Yesterday was a mixed day, personally. The conference speakers were amazing, of course, but that blessing was tempered by the news of the tragic death of a 7-year-old girl on Tuesday evening. Her twin sister is one of our students at the School of Performing Arts, and this accident happened right after the family left our church following a violin lesson. My heart is broken for this sweet, sweet family. Please pray for the Wilmoth family as often as they cross your mind.
Plenary Session 4 — Will Your Gospel Transform a Terrorist? (Thabiti Anyabwile)
Anyabwile opened his address by stating that the greatest hindrance to the spread of the gospel is the Christian’s lack of confidence in this gospel. Though much of his message was given in the context of sharing the gospel with Muslims (being a former Muslim himself), he broadened the scope to an encouragement to share the gospel with anyone who we might feel is out of reach of the gospel. The text of his sermon (1 Timothy1:12-17) describes the transformation of Saul, a “terrorist” who persecuted the early Church.
Plenary Session 5 — Spirit-Powered, Gospel-Driven, Faith-Fueled Effort (Kevin DeYoung)
So far, this is my candidate for the “best” sermon of the conference, though it’s terribly difficult to make that claim since they’ve all been so good! I love the way DeYoung described the importance of human effort in our sanctification… something not always clearly articulated within the Reformed community. He’s also a dynamic preacher who wields sports metaphors with great aplomb, and I think you’ll find his message quite enjoyable to hear.
Plenary Session 6 —Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions (David Platt)
I’ll be honest: though Platt was great, as always, he hadn’t didn’t really say anything I haven’t heard him preach on recently (I did just hear him preach for 7 hours on Friday at Secret Church…) so I snuck out early to watch the Predators defeat the Red Wings in the first game of the NHL playoffs. Don’t judge me.
I’ve crossed the 40-book plateau already, and am going to try to restrain myself if/when the conference bookstore starts offering deeper discounts later today. One of the best parts of this conference is the equipping they provide for those in ministry by giving away many books and discounting thousands more!