor regularly writes articles for our Sunday bulletin. See his bio on our staff page.