Southern New England Reformation Conference - The Gospel
April 9, 2015
Contributor and Pastor Rob Ventura, Grace Community Baptist Church and several area churches will be hosting another year of the Southern New England Reformation Conference in North Providence Rhode Island. This year's topic is The Gospel.
I had the chance to speak with Rob and we explored both the conference and it's purpose so as to share with you.
Rob, can you please tell us the reason for this conference?
Sure. When I first came to Rhode Island seven years ago it was evident that there was not much happening by way of Reformed conferences in our immediate area. While there were a few good conferences in New England (e.g., the Bolton Conference), in my little state little was going on. After praying about the matter, as pastors burdened to see biblical truth go forth, my fellow elder Jack Buckley and I decided that we should do something. So, after partnering with a few local assemblies of like conviction and burden (Quidnessett Baptist Church, the Presbyterian Reformed Church, and Grace Bible Church), we started the conference. Our past speakers include Paul Washer, Dr. Joel Beeke, and Voddie Baucham., who each focused on a particular Bible topic for their respective conferences with us. This year we are pleased to have Dr. Steve Lawson as our preacher. Hundreds of people have attended our conferences and for this we thank the Lord.
Why did you pick the topic of the gospel for this year's conference?
Can there be a better topic to pick? Actually, Steve Lawson and I decided on this together. The gospel is central to all that we believe and do as Christians. As believers, we live in the gospel, we preach the gospel, we counsel with the gospel, and we praise God for the gospel. The gospel is the good news concerning the doing, dying, and rising of Christ Jesus our Lord on our behalf. Therefore, it should be our constant meditation and proclamation as the people of God. I'm delighted that the gospel is Dr. Lawson's focus this year and pray that his ministry will be a real means of sanctification for saints, and salvation for lost sinners.
Lastly, what are your main goals in hosting this conference?
That Jesus Christ would be praised in all things, that His great truth would be savingly known to all, and that His glorious kingdom would be advanced in our region.
We hope this might one day join the ranks of Alliance Events. But we are glad to see the Church teaching and training the flock so well! And we encourage all in the region to join the Southern New England Reformation Conference - The Gospel on May 29th and 30th 2015. And to learn more, visit www.gcbcri.org