About a month ago, I shared that I would be attending the Advance13 Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. I shared at that time that the speakers and the topic was a draw for me. It is because of those things that I spent yesterday driving eight hours in the rain to get here to attend this conference.
As I think about going to conferences like this, my heart is always in anticipation for what God is going to do through the preaching of His Word in my heart. What does He want to teach me? I wonder if that is the reason why I woke up so early this morning. Maybe I am just excited and expectant of what God is going to do. This attitude in my heart reminded me of something I wrote in my book, Helping Johnny Listen, on coming to the preaching event expecting God to do something.
"William Carey, often referred to as the father of modern missions, was well-known for his life motto: 'Expect great things from God; Attempt great things for God.' What if the church believes and lives a phrase like this when it comes to the preaching of his Word? What if we say, 'God, we will attempt great things for you, things like listening intently, avoiding distractions, coming prepared, and so on. And then, God, we expect great things from you, things like life change and heart change; and we expect that you will do something in our lives through the preaching of your Word" (59).
That is how I feel this morning on the verge of this conference. I expect great things from God through the preaching of His Word. I do not know what He is going to teach me. But what I do know is that I want to be a good student. I want to listen well. I want to engage to the best of my ability. I want to strip away the distractions of life and be ready to hear from my Savior.
Would you pray for me? Would you pray that I would listen and apply well? Would you pray that God would do something to continue the transformation of my heart into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ? I couldn't thank you enough for some prayers.
You can follow along with me at this conference. Just last week, they announced that the sessions will be streamed live (you can find the information HERE). And in addition, I will be attempting to flesh out my heart as I blog throughout the conference. Check back often as I will be posting, not a review, but what God is teaching me in North Carolina.
To God Be The Glory In His Church . . .