“Trivial pursuits” are trending.
Politics smacks of “Reality TV.”
Thinking is out. Feeling is in. “Yeah! Let’s make America great again!”
Soft drinks are “light!”
Church services are “lite.”
And thinking is the “light-est” we’ve ever seen.
It’s easier to coast than to climb.
It’s easier to ride than to push.
It’s easier to talk than to act.
And it’s easier to nod our heads in disapproval, than it is to bow our heads humbly seeking God’s approval—His good, acceptable, and perfect will for our lives.
And we have the audacity to invite you to #SLHC2016 focusing on THE DEEPER LIFE!
It is our conviction that our crisis is not intransigence (a stubborn unwillingness to change), our crisis is indolence (we are too lazy to pray, to think, to act, and to do what is necessary to be disciples).
Nearly everyone agrees that our nation is heading the wrong direction. Thoughtful Christians can see that churches are losing their grip. And in our own Zion, we who contend for Scriptural holiness have witnessed “a great falling away.”
And yet we do not want to do the heavy lifting that must be done.
Is there an easy way to get a crowd? Sure! Give them what they want not what they need.
Is there an easy way to increase the offerings? Of course! Offer tangible benefits and don’t say a word about the sins of your donors.
Is there an easy way to keep your pulpit? Absolutely! Preach profound masterpieces that soothe sinners and wouldn’t offend the devil if he was in the congregation. Preach generalities not specifics. Hit legalism hard and be gentle toward the liberal.
The “easy way” has brought us to a moment of crisis. Evangelism has all but disappeared. Discipleship is dissipating. Holiness is out. Worldliness is in.
And the Church has lost her sanctifying influence in our culture.
WE MUST HAVE A REVIVAL OF THE DEEPER LIFE.
The ST LOUIS HOLINESS CONVENTION is an annual gathering of dedicated Christian leaders who are praying and believing and working for a revival of Scriptural holiness.
Our goals are specific:
1. To fervently seek after that “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” Heart purity is first.
2. To diligently discern the implications of Scriptural holiness—doctrinal, practical, and spiritual. We contend for orthodoxy, orthopraxy, and ortho-cardia. We love the works of John Wesley, Charles Wesley, John Fletcher, Adam Clarke, Joseph Benson, Francis Asbury, Thomas Coke, William Booth, Catherine Booth, J. B. Chapman, Phineas Bresee, Richard Taylor and holiness writers and preachers of every generation.
3. To engage our generation—both in and out of the church--with the truth and reality of Scriptural holiness.
4. To network those of the same heart.
We will have prayer meetings, church services, teaching seminars, open forum discussions, and a great fellowship. We are doing all we can to make it easy for you to come (ie. meals are freewill based). If you’re interested please let us know how we can help you get here.
HERE’S THIS YEAR’S LINE-UP
HARRY PLANK, General Superintendent Emeritus of GOD’S MISSIONARY CHURCH will be speaking at both evening services at 7pm.
MUSIC WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE UNION BIBLE COLLEGE QUARTETS and PHIL ALEXANDER AT THE KEYBOARDS.
SISTER BECKY SCHENCK will be leading A LADIES’ TRAC on both days.
OTHER GREAT SPEAKERS include:
ROBERT THOMPSON, Jr.
MARSH JONES, and
The convention is sponsored by the JOHN WESLEY FOUNDATION of ST LOUIS and hosted by FAITH COMMUNITY CHURCH, 2969 N. Lindbergh, St. Ann, MO 63074.
WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU HERE!
We are expecting and praying that everyone attending will leave with a deeper love for God, a deeper desire to know the will of God, and deeper determination to walk in holiness and righteousness.
Pastor Rick Jones & Pastor/Missionary John Poff
P.S. We have just confirmed that DARRELL STETLER will be our keynote speaker in 2017, the Lord willing.