Issues in Focus Conference
Saturday, August 3, 2024
In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy,
always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you;
yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience . . .
1 Peter 3:15-16
The Issues in Focus Conference is a young adult gathering designed to help and encourage biblical thinking about worldview issues. It addresses questions about current issues that every Christian should be able to answer. The date for this year’s gathering is Saturday, August 3.
Cost: The registration fee is $25. It includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and conference notes.
Theme: “You Are What You Love:” The Essential Role of Affections in Worldview Development
Societal changes are gathering momentum. It seems that every day we witness a fulfillment of the Apostle Paul’s prediction that “evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13). How can anyone resist being swept along by crowds racing toward moral disaster? Some think that arming ourselves with a better understanding of apologetics will protect us. Others believe that we just need a deeper understanding of what the Bible says about various worldview issues. As important as these are–even essential for Christian growth–Christians need something else even more. Many who know the truth will fail to stand for it. Only the right kind of love for God will make a difference between those who fail and those who stand. So above all, we need the right affections–trained and transformed.
Registration will open June 3.
Speaker: Ryan Martin
Ryan Martin has served in pastoral ministry since 2010 and currently pastors Columbiaville Baptist Church in Columbiaville, Michigan. He received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy (historical theology) degrees from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. His dissertation was on the role of affections and passions in the theology of Jonathan Edwards. He also published, Understanding Affections in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards: “The High Exercises of Divine Love,” (T&T Clark, 2019).