GPTS Conference 2015: The Law Of God In A Godless Age

Each year at Greenville Seminary's Spring Theology Conference we have sought to address doctrinal and practical issues critical to the church. This year we are addressing the nature and role of the law of God.

The issue of the law of God is critical in the church today. What is the place of the Ten Commandments in church and society? More particularly, what is the role of the law in your life as a Christian? For the answer to these and other questions join us at this year's conference.

The moral law doth forever bind all, as well justified persons as others, to the obedience thereof; and that, not only in regard of the matter contained in it, but also in respect of the authority of God the Creator, who gave it. Neither doth Christ, in the gospel, any way dissolve, but much strengthen this obligation . . . So as, a man's doing good, and refraining from evil, because the law encourageth to the one, and deterreth from the other, is no evidence of his being under the law; and, not under grace.

Westminster Confession of Faith 19: 5, 6

"I have seen a limit to all perfection; your commandment is exceeding broad" (Ps. 119:96). Now contrast with the emptiness of the world the fulness of the commandment of God. Our whole duty to our God, our neighbor, and ourselves, is here laid open before us - commanding without abatement, and forbidding without allowance - making no excuse for ignorance - frailty or forgetfulness - reaching not only to every species of crime, but to everything tending to it. This is perfection, of which we never see an end.

Charles Bridges on Psalm 119:96

GPTS Conference 2015: The Law Of God In A Godless Age

Tuesday : March 10

9:00 - 10:45
Open House at GPTS

11:00 - 11:45
Pre-Conference Chapel at GPTS

11:00 - 1:00
Registration Table Open at Woodruff Rd Presbyterian

1:00 - 1:15
Conference Welcome and Announcements

1:15 - 2:30
  • New Covenant Theology & The Law of God: Views, Critiques, Proposals
  • Dr. Richard Barcellos
  • Pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Palmdale, CA, and author of several books.

3:00 - 4:15
  • No Gospel Without The Law
  • Dr. Tony Curto
  • Associate professor of Practical Theology in Missions and Apologetics at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

4:15 - 5:00
Panel Discussion

5:00 - 6:30
Dinner Break (Catered)

7:00 - 8:30
  • What The Law Could Not Do (Rom. 8:3) *
  • Dr. Ian Hamilton
  • Pastor of Cambridge Presbyterian Church in England, Scotsman, member of the GPTS Board of Trustees.

Wednesday : March 11

9:00 - 10:15
  • Paul & The Law in Galatians 3
  • Dr. Sidney Dyer
  • Professor of Greek and New Testament at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

10:35 - 11:50
  • Antinomianism: The Golden White Devil
  • Dr. Mark Jones
  • Pastor of Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church of Vancouver, B.C.

12:00 - 1:45
Lunch Break (Catered)

1:45 - 3:00
  • The Principle of Equity & Counseling
  • Dr. George Scipione
  • Director of the Biblical Counseling Institute and adjunct professor of Pastoral Theology at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA, adjunct professor of Applied Theology at GPTS.

3:30 - 4:30
Panel Discussion

4:30 - 7:00
Dinner Break (Not Catered)

7:00 - 8:30
  • Third Use of the Law *
  • Dr. Joseph A. Pipa
  • President and professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Thursday : March 12

9:00 - 10:15
  • Critique of Klinian Republication
  • Dr. Joseph A. Pipa
  • President and professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

10:35 - 11:50
  • Robert Rollock & The Covenant of Works
  • Mr. Breno Macedo
  • Assistant pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Teresina, Brazil, graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

11:50 - 12:15
Question and Answer

* Tuesday and Wednesday evening lectures are open to the public and will be webcast live courtesy of

GPTS Conference 2015: The Law Of God In A Godless Age
Are three or more families from your church attending this year's conference? Contact Brenda Benson for group rate information ( or 864-322-2717) by February 18th, 2015.
Your registration must be received by 5pm on Thursday, March 5th. Otherwise on-site registration is available: Regular $120, GPTS Graduate $90, and Prospective GPTS student or Non-GPTS student $30. Those unable to attend the entire conference may register on-site for one day for $45 (student, wife and/or child $10).
(Prospective GPTS students who are attending the Open House on March 9-10, please register for the Open House here and then follow the link provided for registering for the Theology Conference.)

Register Online (credit card or PayPal only)
Mail either check or credit card info & registration form to: GPTS/Conference | PO Box 690, Taylors, SC 29687
Call Greenville Seminary: 864.322.2717 (credit card only)

GPTS Conference 2015: The Law Of God In A Godless Age


Greenville (SC) is convenient for driving from many locations in the Southeast U.S. For those who would like to fly, Greenville-Spartanburg Int'l (GSP) is an excellent regional airport only minutes away from the Seminary and the conference site. Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is approximately 1 1/2 hours from the Greenville area and is easily accessible via I-85.


Situated in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, Greenville is approximately 21/2 hours from Atlanta (GA), 11/2 hours from Charlotte, Asheville (NC), and Columbia (SC). Greenville is easily accessible from Charlotte or Atlanta via I-85, from Columbia via I-26/385, and from Asheville via I-26 and US-25. Greenville is approximately 515 miles from Washington, 650 miles from Philadelphia and 710 miles from Chicago.


The Spring Theology Conference 2015 will take place back at its previous location, Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church. The church is available again after completing renovations which have greatly improved the acoustics.

The conference will be held at
Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church
2519 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC 29681

The Seminary is located at
Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
200 East Main Street, Taylors, SC 29687


A limited number of local families are providing housing on a "space available" basis during the conference dates. These are for the use of ministers or prospective Greenville Seminary students. Please email to request housing and describe your needs. Housing will not include transportation to/from the conference or to/from the airport or other transportation.



