We’re looking forward to the 2013 STAND for the Gospel conference, which will be happening in just under 2 months. One of the highlights of each conference is the opportunity to take part in a number of seminars on a wide variety of topics related to the gospel and its implications for our lives.
At STAND 2011, we had the privilege of hearing Rob Morton (currently Associate Pastor at Hastings Baptist Church) teach us on “The Gospel and the Christian Husband”. This year we’re delighted to have him teach another seminar, this time on “The Gospel and Sexual Abuse”.
Rob was kind enough to answer a few questions about his life, and what he’ll be speaking about during his seminar.
1. Briefly share your testimony of conversion with us.
I grew up in a Christian home – but I don’t really think I became a Christian until I was in my 20’s. Growing up in the church meant I always had a basic outline of the gospel in the back of my mind. I think God used that later when I finally came to ‘crisis point’.
2. Why do you think what you’re teaching on is an important topic?
The topic is difficult, to be sure. But for victims of sexual abuse in the church, careful thinking on the gospel is vital. Sadly, this isn’t always something the church has done well. But we want to do better. We want to get better at preventing sexual abuse and helping those who have been affected.
3. What do you hope will be filling people’s minds and hearts as they walk away from your message(s)?
That this issue matters very much to God, and so it should matter very much to God’s people. In the gospel we meet a God who has overcome sin and suffering – and we will find our real and lasting answers there.
4. Is there any passage of Scripture that sums up what you’ll be sharing?
We will certainly be looking carefully at the Bible, but the topic seems too complex to want to sum up in a single verse.
5. How has what you’re going to speak on affected your own life?
I’ll be honest: I am finding preparation personally difficult. Staring sin and suffering in the face isn’t meant to be easy, I guess. But I am being constantly reminded that we, the church, need to be prepared to help those who have been abused.
6. Can you recommend any books, articles, websites, or materials on this topic?
Here’s a couple of little booklets to get you started. "Why me: comfort for the victimized" by David Powlison, and "Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes" by Robert W. Kellemen. We’ll talk about more resources during the seminar.
7. What would you say to someone who is trying to decide whether or not to come to STAND 2013?
I think conferences like this give us opportunities to spend quality time with other Christians, opportunities to grow in our knowledge of the gospel, and opportunities to eat good food. Why wouldn’t you go?
Would you like to join Rob and others in rejoicing in the healing power of the Gospel?
For more details and to register for STAND 2013, visit: http://www.standforthegospel.org/conference/stand-2013/.
Update: Rob’s seminar can be found here.