The Spirit of the Age: Age of The Spirit

Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology 2018

Plenary Speakers

Daniel Akin
Richard Gaffin
Daniel Hyde
Conrad Mbewe
Richard Phillips

Workshop Speakers

Jonathan Master
David Murray
Scott Oliphint


Pentecost and the Work of The Spirit Today,
Richard Gaffin



April 13-15, 2018
First Christian Reformed Church (of Byron Center) 
8541 Byron Center Avenue SW
Byron Center, MI 49315 

April 27-28, 2018
Proclamation Presbyterian Church
278 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010




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About the Conference

He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”  ~1 John 4:4

From the very beginning, the Christian faith has stood in contrast with the world. John wrote: “The world is passing away along with all its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 Jn. 2:17). How important, then, for believers to understand the dividing line between the two! With this in mind, the 2018 Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology confronts the Age of the Spirit with the Spirit of the Age. Seldom has there been a greater need for God’s people to understand what it is that characterizes both the secular kingdom and the kingdom of Christ. The answer was seen when the Spirit of God fell upon the church at Pentecost. What does it mean for us to be living in the Age of the Spirit? What are the resources, blessings, and callings of Christ’s people in light of his coming Spirit? These are questions we will consider together in our study of work and power of the Holy Spirit in our current age.

We are excited to be joined this year by Daniel Akin, Conrad Mbewe, and Daniel Hyde. Daniel Akin is president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is committed to the bold proclamation of the gospel through expository preaching. Because of his powerful preaching at Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia, Conrad has been called “the Spurgeon of Africa.” Daniel Hyde is pastor of Oceanside United Reformed Church in North County, California, teaches at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and is editor of the Meet the Puritans blog. Together we will consider the work of the Spirit in this age of the church together with its collision with the world-spirit of unbelief and idolatry. Richard Gaffin will provide our pre-conference on the theme of Pentecost and the Work of the Spirit Today. Those familiar with Dr. Gaffin’s ministry at Westminster Theological Seminary will recognize his singular passion and insight into this vital topic. 

We are excited to return to Grand Rapids and Bryn Mawr in the Philadelphia area. I look forward to renewing many old friendships and to forming new relationships as we study such a vital topic in the context of rich doxology. I hope that you will be able to join us and am confident that this year’s conference will help you to understand both the times in which you live and the Spirit of Christ by who’s power you believe.


Pre-conference: Pentecost and the Work of The Spirit Today
8:00 a.m. Registration and coffee
9:15 a.m. Opening Bible Study: Richard Phillips
9:45 a.m. Pentecost and the Gift of The Spirit, Richard Gaffin
10:45 a.m. Coffee break
11:00 a.m. Pentecost and the Gifts of The Spirit, Richard Gaffin
12:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Pentecost and the Intercession of The Spirit, Richard Gaffin
3:00 p.m. Question & Answer Session
3:45 p.m. End of Pre-Conference

Conference: The Spirit of the Age: Age of The Spirit
6:00 p.m. Conference Registration
7:00 p.m. Opening of the 2018 PCRT
First Address: The Spirit of a New Age, Conrad Mbewe

8:00 a.m. Late Registration
9:00 a.m. Second Address: Two Worlds, Two Spirits, Daniel Akin (MI), Daniel Hyde (PA)
10:30 a.m. Third Address: The Spirit of Conviction, Conrad Mbewe
11:30 a.m. Question & Answer Session (All Speakers)
12:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Fourth Address: The Spirit of Transforming, Daniel Akin (MI), Richard Phillips (PA)
3:15–4:30 p.m. Workshops
4:30 p.m. Dinner (at local restaurants)
7:00 p.m. Fifth Address: The Spirit of Christ's Glory, Richard Phillips (MI), Daniel Hyde (PA)

Sunday PCRT joins host church worship for final address.
Sixth Address: The Spirit's People in the World, Richard Phillips
8:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. PCRT worships with First Christian Reformed Church of Byron Center, Grand Rapids
11:00 a.m. PCRT worships with Proclamation Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr

Speaker Biographies

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Hotel Information

Please call the hotel directly and mention "The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals" to receive the special rate.

Grand Rapids
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids South
2150 Metro Lane
Wyoming, MI 49519
Call 616-724-1234 by March 22nd
3.6 miles from the church

Courtyard Philadelphia Valley Forge/King of Prussia
1100 Drummers Lane 
Wayne, PA 19087
Call 610-687-6700 by April 12th 
8.0 miles from the church

The Radnor Hotel
591 E Lancaster Ave
Wayne, PA 19087
Call 610-688-5800 by March 16th
3.9 miles from the church

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