Conferences

It’s not unusual to hear about God’s grace in a church or at a mission’s conference, isn’t it? Maybe we hear too much and understand too little, or maybe we forget to give it the right credit, I don’t know. Everyone knows for themselves.
One thing is certain. God’s grace is incommensurable and it’s for me and you, today. Although it’s unmerited, it’s certainly not cheap. It costs one everything. The old way is forgotten, buried. There’s only room for the new creation transformed by the healing grace.

We gathered for three days in Bucharest at a place called Casa Shalom. Pastor Kurt Gerhardt, together with the translators, the worship and the organizing ECM teams were God’s instruments during our study time. The theme pointed out the believer ‘salvation and the perseverance of the saints.

Luiza Ghetu, one of the organizers, tells us that: "The conference had a very powerful message at the end of which one could only say “wow”. The theme was explained very clearly and the many biblical references were a great help. It’s just wonderful to know nothing and no one can ever take me out of the Mighty Hand of God." And so it is. A complete "wow" when one thinks that there’s eternity waiting for those who believe and humble their hearts to God.
The handouts were very important because they came in handy to support the teaching. Wayne Grudem’s chapter "Perseverance of the saints" – from "Systematic theology" – and many biblical references were good resources for more than 50 people that were there. Food and free time was great. The fellowship was wonderful. Wish you could be there! 
Here is what Dwight Stone, the ECM director, pointed out for all of you who walk the same road of faith. "Friends we had a blessed time this past weekend studying God’s word concerning grace and perseverance of the saints. (Luke 8:15.) It is so important for all of God’s children to be reminded of God’s part in our salvation. He is the initiator of our salvation. His plan, His desire, His lovinkindness.
Taking spiritually dead people like us (Ephesians 2:1-3) and giving us life in His Son, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:4-6), seating us in the heavenlies with our Lord. Now we are fellow citizens in God’s household (Eph 2:19).
It is amazing to think about how our Lord described us in John 14:12-16. We will do the same work as He did. What confidence our Lord has in all of His own! Because He is at the right hand of our Father in heaven helping us every moment of the day, interceding for us (Romans 8:31-34;Hebrews 7:25;9:24).
He is able to keep us until glory (Jude 24,25).
Oh!! What amazing grace, Oh!! What a marvelous Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for your prayers!
To God be the glory!
May the righteous Word of God speak to many as we take with us the teaching we’ve come to deepen more.
For the ECM team,
Ana Vasile.

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