This TGC Scripture Alone Conference has three goals:
We desire likeminded Christians from many local churches to gather together to pray, sing praises unto God, and participate in the ministry of His Word. In so doing, we hope to stir up one another to love and good works, encouraging one another as we see the Day of Christ’s Return drawing near (Hebrews 10:24–25).
Though most churches would agree that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, it is an increasing reality that fewer churches seem to believe that it is sufficient for all belief and practice. We desire to confront this erosion by affirming, celebrating, and committing ourselves to both the inerrancy and sufficiency of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:14–17). To this end, we will explore the problem and the solution to this enduring trial.
The Problem – Put simply, the problem is a sometimes subtle, but nevertheless real, loss of confidence in the sufficiency of Scripture in the Church. When Bible believing Christians begin to live as though the Bible is not enough, the church erodes, thus falling into error and heresy. (Speaker, Ian Hales)
The Solution – The Reformation would not have been possible without a deep conviction that the Bible is inerrant and sufficient. If the Church is to remain faithful, we must shamelessly continue to shout the battle cry of “Sola Scriptura” along with our Protestant forbearers! (Speaker, Tim Challies)
While it is not possible to be exhaustive on any given topic, we desire to prompt the beginning of biblical reflection on three important matters for church life.
Worship – There may be no greater theme in all the Bible than the proper worship of God. As we learn throughout the Bible (cf. Romans 1), sin and salvation are, at their core, worship issues. In this session an introductory theology of Christian worship will be explored. (Speaker, Jody Cross)
Discipleship – The last command of Jesus to the Church before He ascended into heaven was a call to make disciples (Matthew 28:16–20). Therefore, there is nothing more foundational to the Christian life than disciple making. In this session we will describe discipleship as a necessary extension of God’s mission to save sinners. (Speaker, Adam Brown)
Unity – God is One (Deuteronomy 6:4). And, as One, God is a perfect unity of Three Divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is God’s desire that the Church enjoy the same unity that He eternally enjoys within Himself as we mature in the Body of Christ (John 17, Ephesians 4:1–16). In this session we will identify three necessary components that bring about true Christian unity: genuine love, gospel truth, and church discipline. (Speaker, Kevin Mahon)