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Theo Con 2006

Sola Fide: Justification by Faith Alone—A Crumbling Pillar?
February 10-12, 2006

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In February 2006,  Covenant Presbyterian Church hosted a Theology Conference on the important doctrine of justification by faith alone, a central doctrine of the Scriptures and our Reformed tradition.

This doctrine is a pillar of the Church.  The absence of this vital doctrine, or even an incorrect understanding of this truth, will lead to spiritual decline and even death of the Church.  As Martin Luther said, this is the pillar or the doctrine upon which the Church stands or falls.  Yet, as we examine ourselves, how many of our officers could deliver a clear statement of the doctrine and its importance?   How many of our parents can clearly share this truth with their children?  How many of our members can present this doctrine simply to their neighbors?  How many know and love this doctrine and would be prepared to hold it even unto death?  What implication does this have for the Church and for the generations to come?


It is in this light that we explored the doctrine of justification, as well as the corresponding doctrines of the covenant of works and the sacraments.  By the grace of God, we were led by two of the most eminently qualified speakers, scholars, and preachers available today: Dr. Morton Smith, a "founding father" of the PCA, and Rev. Richard Phillips.



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About the Speakers

Rev. Richard D. Phillips
Rev. Phillips is the Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Margate, FL.  He served in the Army for 13 years, holding command and staff positions in a number of combat units.  He was an assistant professor of leadership at West Point and has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.  Rev. Phillips served on the staff of the historic Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.  He currently serves on the board of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals which was formerly led by his mentor and one-time senior Pastor, the late James Montgomery Boice.  Rev. Phillips also chairs the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology which was founded by Dr. Boice.  He is an accomplished author. His most recent book is Chosen in Christ: The Glory of God’s Grace in Ephesians 1.  He is a regular contributor to Tabletalk. He is a much sought after speaker for Bible and Theology conferences.


Dr. Morton H. Smith
Dr. Smith is a Professor of Systematic and Biblical Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Greenville, SC.  He has had a long history as a pastor and a seminarian.  He has served on the faculties of Belhaven College, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO, to name just a few.  Dr. Smith was one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) proudly serving as the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly from 1973 to 1988.  He is the author of numerous books including Studies in Southern Presbyterian Theology, The Case for Full Subscription to the Westminster Standards in the Presbyterian Church in America; Systematic Theology, and more.  He has also contributed to Baker’s Dictionary of Theology, Encyclopedia of Theology, Reformed Theology in America, Did God Create in Six Days?, Written for our Instruction: The Sufficiency of Scripture for All of Life, et al.




Conference Schedule

Friday, February 10, 2006

 6:30 pm    Registration & Book Table
 7:00 pm Justification by Faith - The Article by Which the Church Stands or Falls – Rev. Richard D. Phillips
 8:00 pm  Refreshments & Book Table
 8:15 pm     The New Perspective on Paul: The Old Legalism & Sacerdotalism? – Dr. Morton H. Smith
 9:15 pm Book Table
 9:30 pm Dismissal


Saturday, February 11, 2006

 8:15 am    

Registration, Refreshments, & Book Table 

 9:00 am    

What Makes a Christian? Propositional Truth, the Covenant, or Both—and Why Does It Matter? – Rev. Richard D. Phillips

 10:00 am Refreshments & Book Table
 10:15 am The Biblical Plan of Salvation & the Covenant of Works – Dr. Morton H. Smith
 11:15 am Book Table
 11:30 am

Lunch (Box Lunches) & Book Table

 1:00 pm

The Sacraments: For Sanctification or Regeneration? – Rev. Richard D. Phillips

 2:00 pm

Book Table

 2:15 pm

Covenant, Baptism & Redemption – Dr. Morton H. Smith

 3:15 pm

Book Table

 3:30 pm Q&A – Rev. Richard D. Phillips & Dr. Morton H. Smith


Sunday, February 12, 2006

9:40 am     

Joint Sunday School—Justification & Sanctification: Compared and Contrasted – Dr. Morton H. Smith

11:00 am  Morning Worship – Sermon by Dr. Morton H. Smith

6:00 pm    

Evening Worship – Sermon by Dr. Morton H. Smith


Childcare and children's activities provided.
Free admission.