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Conference History

This list of past Bolton Conference is partial; there are no remaining ministers we know of who kept records. The list provides the themes, titles and speakers, chosen each year by the Fellowship’s Executive Committee. From 1985 to 1993, the conference venue was the Trinity Congregational Church in Bolton, MA. For the next three years it was held at the Newton Presbyterian Church and from 1997 on it has been at the Pleasant Street Christian Reformed Church in Whitinsville, MA.
#1 - 1985
B. Barker - The Church
Roger Nicole - Inerrancy

#2 - 1986
Session 1 - David Well, "Preaching Faith in a Secular World"
Session 2 - Sinclair Ferguson, "Coming to Faith"
Session 3 - Sinclair Ferguson, "Living by Faith"
Session 4 - David Wells, "Justification by Faith"
Session 5 - Sinclair Ferguson, "Consummation of Faith"

#3 - 1987
Joel Nederhood - Hebrews
David Gordon - Romans 5-6 on Christology

#4 - 1988
J.I. Packer
S. DeWaal - Doctrine of God in the Psalms

#5 - 1989
James M. Boice - Christ: Prophet, Priest & King
Glenn Knecht - The Priesthood of Believers

#6 - 1990
Bruce Waltke-Family - in Proverbs: its application today
D.A. Carson - Christ - in John’s Gospel

#7 - 1991
O. Palmer Robertson-Psalms
Maurice Roberts - Revival and the Character of God

#8 - 1992
John Piper - Joy and the Justification of God
Robert Godfrey - Luther/Joy and the Justification of God

#9 - 1993 The Power of the Bible in the Modern World
Glenn Knecht - The Bible - All we need; The Bible and Counseling; The Bible and Family;
Geoffey Thomas - Power of the Bible to transform lives; to restore life to the church; and in the pulpit (on Luther)

#10 - 1994 Towards a New Reformation
James Boice - Sola Scriptura; Sola Fide & Gratia; Soli Deo Gloria
Iain Murray - Origins of Jonathan Edwards; Life and Ministry of Jonathan Edwards; The Expectation of Revival today”

#11 - 1995 Hope Held Firmly to the End
Joel R. Beeke - Perseverance and the Experience of Israel; in the Teaching of Paul and the Puritans; as a Trinitarian Comfort and an Earnest Responsibility
William Hogan - How Can Jacob Survive; The Seed in Good Ground; Union with Christ.

#12 - 1996 Recovering the Gospel
David F. Wells - How We Lost the Sovereignty of God; Why Truth is Inconsequential; Can We Seek the Church’s Reformation Together?
Donald A. Carson - The Folly of God and the Message of the Cross; The Folly of Preaching and the Power of God; The Folly of Naturalism and the Work of the Spirit.

#13 - 1997 Sin & Grace
Thomas J. Nettles - Sin: Original and Imputed; Grace Imputed and Increased; Sin Consummated: Destruction of the Devil's Works
W. Robert Godfrey - Sovereign Grace: Nature and Scope; The Law, Sin and Our Enemies; Grace Consummated: the Full Enjoying of God

#14 - 1998 Holiness and the Fear of God
Scott J. Hafemann - The Promises of God: The Ground of Holiness; The Fear of God: The Instrument of Holiness; The Purity of God’s People: The Content of Holiness
Hywel R. Jones - The Diagnosis of Immaturity; The Prognosis of Immaturity; The Remedy of Immaturity

#15 - 1999 The Holy Spirit & Redemption
Each session had the title “The Holy Spirit as Author of”
Mark Dever - Scripture, Spiritual Life & Evangelism.
Iain Murray - Preaching, Assurance and Missions.

#16 - 2000 God’s Law and the Christian
Maurice Roberts - The Law and God's Character; God's Law and Christ; God's Law and Justification
Joel Beeke - Moral, Civil and Ceremonial; God's Law and Evangelism; God's Law and Sanctification

#17 - 2001 True Christian Fellowship
Samuel Waldron - Fellowship of the Godhead; Fellowship with God: Man’s Need, God’s Provision; Fellowship in the Local Church: Foretaste of Heaven
Conrad Mbewe - Fellowship with God: Comfortable and Uncomfortable; Union with Christ: The Blessedness and Duty; Fellowship of the Saints: The Church Universal, Militant & Triumphant

#18 – 2002 Evangelism
John Blanchard - Where is God When Things Go Wrong?; Has Science Got Rid of God?; Can We Be Good Without God?
Rick Daniels - The Need for Evangelism; The Means of Evangelism; The Goal of Evangelism

#19 – 2003 True Spirituality
Michael Haykin - The Importance of Heart Religion [3x on J. Edwards’ Religious Affections]; A Guide to True Affections; The Danger of Counterfeits
Hywel Jones [3x from Psalm 119] - True Spirituality: Wisdom; True Spirituality: Worship; True Spirituality: Witness

#20 – 2004 Justification
Irfon Hughes - What’s the Big Deal; How Can I Be Right with God?; The Siamese Twins of Salvation
Ian Hamilton - The Sinfulness of Sin: A Truth to Humble Us; The Justification of God: A Truth to Fight For; The Dangers We Face: A Truth to Engage With.

