The 2016 Founders Conference will meet at Bethlehem Baptist Church, in Laurel MS, January 28-30, 2016. We look forward to hearing our key speaker, Conrad Mbewe, proclaim the doctrine of “Effectual calling.” Opening with an Evangelistic sermon Thursday evening, the conference will include a full schedule of speakers including Ken Fryer, Tom Hicks, and Ed Wallen.
January 28-30, 2016
Thursday Evening: 6:30 pm
Conrad Mbewe | Evangelistic sermon
Friday Morning: 9:30 am
Ken Fryer | Grace and the Effectual Call
Conrad Mbewe | Effectual Calling and Predestination
Friday Evening: 6:30 pm
Tom Hicks | The Effectual Calling of Persons Incapable of Being Outwardly Called
Conrad Mbewe | The Affect of Effectual Calling on the Mind, Heart, and Will
Saturday Morning: 9:30 am
Ed Wallen | The Effectual Calling and Common Grace
Conrad Mbewe | The Agency of Effectual Calling (Word & Spirit)
In this four-minute video, African pastor Conrad Mbewe encourages us to make a place in our prayers for Africa. It is a diverse continent, which he divides into three major parts, with corresponding requests for prayer:
• The Islamic North, where the church is persecuted: pray for resilience and courage in the face of opposition and pressure.
• Urban Africa, where there is increasing development, young professionals, and Western influence: pray that God would keep the young, growing church’s focus on Jesus and his mission, rather than Western materialistic exports.
• Rural Africa, where there is poverty and lack of basic amenities (like running water, electricity, and ease of communication): pray that the church will not end up in syncretism, but embrace the gospel in all its purity, not as a covering for false religion.
More than simply a recounting of the man’s life, Logic on Fire examines Lloyd-Jones’s home life, his spiritual influences, the emphasis he brought to his two pastorates, the way he sought a union of “logic” and “fire” in preaching, as well as his continued relevance and influence in evangelicalism today.
Logic on Fire is a feature-length documentary with over 4.5 hours of special features, a 128-page book, and much more. View the “DVD Features” below to see all that is included in this 3-DVD special edition set.
The prosperity gospel is wrecking havoc across Africa. A new book is meant to seek to address this. In this book, John Piper, Wayne Grudem, Ken Mbugua, Michael Maura and I come together as theologians and pastors to give a positive response to this travesty. Visit the TGC website & see if you can contribute to this book’s distribution. The aim is to distribute 50,000 copies free across Africa!
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Here is an interview from three years ago where Dr. Carson interviewed Conrad Mbewe about the church situation in Africa [6 min. vid.]:
In addition to Scripture and sound doctrine, what should young pastors today be studying? Is that any different from what you would’ve recommended 20 years ago, or even 10 years ago?
Conrad Mbewe answers:
I would urge pastors to study one vital area (other than the Scriptures and sound doctrine). That would be church history, with emphasis on Christian biography. I find that this practice answers a number of needs. First, as a pastor you learn from others who have gone before you on how to maintain personal godliness and domestic competence in the heat of a growing and demanding ministry. Second, you learn from others how to remain faithful to your calling in the long haul, despite the weariness of the fight of faith you must maintain. Third, reading biographies gives you a wider perspective of what you’re called to do. This could relate to the current stage in the spread of the gospel and thus help you put emphasis in the right place. The wider perspective can also make you consider your own mortality. Most biographies are on men and women who have gone to their reward and have left us their legacy. It begs the question: What kind of legacy do I wish to leave behind?
Ken Jones answers:
There are two directions that I’m inclined to take. The first is Christ-centered preaching/metanarrative. Greg Beale’s A New Testament Biblical Theology in conjunction with works like Sidney Greidanus’s Preaching Christ from the Old Testamentand Dennis Johnson’s Him We Proclaimcapture the sense in which I combine these two distinct areas of theological study. Much evangelical preaching tends to be either therapeutic or moralistic, regardless of theological persuasion. A firmer grasp on Scripture’s particular underlying and overarching message—centered on the person and work of Jesus—would change the substance of what’s being preached. I see that more clearly now than I did 20 years ago. The second direction is toward material that outlines different models for Christians engaging culture. In Reformed circles we talk about Abraham Kuyper or two kingdoms as expressing what it means to be salt and light; unfortunately the differences between the camps are so fiercely debated that the substance of the positions are often lost. Granted, much of our understanding of how the church engages culture is grounded in one’s ecclesiology, but a more thorough understanding of the prevailing positions would be useful, especially in light of the cultural and social issues of the day.
