Fall Bible Conference Begins Tonight

Rev. Dr. Ian Hamilton


The Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church in White Rock will sponsor a Fall Bible Conference beginning at 7 p.m. today through Sunday, Oct. 2.

The Rev. Dr. Ian Hamilton is the guest speaker and his topic is “John Owen and Communion with God.”

The English Puritan theologian and Oxford academic, John Owen (1616-1683), believed that communion with God lies at the heart of the Christian life. With the Apostle Paul he recognized that through God the Son we have access by the God the Holy Spirit to the God the Father. He never lost the sense of amazement expressed by Apostle John: ‘Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ’.

Owen’s works, though thorough, erudite, and extensive, are, by the admission of many who have read him, difficult to grasp. Eminent modern theologian/pastors Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Dr. James I. Packer comment respectively, ‘John Owen on the whole is difficult to read,’ and ‘There is no denying that Owen is heavy and hard to read.’ Dr. Hamilton will help us grasp the wonders of Owen’s Bible-based insights into a believer’s great privilege: intimate communion, relationship with the triune God.

The Speaker: Rev. Dr. Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton [BA: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 1972; BD: University of Edinburgh, 1975;

MPHIL: University of Edinburgh, 1980; Doctor of Divinity: Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 2012] was minister of the Cambridge Presbyterian Church, Cambridge, England, from 1999 until July of this year. He was minister of Loudoun Church of Scotland, Newmilns, Ayrshire in 1979 serving there for almost twenty years. Dr. Hamilton is lecturer in Historical Theology at the Edinburgh Theological Seminary. He is married to Joan, and they have four children.

Ian is also a Trustee of the Banner of Truth Trust, an Adjunct Professor at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, a teaching fellow at Ligonier Ministries, and has preached at conferences around the world. His books include a commentary on the Letters of John, published by the Banner of Truth Trust in the ‘Let’s Study’ series. He is also the author of The Faith-Shaped Life.

The Schedule:

Friday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.

“What is communion with God?”

Saturday, Oct. 1, 9:30 a.m.

“Communion with God the Father”

11 a.m.

“Communion with God the Son”

~ 12:30 p.m. Lunch ~

Sunday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.,

Sunday School hour

“Communion with God the Holy Spirit”

10:20 a.m., Morning Worship

“The Church’s Greatest Need”

Ephesians 1:17

6 p.m. Evening Fellowship

Informal Fellowship time: recap of lectures;

question & answer time/devotional;

The conference is free of charge.

The lunch following the Saturday sessions is free of charge. The church only asks that you make a reservation for lunch by calling 505.672.3364 or e-mail info@bapca.org.

For more information, see the Bryce Avenue Church website at bapca.org.