On February 29th people from all over the Bay Area will gather for a one day conference Testify: Bearing Witness to Christ in the Present Age.

Our world has changed, it has become more secular. Our place in the world feels different, we feel marginalized. Our calling has remained the same, we are to bear witness to Christ. Join us for “Testify,” a TGC Bay Area Conference to explore the roots and rhythms of bearing witness to Christ in our secular age.

The conference will be held February 29th with guest speakers Sam Allberry, Jonathan Holmes, Julius Kim, Toby Kurth, and John Onwucheckwa. We will be focusing on First Corinthians Chaper One throughout the day. 

We will also be hosting a pre-conference on Sexuality on February 28th. Check out our Pre-Conference tab at the top of this page for more information. 

Both events will again be hosted by NorthCreek Church which is located at 2303 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek.

 

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Speakers

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Sam Allberry

Sam Allberry is an editor for The Gospel Coalition, a global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and a pastor based in Maidenhead, UK. He is the author of a number of books, including Is God Anti-Gay? (Good Book, 2013), James For You, and most recently Why Bother with Church. He is a founding editor of Living Out, a ministry for those struggling with same-sex attraction.

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Jonathan Holmes

Jonathan Holmes joined the Parkside team in October 2008 as the campus pastor at Parkside Church Green, Ohio. Jonathan graduated with degrees in Biblical Counseling and History from The Master’s College and has a master's degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Jonathan and his wife, Jennifer, are parents of four daughters.

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Julius Kim

(MDiv, Westminster Seminary California; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is dean of students and professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California and associate pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church. He is the author of Preaching the Whole Counsel of God. He and his wife, Ji Hee, have two children.

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Toby Kurth

Toby earned his BS from UC Davis and after spending a number of years in the marketplace, he went back to school to pursue a masters at Westminster Seminary in California and a PhD at Stony Brook University in New York. While living in Brooklyn, God redirected Toby and Rebekah towards full-time ministry, and they came home to California in 2009 to plant a church in San Francisco. He is married to Rebekah and has 3 boys

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John Onwuchekwa

(MA, Dallas Theological Seminary) is a pastor at Cornerstone Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He’s the author of Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church. He and his wife, Shawndra, are the proud parents of one daughter, Ava.

Workshops

After lunch on Saturday we will be offering these four workshops led by our guest speakers. Please read through the descriptions below so you can select your workshop when you register. 

Christ-Centered Preaching: What’s the Fuss? with Julius Kim
Preaching is an essential means to the mission of God. At it’s best, expository preaching represents God’s redemptive context. If Jesus is the center of our faith, he must be the center of our preaching. This workshop will discuss the importance of Christ-centered preaching, how it’s not merely forcing Jesus into a text, and how the gospel must not only be part of our sermon but shape the whole sermon. While this workshop addresses those who preach, it’s for all who want to deepen their understanding of the centrality of Christ in Scripture.

Shepherding Through Prayer with John Onwuchekwa
Prayer is as necessary to the believer as breathing is to the body—but rarely does it come as naturally. In fact, prayer in the church often gets subtly pushed to the side in favor of pragmatic practices that promise tangible results. This workshop will focus on the necessity of regular prayer as a central practice in the local church—awakening us to the need and blessing of corporate prayer by examining what Jesus taught about prayer, how the first Christians approached prayer, and how to prioritize prayer in our congregations.

Sexuality and Our Witness with Sam Allberry
Human sexuality has become a flashpoint for the church in its engagement with our world today. Yet, as Christians, we can't avoid this topic. This workshop will help us to think through how to respond to some of the challenges we commonly face, and to present a positive witness to the gospel.

Depression and the Gospel with Jonathan Holmes
Despair, hopelessness, fatigue—these are all words people have used to describe their experience of depression. There is something about depression which makes even the smallest task seem enormous. Why do we struggle with depression? What causes it? Does God’s word have something to say to those who struggle as well as those who offer care and hope to the struggler? In this workshop we’ll seek to develop a biblical and compassionate gaze towards this all too common issue.

Conference Schedule

Friday, February 28th

See Pre-Conference tab above

Saturday, February 29th

8:00am - Check in

9:00am - Worship

9:30am - Session 1: Confidence & Witness (1 Cor 1:1-9) with John Onwuchekwa

10:30am - Break

11:00am - Session 2: Unity & Witness (1 Cor 1:10-17) with Toby Kurth

12:00pm - Lunch on Campus

1:00pm - Workshop

2:00pm - Break

2:15pm - Session 3: Wisdom & Witness (1 Cor 1:18-25) with Sam Allberry

3:15pm - Break

3:30pm Session 4: Weakness & Witness (1 Cor 1:26-31) with Julius Kim

Pre-Conference on Sexuality

If your schedule allows join us for a Pre-Conference on Sexuality...

Schedule

5:30PM: Registration

6:00PM: Sexuality and the Present Time with Sam Allberry

7:00PM: Sexuality and its Creator with Jonathan Holmes

8:00PM: Break

8:15PM: Sexuality, the Church, Grace and Truth with Sam Allberry & Jonathan Holmes

9:05PM: Question and answer with Sam Allberry & Johnathan Holmes

9:15PM: End

 

Please plan to have dinner before you arrive for the pre-conference.

Registration


Conference - February 29th:

$40 - January 1-31 

$50  - February 1-29 

Pre-Conference - February 28th:

$15 - January 1-31

$20 - February 1-28

CLICK HERE to register for the conference.

We have a block of rooms for only $129 a night at Reniassance Walnut Creek Hotel at 2805 Jones Road in Walnut Creek. CLICK HERE to reserve your room. 

If you have any questions about the conference you can email us at paul (at) somachurch (dot ) us.