Regarding the SCRBPC 2014, my advice to all who have not attended, yet find themselves within the geographical area and/or with the providentially given funds to do so, make this one a priority, especially those who claim to subscribe to the scriptural understanding that is summarized in the 1689 LBCF.
Having attended the last two of these conferences, I can say that it just keeps getting better. Next year’s slate being set for the exposition of the doctrine of God with Dr. James E. Dolezal as the keynote speaker simply promises to continue this ongoing practice of delivering to the servants of God such teaching as will progressively benefit the church in an ongoing manner, to the glory of God.
The quality of each presentation is expositional, bringing to life those themes most dear to the believer’s heart, kept within the covenantal framework of Reformed confessional orthodoxy. This is done with direct address of church history, theology proper, and each major scriptural doctrine as it has developed in further clarity throughout the church’s existence. The emphasis is that we do not treat Scripture in a vacuum, but with the entirety of the weight of the church of Jesus Christ throughout its history.
Besides the excellent scholarship and practical applications, the food is outstanding.
Bill Hier, Reformed Baptist Fellowship and Theology Forum (Facebook)
“I’m thankful I attended the SCRBP Conference this year. We heard excellent, helpful teaching from men who are masters of their material. The instruction was especially pertinent for pastors, giving them content and analysis from these capable teachers that will be of genuine benefit to carrying out their own teaching ministries. They expanded our understanding of the doctrine of the Scripture and gave us a better grasp of its historical roots and connections so that we may be of more help to our own churches. I greatly appreciate the services provided by so many fellow believers of the Southern California Association of Reformed Baptist Churches that made this a worthwhile and successful conference.”
Pastor Larry Vincent
Heritage Baptist Church, Mansfield, TX
“The SCRBPC was created to help fill a vital need among Reformed Baptists today. Here is a conference that is fully confessional and deals with solid doctrinal topics for pastors at a seminary level (with no tests!). Dr. Trueman’s lectures were outstanding–as were the lectures from Drs. Renihan and Barcellos. The teaching, the food, the fellowship, the food, the venue, and did I mention THE FOOD was outstanding. This conference is now drawing men from places far from Southern California, which is making it even better. Mark your calendars for next year–you will not be sorry you did!”
Sovereign Grace Baptist Church – Ontario, California
“I haven’t been to many conferences, but it’s hard for me to imagine a more enjoyable experience than the SCRBPC 2014. The keynote and guest speakers are among the best in the confessionally Reformed world. It provides a wonderful opportunity for stretching the mind in an environment of warm fellowship. Even the food is particularly exceptional. I highly, highly recommend marking a spot on your schedule for next year!”
“The SCRBPC should be on every Reformed pastor’s yearly “must attend” list. The conference features top tier academics delivering thorough explanations of doctrines of vital importance to the health and holiness of Christ’s church in a clear and accessible manner. In addition to providing excellent teaching, the fellowship is both warm and encouraging. The SCRBPC aims to minister to the minds, hearts (and stomachs) of attendees and definitely hits the mark.”
“The SCRBPC is an excellent conference. Its function is to provide sound biblical, theological, and historical teaching to assist pastors in understanding the 2LCF, and hence, the Bible. Dr. Trueman’s sessions on the doctrine of Scripture in history were most helpful. That our Reformed forefathers were not innovators but rather men who summarized the consistent teaching of the church through its history was very illuminating. Dr. Renihan’s message on the the addition of the first line in 2LCF 1:1 and its historical background was also excellent. Dr. Barcellos’ presentation on the covenant of works was not only excellent, but essential for men in the ministry today. As was pointed out, if one tampers with the covenant of works, one will inevitably tamper with the covenant of grace. The fellowship was also excellent as attendees are surrounded by men who are likewise engaged in pastoral ministry. Finally, a man once told me “Calvinists eat well.” This conference substantiates this claim!”
Pastor James P. Butler
Free Grace Baptist Church, Chilliwack, B.C., Canada
“In order to teach what accords with sound doctrine to our congregations we must first know and delight in sound doctrine ourselves. These conferences which promote the glorious doctrines of God’s free grace and function within the theological framework of the Second London Baptist Confession and the Baptist Catechism offer pastors and men who aspire to the Christian ministry an opportunity to grow in their understanding of what sound doctrine is and how it should be articulated to the people of God. Having attended and profited from all of the conferences held to date, I would say this – if you can only attend one pastors’ conference in the coming year, make every effort, Lord willing, to attend this one!”
Jeffrey A. Massey
Redeemer Reformed Baptist Church, Redlands, CA
Host, Redeemer Radio
It was an honor and blessing to be able to attend the conference. I appreciated the fine messages by Dr. Trueman and the personal anecdotes he occasionally included (such as where to find the best potato pancakes in Eisenach, Germany). Dr. Trueman’s final message about Luther was most stimulating. Dr. Renihan opened my eyes to the opening paragraph of our Confession to see the improvement over the WCF and the Savoy. Your message on “Getting the Garden Right” was disappointing to me since I thought it would help me with my unhealthy tomato plants. Actually it was outstanding – you should write a book on it! Thanks for the full manuscript too. I was able to give you my full attention without having to worry about taking notes. The fellowship was refreshing and the dinner/dessert was outstanding. This conference not only increased my understanding of the doctrine of Scripture, but it also stirred my heart toward a deeper devotion to the God who gave this glorious Word.”
Pastor John Giarizzo
Grace Covenant Church, Gilbert, AZ
Pastor David Pitman
“I enjoyed the SCRBPC 2014 because of its intellectual-theological focus. It is also great to be able to submit, even by text, questions and have the speakers respond. The fellowship is also great, worth putting up with Barcellos and his white socks! Finally, both meals were wonderful and will be a cause of self-denial in the days ahead!”
Dr. Sam Waldron