The 24th Zambian Reformed Conference

Yesterday (Thursday, August 22), I was back in the Radio Christian Voice studio on Alick Nkhanta Road to do a 15-minute advert for the 24th Zambian Reformed Conference and School of Theology. Around the same time last year, I was in the same studio with Mr. Charles Bota, the all-round and able chairman of the Conference organising committee doing a similar task.

From Monday, 26th August to Friday 30th August, Christians from across the length and breadth of Zambia, and from neighbouring countries (Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda) and from afar field, the United Kingdom and United States of America, etc) will be converging in Lusaka for our annual spiritual feast. As usual, Namibia is bringing the largest contingent of all foreign delegates – more than 40, followed by South Africa with 23. The organising committee has already indicated that more than 1,400 delegates have registered for the conference.

The new Lusaka Baptist Church building, traditional venue for the
Zambian Reformed Conference
The theme this year is “The Christian Life – Finding Assurance, Fighting Temptation.” The Keynote address will be given by Pastor Ronald Kalifungwa of Lusaka Baptist Church.

Sooner or later, most Christians will contend with the problem of assurance of salvation. Those wanderings in the wilderness of doubt, questioning our salvation or even questioning the love and grace of God. We might live with the foreboding guilt feelings because of some past sin or some present battle with the flesh. To help us find answers to our assurance dilemma is Pastor Tabithi Anyabwile.

Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile is senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman (the largest of the three islands in the Cayman, just under Cuba, south of the Florida peninsula). He is a native of Lexington, North Carolina. He was previously an assistant pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC) and served as an elder at Church on the Rock (Raleigh, NC). Thabiti has a strong professional and academic background in community psychology, with special interest in the history and development of the African American church. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children.

I first met Tabithi at the Together for the Gospel Conference in Louisville, KY in 2008. He is a regular speaker at T4G every two years. At last year’s conference (2012), he preached a powerful sermon, "Will Your Gospel Transform a Terrorist?" which still echoes in my mind. He has He has authored, co-authored and contributed to about 14 books, which include: “The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence”; “Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons"; "Baptism and the Lord's Supper”;   “Holy, Holy, Holy: Proclaiming the Perfections of God” (with DA Carson and 9 other contributors).

Me with Pastor Tabithi Anyabwile at the T4G 2010 in Louisville, KY
Every Christian soon discovers that he fights battles on another front – temptations. John E. Bode (1816-1874) sums this up very well in his hymn, O Jesus I Have Promised:

O let me feel Thee near me!
The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
The tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me,
Around me and within;
But Jesus, draw thou nearer,
And shield my soul from sin.

No matter where we go, there will always be a situation that requires us to choose between two paths - the road to righteousness or the path of self-righteousness. Traversing the road to righteousness is not always bees and sunshine. In fact, living in the straight and narrow path is the hardest life to live. It is a fight. Dr. Donald Arthur Carson, otherwise popularly known as DA Carson will provide us with biblical resources to rescue us from the island of temptation.
Dr. DA Carson
DA Carson is a native of Canada, an astute theologian, exegete, scholar and prolific writer. Currently, he is serving as a Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Carson has a B.S. in Chemistry from McGill University, a M.Div. from Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto, Canada, and a Ph.D in New Testament from Cambridge University. He has written or edited more than forty-five books, including commentaries on books of the Bible. His book, The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism (1996), won the 1997 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Medallion Book Award in the category of “theology and doctrine.”

Read what others say about DA Carson:

“D. A. Carson is one of the most prolific and profound biblical scholars of our generation.” John D. Woodbridge, Research Professor, Church History and History of Christian Thought, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

“D. A. Carson is for this generation what B. B. Warfield was for his - the scholarly stalwart for the doctrine of Scripture, possessed of prodigious skills both as an interpreter of Scripture and as a biblical and systematic theologian, critically engaging the most significant arguments of the day and upholding the historic position of the Christian church and the Bible’s own self-attestation. Everything that comes from his pen is worthy of careful attention…” J. Ligon Duncan, John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi, and now Chancellor elect and CEO of the Reformed Theological Seminary.

“I’ve always admired Don Carson’s ability to minister so effectively in two different worlds. On the one hand, he’s one of the sharpest-thinking, best-respected minds in the realm of New Testament scholarship. On the other, he’s one of the clearest, most down-to-earth preachers I’ve ever heard. He simply has a remarkable ability both to grasp and to communicate complex issues understandably. Donald S. Whitney, Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality, Senior Associate Dean of the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

There will be 5 seminars during the conference:

1. The Spirit of Adoption. Speaker: Pastor Isaac Makashinyi – Tuesday Family Conference.
2. Biblical Antidotes to Sexual Temptation. Speaker: Dr. Grave Singogo – Tuesday Family Conference.
3. The means of grace: Private and Public as they relate to temptation and Assurance. Speaker: Kennedy Sunkutu – Tuesday Family Conference
4. Post modernism - Applications to the African context. Speaker: Rev. David Wegener – Tuesday. This is only for the School of Theology.
5. Meeting the Islamic advance in Zambia - Speaker: Thabiti Anyabwile - Thursday Plenary session for both Family Conference and School of Theology.

Looking forward to the 5 days of sitting by the green pastures of God’s Word. Don't miss out on this one. May the Lord bless His Word to our hearts and unleash us into this world firmly assured of our position in Christ, and armed to fight the vicious temptations of life.  


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