Tuesday, July 15, 2008

CONRAD MBEWE: "CHRISTIAN IMPERIALISM: Extending the Kingdom of Christ through the Foolishness of the Cross"

MP3 Available Here

CONRAD MBEWE, internationally popular Reformed conference speaker and pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa, will address the theme: "CHRISTIAN IMPERIALISM: Extending the Kingdom of Christ through the Foolishness of the Cross."

Many Christians consider Pastor Mbewe to be one of the most powerful preachers alive today, and he has been nicknamed by some "The Spurgeon of Africa."

As the web site of Heritage Baptist Church of Owensboro, Kentucky, very aptly put it, in describing their current Missions Conference featuring Conrad Mbewe on the same theme:

"Only one nation has the right to enlarge its borders through imperialism. That nation is not a democracy, a republic or even an oligarchy. It's a monarchy, sovereignly ruled by His Majesty, King Jesus...

"...Many of the citizens of this “holy nation” (1 Pet. 2:9) are avid patriots who love their king's glory and long to see His domain extended. These followers of Jesus, whether goers or senders, are compassionate, courageous, zealous laborers who sacrifice to see “the kingdom of this world become the kingdom of their Lord” (Rev. 11:15). But they don't kill to advance His kingdom. They die. They don't cause suffering. They bring suffering upon themselves for spreading their faith. Furthermore, “The weapons of [their] warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4). As joyful subjects of their Sovereign, they refuse to rest until “the whole earth is full of the knowledge of the Lord” (Isa. 11: 9). They have embraced this cause as their mission. Occasionally, they meet together at conferences to strategize, encourage each other and pray for greater effectiveness."

Conrad was born, raised and educated in Zambia. He became a Christian in 1979. During his university days, while studying mining, he realized God was calling him into the Christian ministry and began to spend all his spare time and money acquiring the necessary tools for the pastorate. In 1987 he received a call to pastor the Kabwata Baptist Church where he has labored for the last twenty years, seeing the church grow from thirty–five members to well over three hundred. KBC is presently overseeing the establishment of ten new Reformed churches in Zambia and Botswana. Conrad is the editor of the Reformation Zambia magazine and writes three columns in two weekly national newspapers. He has contributed chapters to a number of books published in the United States, the latest being Dear Timothy—Letters on Pastoral Ministry, published by Founders Press. He is also the principal of the Reformed Baptist Preachers College in Zambia, which was established for the purpose of training ministers for the growing number of Reformed churches. Conrad and his wife Felistas have been married for twenty years and have three adult children.

Our co-host for this interview will be PASTOR MARC GRIMALDI of Grace Reformed Baptist Church of Long Island in Merrick, NY. Pastor Conrad Mbewe is scheduled to preach at Grace RBC on Wednesday night, July 23rd, at 7:30. For more details call (516)379-2408.

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