In the will of our Lord, we will hold our 42nd annual Family Conference as follows:
Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 7, 2019
Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
Elijah: Ordinary Man with an Extraordinary God
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours – James 5:17
Br. John Kurian
Br. Keith Keyser
Br. Christian Ramirez
The theme will be developed in five plenary sessions.
Plenary Session I – Confrontation (1 King 17:1)
How does an ordinary man stand up for God and confront sin in our generation? During the time of Elijah, we see that sin abounded when Ahab the king worshiped the god of Baal and “did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than did all the kings of Israel before him”. In this session, we will examine how Elijah an ordinary man from the country side confronts a royal king and a nation because he was convinced in the reality of the living God, that he was a representative of the living God, and had the resources of the living God.
Plenary Session II – Communion (1 Kings 17:2-7)
Often the logic of God contradicts the logic of man. In this session, we will examine why God asked Elijah to go and hide. Before God can do a might work through us, he needs to do a might work in us. He does this when we live a life in communion with God. Through this communion we see Elijah experiencing the effect of answered prayed and the need for obedience without knowing the plan of God.
Plenary Session III – Conflict (1 Kings 18)
How much faith can an ordinary man have that God can do what seems to be impossible for us? This session we will learn about the impossible when we examine Elijah’s conflict with Ahab and the prophets of Baal. We see Elijah giving a choice to the nation of which god they will serve; the god of Baal or the Lord Jehovah. There is a challenge to prove who is the living God. This is a conflict between a nation and one ordinary man who had the true and living God with him.
Plenary Session IV – Communication (1 Kings 18:1, 41-46)
James 5:17 tells us “Elijah was a man just like us, he prayed earnestly…” It is interesting to note that before Elijah’s conflict on mount Carmel, God already told him that He will send rain. However, we see after Elijah’s victory that he prayed earnestly 7 times for rain. What is purpose of prayer if God already promises to do something. In this session we will lean what is the purpose of prayer why it is so important for God to do a might work through an ordinary man.
Plenary Session V – Commitment 1 Kings 19
When all is going well, it is easy to stand up strong for the Lord. However, when the world challenges you, even threatening you in Christ name we are tempted and often fall into despair. In this lesson, we will consider Elijah who was afraid because he looked at his circumstances. Elijah continued further in despair to a point where he wanted to die because he believed he was alone. Through all of this we hear the “still small voice” of God providing rest, refreshment, and revelation.
We preach the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto Salvation to everyone that believes (Romans 1:16). Even though this is a Christian conference, there are many unsaved family and friends that attend the conference. It is our desire that all will hear the Gospel and be saved.
There will be two youth sessions preached by Br Christian Ramirez.
The following workshops are offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. When registering, please sign up for a different workshop on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Workshop topics will be announced shortly.
Other Meetings & Opportunities for Fellowship
In addition to the above Plenary Sessions, Workshops and Youth Sessions, there are many other meetings and other opportunities to fellowship. The following is a list of the many meetings and events:
- Men’s Fellowship Meeting
- Women’s Fellowship Meeting
- Young Children’s VBS
- Youth Classes (KG-3, 4-6, 7-8 and High School)
- Singspiration (under 21 years old)
- Ministry Reports
- Nursery during Plenary Sessions
- Hymn sings
- Excellent Gymnasium (racquetball, volleyball, basketball, climbing wall, exercise room, running/walking track, outdoor tennis courts)
- Game room
Registration materials will be mailed out in the beginning of May and online registration will start in May.
You can also register securely from the www.ibfus.org website. You will need to login to register.
To be announced
Indiana Wesleyan University has a beautiful campus. We have access to Townhouses, Apartments, Suites and Dorms. But each of these are limited in number, especially the Townhouses and Apartments. Please review the information below and select the appropriate housing.
Townhouses are air-conditioned, self-contained units with 3 bedrooms, 3 private bathrooms, a small kitchenette, and living area. Each bedroom has two twin beds. This can accommodate 6 people comfortably. This is ideal for a larger family.
Apartments are air-conditioned with 3 bedrooms (two twin beds in each), one to two bathrooms, and a small sitting area, which can accommodate 6 people comfortably. This is ideal for a larger family.
Suites are air-conditioned with 2 bedrooms (two twin beds in each) and share one bathroom connecting each bedroom. This is ideal for an average sized family or singles rooming together.
Dorms are air-conditioned with 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms. Thus 8 people share two bathrooms. This is convenient for a large family or two families or people that want to stay together.
When registering, please indicate if you require first floor accommodation due to physical disability. We will try to assign you a room that is either on the first floor or in a building with an elevator. We should have plenty of rooms available to us, but as always, housing is assigned on a first come first served basis. Please register early to ensure that you get your preference.
The IWU Campus is close to Indianapolis (Indy) International Airport (about 1 hour & 40 minutes away) and Fort Wayne International Airport (about 1 hour away). If anyone plans to fly into Indy, please call Br. George Abraham at 917-297-4090 or email him at GAbra60313@aol.com.
Bus from New York
For the convenience of those on the East Coast who would like to attend the conference, we have arranged a bus from Bronx and Queen’s, NY to Marion, IN and back. The round-trip cost is $165 per person. The seats are on a first come, first serve basis. For further information and to reserve your seat, please contact George Abraham, Staten Island, NY, at (917) 297-4090 or email GAbra60313@aol.com. A check towards advance may be made out to “Indian Brethren Fellowship” for the full amount and mailed to George Abraham.
Please contact the following people during the day or early evening.
Shaji George (GA) 770-513-6973
George Abraham (NY) 917-297-4090
George Mathew (IL) 847-530-7170
George Varghese (MO) 443-636-0324
John George (MA) 617-605-3212
Elson Abraham (MN) 651-202-8564