IABC ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Counseling Life’s Most Difficult Issues
Join us for our 2022 conference, where we will examine how to bring the wisdom of Scripture to bear on the questions and difficulties of living today. July 28-30, 2022
Edgemont Bible Church, Fairview Heights, ILREGISTER NOW
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A Message From Our President Jeff Christianson
Like you, and the rest of humanity, I learned how to rely upon my own sufficiency through my earliest experiences in life. It was natural. The humanistic worldview teaches that for humankind to make a way for himself in the world he is called to do what he can do and be what he can be. He is the captain of his own destiny and what he makes of himself will be his lot in life. We are all familiar with the kingdom of man.
The kingdom of heaven resembles very little of the kingdom of men. It’s an entirely different worldview. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36).We are reminded that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts; they are higher than the heavens are above the earth (Isaiah 55:8). In God’s kingdom, we are called upon to learn to live by the sufficiency of God rather than the sufficiency of man.
I love what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 1:12, “For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.”
The apostle Paul conducted himself in godly sincerity; a sincerity that did not come out of fleshly wisdom. Think of his ministry. He ministered throughout the world, traveling and sharing the word of God. The wisdom of man would be insufficient for such a mighty work. According to 2 Corinthians, the whole of Paul’s ministry occurred by the grace of God. Godly living comes only by the grace of God and we who believe are called to live godly lives.
It is my prayer that God would affect our hearts and lives as we explore Counseling Life’s Most Difficult Issues, and that you will discover Christ’s sufficiency for godly living.What Makes IABC Unique?
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WHO IS IABC?
The International Association of Biblical Counselors exists to proclaim Christ, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus (Colossians 1:28). With our headquarters in Colorado and Member Services in Missouri, IABC has been serving the church since 2000.
Our desire is to allow for freedom of convictions on doctrinal matters provided that any interpretation is based on the Bible alone and that no such interpretation shall become an issue that hinders the ministry of biblical counseling to which God has called us. We desire to avoid doctrinal extremes and maintain a balanced leadership team seeking to be doctrinally sound, shying away from the present day extremes. "...that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting." Eph. 4:14
Biblical hope is the certainty that God has, does, and will fulfill His promises to His people. Living in the certainty of His promises to us can not only change our lives but it can inspire change in the lives of those around us. Join us as we... "encourage one another to love and good deeds" Hebrews 10:24-25. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1.
One of my favorite verses is Hebrews 10:24, 25, "...and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near." I probably have not missed more than two annual IABC conferences since we began meeting together some 25 years ago. Each time, without exception, I have come away very encouraged. As such I am so looking forward to meeting with you again in July. I hope to see you in Illinois.
How wonderful it is to come to the IABC conference and meet other men and women who love God‘s Word—whose lives have been changed and who are helping others in practical ways to glorify the Lord! Being around other people who understand what biblical counseling is all about is energizing, and it is a joy to receive insights from them that can be taken straight into our own lives as well as those of our counselees. Finding out about new materials—books, booklets, articles, videos, etc.—is like being in a candy store!
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Edgemont Bible Church
Edgemont Bible Church is located approximately 12 miles east of St Louis, MO, just off I-64 in Fairview Heights, Illinois. From St. Louis, take I-64 east to exit 12. Stay in the right-hand lane as you exit, then turn right onto Illinois Street, also called Highway 159, proceed south approximately 1.3 miles. The church is on the left and sits well back from Illinois Street across a grassy field. If coming from north or south of St. Louis, you can take I–255 around the city and pick up I-64 on the Illinois side.
Fly into St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL). Secure your flight today - with fuel prices increasing, expect flights to be more expensive this year.
EBC is accessible via Metrolink/Metrobus. There is a MetroBus stop near the church driveway entrance on Illinois Street, between the Swansea station and the St. Clair Mall Station. Push the Metrolink button below to access the routing for your location.
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS AREA HOTELS
Book your hotel early! Rates and availability change based on events in the St. Louis area!