Tuesday, April 10, 2012

2012 Together for the Gospel Conference (T4G)

Together for the Gospel began with the friendship of four church leaders. They differed on many points of theology, but had one thing in common--the gospel of Jesus Christ. In 2006, Al Mohler, Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan, & C. J. Mahaney began an every two year conference for church leaders, encouraging them to rally around that same gospel message. Next week, I am excited to be able to attend their fourth conference. 

I am probably more excited for this one than I was back in 2008 when I had the opportunity to attend. That mostly has to do with the line-up of speakers and the topic that is to be covered. This is a line-up of the Who's Who of gospel ministry. Besides the four that started the conference, the speakers will include: Matt Chandler, David Platt, Kevin DeYoung, John Piper, and Thabiti Anyabwile. I look forward to each of them for different reasons. I am so looking forward to topic of each messages.

The theme for this conference is really interesting. They are calling it: The Underestimated Gospel. Here is the description of the event:
Power. Power to change. Power to start anew. Everyone is looking for power. Political campaigns point to the power of people. Advertising agencies exploit the power of appetite. But Churches have something different and better. Something seemingly implausible. Something that comes in a demonstration of the Spirit and of power. Churches have the Gospel. Though we live in the world, we must not wage war as the world does, or fight with its weapons. On the contrary, we have divine power in the gospel to demolish strongholds. To redeem sinners. To create life. To transform and remake the universe. Talk about power. Witness the underestimated Gospel.
My Hope:
When I attended the conference in 2008, I was sort of disappointed. There were some speakers that really challenged me (John Piper & John MacArthur). But the bulk of them were so theological, almost as if they were attempting to write their chapter in their book that would follow the conference (which I do not think was ever published). If I was honest, I was disappointed that many people walked away confused with what was said at that conference. Not because they disagreed with it, but they simply didn't understand it. 

But here is my hope. I hope they have learned. I hope they bring the gospel and the underestimatedness of the gospel down to the level of the average church leader. It is my hope that they seek to preach in a way that I am driven, not to just think, but to change my ways. I hope that I am overwhelmed in a new and fresh way to the power of the gospel that I have underestimated in the previous years.

My Blogging Plan:
Yesterday, I drove down to Louisville (about a six hour drive) and met up with a few friends. It is my plan to share on the blog the next couple of days what I am learning at the conference. The conference starts today, which means my first post will be tomorrow about what I am learning today. Then on Thursday, I will share what I learned on Wednesday. On Friday, I will share the blessings of Thursday. I think you get it.

I would certainly appreciate your prayer as I take time to refresh and learn what God would want me to learn. I was reminded last week of Robert Murray M'Cheyne's famous quote: "My people's greatest need is my personal holiness." It is my prayer this week that God teaches and instructs and molds me more into His image. It is my prayer that my interaction with some ministry friends would be helpful and beneficial to my soul. It is my prayer that I come back rejoicing about what God is doing in my life and through His gospel around the world. And it is my prayer that I come back with lots of new books to read. :)

1 comment:

  1. Amen - I hope and pray you have a great refreshing time and reap from it what God would have you to nourish and strengthen your soul and spirit. Wayne


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