This is a two-day residential, collaborative conference. All sessions will be conducted in French and simultaneously translated into English.
For Calvin the centrality and sufficiency of the gospel were clear : “We see that our whole salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ (Acts 4:12). We should therefore take care not to derive the least portion of it from anywhere else.
- If we seek salvation we are taught by the very name of Jesus that it is ‘of him’…
- If gentleness, it appears in his birth. For by his birth he was made like us in all respects that he might learn to feel our pain…
- If mortification of the flesh, in his tomb; if newness of life, in his resurrection; if immortality, in the same…
- If protection, if security, if abundant supply of all blessings, in his Kingdom…
In short, since rich store of every kind of good abounds in him, let us drink our fill from this fountain and from no other”.
In this the 500th year since the beginning of the Reformation, we want to explore together what it actually means to live out the centrality of the gospel in planting churches in French-speaking Europe today.
Three talks on Paul’s letter to Titus with Philip Moore
What does a church actually look like day-to-day when it is shaped by “the grace of God… that offers salvation to all people” (2:11) and seeks to “adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour” (2:10) in a culture which is both rich and exciting and at the same time hostile to the gospel? That’s what Paul lays out in his letter to Titus and what we’ll be exploring with Philip Moore in a series of talks on this enlightening and revolutionary letter.
Four sessions on the centrality of the gospel
During our plenary sessions we’ll be delving into the practical outworkings of the gospel for everything we do in the context of planting churches in our world today.
1) The gospel at the heart – Introduction (Del de la Hoyde)
We want to believe, teach and proclaim the good news of salvation in Christ and allow the light of this gospel to shine into every aspect of our lives and activities. How can we keep the gospel at the heart of our message and live out its implications in every area of our church life?
2) The gospel at the heart of our gatherings (Etienne Koning)
What does a church gathering shaped by the gospel look like for the culture of French-speaking Europe?
3) The gospel at the heart of the team (Del de la Hoyde)
Being united with Christ means we are also united with his body, the church. How does the gospel create a community and shape the relationships at the heart of this community? And how does the gospel transform us in the context of the Christian community?
4) The gospel at the heart of our context (Edouard Nelson)
How does the gospel speak into the desires and longings of those we live alongside? How can we explain and live out the gospel as a team in the place where God has planted us?
After each plenary session we will split into small groups in order to think through the implications of what we’ve been learning for our particular context. Each group will be facilitated by a leader and will provide a context for delegates to respond, reflect and apply what they’ve been learning for themselves.
Networking and building relationships
Over the course of the conference there will be many opportunities to meet others, build relationships and share experiences of ministering the gospel in French-speaking Europe and beyond.
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