About The Conference
We find ourselves in an increasingly unstable culture. Definitions are constantly changing, as well as the line between what is right, good, and true versus what is wrong, evil, and false. And all too often, this kind of instability can infiltrate the Church. But that doesn't mean we're without hope. In Ephesians 4:14, the apostle Paul writes that solid doctrine is one of our primary tools in placing believers and churches on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ and His finished work.
That's the mission of The 4:14 Conference. It is designed to help believers think hard about right doctrine so that they can be grounded in the truth and experience life transformation. Each year we explore a different doctrine in depth to equip believers to live out their faith in the real world. 4:14 is Where Doctrine Meets Life. We hope you'll join us.
"Has God Really Spoken? Exploring The Reliability of The Bible"
Conference Topic: "It's Just An Ancient Book: Is the Bible A Reliable Guide For Today?"
Collin serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition and co-editor for the Cultural Renewal series with Tim Keller. Prior to these roles, he served as an associate editor for Christianity Today and is also the author of several books, including Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church and co-author with John Woodbridge of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir. He earned his Masters of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his family reside in Birmingham, Alabama where he is an elder at Redeemer Community Church and a member of the advisory board for Beeson Divinity School.
Conference Topic: "It's Written By Fallible Men: Is the Bible Inspired?"
Stephen currently serves as the Lead Pastor at Central Baptist. Prior to his role here, he has pastored churches in Georgia and Louisiana and has also served as a campus missionary with the North American Mission Board in Springfield, Missouri. In addition to his pastoral ministry, he is also a Trustee for Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia. Stephen earned his Masters of Divinity in Leadership from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and his Undergraduate in Speech Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi.
February 7, 2020
5:50PM: Conference opens
6:00: Session 1: It Contradicts Itself: Is the Bible Trustworthy?
7:10 Session 2: That's Just Your Interpretation: Is the Bible Clear?
8:00: Panel Discussion: Do We Still Need The Old Testament?
8:30: Conference dismisses for the evening
February 8, 2020
8:50AM: Conference opens
9:00: Session 3: It's An Ancient Book: Is the Bible A Reliable Guide For Today?
10:05: Panel Discussion: Christ & Culture: Navigating Secularism Biblically
11:00: Session 4: It's Written By Fallible Men: Is the Bible Inspired?
12:05: Conference closes
12:15: For first 50 registrants; Lunch With Dr. Willoughby: Exploring The Dead Sea Scrolls (Q&A to follow)
"The Gospel & Scripture: How To Read the Bible" by Mike Bullmore
All of Scripture has been born of great divine initiative. In this sense, the gospel is a cause of biblical revelation. While Scripture itself is not the gospel, all Scripture is related to the gospel, and the gospel is Scripture's reason for being. When Christians read the Bible, they’re often unaware of the ways in which their reading influences their interpretation. This is particularly evident when Christians are asked to show how the gospel is related to all of the Bible, not just the first four books of the New Testament. In this booklet from the Gospel Coalition, Mike Bullmore brings clarity to the relationship between the gospel and all of Scripture.
"Unparalleled: How Christianity's Uniqueness Makes It Compelling" by Jared Wilson
To the popular objection Aren't all religions basically the same? pastor and author Jared Wilson answers with an enthusiastic No! Christianity is not merely one among many similar options. It is categorically different--and it's these differences that make it so compelling.
At the conference we will also be giving away 4 "Know the Word Starter Kits" prior to each main session. Titles in this kit include:
>Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough and What That Means For You And Me by Kevin DeYoung
>Word Centered Church: How Scripture Brings Life & Growth To God's People by Jonathan Leeman
>The Inspiration & Authority of the Bible by Benjamin Warfield
>Journey Into God's Word: Your Guide To Understanding & Applying the Bible by Scott Duvall & Daniel Hays
Conference Topic: "It Contradicts Itself: Is the Bible Trustworthy?"
Tom serves as the Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina. He holds Master Degrees in Christian Apologetics, Biblical Archaeology, & Biblical Languages (Biola University & Midwestern Seminary). He recently completed his PhD in Biblical Studies at Midwestern and has done post graduate research on the Dead Sea Scrolls & Purification Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was also invited to deliver lectures on the Gospel of John.
Conference Topic: "That's Just Your Interpretation: Is the Bible Clear?"
Drew is the Associate Pastor of Evangelism & Discipleship at Central Baptist and is co-host of Lifeology Podcast. Prior to his ministry here, he served as Associate Pastor at Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Warsaw, Missouri from 2014-2018. Drew completed his Masters of Divinity at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned his Undergraduate in History from the University of West Alabama.
Has God Spoken? Exploring The Reliability Of the Bible
Many today have come to regard the Bible as nothing more than an ancient book locked into an ancient worldview with very little to say to people living in today's world.
But at this year's conference, we're going to take a closer look at this book for ourselves, examining carefully the nature of the Scriptures and weighing them against the claims being made. And of course, we will also unpack how our doctrine of Scripture intersects with our lives.
We hope you'll make plans to join us, as together we seek to better understand the life-transforming Word of God.