2017 Regional Conference

Friday, August 11 2017

Start End Description Speaker
9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Luther on the Psalms

Martin Luther wrote extensively on the Psalms because he was convinced that they proclaim Christ and His gospel. This session will look at Luther's teaching on the Psalms and how Luther used them as a model for both corporate and individual prayer.

W. Robert Godfrey
10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

The Authority of Scripture

Constantly under the threat of death, Martin Luther persevered in standing up against abuse and error in the church only because He was confident that He had the very words of God in sacred Scripture. This session will examine the necessity of a firm commitment to biblical authority for the church to maintain its identity and mission today and in the centuries ahead should the Lord tarry.

Matthias Lohmann
11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Standing for the Truth

At the Diet of Worms, Martin Luther was confronted with a choice between obeying the Word of God or the words of men. By God's grace, Luther persevered and stood for the truth despite the high cost. In so doing, Luther showed us that we must be people of conviction and courage, committing ourselves to God's Word both in our words and actions. This session will look at God's call for His people to stand courageously on His Word and consider Luther's example at Worms as an example for us.

Steven Lawson
1:45 p.m. 2:14 p.m.

Optional Session: The First Thesis

One of Martin Luther's most important but often neglected contributions was his role in shifting the focus of the church from an unbiblical notion of doing penance to heartfelt repentance that evidences true contrition. In fact, the biblical idea of repentance was central to Luther's first thesis. Using this thesis as a springboard, this session will consider the biblical teaching on repentance, its role in the Reformation, and why it's important both today and for future generations.

Stephen Nichols
2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion

This session will be a roundtable discussion on the topic of ministering in Europe. It will consider the spiritual state of Germany and Europe, various obstacles to ministry, and ways to be encouraged by God's work and the message of the gospel.

4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Every Christian a Priest

In contrast to the New Testament teaching that "there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Tim. 2:5), the medieval Western church had multiplied mediators between God and human beings. Martin Luther forcefully countered this in his work The Babylonian Captivity of the Church. This session will look at Luther's emphasis on the Christian's direct access to God through Christ, explaining why this doctrine is so important to our assurance, proper Christian ministry, and the gospel.

Steffen Müeller
7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

The Gospel

Martin Luther was a sixteenth-century example of what it means not to be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Without the bold proclamation of the true gospel, there is no church. This session will consider Luther’s emphasis on the doctrine of justification by faith alone as the article on which the church stands or falls and show why we must never compromise this essential doctrine in any generation of the church.

Note: This session will take place near Lutherstadt at the Schlosskirke (Castle Church).

Albert Mohler