  • 33 Beacon Drive
  • Greenville, SC 29615
  • (864) 281 1281
  • Double Rooms: $79 (+ tax)
  • Includes breakfast
  • Confirm By 2/10/2015
  • 6.7 miles from Conference

  • 851 Congaree Road
  • Greenville, SC
  • (864) 297 6300
  • Double/King Rooms: $109 (+ tax) per night
  • Confirmation Not Needed
  • 5.5 miles from Conference

  • 1036 Woodruff Road
  • Greenville, SC 29607
  • (864) 678 5555
  • 4.7 miles from Conference

  • 10 Carolina Point
  • Greenville, SC
  • (864) 288 4401
  • Queen: $120 (+ Breakfast)
  • (+ tax) per night
  • Confirm By 2/10/2015
  • 4.5 miles from Conference

  • 2671 Dry Pocket Road
  • Greenville, SC 29607
  • (864) 987 5566
  • 10 Rooms: $72
  • (+ tax) per night
  • Includes breakfast
  • Confirm By 2/16/2015
  • 6.5 miles from Conference

  • 45 W. Orchard Park Drive
  • Greenville, SC
  • (864) 232 4747
  • 6.9 miles from Conference

  • 5009 Pelham Road
  • Greenville, SC 29615
  • (864) 297 5353
  • Double: $63
  • (+ tax) per night
  • Confirm By 2/24/2015
  • 5.8 miles from Conference

  • 31 Old Country Road
  • Greenville, SC 29607
  • (864) 297 3500
  • Double Rooms: $62
  • (+ tax) per night
  • Confirm By 2/25/2015
  • 4.2 miles from Conference

  • 15 Park Woodruff Drive
  • Greenville, SC 29607
  • (864) 213 8200
  • 3.5 miles from Conference

* Ask for GPTS Spring Conference special rates

GPTS Conference 2015: The Law Of God In A Godless Age
GPTS Conference 2015: The Law Of God In A Godless Age

Deciding to go to seminary is a big decision. Deciding where to go can be just as important.

Men who consider studying at Greenville Seminary to prepare for the gospel ministry often use our Spring Theology Conference as a time to visit the school, become acquainted with faculty and students, and explore the Greenville community.

At Greenville Seminary, we encourage prospective students to learn as much as possible about this school and others. Each year in advance of the seminary's Annual Spring Theological Conference, we set aside some time to welcome and orient prospective students who may be considering GPTS for their theological education. In 2015, we are expanding this pre-conference open house, beginning on Monday, March 9 and continuing through Tuesday morning, March 10. This open house will include a number of new activities and opportunities to learn what Greenville Seminary is all about. In addition to the usual campus tour and welcome luncheon in the Student Commons, you will have the opportunity to attend more classes, participate in a panel discussion, attend a special chapel service, and attend the full March 10-12 theology conference as a special guest. This is a unique opportunity to enhance your understanding about a seminary education and aid in your decision-making. Register for the Open House at

GPTS Conference 2015: The Law Of God In A Godless Age


A catered dinner will be held on Tuesday and on Wednesday a catered lunch will be offered. Cost for the dinner is $12 per person and cost for lunch is $9 per person. Children 4 and under eat free. This is a popular time of fellowship among the attendees and speakers.

Refreshments are offered for your convenience during breaks. No other meals are offered. A local restaurant guide will be made available.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing by February 20th, 2015. Refunds will be made minus a $15 handling fee. Cancellations after that date will be considered case by case. The deadline for meal cancellations is March 5th.

Childcare Provided

Nursery services will be available on a limited basis during the conference sessions for children ages 4 and under. The cost is $50 per child and covers all sessions. Pre-registration is required.

Name Badges

At registration you will receive a name badge. It is important to wear your badge since this serves as your admission to each day's event. Our staff and hospitality team will likewise wear name badges.

Greenville Attractions & Info

Click here for a resource page that links to numerous Upstate South Carolina attractions, restaurants, and area information. (Page will open in a new window or tab.)

Young Adult Fellowship Time

All young adults (high school and college), along with their parents, are invited to meet in the Youth Room of the conference location on Tuesday, March 10th after the evening lecture (9:00 PM) for a time of fellowship, games and refreshments. For further information or questions, contact Pastor Fred Hofland at (910) 833 3557.

Weather & What To Wear

It is difficult to predict the weather in March. As in many places in the South, great variances in temperature can occur in early spring. Click on the Weather Channel ® logo to see an extended forecast (Page will open in a new window or tab).


Recommended dress for the conference sessions is "business casual."

Photography Permission

Greenville Seminary may use photographs and videos taken during the conference for print, video, and/or Web applications. Your registration constitutes permission for Greenville Seminary to use any images for those purposes.

Help Desk

The registration table will be staffed throughout the conference to answer your questions and provide you with any assistance.

Conference Bookstore & Media

A large selection of books will be available at the conference at discounted prices. The conference will be recorded. Full audio CDs or a complete set of DVDs of the conference (including the Q&A sessions) may be pre-ordered until March 3rd for $55 and will be shipped 10-14 days after the conference. An MP3 audio CD of the complete conference may be pre-ordered until March 3rd for $25 and will ship the week following the conference. You may pre-order when you register, or by calling the seminary at (864) 322-2717 or emailing us at Full audio CDs of individual conference lectures will be available throughout the conference on a first come, first serve basis for $6 each.

200 East Main Street, Taylors, SC
P.O. Box 690, Taylors, SC 29687
Tel. 864-322-2717
Fax 864-322-2719
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