Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Together for the Gospel Conference

Today began the "Together for the Gospel" (T4G) conference in Louisville, KY. What a joy it is to be here with my son, Justin. We are learning so much together. How refreshing it is to discuss these deep doctrinal truths of God's Holy Word with him.

The worship and singing has been awesome. How inspiring it is to hear 5000 pastors, church staff, church leaders, and seminarians lift up their voices in praise to our almighty God.

The conference began with Dr. Ligan Duncan, Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS. He spoke on Sound Doctrine: Essential to Faithful Pastoral Ministry. Speaking second was Dr. Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands). He spoke on Bearing the Image: Identity, the Work of Christ, and the Church. It was a great message on the fact that categorizing people groups by race goes against biblical truth. We are all of the same genealogical race, the race of Adam.

After each message we are able to sit in on a panel discussion of the message. Those on the panel are Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., C.J. Mahaney, founder of Sovereign Grace Ministries, Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, Ligon Duncan and Thabiti Anyabwile. Hearing these great men of God who have been blessed with great minds for God is a wonderful opportunity for growth and inspiration.

It's great to be here.