As mentioned this past Sunday, I am in Louisville this week for the Together for the Gospel conference. The days are wonderfully packed and I wanted to share a bit of what’s been going on and what God has impressed upon me so far.
CJ Mahaney spoke first from 2 Corinthians 4 on the sustaining power of the Gospel, and how we as ministers are not to lose heart. So many Christians struggle with the gravity of life and the Lord’s work, and there is the constant need to be reminded that it is God who works in us and through us. Particularly powerful were all the “but nots” he noted in 2 Corinthians 4:7-15. You can listen to or watch it here. http://t4g.org/media/2012/04/the-sustaining-power-of-the-gospel-2/
Al Mohler, president of Southern Seminary, preached from Romans 10 on the power of the articulated Gospel. In it he took the popular saying “Preach always, and if you must use word,” and showed how that idea, while well intentioned, is not biblical. Instead, the gospel is presented first and foremost by words. We, therefore, must take care on the words we use and strive to be articulate when we speak. You can listen to or watch it here. http://t4g.org/media/2012/04/the-power-of-the-articulated-gospel-2/
Finally, Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC, and author of books like 9 Marks of a Healthy Church, spoke on 1 Timothy 4:16. His message was on how “false conversions are the suicide of the church.” God used Mark in this talk in a very powerful way in me. I highly recommend you watch or listen to it. http://t4g.org/media/2012/04/false-conversions-the-suicide-of-the-church/
Here are a few quotes that stuck out to me:
“All of our time is spent with sinners, even when we are alone.”
“How many fruit of the Spirit can you show on a desert island? Community is necessary.”
“Avoiding the doctrine of hell is one step away from rejecting it all together.”
“All people have a natural indisposition to our message.”
“If we get this [the Gospel] right, we’l be offending and attracting all the right people.”
“False teachers create false converts, who then hire false teachers.”
To pastors: “If you want to ensure that you’re replacement will be a false teacher, then let anyone into membership.”
Regarding suffering: “No cross, no crown.”
That’s enough for now. They will be live-streaming the sessions today if you’d like to follow along. http://t4g.org/t4g-year/2012/?sessions=main
If you’re not able to do that, you can follow my twitter or facebook updates for other quotes/impressions.