Gospel Reformation Network Conference

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Your ruling elder Kirk Swanson and I attended the Gospel Reformation Network Convention (https://gospelreformation.net) this past week in Charlotte, NC at Sovereign Grace Church. The theme of the conference was named for the hymn Lead on, O King Eternal: Pressing on with Holy Conviction.
If you are not familiar with the GRN, it is a ministry organization that seeks to “cultivate healthy Reformed churches in the Presbyterian Church in America.” They do this by providing articles, learning materials, and events that are geared toward building up confessional fidelity among our denominational churches. One of our charges as a session is to “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:16). As a session, we take up this charge with joy as we serve you at Grace Church and in the kingdom of Christ. Grace Church is a supporter of the Gospel Reformation Network.
The conference was two and a half days of robust prayer, glorious hymn singing, warm fellowship, and encouraging speakers that pointed us heavenward to the founder and perfector of our faith, the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:2) and focused us on the importance of keeping watch over his church. The speakers included Dr. O. Palmer Robertson, Dr. Harry Reeder III, Dr. Kevin DeYoung, Dr. Jonathan Master, Dr. Peter Lillback, Rev. Christopher Gordon, and Dr. Jon D. Payne.
The sessions had many themes all pertaining to keeping the peace and purity of the church and our denomination. Discussion topics included apostacy, preaching sanctification, spiritual revival, reforming the reformed church, sacraments, training future ministers, and antinomianism. These edifying and encouraging talks will be available on GRN’s YouTube channel along with other videos from past conferences. I encourage you to watch them if you are interested in seeing what this much needed organization provides to the Presbyterian Church in America.
The take aways from our time in Charlotte centered around the importance of are calling in the care of Christ’s church. We want to see our churches grow in numbers as well as in the truth of God’s word, grow as individuals as well as a corporate body, now and in the future. The Devil is a crafty adversary, but we have been given the Second Adam (Romans 5), and in unity with him, the gates of Hell will not prevail (Matthew 16:18).
If you have any questions for Kirk or me about the Gospel Reformation Network, or the conference we attended, we would be happy to talk with you.

Grace and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ,
Brady Payne
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