Gwyn Williams, Pastor of the Welsh Evangelical Church in Cardiff started off the Conference by preaching on James 1:22-25. We must not listen to preaching so that we can compile of a list of our “Top Ten” preachers. The purpose of preaching is to hold up a mirror so that we see ourselves as God sees us. We must be doers of the word and not hearers only.
This year’s main Conference speaker was Joel Beeke, Pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Church. In four addresses delivered each morning from Tuesday to Friday, he drew our attention to Jesus Christ, Walking as He Walked. Beeke is steeped in the writings and vital piety of the Reformers and Puritans. But his style is contemporary and up-to-date. We considered Jesus’ Cross Bearing & Ours, Jesus’ Office Bearing & Ours, Jesus’ Tears & Ours and Jesus’ Endurance & Ours. The preaching was expository, applicatory and experimental. There was a realism and pastoral sensitivity to the messages that called upon the congregation to take up the cross and follow Jesus to the end. People were moved, stirred and challenged to live for Christ.
Joel Beeke, preaching in the Great Hall
The preaching was warm and powerful, the fellowship friendly and meaningful. Meetings were held for children. Young people attended the popular extratime events where various subjects were discussed. A Missionary Exhibition filled the large Morlan building in the town. The Conference was well run by a helpful team of EMW Staff and volunteer Stewards.