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  • The official LifeFocus 2012 photo. Team members came and went throughout the week -- an eager and engaged group of young people!

    The official LifeFocus 2012 photo. Team members came and went throughout the week -- an eager and engaged group of young people!

  • On Saturday night before LifeFocus kicked off, the team headed to CiCi's pizza.

    On Saturday night before LifeFocus kicked off, the team headed to CiCi's pizza.

  • Thursday the team visited the home of retired physics and astronomy Professor Darrell Parnell (left). He gave a guided tour of the Solar System before posing with the team before this remarkable picture of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field.

    Thursday the team visited the home of retired physics and astronomy Professor Darrell Parnell (left). He gave a guided tour of the Solar System before posing with the team before this remarkable picture of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field.

  • It was a blessing for this team to study God's Word and learn of his mighty acts. We praise God for each LifeFocus student, and ask the Lord's blessings on them.

    It was a blessing for this team to study God's Word and learn of his mighty acts. We praise God for each LifeFocus student, and ask the Lord's blessings on them.

  • LifeFocus team at our opening session at the Johnstons.

    LifeFocus team at our opening session at the Johnstons.

  • "The RP Bookshelf" Pastor Brad displayed - FIVE FEET of books on core themes of the Reformed and Presbyterian faith.

    "The RP Bookshelf" Pastor Brad displayed - FIVE FEET of books on core themes of the Reformed and Presbyterian faith.

  • Pastor Brad Johnston holding two key texts for Reformed Presbyterians -- "Old Light On New Worship" makes the Biblical case for a cappella song and "Songs Of Zion" makes the case for exclusive psalm singing.

    Pastor Brad Johnston holding two key texts for Reformed Presbyterians -- "Old Light On New Worship" makes the Biblical case for a cappella song and "Songs Of Zion" makes the case for exclusive psalm singing.

  • Pastor emeritus Bob McFarland (Topeka RPC) challenged students to take seriously the Covenant of Church Membership.

    Pastor emeritus Bob McFarland (Topeka RPC) challenged students to take seriously the Covenant of Church Membership.

  • Monday afternoon the team relaxed at the McFarland home. Pastor Bob gave rides in his Model A Ford.

    Monday afternoon the team relaxed at the McFarland home. Pastor Bob gave rides in his Model A Ford.

  • Pastor Noah Bailey of the Enid, Oklahoma RPC surveyed Covenanter history from 1528 (when Patrick Hamilton returned to Scotland) until the present.

    Pastor Noah Bailey of the Enid, Oklahoma RPC surveyed Covenanter history from 1528 (when Patrick Hamilton returned to Scotland) until the present.

  • Joel Enoch Wood challenged the team with a thorough study of the formation, deformation, and reformation of worship again and again through Biblical history.

    Joel Enoch Wood challenged the team with a thorough study of the formation, deformation, and reformation of worship again and again through Biblical history.

  • Pastor Joel Enoch Wood served in several denominations before settling happily into the RPCNA. "We get to honor Christ by worshipping as he commands!" says Joel.

    Pastor Joel Enoch Wood served in several denominations before settling happily into the RPCNA. "We get to honor Christ by worshipping as he commands!" says Joel.

  • LifeFocus alumni Luke Hovee dropped by for a day. He was just back from a training mission and currently serves in the United States Army.

    LifeFocus alumni Luke Hovee dropped by for a day. He was just back from a training mission and currently serves in the United States Army.

  • A dynamica trio singing Josh Harper's song "Tender Warrior."

    A dynamica trio singing Josh Harper's song "Tender Warrior."

  • Jonathan Parnell is a licensed attorney and certified Christian conciliator. He challenged students to integrate Biblical faith with their everyday work.

    Jonathan Parnell is a licensed attorney and certified Christian conciliator. He challenged students to integrate Biblical faith with their everyday work.

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The Focus in 2012
LifeFocus is a one week, live in discipleship program training high school and college students to stand confidently for Christ in a hostile world. Hosted by the elders of Topeka Reformed Presbyterian Church, participants bore down into the theme “Why I Am A Reformed Presbyterian…” Four pastors from the Midwest Presbytery challenge students over the week to be grounded in the areas of Reformed doctrine, Covenanter history, Biblical worship, and a vision for Global Missions.

