Pillar and Buttress of the Truth
April 29-30, 2022
Friday 7:00 PM (Potluck meal @ 6 PM)
Saturday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Pastor's Lunch Friday 12 PM
Why is this years theme The Church?
To claim that truth is relative is an open attack on the church. We know this because the church is a pillar and buttress of truth. To attack truth is to attack the church. But what does it mean to be a pillar and buttress of truth? What does this mean for the church and what does this mean for the Christian? At this year’s Sound Doctrine Conference, we will be dealing with these very questions. Join together with other believers to thoughtfully consider the weight and glory of the precious truth of who the church is.
“I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.”
1 Timothy 3:14-15 – ESV
Night of Worship
The Church, pillar and buttress of Truth: What does it mean for the church to be a pillar and buttress of Truth?
Speaker: Jon Szabo
What is the Purpose of the Sound Doctrine Conference?
The purpose of the Sound Doctrine Conference is to equip the local church with sound doctrine in accordance with the gospel.
Why the Sound Doctrine Conference?
We live in an age where knowledge and information are widely accessible. Yet, with the increase of knowledge there is an ever-increasing rejection of truth and morality. This problem has not just infected the world but has even found its way into the church. As this has happened, fewer and fewer churches are found which preach sound doctrine in accordance with the gospel. So, what are churches to do? First and foremost, they must remain steadfast in their commitment to faithful biblical teaching. This is done primarily through the pulpit ministry of the local church. In an effort to reinforce this commitment, the Sound Doctrine Conference seeks to instill a love for the word of God in the local church through faithful exposition the word of God.
Where Does Sound Doctrine Come From?
The Sound Doctrine Conference is based on the phrase ‘sound doctrine’ (ὑγιαινούσῃ διδασκαλίᾳ) found in 1 Timothy 1:11, Titus 1:9 and 2:1. Further, the phrase ‘sound words’ (ὑγιαίνουσιν λόγοις/ὑγιαινόντων λόγων), which correspond to sound doctrine, are found in 1 Timothy 6:3 and 2 Timothy 1:13. Paul, in his letters to Timothy and Titus, is exhorting these young Pastors to teach sound doctrine to the churches under their watch. However, Paul is not simply advocating for academic accuracy; an accuracy which is of absolute importance. He is also seeking that this sound doctrine is consistently applied into the lives of the believer in such a way that produces godliness. In the passages mentioned above, Sound Doctrine in accordance with the gospel must necessarily produce godliness.
Who is the Sound Doctrine Conference for?
Sound doctrine is not for ivory tower theologians. Rather, sound doctrine is for those who desire to know and love God. According to Paul, sound doctrine is in accordance with the gospel, sound doctrine is the needed tool to resist bad teaching, sound doctrine produces godliness, and sound doctrine is required to walk with Christ in faith and in love. In other words, sound doctrine is the very thing we need to know the gospel, declare the truth, combat lies, and to live a life that pleases God. Sound Doctrine is for every believer!
What Happens at the Sound Doctrine Conference?
At the Sound Doctrine Conference, we are steadfast to do five things: We Sing, We Read The Bible, We Pray, We Hear Teaching, We Reason With What We Heard
We Sing: Singing is a beautiful gift from our God and our Savior, Jesus Christ. One of the greatest joys of gathering with other believers in a larger gathering is to be able to join other brothers and sisters in singing great truth about our God and his Christ.
We Read the Bible: The Bible is the very Word of God. Therefore, the Bible is a priceless treasure for us to cherish. We love to hear the precious words of Scripture read aloud for all to hear.
We Pray: Our endeavor is first and foremost a spiritual effort. This requires that we seek spiritual means to changes our hearts and minds. This begins with prayer.
We Hear Teaching: Like the disciples, we love to hear faithful teaching. We devote ourselves to the Apostle’s teaching. Each session will seek to engage both our spiritual minds and our holy affections.
We Reason with What We Heard: Godly learning is not just an information download. Rather, it demands that we meditate and reason what we have heard. To foster this reflective work, we have also included multiple opportunities to ask questions about what has been taught.
Why a Pastor’s Lunch?
Pastor’s need friends, fellowship, and encouragement. With busy schedules and various demands on their time, pastors can quickly forget to foster these needed relationships. Therefore, it is the desire that Pastor’s would have an opportunity to gather with other men who are serving as elders, pastors, or overseers to be encouraged though fellowship, a good meal, a word from the Scriptures, and of course, a few more books. This lunch is reserved exclusively for men who are currently serving as a Pastor, Elder, or Overseer.
Sound Doctrine Conference
Sound doctrine in accordance with the gospel
But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.
Titus 2:1 - ESV
This year's conference is FREE. It is made possible by the sacrificial giving of FBC Fortuna and generous supporters. If you would like to donate you may do so at the conference or online at https://fbcfortuna.churchcenter.com/giving/to/conference
Friday Night there is a potluck dinner at 6 PM. Saturday there is a lunch provided.
Friday at Noon there is a Pastor's Lunch and Fellowship.
There is no child care provided. However children are welcome to attend. The nursery will be available for parents to use for children ages 0-2. The sessions will be available to watch from the nursery.
Did we mention that we love to give away books? Each year we gather together some useful books that promote sound doctrine and godliness.
[One set of books per household.]
The Sound Doctrine Conference takes place at
1976 Scenic Dr. Fortuna, CA
On Friday at 12 PM there is a Pastor's lunch and fellowship. This time is open to Men who are currently serving as a Pastor ( or Elder/Overseer). After lunch and a time to fellowship with one another a Pastor will bring a word of encouragement and exhortation.
Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.
1 Timothy 1:8-11 - ESV