Love the Word

With a new calendar in place for the 2017–2018 school year, Bible Conference came a few weeks earlier this spring, sans midterms, and was—as one guest speaker put it—“a time of refreshment for all.”

After classes on Monday, February 19, students and faculty anticipated a respite from daily classes and assignments to dig into God’s Word. “I like the new time for Bible Conference because I was able to enter the meetings more well-rested and prepared than in previous years,” said Josh Grover (Sr., OH). “God used this conference to show me more of what He expects from me and that is to be consumed in sharing His way to eternal life.”

Dr. Scott Tewell of Rosedale Baptist Church (MD) opened the conference Monday evening with a message from Matthew 7 about those who heard the word of God and “were amazed” yet did nothing with the truths they had been given. Dr. Tewell challenged the audience to do “more than just listen—we must apply God’s truth to life.”

The evening ended with a sermon brought by Dr. Jeff Amsbaugh from Heritage Baptist Church (VA). He expounded on the story of Noah’s ark, emphasizing the rest found in doing God’s will.

The next morning, Dr. Rick Flanders, an evangelist from First Baptist Church (MI) began a mini-series on abiding in Christ, and Dr. Jon Lands, pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church (WV) delivered the first of several messages on the three parables found in Luke 15.

Throughout the three-day conference, students heard practical messages from the four guest speakers on the Cross, abiding in Christ, the “extravagant, lavish grace of God,” and knowing God’s will. Special music by the Rejoice Choir and One Accord gave a worshipful atmosphere and encouraged hearts to meditate on God’s promises.

Grad student Mel Carrillo (CA) said, “Bible Conference reminded me of the importance of studying God’s word. How can I expect His directions, His blessings, His promises fulfilled if I am not tapped into the source? I was reminded that I can know truth for all my ways if I use action on my part in going to His Word!”

This year, for the first time, Facebook Live video streaming enabled parents, alumni, and many others to watch from places like Honduras, Japan, Indonesia, and all across the U.S. Many were encouraged and challenged through the messages and thrilled to be a part of the conference from afar.

“Thanks for streaming!” one parent wrote. “Hearing same messages my PCC daughter is.”

“I remember how refreshing Bible Conference always was,” said one alumnus who tuned in.

“What a blessing to be able to hear these services live streamed!” another listener proclaimed.

Bible Conference concluded on Wednesday evening with Dr. Lands’s final message from Luke 15 on “The Depth of the Father’s Love” as displayed through the parable of the prodigal son.

Students left the conference feeling spiritually refreshed and encouraged as they prepare for midterms coming up in a few weeks.

Published 3/1/2018

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