July 30–August 8, 1955
Upon inquiry the international committee has informed us that an “international congress for Reformed faith and action” will be held from July 30 to August 8 at Detmold, Germany. The general theme of the congress will be Man and World under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Delegates are expected from every continent in the world.
The congress will begin on Saturday afternoon, July 30, with a service of dedication, followed in the evening by a social gathering, the purpose of which is to offer opportunity for the delegates and friends of the congress to get acquainted with one another.
On Sunday afternoon, August 1, a number of reports will be heard about the situation of the Christian church in Central Europe (Germany, Austria, Hungary). The evening’s service will feature an introductory Bible study on the general theme of the congress. The speaker will be Dr. Lloyd-Jones, the well-known preacher of Westminster Chapel, London. He has chosen Philippians 2:5–11 as his text for this message.
During the week every morning gathering will be devoted to common Bible study, from the epistle to the Colossians. There will be each morning a short introduction to be given by members of the congress from various parts of the world, followed by discussion of this introduction, first by groups of approximately 20 delegates, then by the full session. These meetings will be concluded by a summarizing of the discussion by the chairman of the congress.
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4 p.m. there will be three papers to continue through the evening sessions. The titles of these papers are:
I. Modern Society in the Light of the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
II. The Claim of Jesus Christ on Modern Education.
III. The Lordship of Jesus Christ, Transforming Power in the World.
Three evenings are reserved for reports about the situation in the Christian church in various pans of the world (Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Latin Europe, Central Africa).
On the final day (Sunday, Aug. 8) it is pm posed to have a kind of “reformierter Kirchentag,” that is, in the morning services of worship in Detmold and environs members of the congress will speak, and in the afternoon a great meeting for citizens of Detmold and vicinity will be held where speaker’s of various nationalities will bring a message in the name of the congress.
Further details of this congress will appear in future issues of Torch and Trumpet. As publishers of this magazine we sincerely pray that the Lord will use the 1955 congress for Reformed faith and action in a mighty way to strengthen the Calvinistic forces in the world.