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Let the Little Children Come

Dr. Joe Spoke, and We Listened

 

 

Dr. Joe Morecraft gave our first keynote of the evening tonight, making the case that Scripture is sufficient for all of life. Of course, this very claim demanded that he use Scripture itself to do so.

Starting with Deuteronomy 4, which forbids adding to or taking away anything from the Word of God, he went on from passage to passage.

At one level, the answer to whether Scripture is sufficient to rule us is a simple question: What better standard can there be? If not this standard, what standard? “The Bible is divinely authoritative on everything about which it speaks, and it speaks about everything.”

Joe is a man that is filled with the Holy Spirit and preaches passionately. So I was not surprised to see tears in his eyes as he prayed in closing that all of his listeners would walk away dedicated to tell the whole world about Jesus Christ and His sufficient Word – until the knowledge of God covers the earth as the waters cover the sea.

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Men’s Chorale – God of Our Fathers

As I write, the SoS Men’s Chorale is once again regaling attendees with a glorious hymn of the faith. “God of our fathers” was composed for the 4th of July Centennial in 1876, at a time when Americans still acknowledged with gratitude God’s providence in the founding of our nation. The hymn’s message of multi-generational commitment to our fathers’ vision and faithful walking with our fathers’ God is incredibly appropriate as we seek to apply the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture, a doctrine which was recovered and passed down to us by our Reformation forefathers.

God of our fathers, whose almighty hand
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies
Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise.

Thy love divine hath led us in the past,
In this free land by Thee our lot is cast,
Be Thou our Ruler, Guardian, Guide and Stay,
Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way.

From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence,
Be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense;
Thy true religion in our hearts increase,
Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.

Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way,
Lead us from night to never ending day;
Fill all our lives with love and grace divine,
And glory, laud, and praise be ever Thine.

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Kevin Swanson Speaks on the Sufficiency of Scripture for Family Life

Managing the Platform

 

 

Peter Bradrick, acting as Master of Ceremonies for the weekend, addresses the audience.

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Geoff Botkin Shares How He Applies the Sufficiency of Scripture to the Botkin Family

Families gathered in the main room during this last breakout session got to hear Geoffrey Botkin share very personally about how his family seeks to apply Scripture in their lives.

He started with this disclaimer: “What the Botkin family seeks to do is not a secret; it can be found in the pages of Scripture.” I love this emphasis in Geoff. He shared that he tries to cultivate this attitude in his children: “You live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” (Matt. 4:4) Open the Bible each day and find your marching orders, find something to obey.

We can teach our children to be zealous for good works and train them in doctrine, reproof, and instruction in righteousness by teaching them to open Scripture. Most American Christians fail to apply Scripture because they value it only as an empty convention and are blind to its power and relevance.

Just one more point I have to mention briefly – in talking about patriarchy, he made this critical point: “My children love to obey me because they know I am not doing my own will either, I am submitted to Christ.” There is much more to tell you. Make sure to get the audio.

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Jeff Pollard Speaks on an Important Issue in the Church Today – Women’s Ministry.

A crowd of all ages filled Ballroom D this last session to hear Jeff Pollard give the second part of his message on what Scripture says about women’s ministry. Jeff exposited the Biblical model of older women discipling younger women from Titus 2:3-5. He pressed home to his hearers the vital necessity of obedience to this passage: if it is not lived out, the Gospel seems powerless. The stakes are high—the alternative to godly older women mentoring their younger sisters in Christ is blasphemy of the Word of God.

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American Sign Language Interpreting

Mr. Chuck Snyder interprets a message for hearing impaired attendees.

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Doug Phillips – The Sufficiency of Scripture for the Laws of Nations

Does God’s law apply to all nations? Attendees hearing Doug Phillips’s last breakout message were taken on a lightning tour through the Bible’s teaching on law.

Here is the question: By what standard are nations to be governed? One possibility is that people just make it up as they go or find it by looking at the rocks and the trees. However, the picture that Scripture presents is that even pagan nations are judged for violating God’s law.

Law is inescapable; the only question is “Whose law will govern?”

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Paul Washer – The Sufficiency of Scripture and Personal Evangelism

Paul Washer just preached to a packed room on “The Sufficiency of Scripture and Personal Evangelism.” With all the seats full, another 100 people were sitting on the floor or standing to listen with rapt attention. One of Paul’s powerful points was to contrast the clear preaching of the Gospel Word, which the Holy Spirit can choose to use to grant saving faith, with the emotional manipulation techniques which dominate modern “evangelism.” Scripture is not silent on how the gospel is to be communicated and men and women brought to Christ.

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NCFIC Vendor Hall

Attendees browse the many helpful resources in the vendor hall.

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Doug Phillips – The Sufficiency of Scripture and the heart of the NCFIC

In describing the heart of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, Doug spoke passionately on the issue to which he has devoted his life: the wedding of orthodoxy and orthopraxy. Theology is not to reside in our brains, but to live in our fingers and be manifest in the palms of our hands, in the way we speak with our children, the way we hold them, the way we look them in the eyes, where we walk with them, the books we read with them, the journeys we take with them, the times we kneel in prayer with them. Without this, our generations are destined for the dustbowl. This is happening on a massive scale all around us. Grievously, generational apostasy can be seen consistently in the families of theological teachers.

Doug made the case that we currently face a Babylonian captivity of the church. He described the many ways in which the church has looked to the traditions of men and been guided by emotion and experience, syncretizing with an idolatrous culture. This is seen in abandonment of the foundational creation order in manhood and womanhood, in the surrender of the next generation to pagan pedagogical institutions, in the idolatry and isolation of youth, in cleric-driven church culture, and in mystic psychobabble. Rather than building on the foundational doctrines for which our spiritual fathers gave their lives, today’s church has abandoned them.

At the close of the message, Doug spoke stirringly to the heart issue: We must be passionately consumed by the Lord Jesus Christ. When that’s true, we will be consumed with a desire to follow His Word. Our passion for our children, our passion for the church, proceeds from that. In the time of King Josiah, Israel found the lost book of the law. The response was to put on sackcloth and ashes. That is when revival came.

May God help us to divest ourselves of man-made traditions which beset us, and return to the heart of the NCFIC: Scripture alone. Someday our children will look back and ask, “What did mom and dad do with their lives?” I hope that you and I will be able to leave a legacy of sola scriptura—semper reformanda. That is the heart of the NCFIC.

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