The most important part of each day at TFY Ireland will be the time we spend studying God’s word. We’re really looking forward to these experienced pastors helping us to dig deeper into the teaching of Scripture. Over the next few weeks we’ll be telling you a little bit more about the subjects we’ll be studying and who will be lecturing. Check back here for updates!
THE KINGSHIP OF CHRIST
TFY Ireland will begin with lectures on the Kingship of Jesus Christ. You can’t get a more important topic than that! Over the course of the week we’re going to see how this fundamental principle affects everything including how we work, worship, and witness.
Our first speaker will be David McCullough. He has been serving as a minister for 25 years in Faughan, Dromore and Woodstock Road congregations. He is married to Heather and has 5 children.
Philip Moffett is our second lecturer of the week. He is married to Laura and they have one infant son, James. Philip has been minister in the Cullybackey congregation for 10 years. He enjoys rugby, reading, coffee and spending time with his family.
Philip’s topic is “The Church”. Does the church really matter? Does it matter how the church is organised? Is church membership important? The answer to these questions is an emphatic yes. The Bible tells us that Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her (Ephesians 5.25). This should be enough to let us know that the topic of the church matters!
David Sutherland has been a pastor for 20 years in Ballyclare and Ballylaggan congregations. He and his wife Ruth have 4 children. He enjoys running and reading and will make our Scottish attendees feel at home!
David will be helping to guide us through Covenant Theology. Covenant Theology allows us to understand the message of the Bible from the first chapter of Genesis to the last chapter of Revelation and to see how all the parts in between fit into the big picture of God’s plan for his church. Understanding this helps us to appreciate God’s wisdom and faithfulness and to cherish our salvation more.
Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, and we believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the only infallible rule that God has given to teach us how we’re meant to do that. So on Wednesday we’re going to take a deeper look at what the Bible teaches us about how we should worship God, and especially on how that affects our praise in worship.
This session will be led by Warren Peel. Warren has been a minister in the RPC since 2001, first in Ballyclabber RPC and then, since 2012, in Trinity RPC. He also teaches New Testament and Greek at the Reformed Theological College. He and Ruth have been married for 20 years and have 4 daughters.
Worldview & Apologetics
Mark Loughridge is married to Judith, and has three daughters. He loves open water swimming, good coffee, good design and good books. He gets excited about teaching God’s word, engaging with the world around us, and planting churches in Ireland. He is one of the ministers in Milford and Letterkenny RP churches.
Mark will be lecturing on Worldview and Apologetics. It is important that Christians are able to wisely discern the trends they encounter as well as the presuppositions that lie behind those trends. These lectures will help us to see how the worldview presented in Scripture is better and more consistent than what the world has to offer as well as equipping us to give an answer for the hope that is within us.
Raymond Blair is a native of County Donegal, married to Carole and has four daughters, graduate in History from Trinity College Dublin, Vice-President of the County Donegal Historical Society, was active in church planting in Galway for 21 years, now pastor of Limavady Reformed Presbyterian Church, Lecturer in Church History at the Reformed Theological College, author of The Best of Frances Browne, a supporter of Everton Football club, and loves salt and vinegar crisps!!
To understand the Covenanter Church in the present day, we need to be informed about the stirring historical record of the men and women who were so committed to “Christ’s Crown and Covenant” that they were even willing to die for their faith. In the first lecture the rise of the Covenanters will be described; in the second lecture the persecution of the Covenanters will be considered.
About TFY Ireland
We don't want you to blindly accept what you are taught in church. We want you to dig deeper into Scripture, ask questions, and become personally convinced by God's message to his people. In other words, we want you to be firmly rooted in the word of Jesus Christ.
We also want you to be built up so you can serve your saviour in the most wonderful place on Earth - the church of Jesus Christ. The Reformed Presbyterian Church may be just one branch of Christ's church, but we believe it is a branch that is precious to Christ and we want to see you love it, commit to it, and serve King Jesus as part of it.
TFY Ireland is an opportunity to spend a week digging deeper. It is an opportunity to ask WHAT our church believes and also WHY it believes it.
Think of it as a Theological Boot Camp, to give you an intensive course in the biblical doctrines that are at the heart of the Christian life. Over the course of the week you’ll receive in-depth lectures given by experienced pastors on the kingship of Christ, the doctrine of the Church, Covenant theology, worship, worldview, apologetics, evangelism and Church History. These topics will also give you an opportunity to explore and discuss some of the distinctive principles of the RPCI. There will be a bit of time for relaxing and having fun as well, but the emphasis of the week is very much on teaching. You will spend time in lectures, seminars and discussions, all designed to deepen your love for the Lord Jesus Christ and your commitment to his bride, the church.
Along the way you will have the chance to make new friends and catch up with old ones as you join them in exploring the ramifications of God's word for young people in the 21st century.
16-22 year olds attending the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland
12th to 16th August 2019
Reformed Theological College and Covenanter Bookshop
HOW CAN I APPLY?
Applications are now closed, but we hope to run the programme again in the future
Do you have a question about TFY Ireland? Let us know and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.