14th Annual Maine Conference on Reformed Theology Sept. 28-30, 2018

Intentional Holy Living

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Our Invitation: Join us for the 14th Annual Maine Conference on Reformed Theology with Dr. Joel Beeke. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear Dr. Beeke speak on what it means to live an intentionally holy life before our thrice holy God.

Our Speaker:

Dr. Joel R. Beeke is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice-president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society.

He has written, co-authored, or edited more than 100 books and contributed over 2,500 articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. His PhD is in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). He and his wife Mary, who will join us as well, have been blessed with three children: Calvin, Esther, and Lydia.

Our Schedule:

Friday 7:00 PM:

Union with Christ and Our Holiness

 Saturday 9:00 AM:

Living in a Holy Earthly Marriage

 Saturday 10:30 AM:

Engaging in a Holy Family Worship

 Sunday 9:30 AM:

Fighting a Holy War Internally

(Romans 7:22-25)

 Sunday 6:00 PM:

Enjoying a Holy Utopian Marriage (Revelation 19:6-9)

The Importance of Preaching

“John Calvin often instructed his congregation about rightly hearing the Word of God. He taught them how they should come to public worship and how to hear the Word of God preached. Calvin wanted parents and children to grasp the importance of preaching, to desire preaching as a supreme blessing, and to participate actively in the sermon. Calvin said listeners should have the ‘willingness to obey God completely and with no reserve.’

Calvin stressed listening to the preached Word for two important reasons. First, he believed that few people listen well to sermons. More than thirty times in his commentaries and nine times in his Institutes, Calvin referred to how few people received the preached Word with saving faith. He said, ‘If the same sermon is preached, say, to a hundred people, twenty receive it with the ready obedience of faith, while the rest hold it valueless, or laugh, or hiss, or loathe it.’ If proper hearing was a problem in Calvin’s day, how much more is it  so today, when ministers have to compete for the attention of people who are bombarded with various forms of media on a daily basis?

“Second, Calvin stressed proper hearing because of his high regard for preaching. Calvin viewed preaching as a means God used to bestow salvation and benediction. Calvin said the Holy Spirit is the ‘internal minister’ who uses the ‘external minister’ of the preached Word. The external minister ‘holds forth the vocal word and it is received by the ears,’ but the internal minister ‘truly communicates the thing proclaimed, [which] is Christ.’ Thus, God speaks through the mouth of His servant by His Spirit: ‘Wherever the gospel is preached, it is as if God Himself came into the midst of us.’

(The Family at Church – Listening to Sermons and Attending Prayer Meetings by Joel Beeke – Reformation Heritage Books, 2008). 

Important: We ask that you let us know if you are coming so that we may plan our refreshments. Please contact us by phone (207) 637-2061 or email lcc@ne.twcbc.com by September 10th. There is no cost to the conference, though we will take an offering during the second session on Saturday.

 

Motels:

Midway Motel – Cornish (207) 625-8835; Cornish Inn – Cornish (207) 625-8501

 

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