#21 – 2005 Life and Death: Physicial, Spiritual & Eternal
Iain D. Campbell - Death, the Consequence of Sin, Death, the Tyranny of Sin, and Death, the Punishment of Sin.
Robert Davis - Physical Life;
Paul Wanamaker - Spiritual Life;
Rick Daniels - Eternal Life.

#22 – 2006 House Beautiful: Christ's Church
William Barcley - The House Planned, Built, & Inhabited - Known from Eternity. The Purpose of the House - Worship in Word, Praise and Prayer. Activities Outside the House - Light and Salt in the World.
Donald Whitney - Conversation within the House - Fellowship.
Maintenance of the House - Discipline. Consummation of the House - A Radiant, Holy and Eternal Joy.

#23 - 2007 Christ in the Psalms & The Message to Titus
Christian Adjemian - A focus on three Psalms – 45, 101 and 96 – to highlight different aspects of these two special relationships that Christ sustains with his people
Stuart Olyott - The Message to Titus (When the Church is in a mess) Mr. Olyott writes of his theme: “Sometimes the church is in a mess – through immaturity, error or sin, but something can be done about it.

#24 - 2008 Andrew Davies and Hywel Jones
Of Messiah Jesus: from Isaiah and from John
Andrew Davies - Jesus the King; Jesus the Servant; Jesus the Anointed One
Hywel Jones - Jesus' Legs Not Broken; Jesus' Side Was Pierced; Jesus' Body Was Buried

#25 - 2009 Ligon Duncan and Mark Johnston
John Calvin; Reformer and the Reformation of the Church
Ligon Duncan - Calvin, the Reformer; Calvin's Reformation of the Doctrine of the Christian Life; Calvin's Reformation of the Doctrine of Justification
Mark Johnston - The Place of Piety; Reformation of God-Honoring Worship; Reformation - The Need for Missions

#26 - 2010 Derek Thomas and Joel Beeke.
A John Bunyan Feast
Derek Thomas - Pilgrim's Progress: from the City of Destruction to the Cross; Pilgrim's Progress: from the Cross to Vanity Fair; Pilgrim's Progress: from Vanity Fair to the Celestial City
Joel Beeke - Bunyan's Preaching to the Heart; Bunyan on Justification; A Bunyanesque Sermon on the Holy War Within

#27 - 2011 William Barcley and Thomas J. Nettles
Christian Contentment and William Tyndale
William Barcley - Learning Contentment; The Contentment of the Discontented Christian; Finding Contentment in Affliction
Thomas Nettles - William Tyndale - a life Cut Short; William Tyndale and Reformation Thought; William Tyndale and the Bible.

#28 - 2012 Dale Ralph Davis and Greg K. Beale
Philips’s Question (Acts 8:30)
Dale Ralph Davis - Figuring It Out: the Old Testament Author’s Intention; The Discipline of Wrestling with Old Testament Texts; Applying Old Testament Texts to New Testament People
Greg Beale - The Old Testament as Key to Understanding the Book of Revelation; The Temple, the Two Witnesses and the Lampstands in Revelation 11; The Beauty of How Matthew 2:15 Fulfills Hosea 11:1 “Out of Egypt have I called my son.”

#29 – 2013  Carl F. Trueman and Thabiti Anyabwile -- The Christian’s Confession and Living as Christ’s Church
Carl Trueman – Why Confessions? Confessions and the Reformation; The Contemporary Scene and Confession         
Thabiti Anyabwile – The Church - Saints Loving Christ; The Church - Saints Loving Saints; The Church – Saints Loving Sinners.

#30 - 2014 David Green and David Murray -- The Kingdom of God
David Murray - Old Testament
David Green - New Testament

#31 - 2015 Joel Beeke and Lars Larson -- Evangelism in an Ever-changing World
Joel Beeke - How did Calvin evangelize? How should we evangelize our children? How should we evangelize our communities? Puritan Evangelism
Lars Larson - Reforming Evangelism: (1) Reforming our message of evangelism; (2) Reforming our methods of evangelism


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