Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

PCRT 2010

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Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology 2010
These Last Days: A Christian View of History

Joel Beeke (CA, MI, SC)
Alistair Begg (MI)
D.A. Carson (CA, MI, PA)

Ligon Duncan (MI, SC)
Sinclair Ferguson (PA)
Michael Horton (SC, PA)
Philip Ryken (CA, PA)
Cornel Venema (CA, MI, SC, PA)

Audio sets of this year's PCRT now available!

2010 Plenary CD Set

2010 Seminar CD Set

2010 PreConference CD Set

2010 Plenary MP3 Set

2010 Seminar MP3 Set

2010 PreConference MP3 Set

For many Christians, the last days refers to the short period of intense activity immediately prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.  But according to the apostles, the last days were inauguraged by the first coming of Christ and continue even today.  The book of Hebrews thus begins by saying that while God formerly spoke by the prophets, "in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son" (Heb. 1:2).  Paul warned Timothy that "in the last days there will come times of difficulty," and then made plain that Timothy was living in these very last days (2 Tim. 3:1).  According to Peter, the last days began with the pouring out of the Spirit at Pentecost.  This fulfilled the ancient prophecy, which said, "In the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh" (Acts 2:17).  Biblically, for us, the last days are these last days, as we are those, Paul said, "on whom the end of the ages has come" (1 Cor. 10:11).

How do we biblically understand our time as the final age of world history and what does it mean to our faith?  This is the question that will be taken up by our 39th meeting of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology.  Reformed Christians have often shunned the field of eschatology, surrendering end times doctrine to more popular (but less biblical) schemes held by other believers.  But eschatology is important!  Paul describes the fulfillment of history as "our blessed hope" (Tit. 2:13), a hope made real ot us now through our faith.  It was their Christian doctrine of history that thrilled the first Christian disciples: they realized that with the coming of the "last days" they had entered into the reign of the eschatological kingdom that dawned with the coming of Christ.  Our faith will likewise be strengthened by a biblical view of eschatology and a right understanding of what it means to live in "this present evil age" (Gal. 1:4) by means of the "powers of the age to come" (Heb. 6:5).

We are excited to return with the PCRT to Sacramento, Grand Rapids, Greenville, and Philadelphia.  Our plenary sessions will be offered by some of the most able preachers of our present moment in history: Sinclair Ferguson, Alistair Begg, D.A. Carson, Joel Beeke, Michael Horton, Cornelis Venema, Ligon Duncan, and Philip Ryken.  Our preconference seminar this year will be provided by Dr. Venema, author of "The Promise of the Future" and one of the leading Reformed writers on eschatology, on the topic "Interpreting Biblical Eschatology".  Through the pre-conference and the conference sessions, our aim is not only to provide biblical clarity on controversial matters, but even more importantly to strengthen believers for life in these last days by our understanding of the Bible's teaching on God's plan for all of history.  We look forward to renewing our fellowship with old fiends and beginning new fellowship with those who will join us for the first time.  May God bless us as we gather before the Scriptures to study the biblical doctrine of history and last things, all to the glory of the Lord of history, Jesus Christ.

Host Churches

Sacramento, CA                                         Grand Rapids, MI                                             
March 5-7, 201                                       March 19-21, 2010
Immanuel Baptist Church                         Byron Center First Christian Reformed Church
1424 24th Street                                          2450 85th Street S.W.
Sacramento, CA 95816                              Byron Center, MI 49315

Greenville, SC                                             Philadelphia, PA
April 16-18, 2010                                        April 30-May 2, 2010    
Second Presbyterian Church                   Tenth Presbyterian Church
105 River Street                                          1701 Delancey Street
Greenville, SC 29601                                 Philadelphia, PA 19103


Pre-Conference -- Texts of Christ's Triumph
Interpreting Prophetic Passages, Rick Phillips
What Cannot Be Shaken,Cornel Venema
The Olivet Discourse, Cornel Venema
Rest for Christ's Church at Hist Revelation, Cornel Venema
The Thousand Years, Cornel Venema
Question & Answer, Phillips/Venema

7:00 p.m. The Christ of History, Joel Beeke (CA, SC); Alistair Begg (MI); Sinclair Ferguson (PA)

9:00 a.m. The Present Evil Age, D.A. Carson (CA, MI, PA); Michael Horton (SC)
10:00 a.m. The Age of the Spirit, Joel Beeke (CA, SC); Alistair Begg (MI); Sinclair Ferguson (PA)
11:00 a.m. Question & Answer, All Speakers
2:00 p.m. The Resurrection Hope, Cornel Venema (CA, SC); Joel Beeke (MI); Michael Horton (PA)
3:15 p.m. Seminars:
               The Four (Main) Millennial Views, Cornel Venema (CA, SC, PA); David Murray (MI)
               Eschatology in the Early Church, Ligon Duncan (MI)
               The Origins of Dispensationalism, Michael Horton (SC)
               The Postmillennial Vision of the American Puritans, Joel Beeke (CA)
               Evangelical Eschatology, American Style, Philip Ryken (PA)
               A Pastor's Guide to Life After Death, Rick Phillips (CA, MI, SC)
               Special Video Seminar: James Boice, A Christian View of History, (MI, SC, PA)
               The Radical Implications of Eternity, Paul Tripp (PA)
7:00 p.m. The Eternal Glory, Philip Ryken (CA, PA); Ligon Duncan (MI, SC)

A.M. Worship  Partakers of the Age to Come, D.A. Carson (CA, PA); Ligon Duncan (MI, SC)

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