2014 Fall Preview Weekend and Conference
Posted On September 26, 2014
It has been an exciting time for Reformation Bible College. Last week, prospective students from around the country convened on the RBC campus for the Fall Preview Weekend, which allowed prospective students and their families to get a glimpse of what sets RBC apart. The Preview Weekend ran concurrent with Ligonier Ministries’ 2014 Fall Conference at Reformation Bible College, which focused on the theme “We Would See Jesus.” Finally, RBC hosted its fourth annual convocation service, which officially opened the 2014–15 academic year and which included the installation of RBC’s second president, Dr. Stephen J. Nichols.
Beginning Thursday morning, previewers joined current students, faculty, and staff for RBC’s weekly chapel service, where Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas spoke. After chapel, students, prospective students and their families joined the faculty and staff for lunch and a question-and-answer time with Dr. Thomas.
Throughout the rest of the day, prospective students sat in on classes while their parents and guests learned more about the admissions process at RBC. These sessions concluded with a tour of the beautiful campus encompassing Ligonier Ministries, Reformation Bible College, and Saint Andrew’s Chapel. In the evening, RBC’s Student Life team capped off a full, educational, and edifying day by hosting the previewers and their guests at their weekly spiritual life fellowship.
On Friday, Ligonier’s 2014 Fall Conference at Reformation Bible College began. The conference attracted attendees from across the country and beyond. The conference focused on a crucial issue for the church today: the centrality of Christ in preaching and life. The speakers—Dr. Gregory K. Beale, Dr. L. Michael Morales, Dr. Nichols, Dr. R.C. Sproul, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr., and Dr. Thomas—addressed the theme from a variety of perspectives.
Dr. Sproul addressed what he sees as the greatest issue facing today’s church—who Jesus is and what He accomplished during His earthly ministry. Turning to Daniel 7, Dr. L. Michael Morales then explored Jesus’ favorite self-designation, “the Son of Man.” In his convocation address, Dr. Nichols emphasized the importance of proclaiming Christ and Him crucified.
Dr. Thomas explored the life of Christ and demonstrated that it is because of Christ’s obedient life that sinners are able to be reckoned as law keepers. Dr. Beale looked at Christ as the last Adam, who came in His incarnation as the last or second Adam to faithfully fulfill the Adamic commission and to lay down His life as a ransom for many. Dr. Thomas returned to consider both the evidences and doctrinal implications of Christ’s resurrection.
Lee Webb, Ligonier’s vice president of broadcasting and the host of Renewing Your Mind, moderated a question-and-answer session with Drs. Beale, Morales, Nichols, Sproul, and Thomas and Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. In the conference’s final message, Dr. Sproul Jr. turned to Psalm 110 and encouraged attendees to fight the good fight with joy in light of Christ’s ascension and the knowledge that victory has already been won.
The 2014 Fall Conference then closed with the encouraging music of Nathan Clark George in concert, concluding a full and exciting weekend for Reformation Bible College.
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