Stephen Olford Center for Expository Preaching, Christian Life Convention, April 7-9

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The Stephen Olford Center in Memphis, Tennessee will host a (Keswick) Christian Life Convention on April 7-9.  The event begins on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. and concludes on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Speakers include:
Dr. Ted Rendall, speaking three times. Dr. Rendall’s topics include: Union With Christ; Pursuing Holiness and Victorious Living;and The Spirit-Filled Life.

Dr. David Olford, speaking three times as well as leading the convention. Dr. Olford’s topics include: Opening message; Submission to the Lordship of Christ;and Closing message.

Dr. Roger Willmore, speaking three times. Roger’s topics include: Forgiveness and Cleansing from Sin; The Spirit-Filled Life; and A Call to Service and Mission.

There will be times of worship and cooperate prayer. There will be opportunities for fellowship with fellow Believers.

The Christian Life Convention will be held in the Bethany Chapel at the Stephen Olford Center, 4000 Riverdale Road, Memphis, TN. There is no registration fee, but the staff do need to know if you are coming. Email Betty Peppenhorst at bpeppenhorst@gmfonline.org or call 901-453-6422 or 901-453-6455.

“It is Time to Seek the Lord” Christian Life Convention!

Port of Spain, Trinidad, Keswick Convention

 

I have just returned from Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I., where I had the privilege of preaching twice a day in the North Keswick Christian Life Convention. The Lord wonderfully blessed these meetings.  The noon day session was held at St. John’s Baptist Church right in the heart of the city.  This meeting targets the business folk and those who work in the city.  The meeting was well attended each day and I enjoyed teaching the word of God in what the Keswick tradition calls “Bible Readings.”  The evening sessions were held in the Agape Bible Ministries Church in Curepe.  These meetings were also well attended and were blessed by the time in worship which was led by folk from various churches. The sermons focused on different aspects of the Christian life with the aim of encouraging Christians to walk in holiness and Christ-likeness.

My first time to minister in Trinidad was in 1994. I have returned many times. At my first visit there were Keswick Conventions in Port of Spain, San Fernando, Point Fortin and in Scarborough, Tobago. I have preached in all of these conventions. However, today only the Port of Spain (North Keswick) and San Fernando (South Keswick) remain. The Keswick Christian Life Convention has been in Trinidad and Tobago for 50 years and has been used greatly by the Lord to bring blessing to His people.

When I look back over the Keswick’s in Trinidad I am blessed by the list of men who have ministered there. To name a few, Stephen Olford, Stuart Briscoe who has been there twice in the last four years, Woodrow Kroll, Ian Barclay, Don Graham, Richard Owen Roberts, Henry Blackaby, Eric Crichton, Charles Price, Ted Rendall and more.

I have many friends in Trinidad now, pastors and laymen alike. These men and women love the Lord and serve Him faithfully. Please pray for the Lord’s servants in Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.

Enjoy the pictures.

Roger

Japan Keswick Conventions in Pictures

I often said in Japan, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  I said this because I was preaching a series of Bible Character sermons to illustrate the various aspects of the Christian life.

In a previous article I attempted to give a brief overview of my month of ministry in Japan. I became aware that words cannot fully describe the travels, the places, the people and the ministry.  Here I am going to post pictures from the travels and ministry and hopefully you can get an idea of the Keswick Ministry in Japan is like.

I want to take a moment and commend the Christians in Japan.  The Japanese hospitality is second to none…even our well known “Southern Hospitality.”  A guest in Japan is treated with great respect and honor.  Every provision is made for his safety, comfort and enjoyment.

Japan Keswick Conventions

I was in Japan January 28- February 29, speaking in Keswick Christian Life Conventions. Japan has been holding these historic Christian Life Conventions for fifty years.  Each year in February there is a series of conventions across the country.  Always there are guest speakers, mostly from England, in each of the conventions.  Some conventions in the larger venues will have two guest speakers.  All of the conventions are blessed by the preaching ministry of Japanese speakers.  Guest speakers always speak through a translator.  I have been to Japan seven times.  Four of the visits were for Keswick Conventions.

The 2016 ministry began in Tokyo with my friend Timothy Konishi. I ministered in Timothy’s church and with house groups. I also had the opportunity to speak in the Wesleyan Holiness Seminary. This was a delightful experience.

From Tokyo I flew to Okinawa where I spoke in the first of a series of Keswick Conventions. From Okinawa I went the Kyushu Convention, then by bullet train to Osaka and Kyoto. The two additional conventions included Hakone and Tokyo. In Osaka, Hakone and Tokyo I was teamed with I was teamed with Ian Coffey from Moorsland College in England. I had a delightful time with Ian and his wife Ruth.

Dr. Stephen Olford was a regular speaker at Japan Keswick Conventions. He loved to go to Japan. During the years of my friendship with Dr. Olford he often spoke to me of Japan and mentored me regarding ministry in the Japan Keswick Conventions. The day finally came that I was invited to speak at the Japan Keswick and I have enjoyed each time I have been.

This historic Christian Life Convention holds an important place among Christians in Japan. The accumulative number of people ministered to by these conventions is very significant. The “Keswick Message” as I call it, is a message of holiness and Christ-likeness. The message flows from the exposition of God’s word. Countless lives are touched, changed and enriched. Christians from different denominations gather under the banner, “All One in Christ Jesus.” It is a time of great celebration and worship. I have not seen more authentic worship of God anywhere, nor have I heard such beautiful music and singing.

Pray for the Christian leaders in Japan. They labor with love to reach their country for Christ.