Lectures

Lecture Audio

Documents

Noah Baily
Why RP - An Answer From History
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John McFarland
Why RP - Concerning Missions
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RP Witness
Article: Why I Am A Reformed Presbyterian
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Student Stories

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LifeFocus this year was just as fantastic as last year. I learned a lot about why I believe what I believe. Whenever I go to LifeFocus I feel more excited for God. I really enjoyed the fellowship with other young believers who are passionate for Christ, and some of the deep discussions we had. I appreciate all the effort Brad Johnston put into this conference to make it happen once again. The various speakers, Noah Bailey, Joel Wood, and John McFarland, were brilliant and it was a privilege to listen to their wisdom. I would encourage any other high school, college student, or young person to come to LifeFocus 2013. I know it will be just as beneficial to your life as it was to mine!
Noah Camara, Indianapolis, IN
One of the sessions that I was able to listen to was Noah Bailey presenting different folkways of covenanters throughout history, and how through it all there was a deep faith and dedication for Jesus Christ. I have a place in history right now. The way I believe and live out my faith can have a huge impact on a neighbor, a nation, or an entire world. Jesus told his disciples to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. My call is the same: to let God shine through every part of me, no matter where I am or what I'm doing.
Martha Scoby, Sabetha, Kansas

The most impacting thing I learned at LifeFocus is that young Christians can't win people to Christ when they are behaving like sponges or chameleons. We tend to soak in all the teaching from church but never share it with the world. We also behave like Chameleons and try to blend in with the world. In reality we should not only look much different, but try and make a difference. LifeFocus inspired me to claim the gospel as the only truth that will set me free. After each session of teaching I felt more and more excited to share the gospel.


Studying the lives of the Covanenters inspired me to develop a more intimate and personal relationship with Christ. I longed to know him like they did, choosing to die for him before they knew death was coming. It challenged me to search through the scriptures and truly understand God in his three persons. In studying the Reformed Presbyterian church I learned why the Covenanters were called Covenanters. They realized the importance of the covenants God makes with man throughout the bible. In response to my Father in heaven, at the end of LifeFocus, I made my own covanent with God. My goal after LifeFocus is to focus on my inward appearance. It is far more important how I appear before God than before man.

Julia Camara, Indianapolis, IN
One topic that really stood out to me was the story of the Covenanters taught by Pastor Noah Bailey. He discussed the beginnings of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America. Pastor Brad challenged each of us to make a personal covenant with God. I was also encouraged with the people in the Topeka RPC and their wholeheartedness and love for God and his people.
Philip Cutter, Indianapolis, IN
One of the most convicting things about the LifeFocus week was the call to make my faith my own. Not the faith of my parents, or of my friends, or even of the Covenanters. And we weren’t left there, either. We were taken straight to the Bible and shown what it is exactly that we are professing to believe and why. We were challenged to go beyond that, to not simply read, study, and absorb, but to also live and proclaim it.
Rebekah Spitler, Stillwater, OK

I am so thankful I was a part of the Life Focus Team 2012. My brain was on gospel overload, and I loved every minute of it!! I learned a lot about RP covenanter heritage and what the Scottish founders were striving for: Biblical accuracy and application in every aspect of life. Here I was challenged once again to live out my faith by sharing the gospel. This is something that has always been a struggle for me. I had a fear of offending others by presenting Christ in a wrong way, or come across as judgmental to the way people are living their lives. I learned at LifeFocus that sharing from my life experiences is the key to being a successful evangelist for Christ. We must speak of how Christ is making Himself known in the midst of our struggles, and give Him glory in our triumphs. I was also reminded that nothing we do can change the heart, and God’s word never returns void. So, even if our feeble attempts at witnessing seem to have no immediate effect, we can take courage that Christ is still working out His plan in ways we cannot see. Now I am excited to get out there and tell others about the hope we have in Christ!


Those of you thinking about applying for Life Focus, I say go for it, all the way! There was not a better way I could have spent my spring break then learning, growing, and fellowshipping with my brothers and sisters in Christ. Come and see for yourselves, and you won’t regret it!

Jennifer McKissick, Minneola, KS
… Although I missed out on most of the lectures, I did get to join the LifeFocus group for the evenings. I was able to grow closer to Christ through the work of LifeFocus. I felt like I got to know the LifeFocus team on a Christ-centered level and it was fun to be with other Christians. I felt like we were all growing closer to Christ and learning what it means to be a Reformed Presbyterian…
Ann Culley, Topeka Kansas
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