2019 National Conference

Thursday, March 14 2019

Start End Description Speaker
8:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m.

Who Is Like The Lord

What is the chief thing that sets the one, true God apart from all other deities? Scripture’s consistent answer is that the holiness of God is what distinguishes Him from pretenders to His throne. This session will consider the core biblical emphasis on the holiness of God, explaining what it means that God is holy and how that makes Him different than the many false gods that people worship.

Sinclair Ferguson
9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

Sanctified in Truth

God’s Word is holy because it is the revelation of the holy God and, unlike any other document, is infallible. But it is also holy because it is one of the chief means by which God sets His people apart as holy and grows them in personal holiness (John 17:17). This session will consider the holiness of God’s Word both in how it is different than all other books and in how God uses it to sanctify His people.

Steve Lawson
11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

The Sanctity of Life

In the beginning, God told man to be fruitful and multiply, and His Word says that children are a blessing from the Lord (Gen. 1; Ps. 127:3). Unfortunately, our culture doesn’t often see children as a blessing, and even advocates the legal right to murder children in the womb. Yet these little children are created in the image of God, even as they are shaped in the womb. This session will consider the sanctity of life, particularly as it relates to protecting and defending the unborn.

Al Mohler
12:45 p.m. 1:15 p.m.

Optional Session: Serving The Church in Latin America

This session will consider the context, struggles, and growth of the church in Latin America. It will consider what Ligonier is doing to serve the church in Latin America.

 

 

Sugel Michelén
1:15 p.m. 1:45 p.m.

Optional Session: Praying for Holiness

The group will praise God for His holiness, thank Him for the holiness we have in Christ, and also pray for the holiness of His people.

W. Robert Godfrey
2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Questions & Answers

This Q&A session will be with Godfrey, Lawson, Mohler, Reeves

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

From Everlasting to Everlasting

Moses proclaimed that God is “from everlasting to everlasting” (Ps. 90:2). He has no beginning or end, depending on nothing outside Himself for His existence. Moreover, He is the same forever because He is not made up of parts that depend on one another or can change. This session will consider God’s self-existence, aseity, and divine simplicity, showing how they give us great comfort in God’s trustworthiness.

Michael Reeves
5:45 p.m. 6:15 p.m.

Optional Session: Panel Discussion - Implications of the Character of God

This panel will discuss the implications for our local churches, our families, and our personal lives as we consider the character of God.

Discussion will be with Ferguson, Lawson, Nunez, and Reeves.

6:00 p.m. 6:45 p.m.

Spanish Session: Holy Holy Holy

Isaiah saw the Lord high and lifted up in His throne room, where seraphim cry "holy, holy, holy" to one another (Isa. 6:1–3). This session will consider who God is—the attributes of God and what it means that He is holy.

Location:  Henry Chapel

Sugel Michelén
6:15 p.m. 6:45 p.m.

Optional Session: Interview on "The Canons of Dort"

This session will be an onstage interview with Dr. W. Robert Godfrey about his new book, The Canons of Dort.

W. Robert Godfrey
7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Understanding Beyond Measure

God is holy, set apart from His creation in many ways. His set-apartness is particularly evident in His omniscience. Unlike His creatures, God knows Himself perfectly and has full knowledge of the past, present, and future. Nothing takes Him by surprise, for He has ordained every event in history. This session will consider the knowledge of God, looking at the knowledge of the One whose “understanding is beyond measure” (Ps. 147:5).

Steve Nichols

Friday, March 15 2019

Start End Description Speaker
8:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m.

Nothing Too Hard

Creatures make plans and seek to accomplish them, but we are often thwarted in our attempts. Moreover, apart from grace, we find that we lack the power to do what is truly pleasing to God. The holy power of God suffers from no such limitations. Nothing is too hard for Him (Jer. 32:17), and He can do all by His holy will. This session will consider God’s omnipotence and how He is unlike His creatures in being able to accomplish all His intentions.

