Men for all Seasons
13-15 June 2017
Men for all Seasons – The Westminster Divines : Catholic, Protestant and Reformed
The 2017 IPC Catalyst Conference will look at the theology of The Westminister Confession of Faith, setting it in its historical context, exploring key themes from certain chapters, and applying it to the challenges of contemporary church ministry.
Each day will begin with a morning exposition by Simon Arscott (All Nations, Ilford), followed by three sessions on the WCF, taught by Michael McClenahan (Cornhill Training Course, Belfast) and Martyn Cowan (Union Theological College, Belfast).
Delegates will find it a huge help to read the WCF in advance, or at least the relevant chapters listed below. Highly recommended to read as well is Chad van Dixhoorn, Confessing the Faith: A Reader’s Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith
(Banner of Truth, 2014).
Men for all Seasons
International Presbyterian Church
Summer School of Theology & Ministry
£45 for three days (including lunch and free books)
Arrange your own accommodation.
Places are limited — book early
Register: David Gibson
Simon Arscott is the Minister of All Nations Church, Ilford. Born and bred in Camberwell, he studied in York and Philadelphia, and before moving to Ilford served as the Assistant Minister at Trinity Church, York. He is married to Becky, with four young children.
Michael McClenahan is the Executive Director of BibleMesh. He is an Irish Presbyterian Minister and preaches regularly at
Vinecash Presbyterian Church, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. He wrote his doctoral dissertation at the University of Oxford on the theology of Jonathan Edwards. He teaches Christian doctrine for the Cornhill Training Course in Belfast.
Martyn Cowan is a Minister of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland who teaches historical theology at Union Theological College, Belfast. He trained at Oak Hill Theological College and completed a Ph.D on the preaching of John Owen at the University of Cambridge.
Lots of free books!
Tuesday 13th June
Morning Exposition 1
- Session 1: The historical background to the Confession and the theological trajectories of the Western Church.
- Session 2: Chapter 1—Holy Scripture. This session will outline the Reformed understanding of Scripture and connect to some central practical issues for Reformed Christians such as the place of Scripture in worship, expository preaching as the implication of inspiration etc.
- Session 3: Chapter 2—The Holy Trinity. Underlining the Reformed Catholic theology of the Confession. The explicit adoption of Catholic terminology. Some contemporary issues: personal properties etc. Distinguishing Reformed Catholic
Theology from contemporary “evangelicalism”. It will deal specifically with modern Arianism, eternal generation, and preaching the doctrine.
Wednesday 14th June
Morning Exposition 2
- Session 1: Chapter 5—Providence. This will aim to show how the biblical doctrine of God leads to the Christian understanding of providence. It will show the centrality of providence in the pastoral care of God’s people and the manner in which providence shines forth in the narrative sections of Scripture.
- Session 2: Chapter 8—Christ the Mediator. The importance of thinking through Christology for basic gospel clarity. Demonstrating that carelessness or neglect of Chalcedonian Christology leads to gospel confusion and moralism.
- Session 3: Chapter 7—God’s Covenant of Grace. Importance of the covenant—this is the basic bible overview that we need in place for teaching and preaching. Importance for Christian bible reading and piety.
Thursday 15th June
Morning Exposition 3
- Session 1: Chapter 10—Effectual Calling. Understanding our role and God’s role in mission and evangelism etc. Encouragement for the long road of ministry and evangelism. We depend on the Spirit of God.
- Session 2: Chapter 11—Justification. Underlining the Protestant nature of the WCF.
- Session 3: Chapter 27—The Sacraments. On our need for the Reformation of Worship. Underlining the Reformed teaching of the WCF.
Listen to the Catalyst 2016 talks in our Resources section