500 years ago, On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenburg church in Germany. Although Luther did not know it at the time, this would be the spark which would change the church forever. It would be the spark that God would use to ignite the Protestant Reformation.
You see, after reading God's word for himself, which was not accessible to the layperson, Luther came to realize that many of the central teachings of the Roman church were either lacking in Biblical support or had been corrupted by generations and generations of the traditions of man. This time, the leaders of the church were selling indulgences and claiming that payment for these indulgences would be sufficient for the forgiveness of sins. The true message of the gospel was distorted and unknown. Luther sought to bring the people back to God's word. Forgiveness of sins does not come through any merit or good intentions of our own, but rather all of salvation belongs to the Lord, and it is by grace alone, through faith in Christ alone that we have salvation. We are justified – declared to be righteous in His sight – by his grace, entirely apart from our works, so that salvation is to the glory of God alone.
Join us this fall as we gather together to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.We will share in meals together, read God's word, hear God's Word, pray God's word, and sing God's word together. We will be teaching through the most foundational doctrines of what makes us Christian. We invite you to join us as we open up the word of God, to see and savour the beauty of the glory of God and his gospel in the face of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only hope in life in death.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the Peterborough Reformation Conference is to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation by teaching our local congregations the central tenets and history of the Reformation, as they recovered the heart of the Bible’s teaching for the church. Our reason for doing this is to encourage, strengthen, and equip the saints for the work of ministry. Here, we will learn from gifted teachers and enjoy fellowship with believers that are outside of our own local churches, resulting in a unity that is founded on the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the Scriptures. Although the conference is being run by three local churches, it will provide an opportunity for many other churches and Christians within the city to join us as we seek God in the face the Jesus Christ.
Date and Location:
Friday, October 27th- Saturday, October 28th
Westmount Bible Chapel, 1150 Clonsilla Ave, Peterborough
Our Speakers and Guests:
Derek Green: Derek is married to Catherine and the father to Ashley, Cindy, Nathan, Caleb, and Sam. He is a long-time church member at Braidwood Bible Chapel in Peterborough. He occasionally attends Toronto Baptist Seminary where he is pursuing his Master of Divinity.
Alexander Kloosterman: Alex is married to Rebecca and is the father of Grace and Ruth. He helped start the Gathering in 2009, where he now serves as Lead Pastor. He attends Toronto Baptist Seminary where he is pursuing his Master of Divinity.
Josh Anderson: Josh is the lead Pastor at Braidwood Bible Chapel where he has served for 5 years. He is married to Lori and is the father of Abigail, Josiah and Nathaniel. He has completed his Master of Theological Studies from Heritage College & Seminary.
Jason Belgrave: Jason is married to Carrie and the father of Atticus and Gabriel. Jason is the lead pastor at Westmount Bible Chapel in Peterborough where is has been serving for almost 3 years. Jason completed his Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles, California.
Rylan Auger: Rylan Auger is married to Carleigh and is the father of Eleanor, Calvin, and Aileen. They live in downtown Peterborough. He is a graduate of Emmaus School of Biblical Studies, has a bachelor's in Greek and Roman Studies from Trent University, and is pursuing his Masters of Divinity at Toronto Baptist Seminary. Rylan is one of the elder/pastors at the Gathering.
Food and Refreshments
Coffee will be provided between every break. We will have Potluck style lunch and dinner in the basement.
Tickets and Registration:
*** The first 50 registrants receive a bag of books! ***
Non-Students/ per household: $20