The seventh Chelmsford Anglican Bible Conference on October 6th was a great success, with almost 200 people gathered at the Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford, to hear Christopher Ash speaking on the book of Job.
CABC was set up by members of the Chelmsford Diocesan Evangelical Association, after a series of consultations around the Diocese at the end of the 1990s. The first Conference took place at the Cathedral in May 2001 and was opened by the then-Bishop, the Rt Revd John Perry.
The Conference moved to Central Baptist Church the following year, due to the excellent facilities, and has stayed there almost every year since.
The declared aim of CABC is ‘to put the Bible at the heart of our diocesan life’. Whilst there are a number of diocesan gatherings, ranging from special services, through Synod, up to residential conferences, they do not tend to focus on Bible teaching. The conviction of the organisers of CABC has always been that God speaks to us uniquely in and through the Bible, and that therefore it is important for us to gather together as a diocese specifically to hear that word read and taught.
Christopher Ash, the Director of the Cornhill Training Course, is thus the latest in a succession of top-quality speakers who have opened up the Bible to us in a variety of ways. Christopher has made a detailed study of Job and is the author of a small commentary, published by IVP.
As usual, the day included praise and prayer, led this time by Chris Taylor. There was also personal testimony from Deborah Kelly who, despite suffering from MS, has a personal ministry of Bible teaching, which she exercises at Grace Church, Wanstead.
Next year’s Bible Conference is scheduled for the 4th October and will be on the book of Romans.
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