Ever wish you could sit in on a seminary class? Don't miss these lectures from
Westminster Theological Seminary
Featuring Dr. David Garner and Dr. Carlton Wynne
October 15, 2016
Cornerstone Presbyterian Church
136 3rd Ave S.
Franklin, TN 37064
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Salvation in Christ sets before the Christian an eternal home with Christ, a destination that, he said, is "not of this world." But we’re not there yet. Like Adam and Eve who were exiled from Eden into the wilderness, the life we experience here is not as it ought to be. Like the Israelites before us, we walk through the wilderness, where we combat severe temptation and long for the rest God has promised.
So how will we walk during these years in the wilderness? What does it look like to live faithfully in anticipation of God’s promised restoration of the world to a perfected paradise?
8:30 AM | Registration Opens
9:00 AM | Welcome & Worship
Session 1 | "The Wilderness: Charting the Course" | The Rev. Dr. David Garner
Session 2 | "The Wilderness: Traveling the Road" | The Rev. Dr. Carlton Wynne
11:15 AM | Break
Session 3 | "The Wilderness: Prospering Along the Way" | The Rev. Dr. Carlton Wynne
Lunch + Q&A | A time of question and answer with Dr. David Garner & Carlton Wynne
Dr. David B. Garner | Vice president of Advancement as well as an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. After completing his PhD at Westminster in 2002, Dr. Garner, his wife, and their children served as missionaries in Bulgaria for several years. He has also served as the pastor of teaching at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, as well as other pastoral positions after his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1992. Today, Dr. Garner continues to teach “Prolegomena to Theology,” education incoming students about our doctrine of Scripture. He also travels throughout the globe sharing the mission of Westminster with friends and alumni on a regular basis. He and his wife live in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania.
Dr. R. Carlton Wynne | Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary. Currently, he teaches the core curriculum courses “Doctrine of Man” and “Christian Ethics,” as well as topic courses for PhD students. Before completing his PhD at Westminster in 2015, Dr. Wynne received his MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary and his BA from Princeton University. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA), he served as an assistant pastor at Providence Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, for three years. He and his wife, Linley, are now permanent residents of Glenside, Pennsylvania, where they are raising their three young boys.
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with David Garner and Carlton Wynne
Life in the Wilderness
By Nancy Guthrie
When we read the word “wilderness” in the Bible, what should come to mind for us?
Carlton: Many love the idea of going into the wilderness where we can get away and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. But the biblical theme of wilderness is quite different. In the Bible, the wilderness is the realm marked by the curse. The ground is infested with thorns as a result of Adam’s sin. With the biblical theme of wilderness, therefore, we have the sense that things are not the way they are supposed to be.
Many of us remember learning about the children of Israel spending forty years wandering in the wilderness. In what way might our Sunday School version of that story be deficient?
David: Most of us failed to grasp the real fear embedded in living life in the wilderness. On this side of heaven, we face uncertainty and unrest, long for the peaceful security of home.
Carlton: The reality of judgment for the older generation who would die in the desert was a constant reminder of the Israelites’ need to hold fast by faith to the gospel of Christ presented to them in Old Testament form. It reminded them that redemption from slavery was a redemption to a pursuit of holiness.
David: But as we acknowledge the real risks in the wilderness, let us not forget God’s provisions for us here and now. Along with experiencing God’s discipline, the Israelites also experienced God’s provision in the wilderness. In context of that “this is not the way things are supposed to be,” God still came and showed himself in gracious ways. He continues to do so today, in even richer and fuller ways because of the completed work of Christ.
Why should anyone spend a Saturday at Seminary on Saturday growing in their understanding of the wilderness theme throughout the scriptures?
David: In Hebrews 3 and 4 we are told that the promise of entering God’s rest still stands. It speaks of the parallel nature of our pilgrimage to that of the Israelites, as we live our lives in the wilderness of this world, holding on to God’s promise of the inheritance that is to come. As we see our lives in this world through the lens of scripture, it helps us to know what is worth valuing, what is worth waiting for, and who is taking care of us.
Carlton: The only way we can have any basis for making sense of the suffering of this life is the biblical picture and promise of wilderness wandering now and glorious rest later.
We hear some voices telling us that it is up to us to get to work transforming the wilderness of the world. Other voices tell us that is a hopeless endeavor. In what way will this Seminary on Saturday help us to navigate these competing voices?
Carlton and David: These voices represent to extreme and errant viewpoints. We believe Scripture guides us well along a different path, one in which engaging this world and longing for glory are not in conflict with one another. Please join us as we address these questions at SOS!
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