Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Joshua Harris Conference

           I am extremely grateful for Stephen Bray hosting the Bible Conference at his Church Grace Baptist. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and a great opportunity to connect with like minded believers in the Maritimes. I (Cory Vail) was only able to make it to a couple of sessions but it was well worth the trip, I took the whole family Emily, Eli, and Theo we stayed at a nice Bed and Breakfast/Cabin Rentals owned by a Christian brother called North Rustico Cottages B&B Inn. It was beautiful and the service was great! Spending a couple of days in PEI was wonderful...WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PLACE. My pastors wife Holly commented "this is what Heaven will probably be like :)." As soon as I can get my hands on some recordings of the sessions led by Josh I will post them up on the Network Blog and on Twitter. If you haven't yet join the network group on Facebook. Thursday and Friday night Josh spoke on Humble Orthodoxy how it is important to be both truthful and humble using every opportunity to examine our hearts to see where we are being unorthodox in belief and practice and spend more time repenting and less time accusing others of heresy. He laid out that we have to contend for the faith, but in a spirit of gentleness and love seeking to win our brothers and sisters who are in error. This is our hope for the network strong on truth, strong on grace. Many Reformed groups in the past have been pegged as legalistic, self-righteous, and just down right mean. We want to be known for loving and living the doctrines of grace as we thank God for his grace towards us and in response reach out with grace towards others. If we have been forgiven so much how can we hold an offense against a brother, not to mention Jesus commanded us to "love our enemies." The other thing we do not want the network to be about is a pitty party where disgruntled Reformed Conservatives get together to talk about the latest woes of liberals taking over the world, and the church. What we do hope for is a place for like minded Christians to gather in fellowship for encouragement, engage in theological discussion, pray for one another, host/advertise events where we can grow and connect, eventually be involved in planting new local churches, and be a part of the movement of God which is already taking place in Atlantic Canada and the world. We are along for the ride.

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
    Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. 
Ephesians 3:14-21 ESV
Cory Vail

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