The conference messages are dedicated to doing a Biblical Theology of the family, not a Systematic Theology. One of the valuable aspects of doing a biblical theology of the family, in contrast to a systematic theology of the family, is that you see behind the curtain. You see what God was thinking. You see the panorama of God’s grace.
I pray that you will be thrilled with God and His plans for families. I want you to see the wisdom of God played out from eternity past and from Genesis to Revelation. I want you to see that salvation in Christ alone is the only hope for people in your family. I want you to see that even the most broken family can be restored.
You will see the schemes of God to redeem fallen humanity through the work of Christ in a family. And finally, when you get to the last chapters of the Bible, the pictures and shadows that started in Genesis are fulfilled.
At this conference, we are focusing on the unfolding revelation of God along the timeline of history as God uses families to assemble His everlasting family. The family is a means to communicate the gospel to children, bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord, and divide the sheep from the goats, that some may become true children of Abraham by faith.
The modern church has nearly lost a sense of the Biblical doctrine and functionality of the family. At this conference, we plan to examine it in detail and seek its recovery. Why did God create families? What was He thinking? How should families think about their families?
It is no accident that the entire story of redemption is couched in family imagery. The Bible begins with the marriage of Adam and Eve and ends with the marriage supper of the Lamb, where the bride—the church—is married to her husband. The Bible begins with a heavenly family, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and it progresses to describe how God is gathering His family from the ends of the earth through the spread of the Gospel. Finally, God’s family is finally taken to a heavenly home marked by everlasting joy.
What does a Biblical Theology of the family show us? It shows us the ferocious hatred of the devil for families from the beginning to the end of the world. But it also shows that the only hope for the people in your family is the power of the Gospel, sustained by a covenant-keeping God. It shows us that God alone can heal family wounds such that we will be praising Him for all eternity His “everlasting covenant.”
Join us at “The Theology of the Family Conference,” and you will not only walk away with a clearly defined doctrine of the family, but you will also understand how to apply that doctrine in your family and in your church.