I have observed with a growing concern how repentance is no longer a clear call in much of today’s preaching. This may not necessarily be true all over the world but as I listen more and more to various preachers on African soil this is certainly true here on our continent. The vast majority of preachers treat sin more like a disease than a state of rebellion. Hence, the remedial approach is that of “deliverance” rather than a call to repent. Was that the prevalent view in the Bible?
We’ve been hard at work converting Conrad Mbewe’s Foundations for the Flock: Truths about the Church for All the Saints over to eBook, and today we’re happy to announce its release. Please check it out over at our website.
A Brief Introduction to Conrad and this book
In recent years Conrad Mbewe has become well known as a preacher around the world. His clear exposition and powerful application of Scripture has earned him a broad and attentive international audience. But what many do not know is he is also a prolific author in his own country of Zambia. He has written numerous articles and booklets to address the spiritual needs of his nation and its churches. This writing ministry, together with his powerful preaching and his experience in church-planting efforts, have made him one of the leaders of African evangelical Christianity. From the wide assortment of his work we have gathered together his more substantial material dealing with the church. This title, Foundations for the Flock, is an effort to take some of his previously published material and make it available to the rest of the world. We are confident it will edify Christians of other nations just as it has done in Zambia.
This book is one of the very best on the subject of the church. Added to that is the fact that it covers some practical matters of church life that are only very rarely addressed, such as local church partnerships, etc. Any person serious about following Christ in a local church should consider reading this book. Please head over here to read our full recommendation.
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Conrad Mbewe asks 10 questions towards “evangelical Christianity in Africa”, but these same questions could/should be asked worldwide:
As 2014 draws to an end, my heart aches. I am deeply burdened about what has become the dominant characteristic of evangelical Christianity in Africa. I have tried to wrap my mind around this by simply asking an honest question “Is this Christianity that has become pervasive across the African continent really glorifying God?”
1. Are we glorifying God when we claim that we are experiencing miracles that are actually not happening? […]
2. Are we glorifying God when we speak in “tongues” that cannot be interpreted? […]
3. Are we glorifying God when we reduce the benefits of salvation to more wealth and better health? […]
4. Are we glorifying God when we abandon the preaching of repentance for motivational speaking? […]
5. Are we glorifying God when we hide the rot of spiritual wolves preying on vulnerable souls? […]
6. Are we glorifying God when we reduce truth to a minimum for the sake of Christian unity? […]
7. Are we glorifying God when we reduce worship to senseless dancing to sensual music? […]
8. Are we glorifying God when commanding, declaring and decreeing replace humble petitions in prayer? […]
9. Are we glorifying God when we fill our church membership rolls with goats and kick out church discipline? […]
10. Are we glorifying God when we have women preachers while men sit in pews and listen to them? […]
Pastor Ken Jones walked us through “The doctrines of grace” with the greatest clarity and pastoral sensitivity at the just-ended 25th Zambian Annual Reformed Conference. His approach of stating the doctrine, proving it from Scripture, and then answering the various questions often asked, went a long way in making his sessions easy to understand. You could tell that this man is a pastor!
“We have a dream. As Reformed Baptist churches in Zambia grow, a number of our churches have sensed a pull—we believe it is a divine pull—to start a university in Lusaka. God seems to have brought just the right team together in order to realise this dream.”
QUESTION: “…I have a friend from school and we are always at each other necks when it comes to the topic of prophecy. He says they still exist and I say they no longer exist. I have been trying to convince him for a while now but it seems like it is not working. I need help on how I can solidly prove to him that those things stopped existing immediately the Bible was complete. He is always saying stuff like the Bible is not complete and asking me why those other books were not included in the Bible. That is another point were I zone out and fail to answer.”
ANSWER: There are few areas in the Bible that Christians will always disagree on like the area of prophecy. Partly, this is because prophecy normally speaks about the future and we are not sure whether we are there or not. Hence, how to interpret prophecy will remain a point of contention until the Lord returns.
Another area that Christians will differ on until Christ returns will be the continuation or cessation (ceasing) of the extra-ordinary revelatory gifts that God gave to the early church. This includes the gift of prophecy. It is this matter that you are now asking me to address. This is easier to prove than the first…