Miguel Núñez
9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

Questions & Answers

This Q&A session will be with Duncan, Ferguson, Nichols, Nunez, and Thomas

None
11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Committing No Sin

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God—all people, that is, save Christ who committed no sin (1 Peter 2:22). When the Son of God took on our humanity in the incarnation, He did so without assuming the stain of sin and without ever breaking God’s holy law. This session will consider the holiness of Christ as seen in the incarnation when He assumed our flesh and obeyed God perfectly for the sake of our justification.

W. Robert Godfrey
12:45 p.m. 1:15 p.m.

Optional Session: Serving the Church in Europe

This session will consider the context, struggles, and growth of the church in Europe. It will consider what Ligonier is doing to serve the church in Europe.

Michael Reeves
1:00 p.m. 1:45 p.m.

Spanish Session: Woe Is Me

Upon seeing the Lord, Isaiah cried out, "Woe is me!" (Isa. 6:5). This session will consider the doctrine of man—who we are—and what it means that we, though created good, fell into sin.

Location:  Henry Chapel

José “Pepe” Mendoza
1:15 p.m. 1:45 p.m.

Optional Session: The Puritans on God's Holiness and Ours

This session will consider the Puritans' view of God's holiness and our own holiness.  It will examine how their insights can apply to us today.

Joel Beeke
2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

In This Is Love

The love of God burns with the fire of His holiness and He loves only what is holy. We see this most clearly in salvation, for God loves His people in the holy Christ, and in the death of Christ He upholds both His holiness and His love. This session will consider the ways in which God’s love is holy, focusing particularly on the propitiation Jesus offered as proof of divine love (1 John 4:10).

Derek Thomas
4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

The Spirit of Truth

Jesus Christ promised to send a Helper to be with His disciples, even after He had ascended into heaven. This Helper is the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. He is the holy, holy, holy God, and it is by His power that we are reborn (John 3:8). He guides us into truth, and by His Word we are sanctified (John 16). This session will consider the holiness of the Holy Spirit and His work in the lives of believers.

Burk Parsons
5:45 p.m. 6:15 p.m.

Optional Session: Interview on "In the Year of Our Lord"

This session will be an onstage interview with Dr. Sinclair Ferguson about his new book, In the Year of Our Lord.

Sinclair Ferguson
6:00 p.m. 6:45 p.m.

Spanish Session: Here Am I

Isaiah’s guilt was taken away, and he responded to the Lord with a willingness to be sent (Isa. 6:6–8). This session will consider the work of our holy God in redeeming us and how we should respond to that redemption.

Location:  Henry Chapel

Miguel Núñez
6:15 p.m. 6:45 p.m.

Optional Session: Panel Discussion - Pressing Theological Issues

The panel of the Reformation Bible College faculty will consider some of the pressing theological issues of our day and what they mean for Christian education and the church.

RBC Faculty
7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Session 12 | Saints in Light

God is holy, and He has made His people holy, setting them apart from the world and gifting them with the Holy Spirit to enable them to love and serve Him. By God’s grace, we are saints in light (Col. 1:12), called to live in holiness, for He has made us holy in Christ. This session will address the holiness of God’s people, explaining that God has set us apart and that we must therefore live in a manner that glorifies Him.

Ligon Duncan

Saturday, March 16 2019

Start End Description Speaker
8:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m.

The Inner Place

Christ has entered into the Holy Place in heaven as our forerunner, making it possible for us to enter into God’s presence unafraid (Heb. 6:19–20). In Christ we have the right to come before our holy God without fear, and every time we gather with other believers for worship, we enter into that Holy Place to praise and worship our Creator in holiness. This session will explore the holiness of worship and how it is a holy offering to God by His holy people.

Derek Thomas
9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

Questions & Answers

This Q&A session will be with Godfrey, Nichols, Parsons, Thomas

11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Set Apart

Although we are called not to love the unholy world and its ways, we are still called to love people in the world and to work in the world in our generation for the advance of the gospel. This session will address Scripture’s call not to love the world while we minister in the world for the sake of Christ and to proclaim the gospel to those enslaved to worldly ways. It will emphasize the importance of maintaining our holy witness in our unholy era (1 John 2:15–17).

Sinclair Ferguson