Apr 27, 2016

2016 West Coast Conference Preview: Derek Thomas

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Derek ThomasDr. Derek W.H. Thomas is senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C., and Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta. He has written numerous books, including Praying the Saviour's Way, _ Calvin's Teaching on Job, and _ How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home.

Our 2016 West Coast Conference will be centered on the theme of “The Gospel.” In addition to a questions and answers session, here’s a preview of what Dr. Derek Thomas will specifically address:

Chosen in Christ: God’s Eternal Plan of Redemption

Many struggle to see the value of the doctrine of election for Christian living. Yet from a biblical perspective, the doctrine of election is intended to comfort God's people as well as magnify God's grace. In this session, Dr. Derek Thomas will show why God's eternal plan to redeem His people for His glory is the basis for the work of Christ as our mediator, the foundation for the historical unfolding of the covenant of grace, and the ground for our hope in the gospel.

A Curse for Us: The Death of Christ

Christianity centers on the cross of Christ. From the justice of God in dealing with sin to the love of God in sending His Son to die, the cross is the supreme display of the character of God. Through His atoning death, Christ secured eternal life for His people. In this session, Dr. Derek Thomas will focus on the substitutionary atonement of Christ and the importance of upholding the doctrine of double imputation.

While you're waiting for June, you can look back in the archives and find all of Dr. Thomas' conference messages here. For example, here's a message from our 2014 National Conference in which Dr. Thomas explains that we change the world by being the church.