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A Place for Truth
2018 Winter Conference at Reformation Bible College

  • Monday, Jan 15, 2018 8:30 AM EST

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This event was available from Friday, September 1, 2017 12:00 AM until the event start date.


We are living in an era of upheaval in the West. The foundations of truth are being eroded. David Wells recognized twenty-five years ago in his book No Place for Truth that too many churches have abandoned the centrality of truth and are relying on passing fads and fashions to reach the culture instead of the only thing that can provide a firm foundation for faith and life—the truth of God found in His Word. This conference will address the neglect of truth in the culture and the church and will call us to be committed to God’s revelation and not to shy away from proclaiming this truth.

Registration includes admission to all sessions and access to mini-bookstore with special conference pricing for select titles. Online and phone registration will close at 8:00 p.m. on January 10. Onsite registration will open at 7:30 a.m. on January 15.

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MONDAY, January 15, 2018

8:30-8:45 a.m. — A Place for Truth: Introduction with  Stephen J. Nichols
We live in a day when the very concept of truth is under attack. In many quarters, relativism has replaced objective standards for truth, and pragmatism—not principle—determines what is taught and believed. In the midst of this reality, it can be easy to think that there is no place for truth in our society. This message will call us to remember that although our society may have no place for truth, this is the world created by the God of truth, so truth has a central place for all of us.

8:45-9:45 a.m. — Whatever Happened to Theology? with  Derek W.H. Thomas
The church is called to speak prophetically to the culture—to proclaim the truth that alone can bring people out of the darkness of sin and into the light of God’s truth and love. However, much of the modern church has lost its ability to do this, becoming a people that follows the lead of culture instead of resisting its errors and calling people to the truth. This message will address this problem, explaining that the church fails to speak the truth because it is not well grounded in the theological truth proclaimed in Scripture and passed down through the centuries.

9:45-10:30 a.m. — Valiant for Truth with  Stephen J. Nichols
In Romans 1:16–17, Paul proclaims that he is not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the very power of God unto salvation. Knowing the truth is essential, but it is not enough. Coupled with knowledge of the truth must be the courage to proclaim it boldly and winsomely, for truth cannot change the culture if it is not announced to the people around us. This message will consider the importance of being courageous and bold for the sake of the truth, reminding us that because all truth is God’s truth, we have every reason to be confident in and valiant for the truth of the gospel.

11:00-11:45 a.m. — Breakout Session #1

  • Losing Our Virtue with  David E. Briones — The truth of God revealed in nature and in Scripture gives us a distinctive moral vision that is the consequence of believing the truth and a necessary witness to the church. When this view of the good is lost and believers fail to live according to it, truth is not commended and people remain stuck in the darkness of relativistic morality. This message will explain that Christian ethics are the necessary consequence of truly embracing God’s revelation, and it will call believers to live according to the ethics of God’s Word.
  • God in the Wasteland with  Keith Mathison — Our view of God shapes everything that we do and believe, so a wrong view of God will lead inevitably to a wrong view of what is true, good, and beautiful. A right view of God and His attributes, however, is a firm foundation for recognizing and defending the true, the good, and the beautiful in every era. This message will address the importance of a sound doctrine of God for affirming and believing the truth.
  • The Theological Life with  John W. Tweeddale — R.C. Sproul has said that “everyone is a theologian,” for everyone has beliefs about God and what He has done that shape how they live their lives. The question is not whether we are going to be theologians but whether we are going to be good theologians. This message will consider what it means to live a theological life—to live in such a way that we are growing in our understanding of God and His ways no matter our vocation.

11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. —  Lunch and Bookstore Break
Food trucks will be onsite for purchase. Lunch may also be purchased offsite at a variety of nearby restaurants.

1:30-2:15 p.m. — Breakout Session #2

  • Losing Our Virtue with  David E. Briones — The truth of God revealed in nature and in Scripture gives us a distinctive moral vision that is the consequence of believing the truth and a necessary witness to the church. When this view of the good is lost and believers fail to live according to it, truth is not commended and people remain stuck in the darkness of relativistic morality. This message will explain that Christian ethics are the necessary consequence of truly embracing God’s revelation, and it will call believers to live according to the ethics of God’s Word.
  • God in the Wasteland with  Keith Mathison — Our view of God shapes everything that we do and believe, so a wrong view of God will lead inevitably to a wrong view of what is true, good, and beautiful. A right view of God and His attributes, however, is a firm foundation for recognizing and defending the true, the good, and the beautiful in every era. This message will address the importance of a sound doctrine of God for affirming and believing the truth.
  • The Theological Life with  John W. Tweeddale — R.C. Sproul has said that “everyone is a theologian,” for everyone has beliefs about God and what He has done that shape how they live their lives. The question is not whether we are going to be theologians but whether we are going to be good theologians. This message will consider what it means to live a theological life—to live in such a way that we are growing in our understanding of God and His ways no matter our vocation.

2:30-3:15 p.m. — The Pillar and Ground of Truth with  Albert Mohler
In 1 Timothy 3:15, Paul calls the church the “pillar and ground of the truth” (KJV). As individuals, we must affirm the truth, but the church corporate has a central and foundational role in proclaiming the truth and encouraging us to bear authentic witness to the truth. This message will address the church’s role in discerning the truth, teaching the truth, and holding us accountable to the truth, reminding us that Scripture is God’s only infallible revelation, so we as the church must hold this Word high before the watching world.

4:00-5:00 p.m. — Q&A with  Albert Mohler, Stephen J. Nichols, Derek W.H. Thomas


Travel Information

If you are traveling from out of town, we recommend staying at one of the following hotels. Please mention Ligonier Ministries when you call.

Hampton Inn & Suites Lake Mary at Colonial Townpark
850 Village Oak Lane
Lake Mary, Florida 32746
407-995-9000 (2.8 miles)

Orlando Marriott Lake Mary
1501 International Parkway
Lake Mary, Florida 32746
407-995-7010 (2.5 miles)

The Westin Lake Mary Orlando North
2974 International Parkway
Lake Mary, Florida 32746
407-531-3555 (2.1 miles)


Cancellations

Cancellations and refund requests must be made at 888-RBC-1517 during normal business hours (not via voicemail message), or email (admissions@reformationbiblecollege.org). Refund requests received by January 3, 2018 (8:00 p.m. ET), will be honored in full, minus a $5.00 cancellation-processing fee per cancellation. Cancellations received between January 4, 2018 and January 10, 2018 (8:00 p.m.), will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted after January 10, 2018.


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