Friday, September 03, 2010

Aber 2010 Evening Meetings

See here and here for some notes on Dale Ralph Davis' conference addresses. A variety of men preached in the evening meetings from Monday to Friday.

Gareth Williams gave an exposition of Colossians 1:15-2:15. Under three main headings he set before us the danger of error and the sufficiency of Christ:  I. The destructive drawing away from the truth. II. The Precious possession of the truth, and III. The confident continuing in the truth.

Traditionally the evening meetings have been evangelistic in intent and my good friend Martin Downes bore that in mind in his message on Acts 24:24-27, When Christianity gets personal.  Paul's preaching on "righteousness, self-control and the judgement to come" began to get under Felix's skin. Yet while he was interested in the Christian faith, he refused to repent and believe the gospel. Downes urged his hearers not to repeat this tragic mistake.

On Wednesday evening Bill James preached on Ephesians 3:14-21, setting before us the love of God for us and the love of Christ for the world.

Thursday evening's speaker, Steve Brady caused something of a stir with his message on 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15. His humorous pulpit manner made some laugh and others fume. But he made some good practical points, looking at the question, The local church - thriving or surviving? His prescription for a thriving local church: I. Honour your leaders. II. Help each other, and III. Handle everyone with kindness.

In his inimitable style, Stuart Olyott brought the conference to a fitting conclusion. He preached on 1 Timothy 3:16. His message was entitled, This is it! The verse gives us a flavour of authentic gospel preaching. I. Three great words: Great, mystery, godliness. II. Six striking facts (look them up for yourself in the text), and III. One Inescapable conclusion: "True gospel preaching is not about you. It is for you, but it is about Jesus, John 3:16. This is it! Galatians 2:20, "no longer I, but Christ".

DVD and CD recordings of these messages can be ordered from the Evangelical Movement of Wales. Listen out for Stuart Olyott having us sing Who is this in yonder stall? not after, but during his message to highlight that "God was manifest in the flesh"  The main speaker for Aber 2011 will be David Norman Jones of Tasmania (8-12 August).

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