“What is the greatest miracle God can do?” – BCC’s 2017 Easter Conference
Hearing about the incredible hope of the gospel broadens our understanding of the dimensions of the possibilities in Christ.
“The greatest miracle is what God can do in us!” This is the theme that began BCC’s 98th Easter Conference.
Some 9000 participants from 37 countries were present at Brunstad in Norway during the Easter long weekend, gathering for fellowshipFellowship means communion with other Christians who are living the same life that you are. It includes mutual edification and a unity in purpose and spirit that goes far deeper than friendship or human relationships. (1 John 1:7) We also experience fellowship with Christ when we overcome sin in the time of temptation just as He did when He was... More with likeminded Christians, and to receive help for their personal lives through God’s Word.
“We know that He can do miracles in creation; He can do miracles in our bodies, freeing us from sickness and need. But the greatest miracle is through the transforming power that He performs in your inner manThe outer man is our physical body while we are here on the earth. Our inner man is our everlasting spirit and soul. (Romans 7:22; 2 Corinthians 4:16; Ephesians 3:16; Matthew 10:28)... More! You come into a process that transforms you from being a human being to being a partaker of divine natureGod’s nature, or divine nature, is perfectly pure and it cannot be tempted by evil. We are promised that we can be partakers of the divine nature by fleeing the corruption in the world that comes through our lusts. As we gradually overcome our sinful human nature it is replaced by divine nature – God shares His own nature with... More – His nature. (2 Peter 1:3-4) That is the greatest miracle of all!”
Kaare J. Smith, the leader of BCC, speaks from the podium at the first meeting of the conference on Good Friday.
“Jesus has opened a new and living way, so that we can partake of the same life as disciples of Him. (Hebrews 10:20; 2 Peter 1:4) We can be liberated from the sinSin is anything that goes against God’s will and His laws. To commit sin is to transgress or disobey these laws. The lust to sin dwells in human nature. In other words, it is contaminated and motivated by the sinful tendencies that dwell in all people as a result of the fall into sin and disobedience in the garden of Eden. This... More that we have been bound to right from the Fall. Now it is possible! ‘Therefore if the Son makes you free, you are free indeed.’ John 8:36. Free from what? Free from sin, free from the love of money, free from pride, free from being offended!”
This is the liberating gospel that binds the body of ChristThe body of Christ is made up of all of those who give their lives to serve God in order to come to the fullness of Christ. They work in the ministry that He has appointed them, which differs from person to person, for the edification of themselves and others to bring all to unity. It is made up of... More together. It is possible to dwell in unity when each member is in a development to become free from sin! And we experience that to a greater degree, each time we come together at the conferences.
“When people think about grace, they usually think about the forgiveness of sins; and since we have all sinned, we all need grace.” Sigurd Bratlie opens this booklet about grace with these words. However, he goes on to describe in-depth that the grace that is in Christ Jesus means so much more than forgiveness. It also means truth and help. It teaches us not to sinTo commit sin is to consciously do something that you know goes against God’s will. This can be in word, deed, or even thought. (James 1:14-15)... More, so that we can be completely free to live a life of victory that leads to perfection.