2020 National Conference

Thursday, March 19 2020

Start End Description Speaker
9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

God and His Image

Throughout the Scriptures, we find the teaching that men and women are made in the image of God. This session will address what it means to be made in the image of God, focusing also on the character of God—particularly His communicable attributes—and calling us to reflect this character as part of what it means to be fully human. It will show that understanding who we are as made in God’s image is foundational to Christian growth and for knowing the Lord.

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

For All Have Sinned

God created men and women in His image, granting us dignity and worth far above any other creature. Yet ever since the fall, we have not glorified the Lord as we should. All people—except Christ—have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. This session will consider how sin has marred the image of God in human beings without erasing it. It will remind us that sin has affected every aspect of our being, while explaining what it means and what it doesn’t mean to be corrupted by sin.

Steven Lawson
2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Male and Female He Created Them

Genesis 1:27 says not only that we are made in the image of God but that we are made male and female in the image of God. Both sexes reflect God’s image, and yet Scripture is also clear that men and women are not identical. Men and women have been called to distinct roles in the fulfillment of the dominion mandate that the Lord has given to humanity. This session will consider the reality of our being made male and female in the image of God, addressing the importance of this distinction and considering ways that our culture has perverted and confused this truth.

Joel Kim
3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

Question & Answers

6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

The Image of God in the Family

In the beginning, God commanded His image bearers to be fruitful and multiply. Since that day, family has played a central role in the human experience. Sadly, with our fall into sin, our familial relationships were marred by jealousy and murder. This session will consider how our being made in God’s image should inform our family life as we strive to honor God in our homes. It will consider our various family relationships and explore how the Bible describes how we should love and serve one another.

Alistair Begg

Friday, March 20 2020

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

Human Dignity

Sin affects our relationship with God and with each other. Because of sin, we do not always honor the image of God in one another. Our culture assaults human dignity through the toleration of euthanasia, abortion, racism, sex trafficking, and other terrible practices. This session will consider human dignity and how only a worldview that believes all people are made in God’s image can give a proper basis for treating every man, woman, and child with appropriate dignity and respect.

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

Question & Answers

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

Taking Dominion

God’s image bearers have been called to take dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:28), working as His vice-regents to steward creation. Men and women glorify God by working with excellence, creating beauty, promoting truth, and living according to God’s standard of goodness. This session will consider the dominion mandate in Scripture and how we are to fulfill it in various spheres of life through the wise stewardship of our gifts, our possessions, and our abilities.

H.B. Charles
2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Christ the Image of God

Jesus Christ alone has perfectly fulfilled the mandate to take dominion, obeying God in all things and securing the righteousness by which we are justified. This session will consider what it means for Christ to be the image of God both in His divinity and His humanity. It will consider how the life and ministry of Christ teach us what it means to be truly human and point us to Him as the only One who can reconcile us to God. It will also discuss how we thank God for our redemption by following Christ and seeking to fulfill the dominion mandate by obeying His commands.

Michael Reeves
4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Labor and Rest

Genesis 1–2 tells us that God made His image bearers to imitate Him in the cycle of labor and rest. We are called to serve God in our vocations and enjoy Sabbath rest. This session will explain how we are to bear the image of God in our labor and rest. It will remind us that all lawful work is meaningful and approved by God, and it will also address issues related to labor and rest such as their perversions in workaholism and laziness, respectively.

Derek Thomas
7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Let All the Nations Praise Him

The image of God is manifest in every man and every woman from every tribe and every tongue. As God redeems His chosen people from every nation, we draw closer to the vision of multitudes gathered before the throne and before the Lamb (Rev. 7:9–10). Indeed, this is what we were made for—to worship the Lord. God has ordained that this vision will be realized as the church obeys Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations. This session will consider the call to evangelize and disciple image bearers in the home, in our communities, and around the world.

John MacArthur

Saturday, March 21 2020

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8:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m.

A Community of Redeemed Image Bearers

Ephesians 2:11–22 tells us that God’s purpose in salvation is not merely to save us as individuals but to bring us together in His church. This session will address how the image of God should uniquely shape our understanding and conduct within the body of Christ. It will stress the importance of love and patience for one another and consider how our love for one another is a witness to the world (John 13:35). It will also consider how the “manifold wisdom of God” is displayed through the church (Eph. 3:10) when we treat each other as the image bearers that we are.

Burk Parsons
9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

Questions & Answers

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

The Already but Not Yet

Paul tells us that we are being transformed into the image of the glory of the Lord “from one degree of glory to another” (2 Cor. 3:17–18). This transformation has begun in this life, progresses until our deaths, and then is consummated in our glorification. One day, we will be fully like Jesus, for we shall see Him as He is (1 John 3:2). This session will discuss the already and not yet of our transformation, and it will point us to the hope of our fully glorified existence in the heavenly Jerusalem as we enjoy the vision of God and perfect communion with him and with others.

Sinclair Ferguson