Dear Church Family,

I’m writing to you today from the Banner of Truth Ministers’ Conference held at the campus of Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA (http://www.banneroftruth.org/pages/events/usconfexhib.php). It is a wonderful conference with great preaching, joyful singing, wonderful fellowship, and a special privilege for me to attend with my father (who would have thought that he and I would ever share a college dorm room!).

Since we have been examining the gospel in our sermon series through Galatians on Sunday mornings, and since I am presently at a ministers’ conference entitled, “The Gospel: What It Is and Why It Matters,” I thought that would share two excellent articles which deal to this important topic. Both articles are from the Banner of Truth website, and both speak to the importance of a proper understanding of the simple truths of the gospel for the church and her witness.

(1) The first article is by one of the speakers here at the conference, Ian Hamilton. It’s called, “Bearing Witness to the Gospel.” It’s an encouragement for believers to not be intimidated in their evangelistic efforts with their friends and neighbors. You may read it here: http://www.banneroftruth.org/pages/articles/article_detail.php?2115.

(2) The second article is by Al Baker called “The Clear and Present Danger of a Truncated Gospel.” Though it seems to be primarily addressed to preachers, it is an exhortation for all believers to better understand the full-orbed nature of the biblical gospel. You may read it here: http://www.banneroftruth.org/pages/articles/article_detail.php?2030.

I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday, and together worshiping our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds (Titus 2:13b-14).

The Lord be with you!

- Pastor Peter M. Dietsch