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
Br. Sajeev Varghese
Br. Don Graham
Br. Abe Chacko
Br. Roshan Samuel
The theme will be developed in five plenary sessions.
Plenary Session I – Confrontation of sin in our day (1 King 17:1) – Br. Keith Keyser
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 with God and His plan (1 Kings 17:2-7) – Br. John Kurian
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 mighty work through us, he needs to do a mighty work in us. This happens 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 between a nation and an ordinary man (1 Kings 18) – Br. Keith Keyser
How much faith does an ordinary man need in order that God can do what seems to be the impossible through him? In 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 with God in prayer (1 Kings 18:1, 41-46) – Br. John Kurian
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 learn what is the purpose of prayer and why it is so important for God to do a mighty work through an ordinary man.
Plenary Session V – Commitment to God when the world is against us 1 Kings 19 – Br. John Kurian
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 sincere desire and prayer 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.
Maintaining Unity…Case Study from Acts 15 – Br. Abe Chacko
Lets stop multiplying by dividing!! John 17:22-23 states I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Christ’s High Priestly prayer clearly indicates His desire for his people to demonstrate – UNITY & MATURITY. But we all know that there are conflicts between believers and at times those conflicts rise to the level where the entire church needs to get a resolution of those conflicts.
The secret to unity begins with how we view ourselves within the body and how we view others. The key verse that addresses this is Philippians 2:3.
“The goal of conflict resolution is unity, and unity in the church poses a threat to the devil who will use every opportunity to take advantage of unresolved issues, especially those involving anger, bitterness, self-pity, and envy. These emotions are involved in most church conflicts. Scripture tells us that we’re to “let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from [us], along with all malice” (Ephesians 4:31). Failure to obey this command results in division in the body of Christ and grief to the Holy Spirit. We’re also told not to allow a “root of bitterness” to spring up among us, leading to trouble and defilement (Hebrews 12:15). Clearly, a biblical method of conflict resolution is needed.” Website –“GOT QUESTIONS”
Walk not as fools, but as wise (Malayalam) – Br. Sajeev Varghese
This workshop in Malayalam will take you into Ephesians 5 and look at the walk of a believer. It will touch upon ones walk in love, walk as children of light and walk as the wise. It will reinforce the thought that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil (Ep. 5: 15,16).
The nature of reality: Does the Bible’s account hold up to critical thinking? – Br. Roshan Samuel
‘Reality’, as we perceive it, consists of what we can experience with our five senses, what can be measured with instruments and described by math and physics. Reality can be reliably seen and understood by anyone following the scientific method. How does our faith and ‘naïve’ belief in an ancient collection of documents measure up? In this workshop, we will examine General Revelation. What do we see in Physics? In Astronomy? In Biology? What does the bible say about these discoveries? You will realize, if you truly understand science, then you must conclude that the Bible must have been written by the Creator himself. Together, let us gain an understanding into the work of our Creator.
Passing the Torch – Older brethren teaching the younger – Br. Don Graham
The commission Jesus Christ gave was to “go and make disciples.” The idea of making a disciple is to pass the torch from one generation to the next generation. The foundation of a growing church is based on making disciples and passing the torch. This workshop will examine, from scripture what it means to make a disciple and look at practical examples of how to pass the torch.
Preparing for and sustaining a Godly Marriage – Br. John Kurian
Many young people ask the question, “How can I prepare myself for marriage?” With divorce continuing to rise even among Christians, many are also asking how we sustain a marriage? This workshop will examine from scripture, how to prepare for marriage and also how to sustain a marriage that is honoring to God.
Christian Hospitality – Br. Christian Ramirez
We all live in cities and neighborhoods with fences that separate each other. Even in the local church often biblical hospitality is minimal. Romans 12:13 instructs the church to be “distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.” Also Jesus taught His disciples to love one another and show the world that we are His disciples. This workshop will consider what is biblical hospitality and the blessings of being hospitable.
NT Priesthood: Rights, Roles, Responsibilities – Br. Keith Keyser
After a brief introduction to the establishment of priests and priesthood (Gen. 8:20, 26:25, 31:54;Ex. 19:6, 28:1), this seminar will dive into the rights, roles and responsibilities of NT priesthood.In the age of grace, all believers are recognized as a “kingdom of priests” (I Pet. 2:9; Rev. 1:6). The priesthood of a believer is, therefore, a birthright (Heb. 5:1). Thus, the privilege of a NT believer-priest is access to God (Heb. 9:7; 10:19-22). The role of a believer-priest is to be a sacrificer and worshiper. He will offer his (a) own living body (Rm. 12:1; Phil. 2:17; II Tim. 4:6), (b) praise and worship to God (Heb. 13:15; Ex. 25:22) and (c) substance (Heb. 13:16; Rm. 12:13; Gal. 6:6). NT believer-priests also take on the responsibility of being an intercessor (I Tim. 2:1; Col. 4:12). This workshop will help us understand the function of a believer-priest. Additionally, it will challenge us to exercise our responsibilities, responsibly
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