The incomparable Christ:
"So divine, yet so authentically human; so strong, yet so meek; so great, the seraphim, God’s burning ones, hide their faces in His presence; yet, so lowly, He surprised lepers with His touch. He came from Glory to Golgotha to make our debts His very own. For our every noble thirst, He is the answer. Less will not satisfy, more cannot be desired."
On September 29 - October 1, 2017 Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church hosted their first conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Their guest speaker was Rev. Neil C. Stewart who is the pastor of Christ Covenant Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a former pediatric physician and a native of Northern Ireland. He now lives in Oak Ridge.
See below for a summary of all 6 sessions along with the recorded audio and video:
In the Glory with the Father:
“From Heaven He Came”
If we are to begin to grasp the love of God for mankind, the gravity of evil, and the appalling cost of our redemption, we must begin with Christ in the glory of God, as the glory of God. (John 1:1-5)
In the Womb of the Virgin:
“Born the King of Angels”
As one writer put it, “Without ceasing to be what He had always been, He became something He had never been before.” The incarnate Christ experienced the human condition, unabridged. In this session, we will think of our Savior growing up, developing his relationship with God, undergoing hardship, weakness, weariness, thirst, the need to learn, loneliness, the failure of friends, pain as a victim, and the ability to bleed and die. He understands humanity from the inside. (Phil 2:1-11)
In the Wilderness with the Devil:
“How Firm a Foundation.”
In this middle session on Saturday morning, we will consider Christ as our Champion, facing down the devil in the wilderness. Here we will see Jesus stand where Adam fell. (Luke 4:1-13)
On the Cross as our Substitute:
“In my Place Condemned He Stood.”
Our sins took Jesus from the top to the bottom, from the height of heaven to the depths of hell, from Glory to Golgotha. Here we will consider the cross in the experience of our Lord. We will particularly examine the justice of the cross: how can the innocent suffer in the place of the guilty? Hugh Martin put it well, "The universe were one vast hell of suspense and horror if God's wrath could alight elsewhere than where it is deserved." (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)
On the Throne as our Brother:
“Above all earthly powers!”
In our penultimate message, we will ponder the implications of the resurrection for the believer. Christ now sits enthroned in heaven, where He unleashes the Spirit for us, prays for us, rules the cosmos for us, and subdues our sins in us. We will consider how this heavenly vision should motivate, comfort, and encourage the Christian to press on and lay hold of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
In the End as our Judge:
“Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending.”
In our final message, we will examine the Bible’s teaching about the second coming of the Lord Christ. On that awesome Day, He will come in the glory of His Father, with His holy angels, to render to every man according to His deeds, and to bring in the New Heavens and the New Earth. What will this day be like for the Christian? (Psalm 50)